518 Day

518 Day Community Celebration

United Way's 518 Day provides opportunities for individuals, families, and groups to be part of solutions to building a more resilient Capital Region through volunteerism and community impact. There are many opportunities to participate in 518 Day through virtual, remote, and in-person service projects and activities! For questions, email 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org

518 Day Volunteer opportunities are LIVE NOW!

Choose Your Service Project

What keeps the Greater Capital Region strong is the power of the community. Select a 518 Day service project through UWGCR's United to Volunteer portal. You can view all the volunteer opportunities offered for 518 Day, track your volunteer hours, and continue to engage with local organizations that need your help. 

Search 518 Day projects on UnitedtoVolunteer.org

Service Project


Virtual 5K

Complete the 5K any time between Sat., May 15 and Tues., May 18 at midnight. The miles can be done wherever you feel comfortable while maintaining necessary social distancing, including your neighborhood, park, treadmill, or wherever you enjoy! 

Track your 3.1 miles and post a photo on social media! Be sure to tag United Way of the Greater Capital Region and use #518Day

Registration is a $25 donation to UWGCR.

Registration Closed


Virtual 5K

518 Shots on 518 Day: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic 

5-7 p.m.  |  Joseph L. Bruno Stadium

Registration Closed

As restrictions are lifted across New York, it is critical that we ALL get vaccinated to keep ourselves and our neighbors safe and healthy. The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and is now available to everyone. Together, we can end the pandemic.

Appointments are available for the 518 Day vaccine clinic on Tuesday, May 18 from 5-7 p.m. at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.


We’re pleased to partner with four local restaurants on this important effort. Every person who gets vaccinated at the 518 Day vaccine clinic will receive a voucher redeemable for one drink at Yono's | dp An American Brasserie, June Farms, The Nest or Nine Pin Cider. Those under 21 will receive one complimentary reserved ticket to a Tri-City ValleyCats game.

Falcon Club is also generously providing a voucher for $10 off a ride to all who get vaccinated at the 518 Day clinic and you can snap a post-vaccine photo at the photo booth by JP Elario.

Get registered, spread the word, and help your friends and family get registered too.

Matt Baumgartner vaccine quote

Matt Baumgartner

June Farms, The Troy Beer Garden, The Berlin, & The Olde English Pub

“Guys, getting the vaccine is the responsible thing to do for your family, friends and your coworkers!  Having the vaccine myself, it feels great knowing that I am not continuing the spread of a virus that has, and continues to, hurt so many people’s lives.  We can do this, America!”

Dominick Purnomo vaccine quote

Dominick Purnomo
Owner & Wine Director

Yono’s & dp An American Brasserie

“Encouraging our community to get vaccinated will allow us to resume our lives and lifestyles. It is safe. It is effective. And it is the responsible thing to do for the overall health and welfare of our community.”

Joshua Whelan vaccine quote

Joshua Whelan
 Director of Marketing and Business Development 

Nine Pin Ciderworks, LLC

“The pandemic has had a crippling impact on the food and beverage industry. The COVID-19 vaccine offers a swift solution for our society to return to normalcy, which will allow our industry to begin recovery. Nine Pin Cider encourages everyone to receive their vaccine and help our community heal.”

Devin and Kaytrin Ziemann vaccine quote

Devin and Kaytrin Ziemann

The Nest in Schenectady

“As a family-owned local business with employees who continued to work through the entire pandemic, we are thrilled that our employees can feel a sense of ease being vaccinated. And now, so many guests are or will soon be fully vaccinated. It’s nice to see some normalcy coming back!”

Help Us Stuff the CDTA Bus!

Health & Hygiene Drive for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants 

Led by Women United, our annual Stuff the CDTA Bus will be a Health & Hygiene Drive benefitting the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI).  USCRI helps newly arrived refugees receive a comprehensive set of services including housing placement, cultural orientation, school enrollment, coordination of initial health appointments, referrals to ESL classes, and employment preparation and placement. 

How You Can Help

For 518 Day we are gratefully accepting the following items. For questions about donations contact 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org


  • blankets and comforters: twin, full, queen – new or gently used
  • 100% cotton sheet sets: twin & full – new or almost new
  • curtains for all window sizes (not valances)
  • shower curtains and new liners
  • towels & washcloths – new or gently used


  • utensils
  • dinnerware sets
  • cooking knives
  • cutlery
  • dish towels
  • pot holders


  • shampoo
  • soap
  • deodorant
  • shaving cream
  • razors
  • sanitary napkins
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrushes
  • diapers (all sizes)

Household Products

  • laundry detergent
  • dish detergent
  • sponges
  • spray cleaner with bleach
  • multi-surface floor cleaner
  • toilet bowl cleaner
  • wastebaskets
  • light bulbs

Gift Cards

  • Grocery Store
  • Walmart
  • VISA

Saturday, May 15 & Sunday, May 16

9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Crossgates Mall (in the overflow lot across from Dave & Busters, next to the Hilton Hotel)

Tuesday, May 18

9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Shop for items from our Amazon wish list to donate from home. Items will be shipped directly to United Way of the Greater Capital Region.

Random Acts of Kindness 518 Day BINGO Random Acts of Kindness BINGO card

Need a fun way to make a difference? BINGO! Do you like to do random acts of kindness? BINGO! Want an easy way to volunteer on your own or as part of a remote team? BINGO!

Our 518 Day Random Acts of Kindness BINGO Card is for you!

Played individually or with a team, Random Acts of Kindness Bingo is a great way to show how several random acts of kindness really add up! This is a great remote volunteer activity for your friends, coworkers, and family!

How it works:

•    Register as a team or individual. There is no cost to play.
•    Download the Random Acts of Kindness Bingo Card
•    Each square represents a random act of kindness.
•    When you complete a square, write in the amount of time it took to complete.
•    Complete a row, diagonal, or column to get your BINGO!  You can try for as many BINGOs on your card as you like!  
•    Once you get BINGO, add up the total amount of time spent volunteering from each of your squares and track your hours on your United to Volunteer profile!

We will be randomly selecting four BINGO participants to receive a special giveaway.

To enter, snap a photo of your BINGO card (with the completed squares checked off) and email it to 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org by midnight on May 18. Please be sure to include in your email: Your name and contact information (phone, email, and address) and any fun stories about your Random Acts of Kindness projects.  We would love to feature your stories on our social media pages!

Email 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org with any questions. 

Download your Random Acts of Kindness BINGO card and get started!

Thank you to the 518 Day Sponsors!

518 Day Sponsors


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