“Real People. Real Results.” This has been the driving idea behind United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties’ 2014 campaign, and it certainly held true on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 during the Niceville/Valparaiso Day of Caring.
Over 94 volunteers from the Niceville/Valparaiso community donated their time and efforts to help eight non-profit agencies with eight projects ranging from painting and landscaping at local schools to interacting with clients to scrubbing the bricks of a wall of protection…all making an immediate and positive impact to the Niceville/Valparaiso area.
Day of Caring is a mobilization of volunteers to celebrate the spirit of giving through service by providing a morning of meaningful volunteer opportunities to individuals of the community. Jan Orr and Carrie Ely, both from Gulf Power Company co-chaired the Niceville/Valparaiso Day of Caring. Turkey Creek was the location for breakfast sponsored by Niceville/Valparaiso Rotary Club and volunteers gathered back at the same location, after working throughout the community, for a delicious cook-out of hamburgers and hot dogs from Publix and cooked by our favorite chefs for many years, the Niceville/Valparaiso Kiwanis.
Volunteers who participated in the Niceville/Valparaiso Day of Caring came from these organizations: CCB Community Bank, Eglin AFB, Gulf Power Company, Hurlburt Spouses Club, InDyne, Payless Shoes, PenFed Credit Union, Publix-Niceville, ResortQuest by Wyndham, Sacred Heart Hospital-EC, Trustmark, Twin Cities Hospital, White-Wilson Medical Center and Wyle Laboratories.
PHOTO (above): Twin Cities Hospital leaders had fun volunteering at the Children’s Advocacy Center on the 2014 United Way Day of Caring in Niceville.