Day Of Caring Helps Dozens Of Nonprofits And Schools

October 6, 2019

Throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties Friday, United Way of West Florida volunteers rolled up their sleeves and gave back to area nonprofits and schools by completing over 150 service projects for the organization’s 27th Annual Day of Caring.

Ascend Performance Materials made upgrades to the nature trail at Escambia Westgate School. The upgrades will allow for better accessibility for students including the addition of a new ramp, 10 new benches and a walkway.

Volunteers spent the day at Jim Allen Elementary School pulling out and sorting workbook pages.

A group from the University of West Florida MD College of Health worked hard to pull weeds, pick up limbs, clean and organize a storage area and spruce up around Panhandle Equine Rescue in Cantonment.

This year, nearly 1,200 individuals put on their Live United t-shirts and got to work helping non-profit agencies and schools with projects like landscaping, maintenance and beautification, painting, reading to children, and more.

“It’s such a special day,” said United Way Education Outreach and Volunteer Manager Kristy Craig. “So many amazing people are really excited and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference and create a stronger community.”

In total, 76 companies and civic groups combined to make up 105 Day of Caring teams.

Since the inaugural Day of Caring in 1993, United Way of West Florida has coordinated over 28,000 volunteers to complete 2,572 projects for agencies and schools in the community.

Pictured: Volunteer groups hard at work during the United Way Day of Caring included Ascend Performance Materials (top) at Escambia Westgate School, volunteers at Jim Allen Elementary School (below) and Panhandle Equine Rescue (bottom). Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.

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