UWCF Blog Articles https://www.uwcf.org/comm/ArticleArchive.jsp?ArticleType=Blog UWCF and LEGOLAND partner up for the Summer! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1679 <p>Did you know you can help students succeed in school, families become self-sufficient and provide medical care to those who need it most by visiting LEGOLAND Florida Resort?</p> May 01, 2018 11:53:31 AM Polk County awarded federal funds from DHS https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1844 <p>Polk County has been awarded federal funds available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.  </p> April 10, 2018 08:50:13 AM Highlands County awarded federal funds from DHS https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1845 <p>Highlands County has been awarded federal funds available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program. </p> April 10, 2018 09:19:01 AM Build United Resumes! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1827 <p>Build United, a food drive with a twist, is designed to bring attention to the food hardships faced by many residents in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties through an interactive contest. Competitors are challenged to build creative structures with non-perishable foods.</p> February 28, 2018 11:20:54 AM 2018 Tax Season https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1804 <p>Tax season will be over soon and United Way of Central Florida is making it easier than ever to get the refund you deserve and plan for the future.</p> January 01, 2018 09:37:56 AM $45,000 in Grants Available for Online Financial Wellness Services in Polk County https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1803 <p>United Way of Central Florida is looking to increase the number of families, teens and adults who open bank accounts, increase savings and improve credit scores.</p> December 31, 2017 09:29:27 AM Canned Food Drive Postponed For Hurricane Irma Relief Efforts https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1747 <p>United Way of Central is postponing its new food drive event to focus on getting food for families affected by Hurricane Irma immediately.</p> September 19, 2017 04:29:24 PM UWCF Elects New Officers and Directors https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1699 <p>Nearly two months after wrapping up the most successful campaign ever, the United Way of Central Florida is preparing for another year and looking to the future.</p> June 16, 2017 10:39:09 AM Thank you John Snyder https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1697 <p>Thank you to Allstate volunteer John Snyder for being a positive force for change in our community. John Snyder gave his time and enabled us to receive an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant.</p> June 06, 2017 10:35:46 AM United Way of Central Florida Raises Record Amount! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1677 <p>Last September, at the United Way Campaign Kickoff at Legoland, United Way of Central Florida announced a campaign theme of the “Power of U” and a goal of $9.1 million for 2016.</p> May 02, 2017 02:30:56 PM 6 Tips to Avoid Costly Tax-Filing Mistakes https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1654 <p>Avoid costly mistakes that can result in a higher tax bill or a delayed refund.</p> March 21, 2017 12:11:21 PM Get Easy Access to 2-1-1 https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1650 <p>Residents of Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties now have even easier access to important services.</p> March 08, 2017 03:03:20 PM Live United All Day- Burger 21 Event https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1637 <p>Are you hungry? Do you #LiveUnited? If you answered "yes" to either then join us on Tuesday, February 21 at Burger 21</p> February 10, 2017 12:23:10 PM United Way of Central Florida Receives $100,000 Gift https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1628 <p>United Way of Central Florida has received one final gift from an old friend. Philanthropist and former phosphate executive Malcolm Sanborn Scott, who died from skin cancer in 2015, left UWCF $100,000 to give at-risk children a fighting chance to meet their potential. </p> February 08, 2017 11:47:15 AM My Free Taxes https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1635 <p>Yes folks, it's officially tax season again. According to estimates from the Internal Revenue Service, more than 150 million individual taxpayers will be filing returns, or extensions, between now and April 15 for the 2016 calendar year.</p> February 06, 2017 02:47:22 PM United Ways work together to provide enhanced 2-1-1 services https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1623 <p>In an effort to continue to find ways to be more efficient and effective, United Way of Central Florida announces that local calls going to 2-1-1 will be now be directed to the Heart of Florida United Way 2-1-1 call center, operated in their office in Orlando.</p> January 31, 2017 09:19:46 AM Orlando Magic Donates $5 to UWCF per ticket https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1616 <p>United Way of Central Florida is spellbound by the work the Orlando Magic is doing in our community. Not only has the Orlando Magic agreed to purchase an NBA Development League and operate it out of Lakeland, but a portion of the proceeds from the next two home games will go to UWCF.</p> December 16, 2016 04:11:12 PM Tune in December 10th for the second episode of The Hero Effect https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1607 <p>Chef Chad Houser created Café Momentum, a restaurant and training platform to provide post-release paid internships to at-risk youth who have spent time in juvenile facilities. The program helps equip employees with job and life skills mentoring, including leadership, social, vocational, financial, parenting and anger management skills. Café Momentum was created through GroundFloor, a social incubator housed by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.