Volunteer work impacts all facets of United Way’s mission. Heart of Florida United Way’s Volunteer Resource Center harnesses the caring power of our community to create lasting change. Overall, 3,908 volunteers contributed 60,124 hours of service, saving local nonprofit agencies nearly $1.5 million.

Basics for Babies: The Basics for Babies infant supply drive provided new, struggling families with fundamental supplies they need! Ranging from diapers to formula, United Way received over 64,000 items, valued at $15,000.

Day of Action School Supply Drive: This community-wide effort provided students with the supplies needed to succeed in school. With the help of 71 volunteers and items donated from corporations and individuals, 1,581 supply kits were distributed to 12 local schools.

Sip & Stuff: A bi-annual volunteer project unique to Women United, Sip n’ Stuff attendees prepared 220 take-home libraries for underperforming preschoolers enrolled in the ReadingPals program. Each student received 20-24 new books to call their own.

John C. Hitt Internship Program: 64 University of Central Florida students spent months interning and assisting the Heart of Florida United Way team. Many worked in the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Crisisline call center, connecting Central Floridians with vital resources in the community.

Share the Love: Taking place on Valentine’s Day weekend, Share the Love invites families and loved ones to volunteer together to help alleviate hunger and homelessness. A total of 130 volunteers made 165 casseroles which fed nearly 1,000 people at local homeless and domestic abuse shelters across Central Florida. See Photos.