The United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties recently completed its 24th annual Days of Caring with an unprecedented 904 volunteers donating hours of service valued at $81,720 toward the completion of community projects.

Starting with a kickoff event in Fort Walton Beach, the United Way coordinators organized teams and projects for five days in Fort Walton Beach, DeFuniak Springs, Niceville, Crestview, and Destin/South Walton. Destin/South Walton had 185 volunteers for its Day of Caring.

“It is simply amazing to see the turnout of people from our local businesses and organizations, along with service members from our various military bases,” said Rick Owen, United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties president/CEO. “These benevolent, community-focused folks performed admirably in their various tasks for organizations that, for one reason or another, lacked the resources to perform these jobs in house.”