</p> December 01, 2016 03:38:59 PM #Giving Tuesday https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1606 <p>Consumers in the United States have seen tremendous savings this Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So now, on #GivingTuesday, we ask that you give back. Become a part of a lasting solution to help young people improve their education, families become financially stable, and everyone to live a healthier lifestyle by donating to United Way of Central Florida.</p> November 29, 2016 09:43:15 AM United Way Calls On President-Elect Trump to Support Health, Education and Financial Stability https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1593 <p>United Way Worldwide today is calling on President-elect Donald Trump to support and invest in initiatives related to health, education and financial stability within the first 100 days of his new administration. United Way is engaged in nearly 1,200 U.S. communities and is focused on creating community based, and community-led solutions that ensure that no one is left behind. United Way looks forward to working with the President-elect, administration officials and members of Congress to implement the following policy recommendations:</p> November 10, 2016 03:37:33 PM 2017 Hurricane Season- Information you need to know https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1575 <p><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: helvetica, sans-serif;">We are entering the most active weather season. Remember to be prepared for tropical storms and potential hurricanes! </span></p> October 04, 2016 03:57:26 PM United Way of Central Florida Kicks off 2016 Campaign! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1558 <p>Winter Haven, FL, September 8, 2016 – In front of more than 500 donors and supporters, the United Way of Central Florida kicked off its 2016 annual campaign at LEGOLAND Florida Resort in Winter Haven. This year’s Co-Chairs of the campaign, Wesley and Ashley Barnett, announced that the United Way of Central Florida’s goal for the 2016 campaign would surpass the 2015 total, and would be the largest campaign ever for the organization.</p> September 08, 2016 02:50:38 PM A Partnership with Polk County Schools and United Way of Central Florida https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1553 <p>Students who drop out of school are more likely to be unemployed, uninsured, divorced and incarcerated. We can’t let that happen. Polk County Public Schools and United Way of Central Florida want every child to be given the best possible chance for success in school and in life.</p> <p>United Ways and school districts partnered in 12 communities across the country to dramatically reduce school drop out rates with a program called <em>Early Warning and Response System</em> (EWRS). The United Way Worldwide invited sixteen United Ways to join the effort to improve the "ABC's" - Attendance, Behavior and Course grades - of struggling middle school students.</p> July 27, 2016 02:50:05 PM Parent Resource Guide July 2016 https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1542 <p>The Ledger Media Group, in partnership with the United Way of Central Florida’s Success By 6, inserts the Parent Resource Guide in a Sunday paper in March, July and November.</p> <p>This special insert is a directory of services and informative articles to assist parents and caretakers who have children or are expecting. Content for each issue is different and relevant to our changing community.</p> July 14, 2016 02:43:41 PM Help change a kid's life by becoming a ReadingPal https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1541 <p>A child who starts behind, stays behind and may never graduate from high school. By volunteering 1 hour a week as a ReadingPal, you can help a kindergarten student learn to read. Research shows that students working with a ReadingPal are promoted more frequently and score higher on standardized tests than similar students who have not had this special opportunity.</p> July 13, 2016 02:54:11 PM Summer Breakspot provides free nutritious meals https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1534 <p>Summer Breakspot has FREE nutritious meals for your kids and teens under 18! There are 3,500 locations across Florida that offers breakfast, lunch or snacks</p> June 20, 2016 08:56:32 AM LRC Camp Ready helps Kindergartners https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1529 <p>The Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc. (LRC) offers kindergartners a summer opportunity to prepare for academic success with <strong>Camp READY!</strong></p> <p>LRC’s Camp READY! funded by United Way, is designed to build pre-reading and kindergarten-readiness skills through experiential learning centers that include art, music and movement, cooking, and reading-readiness. On average, students who attended the full four-week program have demonstrated learning gains of seven months in vocabulary development.</p> June 14, 2016 10:44:21 AM Ring Power donates to help Thrift Store Re-open https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1518 <p>Ring Power Employees Donate to HELP on Eve of Thrift Store Re-opening. When HELP of Fort Meade’s thrift store burned in the early morning hours of March 10, the organization that was founded to meet the needs of the community lost one of their major funding sources. On Thursday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m., their new thrift store will open on the same block, at 202 West Broadway Street.