Day of Action Project Ideas

Every Year, our Day of Action Kicks-off our Campaign.

We have put together some project ideas to help get you started.

We are the hand raisers. The game changers. The-stop-talking-start-doing-band-together-and-take-on-the-impossible-taskmasters.

If you or your organization is interested in participating in our Day of Action this September, please check out some of our ideas below:

Provide Cleaning Services for a Community Resource

  • Clean pre-loved toys to give away to children during the holidays.
  • Deep Clean Carpets, Office Areas (ex. cubicles), and Cloth Furniture.
  • Sort and Organize Closets, Display Shelves, Retail Space.
  • Caulk and Wash Windows.
  • Wash Walls and Baseboards.
  • Clean off mini-blinds, air vents, ceiling tiles.
  • Clean out a community storage shed or garage.
  • Wash vehicles, windows, gutters, and building exteriors.

Provide Nourishment for our Neighbors

  • Deliver Meals on Wheels
  • Bake goods for clients and consumers
  • Provide bag lunches for community volunteers
  • Participate in a Canned Food Drive for one of our local agencies

Brush and Brighten our Area with Fresh Colors

  • Paint the exterior or interior space of a senior's home or rehabilitation center.
  • Add a fresh coat of paint to an establishment's porch and/or window sills.
  • Paint an agency office space.
  • Paint a mural for a community space, park, or school.
  • Refresh painting on a community playground

Lay Down the Foundations for Area Advancement

  • Build shelves, bookcases, picnic tables
  • Repair porches or window screens
  • Build wheel-chair ramps to make areas more accessible
  • Reconstruct an unsafe porch for a neighbor in need
  • Build a sandbox / picnic area for kids
  • Build storage areas for a local agency
  • Beautify a space at a local school, community center
  • Trim overgrowth, remove / repair walking hazards on local trails
  • Plant a food producing community garden 
  • Establish pollinator gardens
  • Create rain gardens along local trails to reduce run-off pollution in our waterways
  • Help a neighborhood family in need with lawn maintenance
  • Pressure Wash Community Walkways

Collect Daily Necessities for those in Need

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Baby Wipes
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Diapers
  • Deodorant
  • Soaps, Shampoo, Conditioner
  • Toothbrushes, Toothpaste
  • Hairbrushes, Combs
  • Safety / Disposable Razors
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Quilts
  • Pillows
  • Dishware
  • Cookware
  • Silverware
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Disinfecting Spray
  • Multi-Purpose Cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Mops, Buckets, Brooms
  • Gently Used Vacuums 
  • Trash Bags


  • Socks
  • Undergarments
  • Hats, Gloves, Scarves

Gently Used

  • T-shirts
  • Jackets / Coats
  • Jeans, Pants, Shorts
  • Infantwear
  • Shoes, Sneakers
  • Professional Wear (Interview Clothing)
  • Outerwear
  • Notebooks (Wide-Ruled and College-Ruled)
  • Composition Books (Wide-Ruled and College-Ruled)
  • Pens, #2 Pencils, Highlighters
  • Post-it / Sticky Notes
  • Compass / Protractor
  • 8-Digit Calculators (ex. TI-108)
  • 3-Ring Binders (1in-3in)
  • Wide-Ruled 3-Hole Punch Paper
  • College-Ruled 3-Hole Punch Paper
  • Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils
  • Glue Sticks / Glue Bottles
  • Erasers, Correction Tape

When you are ready to join our fight to advance the education, financial stability, and healthy living of Henry County and Martinsville, VA please Submit Your Project Here or utilize the webform below.

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Day of Action | Friday, 9.22.2023
Agency Participation Request Form

Agency Information
Agency Contact
Are you completing a project or a drive?

Day of Action Project Information
Friday, September 22, 2023

Project Information
Project Address
Volunteer Needs
General Needs
Will your agency provide liability insurance to cover volunteers?
Does your agency have restrictions regarding media, photos, and/or video being taken inside your agency?

Day of Action Drive Information
Friday, September 22, 2023

Agency Drive Request
Item Retrieval
My agency can pick up the collected items:

Drive items will be available for immediate pick-up, on location at the September 22nd Day of Action, after the Volunteer Breakfast (approx. 10 a.m.)

Pick Up Available Between 9 AM - 5 PM
Monday-Friday | September 25 - October 6, 2023.

United Way of Henry County & Martinsville
49 E. Main St. Martinsville, VA 24112

Contact Rebecca Conter at or 276-638-3946 x110 to schedule an alternative pick-up time.
My agency will need to have the items delivered to our location
Delivery Available Between 10 AM - 5 PM
Monday-Friday | September 22 - October 6, 2023.
Delivery address is different than address listed above
Delivery Info