Elbow Grease Produces Valuable Results with Days of Caring


What could be better than putting in a little sweat equity to make a difference in your neighborhood?

The answer is simple: Working along with 1,600 other people to make a HUGE difference in all of Central Florida!

Days of Caring, Central Florida’s largest community-wide volunteer event, engaged more than 50 different groups of volunteers this year. These volunteers completed more than 60 projects at nearly two dozen nonprofits in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties – talk about valuable elbow grease! In all, more than 1,600 individuals came together to do something good for Central Florida.

Volunteer projects included events like putting on carnivals and petting zoos for kids, packing and distributing food for senior adults, serving lunch to the homeless, facilitating home improvements for Central Florida residents in need, and painting soup kitchens and classrooms.

Some volunteers even did tasks no one wants to do at their own homes, projects like washing cars, pulling weeds, folding laundry, cleaning out the garage, and organizing closets. Regardless of their chosen project, everyone did their work with a smile, knowing their work was helping make Central Florida a better place to call home.

Each Days of Caring project helped address Heart of Florida United Way’s Investing in Results goals to build safe communities, improve financial stability, develop healthy children and families, and alleviate hunger and homelessness.

We are so thankful to companies like Disney, Publix, Lockheed Martin, Fifth Third Bank, SeaWorld, Bank of America, UPS, AT&T, Duke Construction, Nordstrom, Coca Cola, and Ernst and Young who made this boost to Central Florida possible!

Want to see Days of Caring volunteers in action? Check out our pictures on Facebook, and be sure to tag yourself, your friends and your company!

Did you miss Days of Caring but still want to volunteer?  The United Way Volunteer Resource Center makes it simple for you, your company, family or faith-based group to get involved; just visit our webpage to find out more!

Shari Orr, MPA
Manager of Community Participation
United Way Volunteer Resource Center

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