</p> June 13, 2016 03:54:49 PM UWCF Makes History!! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1513 <p>United Way of Central Florida Completes Record Campaign. Thanks Volunteers and Donors at Annual Meeting. Successfully raised $9,081,997, the <strong>LARGEST AMOUNT EVER</strong> for an annual campaign. Find out more!! </p> May 26, 2016 12:41:21 PM Annual Meeting is May 26 https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1487 <p>Get your tickets now for the United Way of Central Florida Annual Meeting and breakfast, May 26.</p> May 04, 2016 10:35:07 AM Forbes Magazine chooses United Way as Top Charity https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1472 <p>Of the largest 50 charities in America, Forbes Magazine chooses United Way as #1!</p> April 22, 2016 09:17:06 AM Publix Record Give to UWCF https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1443 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt;">Publix associates and Publix Charities have broken all previous giving records by pledging over $4.5 million to United Way of Central Florida’s 2015 annual community campaign.</span></p> April 22, 2016 11:47:58 AM Judd Jog 2016 Benefits UWCF https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1496 <p>The Judd Jog is an annual 5k event, sponsored by the Polk County Sheriff's Charities. It will begin at 8 a.m. with registration starting at 7 a.m. The cost is $25 for adults and $20 for 17 years old and younger, if registering by April 13, 2016. After April 13, the cost is $30 for all ages. All proceeds will benefit the United Way of Central Florida.</p> April 21, 2016 08:38:01 AM Infant Massage at Family Fundamentals https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1332 <p>Register for this free class, bring your baby. Learn the basic techniques of soothing, comforting and relaxing your baby.  Improve bonding with your baby.  Improve digestive flow.</p> April 19, 2016 08:04:19 AM Highlands County Annual Meeting May 4 https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1500 <p>The United Way of Central Florida Highlands County Division has set the date for its Annual Meeting for Wednesday, May 4. Come join us!</p> April 18, 2016 05:15:43 PM Sign up for the 5th annual ITW ProAp Golf Scramble https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=714 <p>Play golf on a beautiful April day and  benefit the United Way of Central Florida.</p> April 17, 2016 02:30:00 PM Help Your Community on the Day of Caring https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1460 <p>Spend a day volunteering that can help change lives!</p> March 09, 2016 01:51:50 PM We look forward to 2016...and so should you! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1442 <p>A new year full of hope.</p> January 19, 2016 11:45:10 AM It is not too late to give to the 2015 campaign! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1486 <p>The 2016 Annual Campaign Ends March 31.</p> January 16, 2016 08:51:38 AM Breaking Down Annual Campaign 2015 https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1467 <p>Kimberly Elmhorst,<strong> </strong>2015 Campaign Chair, discusses how the the campaign went!</p> January 01, 2016 11:28:54 AM March in the MLK Parade and distribute flyers https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1432 <p>March in the MLK Parade and distrbute flyers for Free-Tax-Prep services from our United Way of Central Florida partners.</p> January 01, 2016 11:34:59 AM Spotlight on DSM Technology Consultants https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1444 <p>DSM Technology Consultants, Inc. rented out two theaters on the opening day of Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a fundraiser for the United Way of Central Florida.</p> January 01, 2016 11:52:23 AM Happy New Year! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1427 <p>Thank you for another amazing year of helping the United Way of Central Florida make our community the best place to live.</p> December 29, 2015 12:21:08 PM GameChanger Night @ Burger 21 on Jan. 21 https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1398 <p>Are you a GameChanger? If so, then join your friends and neighbors on Thursday, Jan. 21 at Burger 21 in Lakeland for an amazing meal with 10% of the pre-tax amount of your bill going to benefit the United Way of Central Florida. </p> December 27, 2015 12:44:49 PM UWCF and Its Partners Pledge to Increase School Readiness Rates by 5 Percent https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1412 <p>UWCF and its partners commit to increase school readiness rates for children entering public school kindergarten in Polk County by five percent by 2018!</p> December 16, 2015 11:24:54 AM Midflorida Credit Union makes $5,000 corporate pledge for the UWCF's 2015 campaign https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1411 <p>Thank you MIDFLORIDA for your $5,000 corporate pledge!</p> December 15, 2015 08:30:00 AM Big Early Literacy Announcement https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1402 <p>The United Way of Central Florida and its partners will make a major announcement concerning improving early childhood literacy in Central Florida on Tuesday, December 15 at the Lakeland Chamber of Commerce.</p> December 11, 2015 09:10:13 AM Help Wanted: 2-1-1 Database Manager https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1405 <p>Apply Today for the 2-1-1 Data Base Manager opening!</p> December 08, 2015 11:39:05 AM Want to be one of the first to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens and help UWCF at the same time? https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1406 <p>Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is entering our galaxy, and you are invited to be among the first to see it at a private showing hosted by DSM with 100% of the proceeds being donated to charity!