The deadline to submit Henry County Day of Caring projects is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10.

The 2021 Day of Caring will take place Oct. 1.

Henry County’s annual Day of Caring is a collaboration between the Henry County Community Foundation, the HOPE Initiative and the Heart of Indiana United Way.

And it wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of local volunteers who show up every year to help local organizations.

United Way will match volunteers from local businesses, schools and service groups with non-profits and other programs that help the Henry County community.

Day of Caring projects in the past have included indoor/outdoor painting, office cleaning, sorting donations, neighborhood cleanups, serving meals, working with the elderly, landscaping and lawn work and assembling informational packets.

“Although volunteers might be working on projects not directly related to the organization’s mission, Day of Caring is a unique opportunity to educate community members about the important work your organization does for the community,” United Way said in a project callout.

To request a project application to be considered as a volunteer site, contact Kim Rogers-Hatfield of Heart of Indiana United Way at kimrh@heartofindiana.org or 765-608-3067.

The deadline to submit a project application is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10.

Not every organization that applies is guaranteed to be chosen as a volunteer site for Day of Caring. Project approval will be made according to the number of volunteers available, the project viability and volunteer feedback from previous Day of Caring events.

This year, United Way and its partners ask for sites to focus on outdoor projects, if possible, to reduce potential Covid-19 exposure. Organizations must also have proof of liability insurance to cover volunteers working at their site.

The application asks for details of what volunteers will be doing and a contingency plan in the event of bad weather

Henry County Day of Caring 2021 will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1.

Interested Day of Caring volunteers can also contact Rogers-Hatfield for more information.

The Henry County United Fund (now the Heart of Indiana United Way) started the Henry County Day of Caring in 1993 with 47 volunteers working on 12 projects.