Day of Caring

Every year we look forward to kicking off our Annual United Way of Greater Lima Campaign with a day of giving back.  Allen County is a giving community as evidenced by the hundreds of volunteers who turn out each year to help our non-profit community partners get things done that aren't possible within the non-profit budget and normal staffing levels.  When we all come together, so much good can be accomplished!  Thank you, everyone, who committed to Day of Caring! You are United Way Heroes!

Friday, September 8th, 2023, marked the United Way of Greater Lima’s 7th annual Day of Caring. This year we all gathered out at The Ohio State University, Lima Campus to kick off the 2023 United Way of Greater Lima Campaign. We had a special "appearance" from none other than Steven Tyler (only this time in a cape), Captain America, and Spiderman. We were all inspired by our campaign co-chairs Ronda and Jason as well as United Way President and CEO Erin Hardesty. After rallying and getting pumped up for an amazing campaign year over 300 volunteers took to the community to help several Partner Agencies and local Non-Profits. A few of the agencies that we were able to help include Activate Allen County, Andrew's House of Hope, The ARC of Allen County, Crime Victim Services, Soldiers of Honor, The Salvation Army, West Ohio Food Bank and many more. We are United Way HEROES.

We would like to thank all of our volunteers that came out to help the community.
You are United Way HEROES!


Ronda, Jason & Erin

Ronda Lehman, Erin Hardesty, and Jason May

Day of Caring Breakfast

Day of Caring Photo Collage


Thank you PERRY proTECH, P.A.S.S., & All Service Glass for all your hard work at Crime Victim Services!

Thank you Delphos St. John's Mission Society for volunteering at Allen County Council on Aging and Andrew's House of Hope !

Thank you Mercy Health - St. Rita's & Nutrien for all your hard work at The ARC of Allen County!

Thank you Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce & NGP Printing for all your hard work at Activate Allen County's S. Jackson St. Garden!

Thank you Bluffton Weekday Christian Education and Innovative Opportunities for assisting The Salvation Army at their Clothing Give-a-way during their monthly garage sale!

Thank you HCF Management & PERRY proTECH for all the hard work at Soldiers of Honor!

Thank you Superior Credit Union, Area Agency on Aging 3 Retirees, Schrader Realty, E.S. Evans, American Electric Power, & Allen County Board of DD for all your hard work cleaning up and distributing food at West Ohio Food Bank!

September 9th, 2022 was a great day for the Greater Lima area!  Three hundred plus volunteers joined us at The Ohio State University at Lima for the kick-off of the 2022 United Way of Greater Lima Campaign.  We had special "appearances" from none other than the Beatles, Steven Tyler Smith and "half-pint"!  (Check out the photos below!)  Our theme this year is IMAGINE...IF WE ALL CAME TOGETHER.  The rest of that day, we saw what can happen if we all come together!  Those 300 plus volunteers spread themselves out in the greater Lima area to work hard and do good!


We kicked off our 2021 Campaign with a sports themed event this year. We had 350 volunteers come together to help join us in making an impact in the area. Volunteers served agencies all over the county including the YWCA, West Ohio Food Bank, The ARC of Allen County, and much more! A huge thank you to all of our volunteers that came this year to be All-In Team United to help create positive changes in our community. 

Day of Caring 2021