Day of Caring

United Way Day of Caring, is an opportunity for the Van Wert community to rally together to “Give. Advocate. Volunteer.” by participating in the Salvation Army food drive, American Red Cross blood drive, and volunteer for service projects.   The Day of Caring takes place in September each year.

Day of Caring was a Success on September 28th, 2018! 

The United Way of Van Wert County held its 20th annual Day of Caring event on Friday, September 28th.  This annual event helps replenish food & blood supplies within our community.  After a record setting 2017 event, expectations were set high for 2018 and the event did not disappoint.   As always, when there is a need in our county, our local businesses and residents step up to the plate to give, volunteer, and advocate.

The food drive collected over 42,000 items, and this year was a record-breaking year again. The blood drive collected 183 units to replenish local blood bank counts.

“This year’s Day of Caring was a great success in many ways. We had shared with Van Wert County residents the most needed items and our community responded with a record number of those items collected. You cannot imagine the number of people that go into the execution of this event. If you have never been a part of it, you need to get involved next year. This is truly a community event and we couldn’t do it without everyone helping with donations, volunteering, providing equipment and sponsors”, shared Vicki Smith, Executive Director of United Way of Van Wert County.

Marie Bennett, 2018 Day of Caring Chair added, “Thank you to everyone that helped make this year’s Day of Caring event a huge success!  This year we were able to include all three local food pantries; The Salvation Army, Trinity Friends and the Van Wert County Co-Op Ministries.  We focused on the most needed items for those pantries again this year and had a record number of items collected.  New to this year’s event was the opportunity to give a monetary donation to the food pantries. The money collected was put on an account at the West Ohio Food Bank so the pantries can purchase items they are in need of. This will allow the pantries to have the flexibility to buy a larger quantity of items needed at a cheaper price.”

To help set new records in 2018, the United Way Day of Caring Committee connected with many area businesses, organizations, and citizens to get more people involved.  The local schools held food drive events and challenges between classrooms and other county schools.  Area banks competed in a friendly challenge to see which bank could collect the most food items.  Area banks collected over 10,000 items with 1st Federal Van Wert winning the challenge.  Many thanks to Vantage Career Center for the use of their facility and to the staff & students for all their work helping sort the food drive items.

Planning for next year’s 2019 United Way Day of Caring is underway. To find out how you can impact your community contact The United Way of Van Wert County at 419-238-6689 or email at

Thank you for your support, together we can LIVE UNITED!





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