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Day of Caring


26 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. 

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


Mary Ann Andrews: Community Health Northwest Florida 
Dr. Karen Barber: Santa Rosa County School District
Corey Booth:
Gulf Power Company
Larry Cherry: NASP Ground Electronics
Wanda Kotick: Escambia County School District
Chris McFarland: Escambia County School District
Kerri Smayda: Manna Food Pantries