More than 1,250 volunteers participated in the 23rd annual United Way Day of Caring on Thursday, July 30. Nearly 80 community service projects in the Fort Wayne area, 10 of which are homes provided through NeighborLink, were completed by nearly 75 volunteer teams.


The day started with a breakfast by Orchid Events & Catering, at Headwaters Park West at 7:30 a.m. More than 700 of the volunteers attended the kickoff breakfast where they learned about Day of Caring and were thanked for their service to the community.


“Day of Caring shows what we can accomplish when we all work together,” said David Nicole, president and CEO of United Way of Allen County. “On one day, an estimated quarter of a million dollars are saved by Allen County nonprofits, schools and neighbors because of the time, talent and materials that these devoted volunteers contribute.”

Day of Caring History

Day of Caring began in 1993 as a general sprucing up of the YWCA campus by 250 volunteers; it has since evolved into a massive effort that brings community volunteers face-to-face with local nonprofit and community organizations.