North Shore United Way, in partnership with the City of Evanston, School Districts 65 and 202, and Northwestern University spearheaded an inaugural “Day of Caring” across the City of Evanston on Saturday, Oct. 16. Completing more than six service projects across the area in just one day, residents, students, businesses and other local organizations worked together to log more than 200 hours of service in the community.

“United Way works hard to provide many different opportunities for community members to give back, advocate for change and volunteer their time,” said Lorelei Beaucaire, Chief Professional Officer at North Shore United Way. “We’re glad so many volunteers chose to partner with United Way to give their time to help others and make our community a better place.”

Mayor Tisdahl kicked off the “Day of Caring” by welcoming volunteers at the YMCA, and continued to demonstrate her dedication to the community by spending the morning raking leaves with other Evanston community volunteers. City Manager, Wally Bobkiewicz, also rolled up his sleeves to help with landscaping and contributed to the special day by donating a wheel barrel to the Infant Welfare Society of Evanston.

“Every year, more than 10,000 volunteers work with United Way in a wide variety of roles—from raising money to evaluating community needs to lending a hand with projects like the one you’re helping with today,” said Tisdahl. “Your participation is providing essential support to the YMCA and the people it serves.”

Volunteers from all over the community joined forces to tackle various projects at United Way-funded non-profit organizations throughout Evanston, including the McGaw YMCA, Evanston Day Nursery and Infant Welfare Society of Evanston. Projects included raking leaves, cleaning windows, landscaping, filling potholes in parking lots, repainting walls and cleaning children’s outdoor toys.

A fall barbeque, sponsored by Whole Foods, topped off the day’s events as volunteers prepared and served lunch for the Men’s Residence Program.  The Men’s Resident Program provides clean, safe and affordable housing to low-income male residents.

North Shore United Way partners with more than 85 programs by providing leadership, funding and volunteers throughout the North Shore region.