Niceville, 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 Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 during the Niceville/Valparaiso 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. 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.

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.

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.

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!