</p> December 08, 2015 12:56:55 PM Massey Joins Team as Resource Development Manager https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1403 <p>The United Way of Central Florida is pleased to announce that Sarah Massey has been named Resource Development Manager.</p> December 06, 2015 03:22:35 PM Cyril Etienne Hired as Resource Development Manager https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1404 <p><br />The United Way of Central Florida has announced that Cyril Etienne has been named Resource Development Manager.</p> December 04, 2015 04:04:15 PM Orrell joins United Way of Central Florida https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1394 <p>The United Way of Central Florida has announced that Andy Orrell has been named the Social Media and Communications Manager. In this role, Orrell will oversee the organization’s social media and website efforts as well as helping with many communications functions.</p> November 24, 2015 11:25:24 AM You Helped Walter See https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1410 <p>Check out Walter's story on day 11 of things we're grateful for during the 12 Days of Christmas.</p> October 12, 2015 10:30:03 AM Sizzlin' Smokin' BBQ Cook-Off to Benefit UWCF! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1462 October 12, 2015 10:32:01 AM Forbes Designates United Way as Top Charity https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1468 October 12, 2015 01:31:12 PM Criser Promoted at United Way of Central Florida https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1353 <p>Christina Criser has been named Vice President of Resource Development at United Way of Central Florida.  In the role, she will oversee the annual campaign, work place campaigns and all fundraising events and activities.</p> August 31, 2015 04:32:33 PM United Way of Central Florida announces $9 million goal for 2015 https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1345 <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; float: none; display: inline !important;">United Way of Central Florida launches the 2015 LIVE UNITED Campaign.  This year’s Campaign Chair and Florida Southern graduate, Kimberly Elmhorst announces the goal at a rally, kickoff at Florida Southern College.</span></p> August 18, 2015 11:49:39 AM United Way Donations Invested Precisely to Create Lasting Change https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1321 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Check out how United Way brings people and organizations together to drive community change. </span></p> July 14, 2015 06:18:47 PM Open House With New CEO on July 28th https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1317 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Stop by an Open House on July 28th for a chance to meet our new CEO, Alan H. Turner II.</span></p> July 02, 2015 12:35:45 PM Summer Literacy Camps Drive Steady Increase in School Readiness https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1315 <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">During the summer, check out how United Way creates a brighter future for many Pre-Kindergarten kids.</span></p> June 30, 2015 05:59:13 PM United Way of Central Florida Announces New CEO https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1290 <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 14px; text-align: justify;">The United Way of Central Florida Board of Directors has hired Alan H. Turner II as President and CEO for the organization.</span></p> May 26, 2015 03:31:39 PM Polk Family Wins Big by Saving Part of Their Tax Refund https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1288 <p>The Bunch family of Polk was recently announced winner of the national Save Your Refund $25,000 giveaway. Saving a portion of their refund changed their life.  </p> May 21, 2015 06:05:23 PM United Way Belt Buckle Bash a Huge Celebration for Community Leaders https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1233 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Over 600 people joined us for a boot-stompin great time at the Higgenbotham Ranch on March 6. We celebrated United Way Leadership Givers and announced several significant annual awards for local businesses and leaders who inspire us --giving generously of their time, talent and treasure for solutions that strengthen the community!  <a href="http://www.theledger.com/article/20150306/NEWS/150309492/0/search">Click here for The Ledger coverage</a></span></p> March 06, 2015 10:58:07 AM Small Spending Changes Create a Brighter Future for Single Mother https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1229 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Small adjustments have allowed for savings that put a family on target to achieve long-term stability. </span></p> February 26, 2015 01:55:05 PM 2015 Women in Philanthropy Award https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1214 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">We are pleased to announce </span><strong style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Carol Jenkins Barnett</strong><strong> </strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">will be honored and presented the</span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> <span style="color: #000000;">Women in Philanthropy Award</span> at the <span style="color: #000080;">2015 United Way Women’s Leadership Summit<span style="color: #000000;">,</span> February 25-27</span>. Learn more and <strong>find out how to join us to celebrate!