Day of Action 2024

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Join thousands across the globe in volunteering on the longest day of the year, June 21st!

What is Day of Action?

United Way Day of Action is a global call for individuals and organizations to come together and LIVE UNITED by addressing a wide range of community challenges. This special day is your opportunity to help us turn our mission into tangible action. We invite you to volunteer and contribute to enhancing the building blocks of a good quality of life: education, financial stability, and health.

This year, United Way of the Lakeshore is offering numerous volunteer opportunities, allowing everyone to participate in this impactful day of service. Get involved and make a difference in our community!

Day of Action events:

Oceana County Mobile Food Pantry 

United Way of the Lakeshore is proud to be hosting a series of mobile food pantries in Oceana County throughout the year with our amazing partners. Over 200 families will receive nutritious food at our Day of Action mobile food pantry in Shelby on Friday, June 21st. Join United Way of the Lakeshore, Feeding America West Michigan, and our community partners in volunteering!

Location: Shelby Middle School, 525 N. State St. Shelby, MI 49455

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Parties in the Park

Join United Way of the Lakeshore and Mission United in volunteering for our first Party in the Park at Hackley Park in Downtown Muskegon! For 40 years Parties in the Park has been a Muskegon institution which provides Friday evening entertainment, free admission, and a family-friendly atmosphere. The Mission of Parties in the Park is to create a sense of community and appreciation for Muskegon’s Downtown through a family-oriented social event. Sponsored by a variety of Muskegon County not-for-profit groups, the proceeds from the Parties either make physical enhancements or quality of life improvements for the whole community.

Proceeds from the Parties in the Park on Friday, June 21st will go to support our veterans programming and services through MISSION UNITED. Too often, veterans tell us the problem is not a lack of services, but a lack of coordination between those services. Through MISSION UNITED, United Way and its partners help military veterans and their families successfully acclimate back to civilian life by affording them the services and support they need.

Location: Hackley Park, 350 W. Webster Ave. Muskegon, MI 49440

Time: 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Veterans History Project (Newaygo County)

The Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

These personal accounts are recorded via tablets, laptops, or smartphones. Volunteers help veterans fill out the proper paperwork and then help with the first-hand interview by asking questions and talking to the veteran throughout the process. This project also allows oral histories to be shared of “Gold Star Family members” including parents, spouse, sibling or child of members of the Armed Forces who died as a result of their service during the period of the war.

We have been recording our local veterans and submitting them to the Library of Congress so that the local stories of our veterans around the lakeshore are preserved for decades to come. The Veterans History Project only accepts videos of veterans during active war times. That leaves a huge gap in our nation's heroes that served during "peacetimes". With our local log, you can view not only the ones that are submitted to the Library of Congress, but of those who may not be eligible due to not meeting strict criteria. 

Questions about Day of Action or the Volunteer Center? Contact Sara at sara@unitedwaylakeshore.org or call 231-332-4010.