Get more involved and be a part of United Way Suncoast by attending one of our upcoming events.

Next Upcoming Event:

Joy of Giving

Volunteers are needed to help the Bullard Family Foundation and Stepp’s Towing join hands this holiday for Joy of Giving!

Join Thaddeus Bullard, aka WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil, in creating 10,000 smiles at the 9th annual Joy of Giving — Tampa’s largest holiday gift-giving event. On December 22, 2018, come experience the Joy of Giving with each gift given and received at Raymond James Stadium.

This FREE event, which includes food, games, entertainment and more, provides 10,000 gifts to children and families as well as connects them to valuable services and programs.

To volunteer for Joy of Giving, go to

February 2018

United Way Suncoast Obstacle Course Race

February 3, 2018
7:30 AM – 11 AM

Celery Fields
6893 Palmer Blvd
Sarasota, Florida 34240

UPDATE: Race results can be found here. Race pictures can be found here

JOIN US for our second annual United Way Obstacle Course Race.

Click to Register

Participants will enjoy more than a dozen challenging obstacles including a 6-foot wall climb, high wall scale, low crawl and much more. Total distance for the race is ~3 miles.

The race is not only a fun and engaging event for our community, but it’s also a metaphor for the obstacles so many people in our community face and how, with your help, United Way Suncoast is providing tools and support to help them achieve and overcome.

Proceeds will fund programs and services right here in the Sarasota/Manatee area to continue to fight for the education and financial stability of every person in our community. Programs like a new career training program at the United Way Suncoast Booker Middle School Resource Center where we have, in partnership with CareerEdge Funders Collaborative, successfully launched tuition-free Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) classes. The class and certification earned help motivate participants to increase their lifetime earning potential by building their job skills in careers desperately needed in our community.

Sound fun, but a little too challenging? Join the fun as a volunteer!

We’re looking for fun, energetic individuals to help make this race a success with a variety of opportunities available throughout the day. Email for more information.

Become a Sponsor

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Event details and schedule

4-person teams and individuals are invited to participate

Adults and children over 14 (with parent/guardian) are welcome

Individual tickets $70

Click to Register

Packet Pickup:
Friday, Feb. 2 from 4-7pm

Fleet Feet Sports Sarasota
711 S. Osprey Ave. #1
Sarasota, FL 34236

Obstacle Course Race Event Schedule
Saturday, February 3, 2018 Race Day Information

Celery Fields
6893 Palmer Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34240

Waves of 30-40 participants every 15 minutes beginning at 7:30 am and ending at noon.

Wave 1 and 2 are competitive wave for experienced athletes only.
5K (3 miles) of 18 various obstacles including wall climbs, mud crawls, hurdles and much more.


Arrival Information

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your wave start time.

Parking Information

Event parking will be provided.
Turn onto Center Road to be directed to the event parking and for directions to the start of the race.

NO parking is allowed:
• in the public parking lots located on Palmer Road,
• along the side of Palmer Road
• along the side of Center Road

Waivers and ID
Participants age 14 – 17 must have a waiver signed by their parent/guardian.

What to bring
The desire to have a great time!

What to Wear
OCR T-Shirt

All participants will receive a t-shirt, race bag, and finisher medals. Awards and prizes will be presented to the following:

Overall Male
Overall Female
Masters 40+ Male
Masters 40+ Female

Presenting Sponsor



Bib Sponsor





Media Sponsors




Platinum Sponsors






Gold Sponsors

Cool Today
Kerkering Barberio
New Balance
Manatee Federal Credit Union
Regions Bank

Camp Gladiator
Life Time, Inc.
Safran Electrical and Power



Night with the Lightning

Buy Tickets

Join us for United Way’s Night with the Lightning as your Tampa Bay Lightning take on the red-hot Vancouver Canucks! As a member of the United Way Suncoast family, enjoy discounted tickets and help support children and families in your community.

Proceeds from each ticket support United Way Suncoast. Use the promo code UNITEDWAY or call (813) 301-6883 to purchase your tickets.


United Way Suncoast’s VITA Tax-a-thon

February 9th and Saturday, February 10th, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd, Social Science Building, 2nd Floor, Tampa FL 33614

United Way Suncoast is pleased to announce it’s very first Tax-a-thon. In addition to preparing tax returns, this will be an all-around Financial Stability Event. The goal is to promote savings among adults by getting them to pledge their refund. We will also promote youth financial literacy with a space to keep children entertained while parents have their taxes done, The Kids Corner. United Way Suncoast partners will provide services such as opening banks accounts, credit counselors providing scores, community resources such as Low Income Taxpayers Clinic, and partners from the Economic Prosperity Center.