</strong></span></p> February 09, 2015 08:50:51 AM United Way of Central Florida Seeks New President & CEO https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1207 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Search Committee currently seeking a strong, vibrant candidate for President of the LIVE UNITED movement.</span></p> January 20, 2015 04:10:04 PM Top 25 Most Generous Workplaces as of January 2015 https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1204 <p><strong style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you</strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> to all the generous workplace leaders and their employees this year! </span><em style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Read more</em><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> for an update on the 2014 LIVE UNITED Campaign.</span></p> January 19, 2015 05:44:39 PM Recent Florida Poll: Early Education a Top Priority Among Voters https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1205 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">A recent state poll shows <span style="color: #000080;">early education</span> and<span style="color: #000080;"> job growth</span> most important to Florida residents.</span></p> January 18, 2015 05:49:06 PM Donations at Work Improving School Readiness https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1206 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The<strong> Master Teacher program </strong><strong><span style="font-weight: normal; display: inline !important; float: none;">achieving steady results</span><strong> </strong></strong><strong>--</strong>increases school readiness by average 13.5%.</span></p> January 16, 2015 05:51:36 PM Join the Movement with #GivingTuesday https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1198 <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">United Way of Central Florida honors our American spirit of philanthropy. </span><strong style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Thank you</strong><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> for all the </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">time</span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">, </span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">talent</span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> and</span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> treasure</span><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"> you so generously give! Be counted today. Read more to see how.</span></p> December 02, 2014 10:37:36 AM Terry Worthington Takes Position With United Way of Florida https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1193 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Terry Worthington has accepted a position of Executive Vice President at United Way of Florida.  In this role, he will share 28 years of United Way experience with Florida's 32 local United Ways --a great opportunity to share his knowledge and talent with United Ways across the state.  We appreciate his leadership, years of dedication, and genuine compassion for the people we serve.</span></p> November 21, 2014 12:10:26 PM A Rewarding Volunteer Opportunity that's Getting Results https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1174 <p>The United Way ReadingPals results are in showing a measurable improvement in students served by this Education Volunteer Opportunity.  <strong>Join the movement</strong> to make a difference in student's success in school and life.  Learn more about this rewarding experience and <strong>volunteer today!</strong>  </p> October 17, 2014 06:23:45 PM United Way Seeks 200 Volunteer Readers in August https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1142 <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">Join the movement to inspire children and instill a love of reading this year!  We're currently recruiting 200 reading volunteers to work with kindergarten students during the 2014-2015 school year.  <strong><span style="color: #008000;">To become a ReadingPals volunteer</span></strong>, <strong>contact Hope Bogel at United Way of Central Florida, 863.648.1500 ext 278 </strong>or<strong> hope.bogel@uwcf.org</strong>.</span></p> August 07, 2014 04:40:14 PM Publix Named a Champion of Change https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1097 <p>Earlier this week, United Way Worldwide recognized Publix and ten other outstanding strategic partners, celebrating their long-term commitment to strengthen communities.</p> May 16, 2014 11:38:49 AM Leaders Discuss Driving Change for Stronger Communities https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1092 <p>At the annual United Way Community Leaders Conference, held this week in National Harbor Maryland (May13-15), hundreds of community leaders have come together to celebrate achievements and discuss importance of United Way’s work:  to drive lasting change that builds stronger communities.</p> May 13, 2014 03:19:23 PM Tax Volunteers Recognized https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1085 <p>Tax volunteers helped families use their refunds to deposit $66,000 in emergency savings accounts!  </p> May 07, 2014 01:38:23 PM Employee Coordinator of the Year! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1070 <p>Employee Coordinators are the heroes of our United Way community.  We can't make the changes we're all working to achieve without money.  EC's are the ones who rally their fellow employees to LIVE UNITED.</p> April 25, 2014 04:21:41 PM Talbot House is a United Way Partner for Financial Stability https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1064 <p>C.I.T. volunteers tour Talbot House Ministries.  Talbot House is a United Way partner helping build financial independence.