Day to Serve
day to serve

Mission Statement
Day to Serve is a unique annual initiative that transcends political and religious differences. It unites people of all faiths, races, cultures, and backgrounds with the shared goal of helping those in need and improving the communities where we live.

2016 Day to Serve
During Day to Serve the LDS Church donated 40,000 pounds of food to two foodbanks in West Virginia and volunteers have registered 212 events on the Day to Serve website and an additional 164 Opportunities/Events and 4303 hours of service have been collected by WVU (376 total events!)

Thanks to the generous support from our sponsors at Noble Cause and Volunteer West Virginia, Inc. we were able to award 13 Mini-grants for local community service projects totaling $4,116, including the following:

Blue Ridge Community & Technical College ($300)

Eastwood Elementary School, Morgantown ($300)

Marshall Medical Outreach ($133.89)

Education Alliance ($100), Morgantown

Coal River Mountain Watch ($285)

Lewis County First ($291.34)

Kanawha County Master Gardeners ($300)

Preservation Alliance ($297)

Caritas House ($300) 

Doddridge County FRN ($299)

United Way of Central WV ($300)

Friends of Blackwater ($210)

WVU Service Learning ($1,000)

High School Food & hygiene backpack project

Black Bear Trail maintenance

Low income health event

Dinner for Ronald McDonald House

Coal River clean-up

VFW clean-up and repair

Building raised beds for Manna Meal

Clean-up of historic Dunbar School in Fairmont

Landscaping and clean-up

Pillow project for local preschoolers

Various Day of Caring projects

Blackwater River clean-up

Various student projects

 

History
Day to Serve began in 2012 as a collaboration between the governors of MD, VA, WV and the mayor of DC. They set aside political differences and worked together to feed the hungry and improve their communities. They invited all citizens, faith groups, businesses and community organizations to join the cause. They encouraged the creativity of individuals, families, groups and communities to meet the needs that they saw in their own backyards.

During the first year more than 14,000 volunteers carried out 750 community service projects. They collected and donated more than 600,000 pounds of food and planted hundreds of trees. Moreover, the stories of service inspired the region and created momentum for the next year.

In 2015, the governors and mayor increased their commitments, resulting in over 74,000 volunteers that included more than 25,000 youth. These volunteers completed over 235,000 hours of service across 1,500 events throughout the region. Volunteers collected and donated over 820,000 lbs of food to area food banks, food kitchens and pantries throughout the area. Volunteers also collected 13,000 bags of trash and collected over $45,000.00 in donations to local non-profits. Again, we heard incredible stories of people engaging in service that had not in the past, or engaging in service with a group whom they did not previously know.

While Day to Serve partners and volunteers clean up neighborhoods and collect food, more importantly, they build bridges in neighborhoods, among strangers, and between groups who had no previous association with each other. Day to Serve connects and mobilizes communities. Today, faith communities are the foundation of Day to Serve, but all people are welcome and encouraged to participate.

  • Regional Day to Serve website
  • Ideas for service projects
  • Small minigrants (up to $300) will be available for qualified projects. Application