Day of Action


In 2016, we achieved great things!

When we all come together to give our time – friends, neighbors, everyone in the community – we create an educated, prosperous and safe Acadiana where all individuals and families achieve their potential.

Day of Action is just one way volunteers make #greathingshappen across Acadiana.

Check out how we all came together and made great things happen on June 17th.

  • 443 volunteers from 25 volunteer teams were engaged in this year’s Day of Action donating 1,772 hours of volunteer service valued at $41,748.32.
  • 15 community partners served as project sites welcoming teams of volunteers to complete hands-on projects in support of the PACT United.
  • A $4,500.00 grant was received from Depend to implement the Fitness Field Day and Shoebox Projects. Depend and United Way came together to promote healthy, active and independent living throughout an individual’s life, with a focus on volunteering.
  • Approximately 700 children learned money management tips, helped sort and decorate personal hygiene kits for needy children and families and were educated about the importance of nutrition, exercise and healthy living.
  • To date, 471 individuals will be provided personal hygiene kits which will be distributed to nine (9) local shelters, schools and nonprofits throughout Acadiana.  They include:  New Start Center, Welcome House, Faith House, Catholic Services, St. Martin Parish School Board Child Welfare Program, Lafayette Parish School Board Homeless Program, Acadia Parish School Board Child Welfare Program, Vermilion Parish School Board Child Welfare Program and Outreach Center Flashlight House.
  • School supply drives were launched collecting 700 school supplies to kick-start our Stuff the Bus initiative.  Stuff the Bus will take place July 25 – 29.
  • Five (5) classroom makeovers were completed at Edgar Martin Middle School, JCEP, Live Oak, Meaux Elementary and Mire Elementary valued at $2,500.00!
  • Approximately 800 personal hygiene items were collected to support the "Flood the Love” project in support of individuals and families impacted by the floods in North Louisiana.
  • $800 sponsorship was received to fund the first Little Free Library to be built in the fall!

During Day of Action, hundreds of volunteers took part in this year’s event. On that day, 500 students learned budgeting skills with an interactive board game and enjoyed fun literary activities with a little extra reading practice and a book to help decrease the #summerslide and to build home libraries. And these two activities help set them up for success. They’re learning at a young age the importance of budgeting and saving – skills that can help them grow up to be financially stable adults. They’re learning necessary literary skills that can set them up for an academically successful school year. Those same students also created personal hygiene and emergency kits for local shelters throughout Acadiana, so they are also learning what it means to help others.

When the community unites to take ACTION, #GreatThingsHappen. We create more opportunities for a better life for all. Everyone wins when children graduate from high school on time, when families are financially stable and when our neighbors can meet their basic needs. That’s how we make lasting change in Acadiana.

Volunteers are an important part of that change – not just on Day of Action. We’re helping people we might not know personally, but their long-term success is intrinsically tied to our own.

You don’t have to wait for Day of Action to make a difference. UWA has several volunteer opportunities so that you can take action throughout the year. A little bit of your time can go a long way toward creating a better Acadiana. 

Day of Action projects included reading activities with children in summer camps, teaching children about money with a Budget Buddy game, creating personal hygiene kits, gardening, sorting food and more.

For more information about Day of Action, contact Volunteer Mobilization Manager Deidra Lewis  at 337.706.1226 or To sign up today click here.