Have you ever thought about having another job just for one day? For 20 years United Way of Northeast Arkansas has given that opportunity to as many as 500 volunteers every year. That day is the Day of Caring. Ordinary people just like you and me trade jobs for just one day to help local nonprofits who give back to Region 8 365 days a year! Day of Caring projects include: building a wheel chair ramp to help children mount a horse at Home for Life, painting a mural at the Foundation of Arts, putting finishing touches on a Habitat House or filing for CRDC. It is amazing how one project can touch so many lives. For example, thirty volunteers will paint the gym at City Youth but hundreds of students will play basketball and dodge ball in that gym, one simple act that will benefit so many children. Governor Mike Beebe has declared September "Arkansas Volunteer Month" to honor volunteers who give of their time and talents to make Arkansas great. This year's theme is "Volunteers: Hands that serve, hearts that care." According to the Division of Community Service and Nonprofit Support of Arkansas, volunteer time equates to $27.45 per hour. The impact of 300-500 volunteers giving one day of their time equals $51,345 to $96,075 in value to the dozens of non-profits organizations served at Day of Caring. Multiply that by 20 years and Day of Caring has made a major impact. The mission of United Way is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of people in the 8-county community they serve. That is Day of Caring and that is what makes this a Better Region 8.