The University of West Florida hosted its second annual Day of Giving on April 18, raising more than $130,000 from 1,120 donors across the country. With a theme of “double the goal, double the impact,” the university built upon the success of last year’s event by doubling the goal number of donors during the 24-hour fundraising initiative.
Day of Giving is an online, social media-driven effort that supports the university and its programs. Alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends direct their contributions among 14 featured funds. The goal for the initiative is to bring all Argos together on one day and make a lasting impact for current and future students.
This year, the university added two new featured funds to the event: the Center for Cybersecurity and the Argo Athletic Band. They joined Athletics, Student Emergency Support Fund, Military & Veterans Resource Center, UWF Historic Trust & Pensacola Museum of Art, Greatest Needs, Disabled Student Scholarship, First Generation Scholarship and each of the university’s five academic colleges as featured funds. The Athletics fund drew the highest number of donors and dollars followed by the Greatest Needs fund.
The university celebrated the event as part of UWF’s Founders Week, a weeklong celebration that serves as an opportunity to unite the UWF family, welcome alumni and visitors to campus, and give back to the community.
Visit dayofgiving.uwf.edu for details.
EVENTS THAT HELP
Pensacola Professional Firefighters Support MDA with Fill the Boot Drive
The Pensacola Professional Firefighters Local #707 is showing its continued support for the Muscular Dystrophy Association as its members kick-off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign to raise critical funds to help transform the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases.
Continuing a 65-year tradition of giving strength to the MDA community, over 120 dedicated fire fighters from the Pensacola Professional Firefighters Local #707 recently hit the streets with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA.
Funds raised through Pensacola Fill the Boot events in 2019 will help the MDA save lives and lift those up in need, by providing the MDA with vital resources to advance their mission of driving innovations in science and care for the neuromuscular community. Contributions have helped fund groundbreaking research and life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and Care Centers, including the MDA Care Centers at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville and UF Health in Gainesville.
They also help send more than 130 local kids to “the best week of the year” at MDA summer camp at Florida Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla – all at no cost to their families.
Visit iafflocal707.org or mda.org for details.
Immediate Need at United Ministries
United Ministries is seeking a volunteer bookeeper/financial administrator for about four to eight hours a week.
This is a critical role with a well-developed job description and the *potential* for compensation in the future.
The organization seeks a compassionate, detail-oriented person of unwavering integrity and a mission-centered heart to join their volunteer staff.
This is an opening and an immediate need.
A background check is required. References are required.
United Ministries has been in service to Pensacola for 31 years in the prevention of homelessness. The team is a great way to make a difference up close. This position has flexibility in hours and days worked.
Visit united-ministries.com for details.
BRACE Volunteer Reception Center opened at Hillcrest Baptist
Hillcrest Baptist Church has opened a Volunteer Registration Center and Volunteer Team Assignment Center at the request of the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies.
Located at 800 E. Nine Mile Road, the VRC will provide adult volunteers an opportunity to register to assist in addressing disaster caused needs. Volunteers will be assigned to work with trained and experienced volunteer teams as requests for assistance are received from disaster response organizations.
Prospective volunteers should be aware of the following:
- Volunteers wishing to help must register at Hillcrest Baptist Church, no phone calls will be accepted.
- Volunteers that have previously contacted United Way, 2-1-1, BRACE or another helping agency to volunteer may now proceed to Hillcrest Baptist Church to register for disaster positions as they become available.
- Volunteers that do not wish to be connected with volunteer disaster teams should not register at the VRC.
- Volunteers will be given specific job site assignments only after they are connected with a trained and experienced disaster relief team.
- The assignment of volunteers to teams will be dependent upon the needs of survivors that have been identified through a responding agency or organization; assignments may not be immediate.
- Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until the VRC demobilizes.
Call 850-444-7135 or visit bereadyalliance.org for details.