</p> April 16, 2014 04:00:54 PM Cocktails & Conversations https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1063 <p>Young professionals meet with United Way community leaders at the home of Ron and Denise Clark for <em>Cocktails and Conversations.</em></p> April 15, 2014 02:38:48 PM Assets for Independence https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1010 <p> Community development program to grow at United Way. Local families can get help saving for a home or education; or to start-up a micro-business. </p> March 05, 2014 02:36:14 PM America Saves Week Feb 24-March 1 https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1006 <p> United Way of Central Florida is leading a drive to help hard working families accumulate emergency savings. America Saves Week is one tool UWCF is using. </p> February 24, 2014 04:33:07 PM UWCF 2014 Annual Meeting and 4th Annual Belt Buckle Bash https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=953 <p> United Way of Central Florida will be hosting our Annual Meeting in conjunction with our Annual Leadership Giving Association Belt Buckle Bash. </p> February 21, 2014 02:12:35 PM Yee Haw! MacDougall, Philipson, Robinson https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1005 <p> The 2014 Annual Meeting - Belt Buckle Bash, was a hoe down Friday! Good eats, good friends, good times. </p> February 21, 2014 10:00:00 PM Publix Super Markets, Inc. Appreciation Day https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1004 <p> Publix Appreciation Day TODAY! Join us in telling Publix Associaties, Thank you. </p> February 20, 2014 12:51:43 PM GIVE ADVOCATE VOLUNTEER, Polk Tax Collector Does All Three https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=1001 <p> Remember getting your first, shiney new bike? A group of children from east Polk will remember President's Day, when they got theirs. </p> February 17, 2014 08:37:06 AM Publix Store Tops $40,000 in Associate Giving! https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=982 <p> Lake Gibson Publix Super Market is first to top $40,000 in giving to United Way of Central Florida. Tell their associates thank you, when you shop this week! </p> February 13, 2014 03:31:06 PM ReadingPals Valentine Appreciation https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=998 <p> We Love our ReadingPals! An appreciation luncheon was held February 12th at Lakeland Yacht Club for volunteers who have been helping third graders <b><i>fall in love with reading!</i></b> </p> February 12, 2014 08:54:45 AM 7 Ways to Stay Heart Healthy https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=955 February 05, 2014 01:01:45 PM Job Opportunities: Resource Development Manager and 2-1-1 Referral Specialist https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=957 January 27, 2014 03:52:29 PM Success Story: Debbie and the Pharmacy Program https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=934 <p> For many people in our community, access to affordable healthcare is a real issue and financial problems may prevent them from receiving the care they need. That was the case for Debbie. </p> December 13, 2013 12:47:32 PM Job Opportunity: 2-1-1 Referral Specialist https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=913 <p> UWCF is looking for a part-time 2-1-1 referral specialist.  20 hours per week, Monday – Friday.  </p> December 03, 2013 11:15:17 AM Partner News: Explorations V Offers Holiday Money Management Class https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=893 <p> Explorations V Children’s Museum, located at 109 North Kentucky Avenue in downtown Lakeland, will host a financial literacy class, Holiday Money Management, on Saturday, November 23 from 10am to 12 noon. The session is a free seminar, sponsored by the United Way of Central Florida, focusing on tips and strategies to stretch finances during the holiday season. </p> November 15, 2013 10:00:00 AM Job Opportunity: Digital Communications Manager https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=891 <p> Would you like to work for UWCF? We have new position available. <b>Digital Communications Manager- </b>Responsible to develop & implement communication plans and strategy to ensure proper messaging and branding in digital and social media space. </p> November 13, 2013 01:36:11 PM Partner News: Red Ribbon Half Marathon and Kids Fun Run https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=869 <p> Get excited for the Publix Red Ribbon Half Marathon & Run! Building on InnerAct Alliance’s successful 20+ years of momentum in presenting one of the largest Red Ribbon Campaigns in the state, the popular Red Ribbon Run tradition continues with Polk County’s Inaugural Half Marathon & Fun Run on Saturday, November 9, 2013. </p> October 28, 2013 11:45:05 AM UWCF Gives Grants for Expansion of Electronic Medical Records https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=851 <p> United Way of Central Florida announces the recipients of grants to fund the expansion or implementation of electronic medical records in local clinics: Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, Peace River Center, and Tri-County Human Services. </p> October 18, 2013 02:39:59 PM Success Story: Mark and the Renewal Program https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=850 <p> Improving the financial stability of an individual or a family can take several forms, sometimes touching on needs in education, income, and health. This was the case for Mark. </p> October 16, 2013 02:32:31 PM United Way 101: Income https://www.uwcf.org/comm/Article.jsp?ArticleID=849 <p> People who are financially stable have less stress, fewer health and domestic problems, and are less likely to need emergency social services. Here's how we're helping: </p> October 01, 2013 02:30:16 PM