DeFuniak Springs, FL – “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 Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 during the DeFuniak Springs/North Walton Day of Caring. Day of Caring began Friday, September 12th with Ft Walton Beach Day of Caring and carried through Friday, September 19th with Destin Day of Caring ending this week-long community event.

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. Bonnie Whitfield of CHELCO chaired the DeFuniak Springs/North Walton Day of Caring with McLain’s Family Steakhouse sponsoring the delicious breakfast buffet. Volunteers gathered, after working throughout the community, for lunch at CHELCO’s Operations Center

Over 114 volunteers from the DeFuniak Springs/North Walton community donated their time and efforts to help eight non-profit agencies with eight projects ranging from painting and landscaping to interacting with clients to renovating a house…all making an immediate and positive impact to the DeFuniak Springs/North Walton area.

Volunteers who participated in the DeFuniak Springs/North Walton Day of Caring came from these organizations: CHELCO, Chilcutt Family, COPE, Florida Transformer, Gulf Power Company, Paxton Key Club, Regions Bank, ResortQuest by Wyndham, Sacred Heart Hospital-EC, The Arc of Walton County, The Arc Charter School, Trustmark, Walton High School Anchor/Key Clubs and Whataburger.

During the 2014 Days of Caring, over 840 volunteers worked together to help real people accomplish real results throughout Okaloosa & Walton Counties along with the Days of Caring generous sponsors: BBVA Compass, Beach Community Bank, Carr, Riggs & Ingram, CCB Community Bank, City of Destin, City of Ft Walton Beach, Community Bank-Coast, Cox, CHELCO, Eglin Federal Credit Union, FedEx Ground, Florida Transformer, Ft Walton Beach Medical Center, GFWC Woman’s Club, Gulf Power Company, Hancock Bank, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, InDyne, Jacobs, Kiwanis Club-Niceville/Valparaiso, McLain’s Family Steakhouse, Newman-Dailey Resorts, Niceville/Valparaiso Rotary Club, North Okaloosa Medical Center, Publix Supermarkets, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Rotary Club of Destin, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Southern Vacation Rentals, Trustmark Bank, Twin Cities Hospital, Whataburger & White-Wilson Medical Center.

The United Way encouraged the use of a hashtag, #uwdayofcaring, through this five-day event on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check out the fun!