More than 1,000 volunteers transformed the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center on Friday, October 21 for United Way of Broward County’s 20th Annual Day of Caring presented by Memorial Healthcare System. The day-long project consisted of painting 40 resident apartments and administration building, planting more than 100 trees and numerous shrubs, painting beautiful murals, and much more. Broward County Mayor Sue Gunzburger was the Honorary Day of Caring Chair.
The focus of this year’s Day of Caring project was to give the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center much-needed facility improvements and create a better place to live for the women and children who live there. Much of the supplies used for the day were donated including paint brushes, ladders, trees, shrubbery, and breakfast and lunch for more than 1,000 volunteers.
“Our 20th Annual Day of Caring was a huge success and after all of the hard work and support of the community, the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center is more beautiful than ever,” said Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., President and CEO of United Way of Broward County. “Day of caring gives people the opportunity to be part of a transformational project which truly exemplifies the spirit of United Way.”
“Every one of the fifty-five families that are residing at the center now were so touched by having 1,100 volunteers who spent an entire day working hard just to make this a better place for them and their children,” said Marsha Currant, CEO of the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center. She continued, “At the end of the day I heard one mother say, ‘Wow I can’t believe that all these people came here and worked so hard to make this a better place to live for me and my family! I really feel part of the community now and it will make it easier to move out now knowing that people really care about me and my kids.’”
The Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center was selected for this project by United Way of Broward County’s Day of Caring Committee volunteers, led by volunteer co-chairs Nelson Fernandez of ANF Group and Bill Manzie of Memorial Healthcare System. Each year, all Broward County non-profits and municipalities are welcome to apply for the Day of Caring project.
For more information about United Way of Broward County’s Annual Day of Caring or to support next year’s Day of Caring, please visit www.unitedwaybroward.org or call (954) 462-4850 ext. 125.
This year’s Day of Caring project required:
• 1,100 volunteers
• 415 gallons of paint
• Three truck-loads of mulch
• 20 pallets of sod
• 104 cases of beverages for volunteers
• 620 square feet of pavers
• Two truck-loads of pea rock
• More than 1,100 sandwiches for volunteers
• $50,000 worth of donated landscaping (including more than 100 trees, 1,000 ferns, thousands of other shrubs, and much more)
Day of Caring Corporate Sponsors and Teams:
Memorial Healthcare System
Artist Nadine Egan Floyd
AT&T/CWA Local 3104 and 3120
Bank of America
Benjamin Moore Paints
Broward Children’s Center
Broward County Commission
Chen Moore & Associates
City of Cooper City
City of Pembroke Pines
Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Inc.
Creations by Janie
Delaware North Companies
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Eppy Financial Group
Executives’ Association of Fort Lauderdale
Gold Coast Coffee
Grant Thornton LLP
Hilton Fort Lauderdale
Holman Automotive Group
J&K Plant Distributors
JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
Kohl’s Department Store
Miller Construction Company
Mommy & Me
Publix Super Markets Charities
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC
South Florida Financial Services
Steven Douglas Associates
Suddath Relocation Systems
Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center
The Home Depot
The Manzie Family
The Media Lab
UPS/Teamsters Local 769
United States Coast Guard
About Day of Caring
Day of Caring was established to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community can accomplish. Each year, hundreds of volunteers from local businesses, schools and community groups lend their time, talents and energy to Day of Caring projects that make a difference in our community.
About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 70 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of education, income and health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.unitedwaybroward.org.
About the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center
The Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center’s mission is to transform families by providing help, hope and healing for mothers and their children to live responsible, drug-free lives. United Way of Broward County funds the Stop the Cycle program which provides marketing, job development, job placement and retention skills services to assist women in securing employment and thus stable income. Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center, is a 501(c) (3) private non-profit organization that was founded by the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale in response to the critical lack of supportive services including for recovering women with children in Broward County. In September of 1995 the first house was opened with five (5) mothers and six (6) children. In October of 1996, the Junior League officially turned the project over to the newly formed Susan B. Anthony Center’s Board of Directors. Today, the Center has the capacity to serve sixty-two (62) families in its new facilities in Pembroke Pines, Florida.