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Thursday, November 29, 2018
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
UWFK welcomes Nikki Bell to the Board of Directors.  Nikki became involved with UWFK through participation as a volunteer during the annual Community Investment grant process.  From Tavernier, Nikki is the Marketing Director at Ocean Sotheby's International Realty and brings expertise in the areas of marketing and branding as well as fundraising. "It is important to me to pour into the community where I live, work, and play. I believe we all have a responsibility to leave this world and our community better than we found them," shares Nikki. Nikki demonstrates what it means to #LiveUnited.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
...it’s as important as ever to be thankful for all that’s near and dear to each one of us. For many, giving thanks for loved ones or good health are constants. For others, on this Thanksgiving fourteen months after Hurricane Irma forever changed us, it’s appropriate to give thanks to our community for its extreme generosity under the most trying of times.  But perhaps what we should be most thankful for, though, is the resiliency of the Keys community spirit. We have all witnessed it. We’ve seen those adversely affected rise up, rebuild and assist others whose path to ‘normal’ is perhaps longer or more treacherous. And while we know that needs remain, this holiday season we should be grateful for the cooperative spirit that continues to make the Keys a better, stronger place to live, work and play. Our community has always shown what it...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Is your schedule flexible? Would you enjoy helping make our community more affordable for everyone? Do you want to be a SUPERHERO to some of your hard-working friends and neighbors? Become a volunteer during our upcoming VITA tax preparation season!  Volunteers work as IRS certified tax prep assistants or greeters. Bilingual volunteers are needed as tax prep assistants, greeters or translators. VITA provides free tax preparation service to residents earning $54,000 or less annually. FREE one day, hands-on training in early January Tax preparation events are scheduled regularly throughout the Keys, January - April.  No tax preparation experience needed--just a willingness to learn, grow, and serve. Join us as a VITA volunteer and you will help fellow Keys residents maximize their tax return so they are better able to provide for their...
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Is your schedule flexible? Would you enjoy helping make our community more affordable for everyone? Do you want to be a SUPERHERO to some of your hard-working friends and neighbors?   Become a volunteer during our upcoming VITA tax preparation season!  Volunteers work as IRS certified tax prep assistants or greeters. Bilingual volunteers are especially welcome as tax prep assistants, greeters or translators.   Read more...VITA provides free tax preparation service to residents earning $54,000 or less annually. Tax preparation events will be scheduled regularly though out the Keys. No tax preparation experience is necessary! Just a willingness to learn, grow, and serve.    For questions or to volunteer, please call 305-735-1929. The free volunteer training takes place in early January.   Join us as a VITA volunteer and you will help...
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
United Way of Northwest Florida (UWNWFL) is working hard to help their community despite Hurricane Michael having destroyed their building.  They are determined to help the residents of the hard hit communities where they live and work, even as their employees were also personally devastated by the storm.  UWNWFL is accepting donations for Hurricane Relief, and 100% of those donations will be applied to local relief efforts in greater Panama City area. Here at UWFK, we know that every little bit helps when a community is facing such devastation. Similarily, the following message is from the UWNWFL Facebook page: "When we say 100% will be used for Disaster relief what it means is that 100% will be put into the community to help OUR COMMUNITY. We are not a cog in a much-bigger wheel. We are local employees who live here and have a vested...
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
As a local relief agency, the work of Star of the Sea (SOS) continues now and beyond the storm. The goal at the Star of the Sea Foundation  is simple: increase the health and well-being of low-income individuals and families in Monroe County, Florida. They accomplish this through 3 main programs: a Food Pantry, a Central Kitchen, and a Nutrition Education Program, which allows them to create a significant impact in all aspects of our community. Since Hurricane Irma, 90% of the clients served by SOS report being negatively impacted by the storm. SOS and UWFK have a long history of partnership, and SOS has received funding through UWFK's annual Community Investment funding as well as our Hurricane Relief funding.  Executive Director Tom Callahan says, "We are very grateful for UWFK's support towards our IRMA relief efforts and wanted to...
Thursday, February 8, 2018
UWFK hosted a Poverty Simulation for the Leadership Monroe County on Saturday, February 3.  Each participant was placed in a ‘household’ with specific parameters for their income, expenses, access to transportation, and housing situation.  Then, they walked through four 'weeks’ of meeting their family’s needs within those parameters.  Some participants ended up in jail, some lost their homes, and some participated in ‘illegal activities’ to help meet their family’s needs.  Afterward, the group discussed what issues arose for their household and what they as people and leaders learned about what it is like to live in poverty daily.  The simulation gave these community leaders an opportunity to experience the circumstances of the 48% of families in Monroe County who are struggling to survive.  Thank you to Leadership Monroe County for...
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Tammy and Marc Hollander of the Coconut Castaways started thinking about what to do for those hit by the hurricane while they were preparing to evacuate, and after they made it out they got right to work on a CD to raise funds for hurricane relief.  Thanks to many artists who contributed music, design ideas, and more, 1,000 copies of the Keys Strong CD set were available just weeks after Irma left her mark on the Keys.  All costs were covered by generous donations, and the Castaways have already raised $27,000 for  the UWFK Hurricane Relief Fund.  There are only a few CDs left, so go to their web site to order your copy. They are only $25, and 100% of the proceeds are donated to UWFK.   Keys Strong is a 2 CD set:   Featuring Keys-themed songs by your Trop Rock favorites, including originals available ONLY on this CD! Artists include...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
We all have our favorite books from childhood—Corduroy, Cat in the Hat, Rainbow Fish, and Goodnight Moon. Now, thanks to a generous donation from a local community supporter and funding from Wells Fargo, children throughout Monroe County can have access to their favorite books, too! The Imagination Library project provides children from birth to age five in Monroe County, Florida, with an age appropriate book each month for the first five years of the child’s life. Each month, children receive their free book in the mail at no cost. Most books are in both English and Spanish. Each story has a different monthly theme and reviews important early life lessons—colors, numbers, food, and more! Twenty percent of children in the Florida Keys live in poverty with little access to early childhood education. By three years of age, there is a 30...

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