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Niceville/Valparaiso had 117 volunteers for its Day of Caring. Volunteers included members of the Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club, which provided lunch.

The United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties recently completed its 24th Annual Days of Caring with an unprecedented 904 volunteers donating hours of service valued at $81,720 toward the completion of community projects.

Niceville/Valparaiso had 117 volunteers for its Day of Caring. Volunteers included members of the Niceville-Valparaiso Kiwanis Club, which provided lunch.

“It is simply amazing to see the turn-out of people from our local businesses and organizations, along with service members from our various military bases,” said Rick Owen, United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties President & CEO.  “These benevolent, community-focused folks performed admirably in their various tasks for organizations that, for one reason or another, lacked the resources to perform these jobs in-house.” Owen went on to thank the primary United Way sponsors, Publix, Regions Bank, Gulf Power, and Chelco; as well as the dozens of Days of Caring sponsors.

 

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Starting with a kickoff event in Fort Walton Beach, the United Way coordinators organized teams and projects for five days in Fort Walton Beach, DeFuniak Springs, Niceville, Crestview, and Destin/South Walton.

 

The United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties is a 501c(3) non-profit and is the only organization with the unique mission of rallying donors, advocates, and volunteers around the most important problems in the community, as defined by the community; and fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

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