518 Day

518 Day Community Celebration

Presented by MVP Health Care
May 18, 2022

United Way's 518 Day provides opportunities for individuals, families, and groups to be part of the solution to building a more resilient Capital Region through volunteerism and community impact. On May 18, join hundreds across the Capital Region taking action in their communities through various improvement projects for local non-profit health and human service agencies and activities uniting our neighbors! For questions, email 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org.

Service Projects, Stuff the CDTA Bus, Virtual 5K, Sunrise Yoga, RAK Bingo, and more!

Share your day using #518Day and tag us!

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How Will You Get Involved?

518 Day Shirts

First 500 volunteers to sign up will receive a 518 Day Shirt.

May 11 - May 14 || 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Pick up your 518 Day shirts from The Blake Annex at 1 Steuben Place, Albany

Reserve yours: 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org

ValleyCats Tickets

Our Tri-City ValleyCats are going up against the Lake Erie Crushers on May 18 at the Joe Bruno Stadium. Get your tickets today for $5.18 in support of 518 Day using promo code LIVEUNITED 


Albany ENT

 Albany ENT is offering FREE hearing exams on 518 Day at the following locations. No appointment is necessary.

May 18 || 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mechanicville Area Community Service Center
6 S. Main St., Mechanicville

Cohoes Senior Center
10 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes

4 volunteers at a farming service project

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. 

Examples of projects include landscaping, storage organization, painting, and more!

Create your United to Volunteer profile and choose your 518 Day service project at UnitedtoVolunteer.org

Women holding box on CDTA bus

Stuff the CDTA Bus

Women United Community Baby Shower Drive

Being a parent can be challenging, especially for expecting parents who already struggle to make ends meet. Welcome our newest community members and provide valuable encouragement and support to new moms by participating in this year's Community Baby Shower led by Women United.

See below for collection items and drop-off locations. Interested in starting a collection and would like assistance in organizing? Contact 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org

The Women United Community Baby Shower will support Mom Starts Here, Schenectady Community Action Partnership, Trinity Alliance, Unity House of TroyUS Committee for Refugees & Immigrant Services, and Wellspring.

How to Donate


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United Way GCR
at the Blake Annex
1 Steuben Place
Albany, NY 12207


May 14, 15 & 18  |  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Crossgates Mall
1 Crossgates Mall Rd, Albany

Look for the bus in the parking lot of Tru by Hilton Albany Hotel

May 18 |  10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

SUNY Empire State College
1 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs

May 18 |  4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Joe Bruno Stadium at HVCC
80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy

Stuff the Bus items

For more information, email 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org 

Interested in starting a collection with your business or organization to drop off at the bus on 518 Day?

We want to know! Send an email 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org with the details of your collection or any questions you may have.

Use this sign on the outside of your collection box.

The Women United Community Baby Shower will support Mom Starts HereSchenectady Community Action PartnershipTrinity AllianceUnity House of TroyUS Committee for Refugees & Immigrant Services, and Wellspring.

Family with 5K bibs

Virtual 5K

Presented by Tri-City Rentals

Cost: $25  |  Register Here

Download Bib
Use this graphic to tag and nominate your friends on social

Run, Walk, Bike your 5K anytime in the month of May. Miles can be done wherever you feel comfortable including your neighborhood, park, treadmill or wherever you enjoy! Track your 3.1 miles and post a photo on social media!

Post a photo and tag United Way GCR and use #518Day

Group participating in yoga

Sunrise Yoga

Presented by Honest Weight Food Co-op.

Cost: $25  |  Register Here

Join us for a 60-minute sunrise vinyasa flow to kick off the morning of 518 Day. The class will begin at 6 a.m. on the roof of the Blake Annex, (1 Steuben Place, Albany) with Yoga Activist Nikki Rogers, followed by a light breakfast courtesy of Honest Weight.

Please come prepared with your own mat and water. Class is limited to 40 participants

Random Acts of Kindness BINGO 

Presented by Stewart's Shops

Need a fun way to make a difference? BINGO!

Random Acts of Kindness Bingo (RAK) or RAK for Kids is a great way to show how several random acts of kindness add up! This is a great remote volunteer activity for your friends, coworkers, and family!

If you're interested in participating as a classroom or a school, please reach out to us at 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org so we can recognize your group.

Tag us on social media or email 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org with your completed RAK card in the month of May to be mailed an ice cream voucher for Stewart's Shops! 

How it works

  • Download the RAK Bingo Card below.
  • Each square represents a random act of kindness; complete these tasks as a group or independently.
  • When you complete a square, please write in the time it took to complete it on your United to Volunteer profile.

Once you get BINGO

  • Complete a row, diagonal, or column to get your BINGO - You can try for as many BINGOs on your card as you like!
  • You can track your hours and add them to your volunteer time in your United to Volunteer profile.
  • Add up the total amount of time spent volunteering from each of your squares.
  • Email your card to 518Day@unitedwaygcr.org with your contact information, and we will send you your Stewart's Shops ice cream coupon. 

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

RAK Bingo Card

RAK Bingo Card 2022

RAK Bingo Card for Kids

RAK Kids Bingo Card 2022

Thank you to the 518 Day Sponsors

518 Day Sponsors

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