Join thousands of people in the Dayton area for a pancake brunch to celebrate the 21st annual Day of Caring on Sunday, February 27th. For just $6, $4 for seniors and children you’ll get pancakes and sausage. Some locations have expanded the menu and some also offer Indian Food like chicken curry, vegetables, rice and nan. Created by Jan Venkayya in 1991 as a day to bring awareness to local hunger and homelessness, this event continues to grow. The grass roots organization, which started out with 12 locations in Montgomery County, has grown and this year includes 47 sites, including Cincinnati and Richmond, Indiana.
Funds raised from the local brunches go to help local homeless and housing coalitions. Day of Caring has received approximately $1 million of in-kind donations from area corporations and individuals. Besides raising awareness and funds for the hungry, another goal of the organizations is to encourage volunteerism and teach individuals to participate and see the difference they can make.
The Day of Caring Symbol signifies founder Venkayya’s expectations for the event. The outer circle represents the continuing act of caring and the world in which we all exist. The solid circle represents a single act of caring, and, as a single drop of water falls onto a pool of water creating ripples (represented by the 3 partial concentric circles), so does the single act of caring have a continuous effect on those who benefit from its action.