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.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Little Free Pantry (LFP)

“Give what you can, take what you need.”

Little Free Pantries are part of a grassroots movement to engage everyday people in fighting food insecurity among their fellow neighbors. These pantries are not a solution to food insecurity or food deserts, but they do provide easy and anonymous access to food and basic need products.

“In the U.S., the Covid-19 crisis pushed an additional 13.2 million people into food insecurity, a 35% jump from 2018.”

As part of our annual Day of Action we invite our community to be a part of this movement to nourish our neighbors through building and sponsoring your own Little Free Pantry.

Click Here to Register! 

For a list of shelf-stable products and other non-perishable goods that we are collecting, click here to find a printable list.

Once you register we will reach out to you with additional information for your activity (ie: building plan samples, links for ideas/resources, timelines, locations, pantry drive list of needs).

We have established June 18th as the installation day (times TBA) for our established locations. June 1st – June 14th will be the official pantry drive/products timeline.


Birdhouse Creations

Last year during Day of Action so many of you joined us to bring some joy and happiness to one of the most vulnerable and secluded populations during COVID, our seniors.

It was a great experience for volunteers and the feedback from our retirement communities was amazing. With that in mind we plan to continue working with this population again. We will be working with local senior communities to paint birdhouses to place around the grounds. We have opportunities to paint with residents and outdoor socially distanced painting.

Join us on June 19th from 10am-2pm (lunch provided by a generous sponsor) for a paint party at Melrose Park Shelter or June 25th to help install the birdhouses at South Roanoke Nursing Home from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM and Richfield Living from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. All you need to bring is your creativity (and some clothes you don’t mind getting messy), we’ve got the rest!

Click Here to Register! 

For Questions please contact Brooke Gill brooke@uwrv.org 

Be Social At A Distance

Help us build and share our social networks! This is an easy and socially distanced way to take action. Like and share content to help us get information and resources out to our Valley.

Your Dollar Can Do It

As our fiscal year comes to an end, every dollars does count. A simple safe way to join us in taking action on June 18th is to give.
www.uwrv.org/make-us-united

Sponsors and Partners

We would like to thank our generous sponsors and partners in the 2021 Day of Action

  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Carilion Morningside Gardens
  • Creekside Deli
  • Franklin News Post
  • George Washington Carver Garden
  • Glade Hill Fire Department
  • Home Depot
  • Hustle Haven
  • Kroger
  • Lionberger Construction
  • Lowes
  • Rotary Club of Rocky Mount
  • Sheetz
  • Utz
  • Western Virginia Water Authority

All current COVID safety protocols will be followed. Please be prepared to wear a mask and have your temperature taken.