Our 2017-2018 Community Partners
*Wesley House, Inez Martin Childcare Development Center
United Way of the Florida Keys leads a community-wide partnership with a diverse set of vetted, volunteer-selected nonprofit agencies in Monroe County, Florida. UWFK supports programs that improve early childhood education and provide access to quality, nutritious food in support of healthy lifestyles. Nonprofit partner agencies supported by UWFK include education programs, food pantries, and transitional living shelters, among others. Through their good work, we seek to enact their mission to be the leader in community caring by mobilizing the power of our community to advance the common good.
The Bahama Village Music Program brings free musical education and instruction, to children aged 6 to 16. BVMP is more than just an educational institution, their program creates a great sense of community spirit and pride, fosters important mentor relationships between local teenage musicians and their students, encourages parent participation, and enhances student's self-esteem. At BVMP, UWFK funds the music education program which provides free lessons for local students.
The Boys and Girls Club is a safe place for youth grades K-12 to grow and learn. Their mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those in need, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. At the Boys and Girls Club, UWFK funds summer scholarships for children of families who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford care.
The Florida Keys Children's Shelter provides residential and non-residential programs that have helped and counseled thousands of children and families. They are dedicated to providing the best possible solutions for abused, abandoned or neglected children; and children that have run away, are truants, or are considered ungovernable by their parents. At FKCS, UWFK funds a large portion of food available in the shelter.
The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition unites people and resources to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children, and their families in Monroe County. At Healthy Start, UWFK funds a food program for needy families which also serves to educate mothers about proper nutrition.
Florida Keys Outreach Coalition provides homeless outreach and shelter with essential supportive services in Monroe County, Florida. They offer a solution-oriented, multi-stage program based on self-sufficiency, stability, and opportunity. At FKOC, UWFK funds the Loaves and Fish food pantry, feeding those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. UWFK also funds a safety net program through the Upper Keys FKOC office which helps keep working families from homelessness.
Independence Cay is an agency under the KAIR program that serves the homeless population in Marathon, FL. Every day of the week, they welcome the homeless for a hot lunch, showers, and laundry. It is also open to all during inclement or cold weather. At Independence Cay, UWFK funds the soup kitchen, providing hot meals for those in need.
Keys Area Interdenominational Resources is a USDA certified food pantry. KAIR offers "Meals to Go" - pre-made meals for the homeless and transients and bags of groceries are distributed for those who have cooking facilities. At KAIR, UWFK funds the food pantry, providing pre-made meals for the homeless and transients and bags of groceries for those who have cooking facilities.
Marathon Lutheran School serves children from infancy to VPK and elementary aged students in an after school setting. The school focuses on providing excellent academic preparation, helping children develop a love for learning. At Marathon Lutheran School, UWFK funds scholarships for their after school program.
Marathon Recreation Center
Marathon Recreation Center provides after school care and academic tutoring to children in the city of Marathon, FL. At Marathon Rec, UWFK funds a substantial portion of the costs needed to run their after care program.
MCC Key West is renowned for its commitment of service to those in need. Their calling is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, welcome the marginalized, uplift the oppressed, and visit the imprisoned. MCC Key West offers opportunities for leadership, education, community service, and social activism, as well as fellowship and fun. At MCC, UWFK funds their weekly meal program for homebound seniors.
The Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens is a non-profit agency that serves adult clients within Monroe County who have developmental disabilities that include mental retardation (I.Q. 69 or below), cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and traumatic brain injury sustained prior to age 18. At MARC House, UWFK funds a meal program for current clients.
Star of the Sea Mission is one of the largest food pantries in all of South Florida. Their services are provided at no cost to clients, distributing up to 1,200,000 pounds of food per year to individuals and families in need. At SOS, UWFK funds the food distribution program, helping to transport goods from other parts of the Keys.
Wesley House Family Services programs encompass all aspects of the dependency care system including family support and prevention services for families experiencing challenges and discord; full case management services when there is risk of harm to a child; foster and adoptive family recruitment, training and support services, and the Healthy Families-Monroe program promoting positive parent-child relationships for expectant and new families. At Wesley House, UWFK funds the Inez Martin preschool backpack program, providing weekend meals for students and their siblings.
The 2017-18 grant recipients were selected based on a scoring model calculated from feedback submitted by 30 United Way Board members and community volunteers who reviewed applications and visited agencies in each region of the Keys.