Heart of Florida United Way loves to talk about collective impact. Simply put, collective impact is when groups from different sectors come together to affect change. Our annual fundraising campaign is an example of our collective impact. So are our recent Children’s Summits. But perhaps the best living, breathing example of collective impact is Day of Caring.
The 23rd annual Day of Caring is September 26th. It’s an amazing effort in which dozens of Central Florida companies mobilize hundreds of their employees to work on a specific volunteer project. United Way works in three counties, so Day of Caring will include impact projects throughout Central Florida. For instance, a $15,000 housing repair grant means over 100 volunteers will join together at a Winter Park neighborhood and work toward safety and security improvements for 10 homes belonging to people who are either seniors, disabled or living with a limited income. By adding hurricane shutters, planting thorny bushes in strategic spots, adding security bars to sliding glass doors and doing a bit of sprucing up, volunteers can improve things for the people living in those homes as well as the surrounding neighborhood.
In Osceola County, United Way is working with the Osceola Council on Aging on senior housing projects for Day of Caring that will really add to quality of life. Volunteers will paint and landscape Tracey Manor, an apartment complex for low-income seniors, but a community garden for residents is also on the agenda. As part of that, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Science’s Osceola County Extension office is planning to do a nutrition program.
Corporate groups can get involved by contacting the Volunteer Resource Center at 407-429-2136 or email VolunteerCenter@HFUW.org. Projects will be posted the first week of September.