United Way of Broward County Seeks Volunteers for 19th Annual Day of Caring

October 13, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – (October 29) – Looking for ways to get involved with community? United Way of Broward County is seeking volunteers to join together to paint murals at Sunland Park Elementary School and renovate two child care centers that feed into the school on Friday, October 29 in Fort Lauderdale.

United Way supporters will arrive at Joseph C. Carter Park at 7:00 a.m. and be transferred by shuttles to their assigned project location. Volunteers with artistic ability will design and paint murals along Sunland Park Elementary exterior walls. Volunteers with carpentry and electrical experience will renovate the child care centers, Susie Holly Cradle Nursery and Irma Hunter Wesley Child Development Center. Lunch and drinks provided by Publix Super Markets, Coca-Cola and Frito Lay will be distributed to all participants. The day will end at 4:00 p.m. after all tasks are completed and workers will be shuttled back to their cars.

The 19th Annual Day of Caring is focusing on United Way of Broward County and Broward County Public Schools’ Sunland Park Initiative to improve the area’s academic success. Prior to this current year, Sunland Park Elementary School was given an F grade based primarily upon its students’ FCAT scores. This initiative targets children age three to seven (third grade) and provides support to the entire family, including siblings. It focuses on early learning skills, parent involvement and family literacy. The long-term goal is to follow this group of students for a minimum of three years, starting in Pre-School and following them until the completion of the third grade.

“United Way of Broward County is bringing our supporters together to provide a much needed facelift to the child care centers and provide some beautiful murals to Sunland Park Elementary School,” said Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, president & CEO of United Way of Broward County. “We are focused on providing these children with the support and learning environment needed to succeed. It will take all of us working together to achieve success.” 

For information on how to get involved, please visit www.unitedwaybroward.org/caring or contact Dianne Maddalena at 954-462-4850 ext. 119 or by email at dmaddalena@unitedwaybroward.org.

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