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Day of Caring - Muskegon

Thank you for making Day of Caring: Operation United a success!

Thank you to the record number of volunteers who came out for Muskegon County's Day of Caring this year! We were able to help 20 veterans with minor home repairs and landscaping/yard projects, along with putting together classrom supplies for elementary schools across the county.


THANK YOU to our sponsors, donors, and partners!

Event Sponsor:


Event Donors:
Keith Burkett  •  Forgotten Eagles Chapter 5  • Jonathon Venlet FIC, Modern Woodmen of America  •  Bob Scolnik  •  Michigan Community Service Commission

Event Partner:
Veteran’s Advisory Committee

Food and Beverage Partners:
Lions Host Club    •   AgeWell Services

Materials Partners:
Barry's Flower Shop, Greenhouses, Nursery & Landscaping  • City of Muskegon  • MCU Construction  • West Michigan Power Cleaning Equipment

School Supply Drive Sponsors:
Nowak Machined Products  • Molina Health Care


OPERATION UNITED is the theme for our 25th Annual Day of Caring. For this project, hundreds of volunteers from several companies, community organizations, and neighborhoods come together for a day of service to improve our communities. This year our Day of Caring will be held on September 7th from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM starting at the United Way of the Lakeshore's Office. We will be having an opening ceremony and breakfast in honor of our veterans and then send our volunteer teams out to serval different veteran homes across the county to help repair, improve and clean. We are expecting to complete 15-25 homes on this single day but could not do it without the help of our volunteers! Please consider volunteering or sponsoring this event to make it all possible!

Click The Arrows To Read About The Veterans We Will Be Helping: 




Company Team Registration: 

Does your company want to help on this impactful day? Consider registering a team to work together on a veteran home site! Click here to have employees register, just make sure they mention their company name!

Please consider having your company go the extra mile and sponsoring the Day of Caring! The projects we complete are very transformative and it takes a lot of great people, great companies and funding to make this day possible. Please contact Dominique Bunker at (231) 332-4006 for more information.

Operation Gratitude: 

Can't volunteer at a Veteran Home or one of our Day of Caring Sites? Consider writing a letter to a deployed soldier, first responder, new recruit or veteran! We are partnering with Operation Gratitude, an agency that sends over 250,000 care packages each year. In each package, the personal letters of appreciation are often the most cherished. Sign up a company, agency, classroom, or your own home to write letters at: 

From there, drop off your letters at the United Way Office at 31 E. Clay Ave, or ask for a representative to pick them up!

Volunteer Registration:

Want to be involved even if your company is not sponsoring a team? Click here to sign up as a Day of Caring Volunteer!

Job Descriptions:

Core Team Members:
♦ Work directly on homes and yards. They are the key pieces to completing the projects.

Team Leaders:
♦ Manages the volunteer group that will be working on their designated site
♦ Has background knowledge in supervision, minor repair, and landscaping
♦ Attends meetings throughout August for planning the Day of Caring (particularly the necessities for each veteran home)
♦ Works with the veteran on what can/will be done on the Day of Caring or on a prep work day

Family Liaison:
♦ Must be a social worker or case manager in profession
♦ Communicates between the veteran and the volunteer group. This is important for veteran home projects with veterans who may not be able to be with the volunteer groups due to their situations.

Resource Management:
♦ Must have a valid driver's license and operating vehicle
♦ Runs to the department store when supplies are short
♦ Keeps track of donated supplies and checks them in/out on the Day of Caring
♦ Ensures that all protocol is followed for waste pickup

Good & Welfare Liaison:
♦ Encourages volunteers throughout the day as well as the veteran
♦ Check in with the surrounding neighbors to let them know who your group is and how long you plan to be there

♦ Captures the event with video and photos (group pictures, action shots, small interviews)
♦ Sends them back to United Way of the Lakeshore through text, email, or Facebook for the end of day video

Thank You For Last Year's Success! 

  To view photos from last year click here