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, 6,019 volunteers contributed 47,515 hours of service, saving local nonprofit agencies over $1 million ($1,152,238).

Thanksgiving Project 2019: For the first year, Heart of Florida United Way dished out 1,000 Thanksgiving meal kits with a side of hope at three sites throughout Central Florida. The Thanksgiving Project alleviated some financial burden for more than 600 pre-qualified ALICE families (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) by reducing expenses for a big holiday meal.

Share the Love 2020: Share the Love brings together volunteers to pack nutritious, shelf-stable meals for families in need. In 2020, volunteers packed 1,000 Friendship Soup kits to feed those in need in our community.

Volun-Tourism: In 2019, 75 million people visited the Orlando area. The VRC has established a line of Volun-Tourism products to appeal to individual, corporate, and convention visitors to extend the benefit of our local Tourism industry. These programs harness the volunteer power of groups ranging from 3 to 3,000 participants to support the community through meal packing, bike build, and other engaging projects.

In 2019, more than 3,000 H&R Block employees visiting Orlando for their annual conference helped prepare 250,000 meals for Feeding Children Everywhere and built 300 bikes for New Image Youth Center United Against Poverty Orlando and Orange County Public Schools. Our Volunteer Resource Center is helping to bring Corporate Social Responsibility opportunities to life through engaging volunteers activities.

Updated February 2021