Each year on June 21, thousands of people in more than 400 communities across the world volunteer through United Way to make their community a better place through Day of Action. United Way Day of Action is a snapshot of what United Way does all year long – galvanizing people around solutions to build stronger communities. Originally, Day of Action was tied to the longest day of the year in the U.S. Today, Day of Action is a global event and an opportunity to recruit new volunteers for year‐round engagement, inspire existing supporters, tell our story and advance our objectives.
And that is exactly what United Way of Greater Cincinnati did for its Day of Action this year.
On Wednesday, June 21, United Way of Greater Cincinnati became the first United Way globally to "Stuff the Streetcar" with donations from the community. Thanks to support from Cincinnati Bell, United Way chartered a Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar which collected items from community members at select stops during a four-hour time period in the afternoon. The collected donations all went directly to support the Cincinnati Preschool Promise, and included children's books, markers, pencils, crayons for children, and tissues, paper towels and hand sanitizer for preschool providers.
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The items were unloaded at Rhinegeist Brewery, where hundreds of volunteers assembled approximately 800 preschool readiness kits for families and 480 classroom kits for preschool providers, valued at more than $20,000.
All in all, more than 1,000 individuals donated or volunteered to help United Way and Cincinnati Preschool Promise make it possible for all children in our community to enjoy quality preschool.
"Together, we harness the power of community to create a stronger region for everyone to live, work and play," said Rob Reifsnyder, president, United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
Following the Day of Action, Cincinnati Preschool Promise will be working to distribute the kits to local families and preschool providers in an effort to ensure families are registering their children for quality preschool this fall.
Employees from over 60 local companies and organizations took part in Day of Action through donating or volunteering. Special shout outs for PNC Bank and AAA Cincinnati who both donated over 1,000 items, and Fifth Third Bank for sending over 50 volunteers to participate.
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AAA Allied Group, Inc.
Adopt A Book
AFSCME Local 232--Cincinnati Public Schools
American Financial Group, Inc.
American Modern Insurance Group
Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Beckman Weil Shepardson LLC
Better Business Bureau of Greater Cincinnati
Child Focus, Inc.
Cincinnati Association for the Education of Young Children
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati Preschool Promise
Cincinnati Public Schools
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
Details2Decor Event Planning Company
Empire Marketing Strategies
Fifth Third Bank
First Financial Bank
Great Oaks Health Professions Academy
Hebrew Union College
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Iota Sweetheart, Inc.
New Mission Missionary Baptist Church
News America Marketing
Ohio National Financial Services
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
St. Joseph Orphanage
The Christ Hospital
The Kroger Co.
Thrive Impact Sourcing
United Health Group, Inc.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
Western & Southern Financial Group
Woman's City Club of Greater Cincinnati