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09/19/2014 - 09:00 AM
Stuff the Bus school supplies distribution
10/09/2014 - 04:00 PM
United Way Annual Meeting

 
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Our Campaign Partners
 

We are very grateful to our partners who have workplace campaigns that enable their employees to donate regularly to United Way. For a list of the top 20 workplace campaigns, click on Campaign Central at the top of the page.

 
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IBERIA BANK FOOD DRIVE
 

IBERIA BANK EMPLOYEES POSE WITH SOME OF THE FOOD THEY COLLECTED FOR CLIENTS OF STAR OF THE SEA OUTREACH MISSION IN KEY WEST. STAR OF THE SEA IS A UNITED WAY PARTNER AGENCY.


 
WORTHINGTON HONORED
 

UWFK Board Treasurer Trich Worthington was recognized as an "Unsung Hero" at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys' recent annual luncheon honoring volunteers. Worthington is a Senior Vice President with Iberia Bank who lives in Marathon with her husband Pete. Margie Smith, President of United Way of the Florida Keys, praised Worthington for her hard work as Board Treasurer. "Trich never hesitates to spend the time it takes to review the details and get it right," Smith said. "Her professional integrity is very high and she is the type of person who does what she says she is going to do." 

 
DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO MONROE COUNTY STUDENTS!
 

To view our "Stuff the Bus" press release, click here.

 
KEYS PARENTS: WEIGH IN ON YOUR CHILDCARE NEEDS!
 

Are you having a hard time finding an enriching, affordable summer program for your children that accommodates your work schedule? United Way of the Florida Keys is leading an effort to address barriers to getting kids quality summer programming, and come up with solutions that work for you. Here’s your chance to weigh in on your childcare needs! The first step to coming up with solutions Keys-wide is to document the need. Just fill out our brief, confidential online survey and be part of this effort to create additional affordable options for Keys families for summer 2015 and beyond. You can find the survey here in English.  For a Spanish version of the survey, click here.  The deadline for filling out the survey is the end of July. Or if you would like to be part of the solution in some other way, contact us at (305) 735-1929. Thank you! 

 
BRUNCH, JAZZ AND NEW FRIENDS
 

UNITED WAY HOSTS JAZZ BRUNCH, KEY WEST 'FRIEND-RAISER' 

United Way of the Florida Keys helped launch the Spring social season with two different events--a Jazz Brunch in Islamorada and a "Friend-Raiser" in Key West. 

The lavish brunch, including everything from sliced smoked salmon to shrimp and grits, was catered by Kaiyo and the Green Turtle Inn. Live music was provided by the Island Jazz Ensemble. The 74 attendees also enjoyed endless champagne and a Bloody Mary bar. Sponsors of this event included: Publix, Marker 88, Ocean Sotheby's International Realty, Community Bank, The MIX, The Reporter, Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, Regan Insurance Agency, CBT Construction, RMB Construction, Postcard Inn, Islamorada Investment Management and Southern Wine and Spirits.

More than 100 people attended our “Friend-Raiser” in Key West to find out about the recent work of United Way and to honor local donors. Community leaders and UWFK leadership donors (giving $1,000 or more annually) gathered at the home of Guy Ross and Michael Ruiter for the evening reception.  Several Key West restaurants and catering companies donated hors d’oeuvres for the event, including Azur, Bistro Sole, Café Sole, Camille’s, Doubletree Grand Key Resort, Great Events Catering, Southernmost Beach Café, Square One – New American Table, Three Fine Cooks Catering, and the Westin Key West Resort.  Historic Tours of America donated the invitation graphics. Host Committee members included Dale Bittner, Andy Griffiths, Rebecca Horan, Debbie Mason, Richard McChesney, Mindy McKenzie and Denise Preuss. UWFK Board Chair, Candy Fincke, and President, Margie Smith, welcomed guests and thanked donors for their support.

See below to view photo albums from the two events.  

Jazz Brunch photos donated by Sandra D. Spaulding Photography

Friend-Raiser photos donated by Roberta DePiero

 
Key West Friend-Raiser
 
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FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KEYS KIDS
 

Did you know that any Keys child 18 or younger can get free meals through the Summer BreakSpot program? BreakSpot is part of the Summer Food Service Program which is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered here by the Florida Department of Agriculture. The goal of BreakSpot is to bridge the gap in nutrition during the summer months by serving nutritious meals to children 18 years and younger while school is not in session.

