UNITED WAY ORGANIZES MASSIVE VOLUNTEER EVENT ACROSS FIVE COUNTIES

Some 2,600 volunteers Expected for Day of Caring to Complete Projects in DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties

More than 2,600 volunteers from more than 50 local companies and community groups will be mobilized to tackle more than 120 projects at local social service agencies, schools and community organizations through United Way Suncoast’s annual Day of Caring, held on Friday, October 12, 2018. The value of the donated work is estimated to be $261,319, amounting to 10,584 hours or 264 weeks of work.*

Volunteers will take on projects at United Way partner agencies ranging from landscaping to painting and everything in between. “Volunteers are critical for the nonprofit community,” said Suzanne McCormick, President and CEO of United Way Suncoast. “Day of Caring provides companies with a unique, hands-on way to empower their workforce to accelerate change where they live. And the volunteers themselves see first-hand the impact they are making through their service.”

Media is invited to these photo and interview opportunities on Friday, October 12 between 9 a.m. – 11 am. A United Way Suncoast representative will be on site during these hours.

Hillsborough County
A Brighter Community, 1613 N. Marion St. Tampa, FL 33602

Pinellas County
Community Preschool, 1665 25th Ave. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Manatee County
United Way Suncoast Reading Room at La Mirada, 1636 55th Ave. Circle E. Bradenton, FL 34203

Sarasota County
The Salvation Army of Sarasota, 1400 10th St. Sarasota, FL 34236

United Way Suncoast organizes this massive undertaking, perhaps the largest of its kind 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 and organizations send teams 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 and gardening, and from refinishing furniture to cleaning and organizing.

“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. “And it’s growing! We have 500 more volunteers than last year and we have extended some project dates to enable more volunteers and non-profit agencies to participate.”

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United Way Suncoast Young Leaders’ Society is helping support the community with Night Out for Caring on October 11 at Bar Louie in International Plaza, Tampa. The social event promotes area volunteerism and will feature four nonprofits seeking volunteers.

*The Independent Sector, a leadership forum for charities, foundations and corporate giving programs, calculated the value of a volunteer (April, 2018) at $24.69 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.

In 2018, United Way announced a collaboration with Saleforce.org as the exclusive providers of Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud.

To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteersuncoast.org. For more information, please call 941.748.1313 (Manatee office), 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or 813.274.0933 (Tampa office), or visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org.