Tampa, FL, February 8, 2018 – On February 10, 2018, nearly 100 volunteers will gather at Jackson Springs Community Center and Skate Park in Tampa to show some Valentine’s love for their community.

United Way has organized a “Volun-tines” volunteer event where individuals and families will come together to give back to the community through activities designed for various interests and abilities.

Once announced, the event quickly filled to capacity. In partnership with Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation and Board for Bros, United Way Suncoast volunteers will:

  • Assemble 300 Early Literacy Kits for children in the United Way Suncoast ReadingPals program. The kits are designed to engage children and their ReadingPals mentors to improve reading skills while having fun.
  • Tackle a number of landscaping projects, from mulching to planting, to beautify the park.
  • Construct 75 skateboards and tag them with fun and inspirational messages for children. The skateboards will be given to children in the community who want to learn to skate but don’t have a skateboard. The Jackson Springs Community Center features a skate park and volunteers will be offering lessons for the recipients of those board (and adventurous event volunteers) after the project ends.

In addition to individual volunteers and their families from across the community, volunteers from Tampa International Airport and PwC will also be participating.

All volunteer positions have been filled for this event, but media is encouraged to attend from 9:45 am – 11:00 am at Jackson Springs Community Center and Skate Park (8620 Jackson Springs Rd, Tampa, FL 33615.)

Individuals and groups can find additional volunteer projects by visiting VolunteerSuncoast.org, United Way HandsOn Suncoast’s online volunteer resource for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and Desoto counties. Nonprofits can post volunteer projects at no cost by contacting Rebecca Samora, Manager, Community Engagement Operations 813-274-0967.

About United Way Suncoast

United Way Suncoast staff, volunteers and trusted community partners fight for the education and financial stability of every person in the communities we serve. We do this through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and helping adults achieve long-term financial stability, as well as providing support services to those who need it most, because everyone deserves the opportunity to achieve their full potential. For more information, please call 941.748.1313 (Manatee office), 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or 813.274.0900 (Tampa Bay office), or visit UnitedWaySuncoast.org. Find Volunteer opportunities at VolunteerSuncoast.org.