Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the United Way of Roanoke Valley! Here you will find information about Day of Action 2020 and the many ways you can be involved. 

COVID-19 certainly made planning volunteer projects a challenge. Thanks to the creativity and ingenuity of the staff here at UWRV, we planned activities that are both impactful and safe for everyone involved. 

Day of Action 2020 is unlike anything UWRV has attempted before, and we’re excited to offer virtual volunteering projects as part of this year’s program! 

This year’s theme is B.E. United! The volunteer projects were designed to Benefit and Engage our senior citizen community.  To learn more about each project, see below for information and how to register. 

Day of Action Background 

United Way Day of Action is an invitation for people and organizations around the world to LIVE UNITED and take action to address a variety of challenges. Each June, communities around the world come together to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. It is a day that we ask you to help us put our mission into action by volunteering to improve the building blocks for a good quality of life – education, financial stability and health.

Due to weather, we are rescheduling some dates for our activities. Please see below and follow us on social media for more updates!


Volunteer Opportunities 

Positive Palettes

Let’s decorate some windows! 

Positive Palettes offers local nursing home and care facility residents a new view on the world.  Even a lovely view grows tiresome when it doesn’t change…you will provide that necessary change with a few strokes of a paintbrush on their windows! If you’re the next Picasso, can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, or fall somewhere in the middle, all levels of artistic talent encouraged to participate!  

Registered participants will receive an email with more information.  

  • Currently we are giving priority to group registrations. 
  • Volunteer opportunities for children ages 10 and under vary by location. Please contact us with any questions. 

Registrations accepted between June 1st & June 24th (or until slots are filled) 

Current Dates & locations * Check back often for updates & additions! 

  • June 26th– Brandon Oaks- Roanoke – Volunteers needed: 15-25 
  • June 26th – The Hermitage – Roanoke – Volunteers needed: 15-25
  • July 10th– The Oaks at Richfield- Salem – Volunteers needed: 15-25 
  • July 10th– Richfield- Joseph C Thomas Center– Salem – Volunteers needed: 15-25 

Click Here to Register! 

Valley Variety Showcase

A Virtual Talent Show! 

Valley Variety Showcase is a unique opportunity to share your talents and spread some cheer without leaving home. Just like your elementary school’s talent show, nearly* anything goes the more creative the better! We’re inviting people from all over the Roanoke Valley to submit a video (no longer than 90 seconds) showing off their skills. The videos will be compiled to create one cohesive talent show that will be distributed to local senior care facilities for their residents to enjoy. Join us to be part of this collaborative effort to do something special for our Golden-agers.

Registrations accepted between June 1st & June 24th (or until slots are filled)

Registered participants will receive an email with more information and video submission instructions.    

Videos accepted June 1st-26th (or until slots are filled) 

Maximum videos: 60 

Click Here to Register! 

What’s your story, Morning Glory?

Multi-generational interviews that will literally go down in history! 

This exciting Interview project will cross the generational gap by sharing stories and memories. With the help of video conferencing technology, your children will have a chance to practice their skills as a reporter as they learn more about your wiser neighbors. Each “Elder/Youngster” team interview will be recorded and compiled into a digital collection that will be archived in the Library of Virginia. 

Registered participants will receive an email with detailed information regarding the program and the next steps.

Registrations accepted between June 1st & June 24th (or until slots are filled) 

Spots available:

  • Youngsters- 20  
  • Elders- 20 

All interviews must be completed by June 26th. (UWRV will coordinate scheduling with Elder/Youngster team members) 

Click Here to Register! 

Greeting Card Collection

Because everyone likes receiving mail! 

We all know how an unexpected card or letter can brighten up any day. This is especially true for our neighbors living in senior care facilities that may be missing their families and loved ones during this time.  Let’s work together to light up the valley with messages of love, happiness, and support through letters and homemade cards. Get creative with your cards, or if you need inspiration, we have coloring sheets here that you can download, print and decorate. Finished cards can be dropped off or mailed to the UWRV office and will be delivered to Senior citizens throughout the Roanoke Valley. 

Be sure to share your creations on Facebook, Instagram and Tiktok! Use #UWRVSendingSunshine , #UWDayofAction & #BEUnited 

Cards must be received by June 26th 

If you are associated with a senior care facility in the Roanoke Valley and would like to be part of Day of Action, please click here.

For Questions please contact Kim Bisnett