Day of Caring moved to November

Blackbaud employees tend a row of roses at North Charleston's Felix Pinckney Community Center during the Day of Caring 2011.

Trident United Way's annual Day of Caring will be moved from September to Nov. 14 this year to accommodate requests by local schools, which told the organization they needed more time to prepare for the event.

The Day of Caring's corporate sponsors also preferred the later date.

"Our partners spoke, and we listened," Kat Morgan, Community Volunteer Manager and lead organizer of Trident United Way's Day of Caring, in a release.

The Day of Caring is intended to turn a day of volunteerism into a year of community engagement, targeting education, health and financial stability. It has been traditionally held on the Friday and Saturday closest to Sept. 11. It began in 2000 and occurred on Sept. 11, 2001, the day of the largest terrorist attack on American soil. Since then, it has been tied to the date.

Schools, companies and other groups join with nonprofit organizations to work on service projects on the Day of Caring, many of which benefit local schools. Last year's projects included free eye exams, building a garden and cleaning light fixtures.

The date switch will allow for more favorable weather for outdoor projects, according to a release; hurricane season is over by mid-November, and weather is usually more favorable, with mild temperatures and lower humidity.

Groups can register for the Day of Caring at