Day of Caring

How much work can 2,000 volunteers do in one day? A lot, if you ask social service agencies and schools who participated in United Way’s Day of Caring in October.

The volunteers were from companies such as Mosaic and Tech Data, Publix and Allstate, cities in both counties and from the Tampa Bay Rays. They completed 125 projects that ranged from painting and mulching to computer rehab and mock job interviews.

How much is it worth? $341,760.00, using the estimated dollar value of volunteer time from independentsector.org of $21.36 per hour.

Priceless, if you ask the agencies who could not afford to pay to have the projects done. See what it meant to one agency in the article on Community Preschool in this newsletter.

Our workplace fundraising campaign season is in full swing and we’re seeing positive results already. USAA, Gerdau, Citigroup, Clear Channel and GE Aviation are among a few companies who are reporting that they are ahead of goal. Ring Power has started its 50th United Way campaign during its 50th anniversary.

If your campaign has begun and you’ve pledged to help your community, thank you. If it hasn’t, please consider that when you give to United Way, your donations are used where there’s the most need in the community. They’re used wisely and efficiently thanks to oversight by our volunteers. And I’ve come full circle, thanking volunteers for their help, whether it’s weeding or reviewing budgets. We could not do it without you.

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