Year Round Engagement

We've always got something going on. Scroll down to see how we are involved all year round. 


Each year, United Way of the CSRA partners with various local businesses, government agencies, and other community partners to ensure we are making an impact in our local communities in the most beneficial ways. Below is a summary of what typically happens in what we call "a United Way year."  


Many of the below activities and initiatives are expected to grow, which means we need YOUR help. Whether you can volunteer for an event, help United Way staff pick up items for our collection drives, or help share event flyers and online posts to get the word out, WE would love to have you be a part of our team. 


MLK Service Day Project   Toiletry Collection Drive 

Collection Period - October through January​

  • Distributed as our MLK Service Day Project on, or around, MLK Jr.'s birthday.​

  • Each year our team holds a toiletry collection drive around the CSRA. New items are collected, organized, and packaged into toiletry kits for our severely impoverished and homeless population in the CSRA. 

  • Hygiene kits are distributed to local partners such as government agencies, school guidance counselors, and social workers. 


Project Serve Day of Caring   Community-Wide Service Day


  • Volunteers from several local companies, organizations, and schools spend the day with nonprofit agencies in the CSRA and complete projects such as painting, yard work, playground construction, basic repairs and more. Groups of all sizes and skill sets are welcome!


Book Bash   Book Collection Drive

Collection Period - February to May

  • Typically the books are distributed at our June Book Bash Giveaway Event

  • New and gently used books, appropriate for ages 0 to 17, are collected from companies, individuals, schools, and more to create free summer reading packages for local children. 

  • Our Book Bash is always looking for volunteers to collect books, pick up donations, and help staff at the giveaway event. 

  • We also look for kid-friendly vendors and sponsors that would like to help make this event bigger each year. 


Stuff the Bus  School Supply Collection Drive

Collection Period - June to August

  • We partner with local businesses, civic groups, individuals, and churches to collect new school supplies for our less fortunate children in the CSRA. 

  • Three (3) events are held each year: One at the Waynesboro Walmart for our Burke County children, one at the Bobby Jones Walmart for our Columbia County children, and one at the Kroc Center that gets divided among Richmond and other counties. 


Operation Seats & Feet  Sock and Underwear Collection Drive

Collection Period - July to September

  • We partner with local businesses, civic groups, individuals, and churches to collect new socks and underwear for our less fortunate PreK-6 children in the CSRA. 

  • Each set of items are discretely wrapped and provided to local government agencies, social workers, and school counselors for distribution as needed.  


Notes For Success  Sign or Write a Supportive Note to a Local Student

Collection Period - All year round

  • Many students in our local area have low self-esteem and often do not receive the support they need while in their younger, most influential, years. 

  • Download our notecard templates and write a supportive message, showcase powerful words, and make a child that you will never meet smile knowing someone is rooting for them to not only succeed but to become an amazing community champion in the future.   

  • Send us an email so we can schedule a pick up of your handwritten notecards and distribute them to local children. 


Blankets for the Homeless  Blanket and Fleece Collection Drive

Collection Period - October - January 

  • We partner with local businesses, civic groups, individuals, and churches to collect blankets, or fleece-like material, to provide warmth to our local homeless population. 

  • Civic and church groups have collected material in the past and made blankets themselves as a group activity. 

  • New blankets, already made craft blankets, and blanket material is welcomed. 


Interested in participating in one of the above events?

EMAIL US today so a member of our team can connect with you.



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