Day of Action 2019

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On July 26, 2019, United Way of Champaign County is rallying volunteers throughout the community for Day of Action, an annual event that mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to make a meaningful impact in more than 400 communities around the world. Here in Champaign County, we will be hosting a collection drive for needed items at local shelter providers.

We encourage everyone to browse the wish list and drop off an item on Friday, July 26 at the WDWS/WHMS Transmitter Site, corner of Neil St. and Windsor Rd, Champaign.

Access to affordable housing continues to be one of the top issues facing Champaign County – housing issues are the number one call to our 211 Helpline. Many working families are just one missed paycheck away from a housing crisis. We hope to shed light on this issue while collecting much-needed shelter supplies.

This event aligns with United Way’s goal of increasing economic mobility. Our shelter partners offer more than a safe place to stay. Through case management, they partner with families to build financial literacy, establish a savings, and ultimately secure permanent, stable housing. Ultimately, our shelter partners are strengthening the financial stability of our community.

United Way has partnered with the Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District, who will have a bus on-site to hold donated items.

2019 Day of Action Wish List

** Unless noted, we are only able to accept new or unopened items **

  • Twin sized sheets & blankets – gently used is acceptable
  • Cooking Utensils – stirring spoons, turners, and tongs
  • Cleaning supplies – broom w/dust pan, mops, and toilet brushes
  • Household Paper - Paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates
  • Women’s underwear – all sizes NEW ONLY
  • Baby care items – diapers, wipes, baby shampoo
  • Liquid Laundry Detergent

Donating is easy - drop off at WDWS on July 26.

Or, ship your items directly to the United Way office by ordering on Amazon! Click here to view this list on Amazon!


Help United Way promote this event by sharing a poster. Click the links below to download.

8.5 x 11 (Letter)

11x17 (Tabloid)