Heart Of Florida United Way asks volunteers to “Share the Love”

“Share the Love” This Valentine’s Day by Fighting Hunger with United Way

Volunteers Needed to Sort and Serve Food to Hungry and Homeless

Instead of chocolates and roses, Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW)  is calling for volunteers to “Share the Love” this Valentine’s Day by helping families affected by hunger and homelessness. On Friday, Feb. 14, HFUW is organizing service projects throughout Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties, including:

  • Sorting food donations at a food bank or emergency pantry
  • Serving meals to homeless families
  • Cooking meals for students at a school for at-risk youth or seniors
  • Putting together weekend snack packs for low-income students

“In any given week, an estimated 55,000 Central Florida residents are experiencing hunger or relying on food pantry assistance,” said Traci Blue, director of Heart of Florida United Way’s Volunteer Resource Center. “By offering these volunteer activities, we hope that individuals will not only celebrate their love for each other this Valentine’s Day, but also compassion for the community.”

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To register, visit www.uwvolunteers.org/volunteer The deadline to sign up is Feb. 6. For more information or questions, please contact Matthew Blood, manager of Community Participation at Heart of Florida United Way, at Matthew.Blood@hfuw.org  or 407-849-2372.

About Heart of Florida United Way

Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is Central Florida’s most comprehensive health and human services charity and the largest provider of funds to the region’s most critical health and human service programs.  Last year it raised and managed $24.5 million throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.  HFUW is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income, health and safety.  It also operates United Way 2-1-1, Central Florida’s community crisis and suicide hotline and information and referral helpline; a Volunteer Resource Center; a Gifts In Kind Center; a Stewardship program that works with agencies to provide emergency assistance; and the Ryan White Part B program, which administers more than $2 million to provide HIV/AIDS services and referrals.  HFUW impacts more people annually than any charity operating in the tri-county area and partners with local businesses, government, other charities and individuals to increase awareness of local health and human service issues and to inspire hope, provide options and create possibilities for people in need. In 2012, HFUW was awarded Charity Navigator’s highest “Four-Star Rating” for exceeding industry standards in fiscal management and outperforming other charities in its area of focus.  Visit www.hfuw.org for more information, or call (407) 835-0900.


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