Summer of Caring

Photo of Day of Caring painting supplies at a UB volunteer project site in the University Heights.

Day of Caring painting supplies at a UB volunteer project site in the University Heights.

Summer of Caring

Help make a difference in our community. 

For 27 years, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County brought together thousands of people to volunteer on one day known as Day of Caring. The demand was so great for Day of Caring that they could no longer contain it to one single day. Their solution — Summer of Caring!

Although volunteering will look a bit different this year due to COVID-19, they’ve put together eight weeks of prompts and activities that you can choose from while remaining safe and healthy at home.


·         Weekly Themes - Every week during Summer of Caring will have a theme and include prompts and activities that align with the theme.

·         Variety of Ways to Engage - Instead of only doing one volunteer project you can choose your own adventure and select the weekly activities that most interest you. You may even be inspired to come up with your own (if you do make sure you share it with us on social media using #UBCares #soc2020)!

·         Flexible Schedule - Complete an activity at a time that is convenient for you. There is no time limit or schedule for you to follow.

·         Stay Safe and Healthy - All activities have been designed with your health and safety in mind. Please follow the CDC guidelines and NYS regulations when participating in Summer of Caring.

Please visit The United Way Summer of Caring websitefor more information and to access the weekly activities!

Making a Difference in Western New York

From our participation in annual fund-raising events, to community service projects that make our neighborhoods safer places in which to live, UB and its employees are committed to making a difference in Western New York and beyond. Our generosity builds community, improving the lives of our neighbors.

Thinking Globally, Volunteering Locally

A UB Tradition 

Organized by the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, the Day of Caring serves as an informal launch of UB’s Campaign for the Community, conducted each year in the fall semester.

UB volunteers will work on various projects in the community, performing tasks ranging from painting (interior and exterior), landscaping, cleaning and clearing pathways, building a handicap deck and ramp way.

About 175 UB volunteers participate in the Day of Caring.

According to the United Way, roughly 3,500 volunteers from Erie and Niagara counties participate in the Day of Caring. In Erie County alone, 3,177 volunteers from 159 companies contributed their time to 156 projects, benefiting 106 area agencies and the people they serve. Over the past 18 years, the efforts of Day of Caring volunteers have saved agencies in Erie and Niagara counties more than $6.1 million through more than 365,000 hours of service donated by 93,500 volunteers.