2020 United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring


Our United Way Day of Caring in the Charlottesville area was established in 1992 by the United Way of Greater Charlottesville to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community’s good can accomplish.

In 1999, the Day of Caring was renamed the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring in honor of Larry Richardson, a long-time volunteer of the United Way and the community, and past president of the Charlottesville Broadcasting Company.

The United Way Day of Caring is a yearly event that takes place each September. An event that started with around 50 volunteers has now grown into an event that includes nearly 2,000 volunteers completing 200 projects in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson and Greene. The value of the volunteer’s service in the 2019 United Way Day of Caring was over $300,000.

The 2020 United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring sponsors will be announced soon.

Presenting Sponsor



Get Involved

You can get involved in the next Day of Caring in multiple ways. If you work at a nonprofit, public school, or faith-based organization reach out about submitting a project for volunteers to complete. If you work at or are part of an organization that wants to volunteer for Day of Caring, reach out to learn more about signing up to volunteer. Please note, due to demand, not all groups find a project that fits their team for Day of Caring. However, the United Way can also help groups find volunteer opportunities outside of this day as the need for volunteers in our community is not limited to one day in September.

Your first step is to get in contact with our Community Outreach Coordinator: Anna Porter at aporter@unitedwaycville.org or 434-972-1715. Please refer to the deadlines in the resource section of this page for all steps in the process.

We are pleased to introduce a new generation to Day of Caring through a logo contest. In it’s second year, we welcome all Planning District 10 high schoolers at public and private schools (Albemarle, Charlottesville, Greene, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Nelson) to submit artwork to be considered as the Day of Caring 2020.


April 22, 2020

Registration Opens for Local Public Schools

June 17, 2020

Deadline for School Project Proposals

June 10, 2020

Project Registration Opens for Agencies/Non-Profits

June 10, 2020

Team Registration Begins for Volunteer Teams

July 22, 2020

Deadline for Agency Project Proposals and Deadline to Register Teams

August 4,5,6, 2020

Team Leader Trainings (attend only 1)

August 7, 2020

Project Preview List Available Online

August 19, 2020

Project Selection for Teams

September TBD, 2020

Deadline to Order Team T-Shirts

September 9, 2020

Deadline to Communicate Number of Volunteers to Nonprofits & Schools

September 9, 2020

Deadline to RSVP for Breakfast Rally

September 16, 2020

United Way Day of Caring (Breakfast Rally First)

September 17, 2020

Survey Link Sent to Team Leaders and Project Site Coordinators

September 28, 2020

Due Date Surveys Will Close at End of Business Day

September 28, 2020

Deadline to Return Signs to United Way office