Massive Volunteer Event is the Largest of Its Kind Across Five Counties
More than 2,300 volunteers turned out on October 11th for United Way Suncoast’s annual Day of Caring. This year’s event brought 39 local companies and community groups together to tackle 96 projects at local social service agencies, schools and community organizations. Volunteer projects included painting, light construction, cleaning, organizing and landscaping, as well as reading and art activities with children. Through Day of Caring, local companies and organizations send teams to volunteer on projects that service agencies might not have had the manpower or resources to afford to tackle on their own.
Some of the projects included:
- Reading with children, light gardening and sprucing up the grounds at Children First in Sarasota
- Preparing the competition field for the high school level robotics competition ROBOTICON, with Foundation for Community Driven Innovation in Tampa
- Cleaning and organizing the thrift store and pouring concrete for sidewalks and picnic area at Homeless Empowerment Program in Clearwater
- Sprucing up Camp Honi Hanta by enhancing the interior lodge at Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida in Bradenton
- Light construction and painting at a Habitat for Humanity home in Arcadia
Day of Caring is the largest volunteer event in the Suncoast region that connects nonprofit agencies with corporate and community volunteers. Projects span DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties. Day of Caring has been part of United Way Suncoast’s mission to connect the caring people of the community with opportunities to make a difference for more than 27 years.
The value of donated work for this year is estimated to be $273,932*, amounting to 10,772 hours or 269 weeks of work.
To see photos from this year’s Day of Caring volunteer efforts, click HERE.
See photos from our volunteers on the ground on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter, check out #DayofCaring2019 #LIVEUNITED
Next year’s Day of Caring will take place on October 9, 2020. For companies and organizations interested in participating, contact DayOfCaring@uwsuncoast.org. To find other year-round Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteersuncoast.org.
*The Independent Sector, a leadership forum for charities, foundations and corporate giving programs, calculated the value of a volunteer (April, 2019) at $25.43 per hour.
A big thank you to all that participated in Day of Caring 2019:
Bausch & Lomb
Blue Cross Blue Shield
City of Clearwater
Collins Aerospace Interiors Lake Suzy
Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Principal Financial Services
Public Relations Society of Tampa Bay
Sarasota County Government
United States Postal Service
2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc.
A Brighter Community
Aging Services Hillsborough County
American Red Cross Tampa Bay Chapter
Arcadia-DeSoto County Habitat for Humanity
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast
Campbell Park Elementary School
Champions for Children
Children’s Home Network
City of Clearwater Parks and Recreation Department
Easter Seals Southwest Florida
Feeding Tampa Bay
Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI)
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota Co.
Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation Department
Hillsborough Education Foundation, Inc.
Homeless Empowerment Program
Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision fka Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.
Manatee Children’s Services
Meals on Wheels of Tampa
Meals on Wheels PLUS DBA Food Bank of Manatee
Mothers Helping Mothers
Palmetto Youth Center Inc.
R’Club Child Care, Inc.
Redlands Christian Migrant Association
Religious Community Services
RSVP of Pinellas Opportunity Council
Starting Right, Now
Sugg Middle School Urban Agriculture & FFA
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA
The Arc Tampa Bay
The Spring of Tampa Bay
Veterans Memorial Park & Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Veterans Museum