Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl recently was joined by representatives from the North Shore United Way, the two area school districts, Evanston NorthShore Hospital and Northwestern University at a press conference to kick off the United Way’s season of giving and to promote a United Way Day of Caring scheduled for Oct. 16. 

United Way is the nation’s largest charity and the second largest provider of funding to community service agencies after government. This time of year traditionally marks the beginning of the season of giving and the City of Evanston has teamed up with the North Shore United Way and its community partners for a Day of Caring on Oct. 16.

The focus of the Day of Caring is to improve Evanston lives in measurable and lasting ways by mobilizing as many people as possible around a common goal: advancing the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life — a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

Residents who sign up to volunteer for the Day of Caring at will be working on a larger community project and possibly smaller ones and will receive their assignments from project organizers closer to the actual day.

“The City of Evanston has been involved with the United Way for years and years with its employee contribution program,” explained Mayor Tisdahl. “The City is but one piece of the community support puzzle; as a large community employer we can’t do it alone, we need the support of other community employers, both large and small, and individuals to complete the puzzle and help provide the much needed funding that our community service agencies require to provide the health, education and family stability to all Evanstonians.”

“These are tough economic times for many residents of our community suffering from job losses; home foreclosures; lack of quality, affordable health care; and many not having sufficient groceries to get their families through the week,” continued Tisdahl. “That is why those who can give financially or volunteer their time can make a huge positive impact for many Evanston families struggling to get by.”

From its founding in 1887 by four faith based community leaders in Denver to today right here in Evanston the United Way continues to play a key role in creating and maintaining strong communities.

“I am proud to work with them. I am looking forward to this season of giving and towards Evanston’s Day of Caring on October 16th. I would like to challenge my fellow residents to help make a difference,” concluded Tisdahl.

Visit us here to volunteer for the October 16th United Way Day of Caring in Evanston and help make a difference in your community.