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Day of Caring




27 years ago, United Way of West Florida introduced Day of Caring, a community-wide initiative, as a way to connect volunteers and resources with local agencies and schools in need of support. 


Since 1993, United Way of West (UWWF) has coordinated nearly 28,026 volunteers to complete 2,572 projects across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In 2019 alone, over 1,000 community individuals and leaders signed-up to continue this beloved tradition. Local volunteers helped complete 156 projects at 73 agencies and schools in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Together, Day of Caring volunteers donated nearly 5,000 hours of service that provided an estimated $126,336 in free labor. Additional donations of materials and supplies added thousands more to the collective impact. 




Due to COVID-19, the 28th Annual Day of Caring is postponed to a later date in October 2021.

Instead, we are introducing 27.5 VIRTUAL DAY OF CARING!  


Now more than ever, nonprofits and schools need a variety of tools and supplies to serve our community. Businesses, organizations, and individuals are invited to form a volunteer group to serve by helping complete a school's or nonprofit's wish list. From January 25-29, volunteer groups can sign-up for a wish list by visiting our online volunteer database - Get Connected. When the final confirmation emails are sent, volunteer groups can connect with their nonprofit or school to discuss COVID-19 safety protocols and delivery details. Delivery of these items will take place from February 15 to March 1. 

Additionally, from February 15 to March 1, UWWF will be hosting its' Day of Caring Most Spirited Contest. Volunteer Groups are invited to participate by sending UWWF photos of their group delivering items to their assigned school or nonprofit. UWWF will share a hashtag that Volunteer Groups are encouraged to use. After photo releases are signed, UWWF will share photos on our social media accounts. The winners of UWWF's Day of Caring Most Spirited will have their picture and business logo featured on UWWF's social media cover photos for two weeks and will be featured on UWWF's Day of Caring webpage for the remainder of 2021. 


If you or your organization would like to participate in the 27.5 Virtual Day of Caring Event, please complete the VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION form below. Volunteer Group Leads must sign-up for a User Group by Friday, January 29. 

Have questions about Day of Caring? Email Jackie Gardiner, Volunteer Engagement Manager, or call (850) 912-8176. 






  • Mary Ann Andrews: Community Health Northwest Florida
  • Dr. Patricia Barrington: University of West Florida
  • Corey Booth: Gulf Power Company
  • Larry Cherry: NASP Ground Electronics
  • Kristy Craig: ECARE
  • Carlisle Griffin: Santa Rosa County School District
  • Gretchen Hullenbaugh: United Way of West Florida
  • Stephen Jones: University of West Florida
  • Naomi Kjer: United Way of West Florida
  • Wanda Kotick: Escambia County School District
  • Melissa Lewis: United Way of West Florida
  • Chris McFarland: Escambia County School District
  • Kerri Smayda: Manna Food Pantries
  • Mary White: United Way of West Florida