Day of Caring 2017

2017 Day of Caring is Saturday, September 23!

Join UGN and our Partner Organizations for our 7th Annual Day of Caring.  Team up with colleagues from your workplace, or invite friends in the community to join you for a few hours of your day on Saturday to work on a project.

Interested?  Contact Us!

All events planned for September 23 will begin at 9:00 at the Mountain View Gym.  Volunteers will check in and then be directed to their sites to begin work.

Admiralty Audubon Society
October 22
12 volunteers

Celebrate UGN’s Day of Caring and autumnal Arbor Day with Admiralty Audubon! As a part of our efforts to improve our urban and community forests, we will plant young Shore Pine and Garry Oak in the Decatur Right of Way on the northeast side of Kah Tai Lagoon Nature Park. Our goal is to improve habitat in this ‘Duck Heaven’ corner of the park. Bring work gloves and shovels. Buckets would be helpful to transfer soil while digging and planting. Refreshments provided. Park on 19th Street west of the Kearney Street intersection. Information – call Rosemary at 360-385-0307 or Debbie at 360-531-3415 or email


COAST Winter Shelter*
4 to 8 Volunteers

Have you been watching the Home Improvement Channel?  Well, put those skills to work helping re-do the laundry room and storage unit at the winter shelter located in the American Legion Hall.  Pack up your hammers and tool belt and help make someone’s winter better. Contact Karen at 360-796-0420.


Farmer’s Market of Jefferson County
September 25
8 volunteers

We’re moving and we need your help.  The office of the Farmer’s Market is moving and could use a few good people to help make this job faster and easier.  Join the team at 9:30 and there might be a vegetable in it for you!  Contact Amanda at 360-379-9098, email:


Kul Kah Han Native Plant Garden
6 Volunteers

We enjoy sharing our knowledge of drought-tolerant and beautiful Pacific Northwest native plants.  Join us for a few hours as we care for the Garden and prepare for our Fall Plant Sale that benefits Garden projects.  Weeding, spreading wood chips, cutting back dried plant tops, making seedling labels.  Bring gloves, tools provided. Contact Bekka at


Jefferson Marine Resources Committee and WSU
September 20, 21, & 22
12 volunteers/2 locations/2days

What exactly is a rain garden?  Now is your chance to learn.  Sign up to help create a rain garden at either Chetzamoka Park (9/20) or in Port Hadlock (9/21 & 22).  Not only is it making the world more beautiful, it’s making our waters cleaner, too.  This project starts September 20 and ends the 23. Contact Bob or Tim:  Bob’s cell: 360-789-8694 or Tim’s cell:  937-604-7570


Jefferson Land Trust
15 Volunteers

Keep those tool belts handy and come help the JLT build 6 park benches.  These beautiful benches will be located around the reserve and offer a beautiful resting place for our community. This project will take place in Port Townsend.  No experience necessary.  Call Carrie at 360-385-3797 for more information.


Jumping Mouse
4 Volunteers

You will jump for joy knowing that you’ve done such a good deed for the wonderful folks at Jumping Mouse Children’s Center.  Bring your gloves and step ladders and weed the garden and wash the windows.  Contact Jenny at  360-379-5109


Dove House Advocacy Services
15 volunteers

Help us build:

  • A “little free library” for the whole community to enjoy (see what this is at
  • A mini “pantry” for the whole community to enjoy (see what this is at
  • Two picnic tables for our Emergency Shelter (one adult size, one child size)

Carpentry skills appreciated but not required.  If you can cut and put things together or want to learn how, join us.  Call 360-385-5292 ext. 324 to reserve your spot.

*Events will take place on September 23 unless otherwise noted



2016 Day of Caring was Incredible:  Thanks to all who joined us on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th!!!

For our 6th Annual Day of Caring, over one hundred community members donned UGN Day of Caring t-shirts and fanned out in teams to work on one of 15 projects throughout the County.humanesociety

Our Annual UGN Day of Caring celebrates the spirit of volunteerism and service in Jefferson County.  Day of Caring brings community members together to honor and celebrate the dedication and commitment of volunteers in our community.  It is also the kick-off celebration for the 2016 United Good Neighbors Fall Fund Drive.

Our goal for the Fall  Fund Drive is to raise $200,000 to fund local health and human service organizations that deliver vital services in our community.

The Day of Caring event kicked off with a gathering at the Cotton Building at 8:30 am on Friday morning.   Mayor Deborah Stinson joined us to read the Day of Caring Proclamation.

2016 Good Neighbor Award Winners:


Colette Kostelec, Polly Lyle and Bob Ferris (Amanda Milholland, pictured here, accepted the award on behalf of Bob)

Nikki Russell announced the 2016 UGN Good Neighbor Award winners:

Polly Lyle received 6 nominations for the award, recognizing her exemplary service with the Friends of Port Townsend Library, The Port Townsend Public Library Foundation, Port Townsend Library, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Northwinds Arts Center.

Colette Kostelec received 2 nominations for her outstanding commitment and service to Pro Bono Lawyers and the Jefferson County Bar Association.

Bob Ferris received recognition for 13 years of service to the Jefferson County Farmer’s Market.



Day of Caring volunteers worked on a variety of projects:

  • The Port Townsend Library gardens, the ReCyclery grounds, Nora’s Neighborhood Park at Habitat’s Birkenfeld Community, Kul Kah Han Native Plant Garden, and The Boiler Room garden each got a dose of TLC;
  • The Humane Society dog walking trails got some much needed grooming;
  • The Tyler Street stairs got a new coat of paint
  • Backpack for kids weekend nutrition bags were assembled for local school children, and
  • Trails at Fort Worden were assessed for level of difficulty for Disability Awareness Starts Here (DASH).

Students from the Swan School participated again this year, helping to complete projects at The ReCyclery and Nora’s Neighborhood Park.  Swan School pre-school students helped to assemble bags of personal care items for COAST Shelter guests.  The Swan School also organized an additional beach clean-up project for their students so the entire school could participate in UGN’s Day of Caring

We know that volunteers dedicate time, talent and skills every day of the year.  We hope Day of Caring both celebrates and inspires service throughout the year!

For more photos from Day of Caring: Day of Caring Photos on Facebook


Swan School Students help out Habitat for Humanity!


Debbi Steele digs in at the Boiler Room garden