SARASOTA, FL – On October 6, 30 volunteers from PNC Bank and Publix Supermarkets donated time and sweat equity to help Children First during United Way’s annual Day of Caring. Coordinated locally by United Way Suncoast, the overall effort included over 2,000 volunteers from more than 65 local companies, tackling 150 projects at local social service agencies, schools, and community organizations.
The 30 volunteers began the morning with a tour of the Children First headquarters, then split up and jumped into several different projects. One group helped to beautify Children First’s Helen R. Payne Center and Linnie E. Dalbeck Center by washing windows, both inside and out. At the Dr. Elaine Marieb Early Learning Center of Children First, they also performed administrative projects that included assembling event invitations and volunteer application packets, making signs to display program needs, and painting centerpieces for the upcoming Rockin’ Lobster fundraiser.
“Children First is fortunate to have dedicated volunteers to assist with facilities beautification, administrative duties, event coordination, fundraising and so much more throughout the year,” said Philip Tavill, president & CEO of Children First. “We are particularly gratified to see such a massive outpouring of goodwill and hands-on support during the annual Day of Caring. We thank United Way Suncoast for coordinating the effort, and the volunteers from PNC Bank and Publix Supermarkets for helping to make a big difference at three of our sites this week.”
Now celebrating its 55th year, Children First strengthens children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being. At 13 sites throughout Sarasota County, Children First offers full-day preschool, infant and toddler care, as well as nutrition and health care assistance, to children ages birth to five years old from low-income families. Children First also helps families with parenting skills and literacy classes, career training, and referrals for housing, food, clothing and employment assistance. For more information, please contact Carol Butera at (941) 953-3877, ext. 115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.