5 Days of Caring 2023

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5 DAYS OF CARING flyer 2023United Way of Hernando County hosts their "5 Days of Caring" each week throughout November 2023.

This month-long initiative promotes local VOLUNTEERISM & GIVING opportunities, bringing people together who have a passion for helping others.

2023 Week 1 Completed

United Way kicked off Week #1 of their 5 DAYS OF CARING initiative at Central High School on Friday, November 3rd! Our incredible partners at HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital joined hands with us as we embarked on a transformative journey to breathe new life into the greenhouse at CHS.

After a decade of dormancy, the dedicated ESE team is now on a mission to engage their students in cultivating, nurturing, and taking on responsibilities for everything within the greenhouse.

  • Check out Phase 1 of this Beautification Project! CLICK HERE
  • Phase 2 of this exciting project is scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 14th! For additional details, contact Justine at Impact@UnitedWayHernando.org

2023 Week 2 Completed


Ever wonder what happened to that can of green beans or Mac n Cheese you donated last month?

In October, our community rallied with over 20 collection sites across Hernando for United Way's "GIVE THANKS, GIVE FOOD" Drive! Thanks to the generosity of our donors and the incredible support from our trusted UW volunteers, staff, and partners at Regions Bank, Bravera Health, & Truist, we were able to go beyond just collecting- we sorted, counted, and distributed over 3,800lbs of food to local shelters, pantries, and homeless outreach efforts.

A special thank you to our collection sites! When choosing a business, opt for those that give back meaningfully to the community. your support makes a difference, and we couldn't be more thankful!

  • Watch Your Food Drive Donations in Action! CLICK HERE
  • View results from this year's "GIVE THANKS, GIVEV FOOD" Drive HERE!

2023 Week 3 Completed


On Monday, November 13th, our community came together at the Hernando County Emergency Management Center for a FREE QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training, facilitated by our partners at BayCare Behavioral Health

We're excited to share that the 21 attendees, now certified "gatekeepers," dedicated their time to acquiring valuable skills. They learned to recognize warning signs of suicide, honed practical conversation initiation about mental health, understood the significance of guiding individuals toward professional help, and received essential guidelines on best QPR practices. 

A heartfelt thank you to all participants, as your involvement made this training a crucial step in fostering a caring community. Stay tuned for upcoming events and opportunities to further contribute to the important conversation around mental health!

2023 Week 4 Completed


United Way expresses profound gratitude for the unwavering support of our dedicated volunteers and outstanding community partners!

The commitment to fostering family engagement demonstrated on November 20th at Tom Varn Park during the installation of United Way's newest Born Learning Trail is truly appreciated! A HUGE thank you to our sponsors at Pasco/Hernando Early Learning Coalition, Bravera Health, Family Chiro, Weeki Wachee High School's National Honors Society, United Way's Student Board, and Brooksville Parks and Rec.

  • Check out the NEWEST Born Learning Trail CLICK HERE!
  • Learn more about Hernando's Born Learning Trail's by CLICKING HERE!

2023 Week 5 Completed


United Way is thrilled to share the success of their Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Seminar held on November 27th in collaboration with The Parent Academy. Over 455 households in the district and over 2,700 countywide have been identified as grandparents raising grandchildren. This seminar initiative brought together 50 grandparents and over 115 participants.

The day kicked off with a nourishing breakfast from Bagels and Beyond, and coffee courtesy of the Starbucks on Countyline. Emceed by Angie Walasek from United Way Hernando and Dell Barnes of the Parent Academy, the event featured insightful breakout sessions on Technology, Mental Health, and Resources.

Acknowledgments from PHSC's Spring Hill Provost Dr. Amy Anderson and Hernando County Schools Superintendent of Schools Mr. John Stratton set the tone for an impactful day. Lunch, generously provided by Sinkhole Titan and Chick-fil-a, led to a keynote address by Dr. Brian Dahmer of Family Chiropractic Center of Wellness, emphasizing the importance of caregiver self-care.

The day concluded with a dance session and exciting raffles, leaving participants energized and supported. This seminar marks the beginning of an ongoing partnership, furthering our commitment to providing valuable support.