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Top 5 Reasons to Participate in United Way’s 23rd Annual Day of Caring

Why should you participate in this year’s Day of Caring? Aside from the positive impact you will have on your community, there is scientific proof that volunteering is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit.


Here are the top 5 reasons to join friends and family volunteering at the Day of Caring on Friday, September 21:


  1. Helping others increases happiness. A research study of a large group of American adults, found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. The findings, published in Social Science and Medicine, found that people who volunteered regularly reported that they were “very happy” at a level that was 16% higher than those who did not volunteer at all.


  1. Volunteering connects you with others. Dedicating your time helps you make new friends, expand your personal and professional network, boost your social skills, and strengthen ties with friends and family by sharing an activity together.


  1. Sharing activities and achieving goals reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. Social contact with others while working together to achieve a goal has a positive impact on your psychological wellbeing. Even working with pets or other animals is a proven way to make meaningful connections that will elevate your mood and improve your outlook.


  1. Volunteering can help advance your career. You’ll have an opportunity to develop new skills, and enhance existing ones, including teamwork, problem solving, and project management. You’ll also make new contacts, and be able to demonstrate some of the skills you already possess. And volunteering always looks good on a resume!


  1. Free Food! The Day of Caring begins with a Kick-off breakfast and concludes with a Thank You barbecue for all volunteers. Barbecue attendees will also be eligible to win raffle drawings.


You can learn more about the many Day of Caring volunteer opportunities, and register to participate in one or more of them, by visiting


If you would like to make a financial donation to the United Way, please visit or call 978-345-1577.



The United Way of North Central Massachusetts serves the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Devens, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Leominster, Littleton, Pepperell, Lunenburg, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Shirley, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster and Winchendon.