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Hurricane Focused 2018-19 Community Investment Funding

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, UWFK dedicated the 2018-19 funding cycle to support programs providing services to those who were negatively affected by the storm.  

Our 19 partner agencies were hard at work making a difference in the lives of Monroe County residents during the first six months of UWFK funding.  Here is just a glimpse of the work UWFK makes possible through our 26 funded programs:


Meals Served: 383,218

Clients Served: 11,347

Backpacks of Food Given to Children: 3,224 

Bags of Groceries Distributed: 16,534


With UWFK support, the Bahama Village Music Program’s Steel Pan program expanded classes before and after school at Horace O’Bryant School in Key West. This enabled parents affected by Hurricane Irma to drop their kids off early and pick them up later than the average school day. One of the most important things after a devastating storm is returning to a sense of normalcy. BVMP helps maintain that "normal" feeling for their students and families.

Educating children in any subject drives change in a community, but music education has far reaching benefits outside of the classroom. Students develop an emotional awareness and increased enthusiasm for learning, and learn important lessons about cooperation and collaboration.

Without UWFK’s partnership, BVMP would not be able to continue the satellite program at Horace O'Bryant School and over 40 students would not have access to Steel Pan classes, due to transportation issues or other economic barriers. BVMP shows what it means to Live United!


UWFK funding helped the Good Health Clinic open their new location in Marathon following Hurricane Irma. Here is a story of one of the many patients they have since helped. 

A Marathon resident lost her home in Irma and more than a year later she is still living in a tent, hoping for a ‘real home’ again soon. Evacuation and post-Irma needs decimated her savings. In January 2018, pain and other symptoms forced her to seek medical care and she was diagnosed with cancer. However, lack of funds prevented her from getting treatment for 9 months until she connected with the newly opened Good Health Clinic in Marathon. Within 3 weeks, GHC confirmed her diagnosis, connected her to Volunteer Providers at MiamiCancer Institute, and arranged transportation to Miami for care - including a major surgery and cancer treatments. She is now fighting the disease with the appropriate medical care and the assistance of wonderful providers. 

We are proud to help serve our community through all our partner agencies! 

  • Bahama Village Music Program
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Keys Area
  • Burton Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami
  • Diocese of Southeast Florida (St Columba Hammock House)
  • Domestic Abuse Shelter
  • Florida Keys Area Health Education Center Program
  • Florida Keys Children’s Shelter
  • Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition
  • Florida Keys Outreach Coalition
  • Good Health Clinic
  • Grace Jones Community Center
  • Heart of the Keys Recreation Association
  • Independence Cay
  • Keys Area Interdenominational Resources
  • Metropolitan Community Church Key West
  • Monroe Association for Remarcable Citizens
  • Star of the Sea Foundation
  • Wesley House Family Services