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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 Florida (UWWF) has coordinated nearly 28,026 volunteers to successfully complete 2,572 projects across Escambia County, and now Santa Rosa County. 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 4,968 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.




This single-day volunteerism event is a great opportunity to learn about the needs of our community. We match groups with local nonprofit agencies and schools to complete various service projects, ranging from indoors to outdoors, half or full day, working directly with clients, hosting a collection drive, and so much more. 

If you or your organization would like to participate in this year's Day of Caring, please complete the interest form below. 





  • 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

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