UNITED WAY SUNCOAST ORGANIZES MASSIVE VOLUNTEER EVENT ACROSS FOUR COUNTIES
Some 1,900 Volunteers Expected for Day of Caring to Complete Projects in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties
FLORIDA’S WEST COAST – Nearly 1,900 volunteers from more than 42 local companies will be mobilized to tackle 101 projects at local social service agencies, schools and community organizations through United Way Suncoast’s annual Day of Caring, held on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
Volunteers will take on projects at United Way partner agencies, ranging from landscaping to painting and everything in between. “Each year, we hear stories of how volunteers arrive at their project ready to make changes for others, and they themselves are changed and moved by their volunteer experience. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience for all. In the wake of so much tragedy over the past several months, it’s more important than ever for people to have the opportunity to reach out and help others.”
United Way Suncoast organizes this huge undertaking, among the largest in the region, as part of its mission to connect the caring people of the community with opportunities to make a difference. Through Day of Caring, local companies send teams of employees to volunteer on projects that service agencies might not have the manpower or resources to afford. Tasks to be completed run the gamut from creating computer network systems to painting, from conducting mock interviews for low-income job seekers to gardening, and from refinishing furniture to cleaning and organizing. The value of the donated work is estimated to be $222,522*, amounting to 9,218 hours or 230 weeks of work in just one day.
“Day of Caring is an opportunity to mobilize thousands of volunteers to make positive, long-lasting community change,” said Nicholas Castro, United Way Suncoast’s volunteer engagement strategies director. “This is a day when the Suncoast community truly lives united. In fact, it has grown so large, we have extended some project dates to enable more volunteers and non-profit agencies to participate.”
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Media is invited to these photo and interview opportunities on Thursday, October 12 between 9 a.m. – 11 am. A United Way Suncoast representative will be on site during these hours.
Hillsborough County: United Way Resource Center at Sulphur Springs
84112 N 12th Street Tampa, FL 33604
Pinellas County: Campbell Park Elementary School
1051 7th Ave S. St., Petersburg, FL 33705
Sarasota County: American Red Cross
2001 Cantu Court, Sarasota, FL 34232
Manatee County: Food Bank of Manatee County
3231 59th Drive East, Bradenton, FL 34208
*The Independent Sector, a leadership forum for charities, foundations and corporate giving programs, calculated the value of a volunteer (April, 2016) at $24.14 per hour.
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About United Way Suncoast
United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed, help adults achieve long-term financial stability, and activating caring individuals through volunteerism. We are proud to serve the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by operating and funding services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community.