United Way Suncoast’s VITA Tax-a-thon will take place at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Dale Mabry on Friday, February 9th and Saturday, February 10th, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm both days located at 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd, Social Science Building, 2nd Floor, Tampa FL 33614.

If you would like information and have other questions regarding our VITA Tax-a-thon, please do not hesitate to contact Margie Perez, 813-274-0920,

Voluntines Party

Saturday, February 10
9:30 AM – 12 PM
Jackson Springs Recreation Center
Tampa, FL 33615

United Way Suncoast is excited to host our Voluntines Community Party in partnership with Boards for Bros and Jackson Springs Skate Park! Volunteers will help beautify the park, help assemble
50 skateboards tagged with inspirational messages and prepare and organize literacy kits to be distributed to schools in Hillsborough County.

Join us for music, food, and some skate-boarding — instructors will be on site to help show kids how to skateboard! Bring your friends, loved ones, and family!

Space is limited so register today –

Skateboards: Register Here
Landscaping: Register Here
Literacy Kits: Register Here 

One Heart. Two Loves.

5-7 PM

United Way proudly presents, “One Heart. Two Loves”. They say, “home is where the heart is.” As a United Way Tocqueville Society member, we invite you to join us to meet and connect with other Tocqueville Society members from across the country who also make West Florida their year-round or winter home. Two cities you love. One caring heart.

Please join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Brought to you by Greater Twin Cities United Way, United Way of Central Indiana, United Way of Central Ohio, United Way of Greater Cincinnati and United Way Suncoast.

Please RSVP by January 30, 2018 to Bruce Meyer at 941.932.8259 or email Event is by invite only.

ReadingPals Orientation

1:00 – 3:00 PM

United Way Suncoast Tampa Office

5201 W Kennedy Blvd #600, Tampa, FL 33609

Children who are read to are more likely to become good readers. And children who read at grade level by the fourth grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school.

Become a ReadingPal.

ReadingPals is a United Way program where volunteers provide positive reinforcement and personal attention to a child (kindergarten through 3rd grade) who would benefit from a little extra reading support. We aim to not only improve children’s reading skills, but also impart a love of reading.

As a ReadingPal volunteer, you will:

  • Commit to regularly meet one hour a week with the same child as a ReadingPal Tutor.

There 6 after-school sites to choose from across Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

For more information and to submit interest in becoming a ReadingPal, contact Nicole Brown at or 813-274-0998.

A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett

University of South Florida — Concert Hall
3755 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

United Way Suncoast is honored to host musician, artist and philanthropist Peter Buffett. Peter will perform his acclaimed “Concert and Conversations” show, a multimedia presentation with music, storytelling and audience questions throughout.

With a career that spans more than 30 years, Peter is an Emmy Award winner, New York Times best-selling author and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation. He is the youngest son of billionaire
investor Warren Buffett.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by February 9, 2018
to Julie Sills Molock at The event is by invitation only.

6:30 pm Doors Open
7:00 pm Concert
8:45 pm VIP Dessert and Wine Reception

University of South Florida — Concert Hall
3755 USF Holly Drive
Tampa, FL 33620

Financial Inclusion Summits

United Way Suncoast is proud to host two Financial Inclusion Summits on February 28th in Sarasota and March 1 in St. Petersburg. The goals of the Summits are to increase the awareness of un- and underbanked related issues and to create collective conversations and efforts to advance financial inclusion in our community.

Wed, February 28, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Robert L. Taylor Community Complex
1845 34th Street
Sarasota, FL 34234
Thu, March 1, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Lake Vista Recreation Center
1401 62nd Avenue South
Multi-purpose Room
Saint Petersburg, FL 33705


The keynote speaker Anthony Barrows is a Managing Director at Ideas42 based in NYC. Anthony Barrows is a Managing Director at ideas42 where he focuses on domestic poverty, local government, post-secondary education, and civic engagement. He will share Ideas42’s findings on behavioral economics and the decision-making of individuals living in poverty and the chronical scarcity mindset.

Bank On Suncoast is dedicated to achieving financial inclusion by improving the financial service marketplace for basic transaction accounts and connecting un- and underbanked people to certified accounts.

Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

This event is made possible with kind support from City of Sarasota, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, and Gulf Coast Community Foundation.