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price meals through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch programs. When school lets out for the summer, many of these children are at risk of hunger or poor nutrition. BreakSpot is designed to ensure that children have access to the nutritious meals they need to grow, learn and play during the summer months and to help ensure their bodies and minds are healthy and strong for the upcoming school year. 

In the Keys, any child 18 or younger can go to one of five BreakSpot sites and get a free breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday during the summer months. The only requirement is that the child must eat the meal on the premises. Here are the times and site locations:

Key Largo Elementary School:  Breakfast 7:45 to 8:15 a,m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., through August 8th

Stanley Switlik Elementary School:  Breakfast 7:45 to 8 a.m., lunch 11:25 a.m. to noon, through July 11th or 18th, depending on participation

Marathon Middle / High School:  Breakfast 7:45 to 8 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to noon, through July 11th or 18th, depending on participation

Poinciana Elementary School:  Breakfast 7:45 to 8 a.m., lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., through August 8th

Horace O'Bryant Elementary School:  Breakfast 7:45 to 8 a.m., lunch 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., through July 11th or 18th, depending on participation

Please pass this information on! And more BreakSpot sites are needed to reach the maximum number of Keys children. If you would like to help us secure more sites, call us at (305) 735-1929. Thank you!

 
UWFK ANNOUNCES 2014-15 GRANTS
 

United Way of the Florida Keys has announced that it will distribute a total of $145,000 in grants to 13 nonprofit agencies in 2014-15.   

“We are so grateful to the many United Way donors throughout the Keys,” said Margie Smith, UWFK President. “They are the ones who make it possible for us to assist these agencies that are providing such critical services to our neighbors in need.” 

The 13 agencies were among 16 that applied in two United Way focus areas: programs that provide access to nutritious food for people in critical need, or early childhood/youth development programs with an educational or positive behavioral component.  

2014-15 grant recipients in the food category include: Burton Memorial United Methodist Church - $15,000 for its Daily Bread Food Pantry;  Domestic Abuse Shelter - $4,000 for food for children in shelter;  Florida Keys Children’s Shelter - $11,000 for food for children in shelter; Florida Keys Outreach Coalition - $8,000 for Loaves and Fish Pantry and Residential Meals Program;  Healthy Start Coalition - $7,000 for food for needy families with pregnant women and children 0 to 3; Independence Cay - $8,000 for its Soup Kitchen and Community Garden; Keys Area Interdenominational Resources (KAIR) - $15,000 for its Food Pantry;  Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens (MARC) - $8,000 for Food and Individual Training (FIT); Star of the Sea Outreach Mission - $25,000 for a Keys-wide food distribution program; and Wesley House Family Services - $10,000 for its Inez Martin Nutritional Backpack Program.

2014-15 grant recipients in the early childhood/youth development category include: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Keys - $10,000 for summer program scholarships for needy children; Marathon Recreation Center - $18,000 for after-school care for children of working parents; and Womankind - $6,000 for its Teen Services Program.     

The 2014-15 grant recipients were selected using a mathematical scoring model based on scorecards submitted by 11 United Way Board members who read all applications, and 15 community volunteers who reviewed applications and visited agencies in each region in person. 

“We are extremely proud to be partnering with these agencies that provide such important services,” said Candy Fincke, UWFK Board Chair.  “We hope these grants will help them do an even better job of serving our Keys community.”

 
2013 WORKPLACE CAMPAIGN
 

BIG PLEDGE FROM PUBLIX

PUBLIX employees Keys-wide have pledged a total of $66,147 for the United Way of the Florida Keys 2013 Workplace Campaign! Thank you, Publix employees, for your generous contributions which will assist Keys nonprofits that do so much for our community. FUNDS RAISED IN THE KEYS STAY IN THE KEYS.

 
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In the Spotlight
 

 
UNITED WAY LOOKS TO FUTURE AT 2013 ANNUAL MEETING
 

To read about last year's United Way of the Florida Keys annual meeting, click here.

 
UNITED WAY 'STUFFS THE BUS' WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES
 

To read our media release about "Stuff the Bus"in 2013, click here.

 
STATE LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY HERE
 

United Way of Florida has provided a summary of the Florida legislature's 2014 session. The summary covers bills that passed and bills that died which were of interest to United Way and its partners.  To view the summary, click here.

 
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