Monday, September 21, 2015

Nearly 1,200 Volunteers Answer the Dare to Care, Participate in United Way’s Day of Caring

by Nicole Milbradt, Sr Marketing Manager

Numerous companies are spending the day showing they care about their community as part of United Way of Pierce County’s Day of Caring, including the entire staff and student body at Tacoma’s School of the Arts. Additionally, people throughout Pierce County are dared to show they care by doing something – anything – that shows how they LIVE UNITED.

In total, nearly 1,200 volunteers are spending the day assisting nonprofit organizations all over Pierce County through Day of Caring. This year’s annual volunteer event features 50 projects and 32 teams. Projects include harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables for local food banks, hosting a carnival for adults with disabilities, weeding rain gardens, preparing and serving food to those in need and designing a mural for a local garden.

The estimated value of the hours that will be donated on September 18th is nearly $161,000 dollars.

Participating Organizations

Albers & Company
APA Engineered Wood Assoc.
BNY Mellon
Brown & Brown of Washington
Carlisle Transportation
City of Lakewood
Cole Graphics Solutions
Columbia Bank
Community Youth Services
Evergreen Personal Injury Counsel
Global Metal Works & Erectors/McSweeney  Steel
Harborstone Credit Union (photo at right)
Heritage Bank
Korum Motors
McGranahan Architects
Multicare Health System
Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance Co.
NuStar Energy
Regence Blue Shield
Rally Point 6
Tacoma School of the Arts
The Modified Dolls
Tacoma Public Utilities
TrueBlue, Inc.
Umpqua Bank
Unico Properties
US Bank
University of Washington Tacoma
Wells Fargo Bank

However, if people can’t join a Day of Caring project, they can still participate in the Dare to Care. Mow an elderly neighbor's lawn, volunteer at a local agency, hold a food drive, write a letter to your congressman, donate to charity, advocate for an issue you care about, sign up to help out in your child's classroom, practice random acts of kindness... just show you care about the community! Participants are encouraged to post a photo or video on our Facebook page at People are also encouraged to include the hashtag #DareToCare and then dare their family and friends to do the same.

Show us you care about your community. We dare you!

Monday, September 14, 2015

#DareToCare… What’s It All About?

by Nicole Milbradt, Sr Marketing Manager
  1. Dare To Care is a movement to help people see how easy it is to make a difference in someone’s life.
  2. By sharing it on social media, we have the chance to inspire others to look for ways they can impact our community.
  3. Encouraging people to do the Dare during the month of September combines all those little things to make a big difference.
  4. Including a trendy hashtag makes you look cool and brands all the different efforts going on to support the movement.
  5. Challenging your friends, family and co-workers to take the Dare means more good things will happen!
  6. And it gives you a chance to pay them back for that ice bucket thing!
  7. You get to share in the joy of giving back.
  8. People who really need your help, get it!
  9. Looking for ways to help people might just become a habit.
  10. It shows how powerful we can be when we come together!

So get out there, do some good and challenge others to get on board!! #DareToCare