Volunteers Share the Love On Valentine’s Day to Fight Hunger & Homelessness

February 18, 2015

On any given night in the United States, approximately 643,067 people experience homelessness. One of Heart of Florida United Way’s focus areas is alleviating hunger and homelessness for residents in Orange, Osceola and Seminoles counties.

This Valentine’s Day, the Heart of Florida United Way’s Volunteer Resource Center called on volunteers to share the love to fight hunger and homelessness. The 2nd annual day of service allowed volunteers to fill hearts with gratitude and little bellies with food through a variety of projects including sorting food donations at Second Harvest Food Bank, serving a meal to homeless families with Salvation Army, putting together weekend snack packs for low-income elementary students to take home, and decorating for Orlando Day Nursery’s Sweet Tart Dance.

“Thanks to the volunteers from United Way, our children not only enjoyed the Valentine’s Day Sweet Tart Dance, but also learned about their body’s most important muscle, the heart. United Way volunteers help children listen and feel their heart beat, learn how it pumps blood, and learn about the four ventricles,” said Mata Dennis, executive director of Orlando Day Nursery.

We would like to thank our awesome volunteers for helping to make this event such a huge success! On behalf of our partner agencies who benefitted from your generosity, thanks for sharing the love!Share-the-Love---Logo

  • BETA Center
  • Christian HELP Foundation
  • Orlando Day Nursery
  • Orlando Salvation Army
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Winter Park Day Nursery

Check out photos from the event on Facebook or Google+.

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Share the Love with United Way on Feb. 13

February 3, 2015


Roses are red. Violets are blue. Volunteering is fun! And it warms your heart, too.

United Way invites you and your significant other, co-worker, friends or family to Share the Love this Valentine’s Day. Add to your bouquet of Valentine’s Day fun by bringing a smile to a neighbor’s face. Dozens of projects will be scattered throughout Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties to help individuals and families affected by hunger and homelessness.

Some projects that are still available include:

  • Making and serving lunch to seniors at Salvation Army
  • Cleaning and organizing the food pantry at Christian Service Center of Central Florida
  • Assembling snack packs for toddlers and organizing the food pantry at BETA Center
  • Sorting food donations at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Join in making a difference in the lives of others on Friday, Feb. 13.

Click here to view available projects and sign up.


Check out some photos from last year’s event.

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