Volunteers Make the Most of Day of Caring 2014

October 22, 2014

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FedEx employees visit with Seniors First clients during United Way’s multi-company Day of Caring.

Volunteers Make the Most of Day of Caring 2014

Day of Caring starts with Heart of Florida United Way’s multi-company, multi-location volunteer effort that tackles dozens of projects across the community in a single day.  It happened again when 200 Publix volunteers pulled together for their Day of Caring, and again when 1,000 Lockheed Martin volunteers came together for theirs. Day of Caring is Central Florida’s largest community-based volunteer event.

On September 26, multiple companies rallied volunteers to take on projects across the entire community. In Osceola County, volunteers built vegetable gardens at a senior living facility. In Orange County, preschoolers were taught about how to be healthy, and in Seminole County, volunteers rose early to help feed the hungry.

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Volunteers spruce up Quest Camp Thunderbird during Lockheed Martin’s Day of Caring

Roughly two weeks later, Publix employees descended upon homes in the Winter Park neighborhood Winter Park Oaks to re-paint 10 homes and do some minor landscaping. On October 18, Lockheed Martin hosted its Day of Caring at Quest Camp Thunderbird in Apopka, completing numerous projects ranging from landscaping and painting to repairing screened porches.

In all, more than 2,000 volunteers from our region’s leading companies and organizations took part and showed our community once again what we can do when we LIVE UNITED. Thank you and congratulations to all for a successful Day of Caring ’14. Click here to see DOC volunteers in action

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Publix volunteers gather to hear the plan of action for Day of Caring in the Winter Park Oaks neighborhood


Heart of Florida United Way’s “Days of Caring” Makes Collective Impact in Central Florida

October 1, 2013

2013-Wordpress---Days-of-CaringFor the 22nd year, Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) mobilized hundreds of volunteers from nearly 30 local companies to contribute to Days of Caring, a massive one-day volunteer effort. In Orange County, 170 Publix volunteers concentrated efforts to repair, better secure and beautify homes in specific neighborhoods. Eight homes owned by the Hannibal Square Community Land Trust, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing within the Winter Park Community Redevelopment area, were enhanced with home safety features by utilizing hurricane preparedness and theft mitigation techniques.

In Seminole County, volunteers from Fifth Third Bank supported HFUW partner agency SafeHouse of Seminole and its You Are Never Alone (Y.A.N.A) Project, which provides a facility where parents can safely see their children when a court has determined that their visit must be supervised. Fifth Third Bank volunteers restored a playground at the Y.A.N.A Project office by installing a privacy fence, washing the equipment, weeding and completing other general maintenance.

Throughout Central Florida, more than 500 volunteers from Publix, Fifth Third Bank, Nordstrom and FedEx, among others, donated their time to the service effort in HFUW’s tri-county area, which equates to over $36,000 in value to the community (based on average value of volunteer hours as determined by Independent Sector).

“Through this project, we’re able to offer our residents a more secure home and greater community pride,” said Denise Weathers, Hannibal Square Community Land Trust. “United Way’s team and the volunteers from these local businesses continue to make Central Florida a better place to live.”

“Through this project, we’re giving more families the opportunity to connect with one another,” said Trisha Whitmire, SafeHouse of Seminole. “United Way’s partnership with our organization and the volunteers from Fifth Third Bank continue to make Central Florida a safer place for these children to live and play.”

Many companies that participate in workplace giving campaigns use Days of Caring to demonstrate the widespread value HFUW brings to Central Florida.

“Days of Caring is about rolling up your sleeves and seeing the collective impact that can be made by coming together,” said Traci Blue, director of HFUW’s Volunteer Resource Center. “Financial contributions are an important piece of the puzzle, but time and talent are often just as valuable. We’re thankful for our volunteers who ‘live united’ before, during and after business hours.”


More than 2,000 United Way Days of Caring Volunteers Support Our Community

October 2, 2012

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Serving at Orlando Day Nursery, this volunteer is one of more than 2,000 corporate employees taking part in United Way Days of Caring.

United Way Days of Caring, Central Florida’s largest community-wide volunteer event, kicked off Friday, Sept. 28, with great success thanks to a wave of more than 1,000 volunteers who fanned out all across Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties!

With the majority of activities taking that day, nearly 60 projects were completed – everything from playing with children at Orlando Day Nursery and painting walls at the Coalition for the Homeless to hosting bingo parties at Senior’s First and reading to local school children.

Each project provided much-needed assistance to United Way partner agencies, while giving companies a great way to give back, build teamwork and LIVE UNITED.

The event will conclude later this month when more than 1,000 Lockheed Martin employees will tackle projects at The Salvation Army and eight other local agencies. As the event’s largest supporter, Lockheed Martin leads the way every year in the sheer number of volunteers, impact and enthusiasm.

In addition to Lockheed Martin, United Way would like to thank Publix, Florida Hospital, Fifth Third Bank, Wells Fargo, CNL Financial Group, Coca-Cola, Liberty Mutual, Nordstrom, Enterprise Holdings, General Electric, Orange County Government and many other great partners who supported this year’s event.

Want to see Days of Caring volunteers in action? Click here to view our photo gallery. Also check out our Facebook page to tag yourself, friends and company!

Did you miss Days of Caring, but still want to volunteer?  The United Way Volunteer Resource Center makes it simple to get involved. Click here to learn more.

Maria Wyatt Uhl
Heart of Florida United Way
Marketing & Communications Intern


Gather Your Team and Choose a Great Project for United Way Days of Caring, September 28

August 20, 2012

Want to make a difference in our community? Are you looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity for your office or organization?

Then sign up today for United Way Days of Caring, Central Florida’s largest community-wide volunteer event.

Last year, more than 1,000 Lockheed Martin volunteers helped spruce up Edgewood Children’s Ranch.

In addition to helping those in need, Days of Caring offers a wealth of benefits to those who participate. Pre-planned projects provide fun team-building experiences, as well as terrific opportunities to touch lives, learn more about community needs and recognize the importance of volunteerism.

Last year was our biggest, most successful event ever with more than 2,000 volunteers from Lockheed Martin, Publix, Ernst & Young, UPS, AT&T and 50 other leading companies taking part. In all, 72 projects were completed, providing much-needed assistance to local nonprofits and the people they serve.

Publix volunteers at Second Harvest Food Bank.

So don’t miss out! Dozens of great projects are now available for this year’s event, including:

  • Mentoring teens through a career day at Pace Center for Girls
  • Serving breakfast to families at the Coalition for the Homeless
  • Helping toddlers create art projects at Orlando Day Nursery
  • Sprucing up a Boys and Girls Club game room
  • Hosting a food drive for clients served by Jewish Family Services
  • And much, much more!

Simply click here to choose your project and get started. For more information, contact Jessica Schwendeman, United Way Community Participation Manager, at (407) 429-2136 or e-mail Jessica.Schwendeman@hfuw.org.


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