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Monday, March 8, 2021
The City of Key West has partnered with United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) for $164,000 in rental assistance, as part of a COVID-19 relief proposal approved by the Commission on January 5.  The goal is to stabilize households and retain residents here in Key West.    To be eligible for this program, you must:  have documented significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, AND  be a City of Key West resident or a Stock Island resident who works in Key West  Currently, $164,000 is available for rental assistance:  To apply, residents should contact ONE of the intake agencies: AH of Monroe (305-293-3670, all languages available); Catholic Charities (305-292-9790 ext.4, Spanish available); Florida Keys Outreach Coalition (305-293-8189); Samuel’s House (305-296-0240); or Sister Season Fund (305-304-9828).  Each agency will...
Friday, March 5, 2021
Community Resource Guide Now in 3 Languages, with COVID-19 Information The new year brought a new and improved edition of the comprehensive Monroe County Community Resource Guide (CRG) compiled by United Way of Collier and the Keys.    Most exciting is that the PDF version is now available in English, Spanish and Creole! This reduces a language barrier for Keys residents needing assistance but with limited English proficiency.  Thank you to Monroe County for providing the funding to have the guide translated.     Information about COVID-19 safety and assistance resources has been added to the CRG in addition to details on the community programs and assistance available at any time. The CRG is a resource for residents as well as for those who work with the public and sometimes need to refer clients for various assistance.   While the...
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
UWCK is excited to announce KeysHelp.org, an innovative way to assist neighbors in need. Through this website, UWCK has developed a platform to safely connect individuals and families financially impacted by COVID-19 with case managers who can help provide assistance. It also includes the most comprehensive listing of health and human services resources for Keys residents.    The platform enables clients to apply for assistance from the safety of their homes, using mobile phones, tablets, or computers, and case managers can help them while working remotely, at a safe social distance.   In Monroe County, individuals and families can apply for assistance in English, Spanish, and Creole and securely fill out an online application, including uploading needed documents to complete the process quickly and safely.    Keys families affected by...
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
With the community's support, UWCK’s ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign raised $14,775, and an additional $8,460 was raised through the Publix 'Tools for Back to School' initiative in their checkout lines in Monroe County...that means $23,235 was raised to help students succeed! On October 12 and 13, we had the opportunity to visit all the schools and distribute the funds raised.    UWCK distributed 100% of these funds directly to the schools so that they may purchase the exact supplies their students and classrooms need. In light of COVID-19, this support is needed now more than ever to help children from struggling families and equip schools to safely educate our children.   UWCK works in partnership with Publix to distribute their ‘Tools for Back to School’ gift cards to all Monroe County School District schools, allowing staff to purchase...
Friday, December 20, 2019
Over 50 volunteers participated in the UWFK and SOS Foundation joint Giving Tuesday Kids event to decorate and assemble 'holiday hunger' packs.  160 packs were assembled to be distributed to children at Gerald Adams Elementary over the holiday break.   Thank you to all who helped support this endeavor, including the Publix employees who came out.  Holiday hunger describes children who do not have enough food over school holidays without their regular school lunch.  This means that they and/or other family members must skip meals or reduce the quantity or quality of food to compensate. SOS and UWFK were pleased to help address this issue for students at one of our Monroe County schools.    
Monday, November 4, 2019
UWFK and SOS take on Holiday Hunger Holiday hunger describes children who do not have enough food during school holidays, meaning that they or other family members must skip meals or reduce the quantity or quality of food. We are helping with this problem through a new volunteer opportunity...families are invited to join UWFK and SOS in addressing this problem by volunteering at our Giving Tuesday Kids event in Key West on December 3! This Giving Tuesday, we are creating custom hunger packs for children and families who could use our help here in Key West! We are looking for volunteers 10 years or older to come help us decorate boxes and fill them with donated food. The hunger packs will be distributed at Gerald Adams Elementary before holiday break to provide food to children who might otherwise be hungry without school lunches. ...
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
On September 6, 1930, Mr. George Jenkins opened his first store called Publix Food Store. Since then, Publix has become the second most generous United Way workplace campaign in the world!   UWFK and our nonprofit partners recently visited all 5 Publix stores in the Keys, to express our deep appreciation for their continued, strong workplace giving. We visited each department meeting associates and even got to see behind the scenes.    Thank you to Publix and congratulations on 40 years of partnership with United Way. Your generosity makes a tremendous difference in Monroe County. We are grateful.        
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
SOS Foundation Serves After School Snacks at Bernstein Park in Key West 63% of Stock Island residents are considered ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), which means they work hard but struggle to make ends meet.  SOS helps ensure that residents do not go hungry, and now they are expanding to include food specifically for children on Stock Island.  As the highest ALICE percentage in the county, the children of Stock Island need this service and we are grateful to SOS for addressing this need by serving free, healthy, after school snacks at Bernstein Park each school day. The snacks are free for anyone under 18, and no income verification or ID is necessary.  Students can get a snack at the concession stand of Bernstein Park from 3:15-4:45 pm Monday through Friday.     
Thursday, June 27, 2019
UWFK CEO Leah Stockton presented at the annual Seabrooks e-cImpact conference in Memphis, sharing with the 60 attendees about our Hurricane Irma relief efforts and how we utlized this software to further our impact.   In addition, she was able to network with other funders from across the US, share best practices and take a deeper dive into how we can maximize the e-cImpact tool in our organization.    Best of all, it was wonderful to meet the Seabrooks ‘family’, who we have worked with closely since January 2018 as we administered 12 rounds of UWFK disaster funding through their software.   Thank you to the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce for awarding Leah a continuing education grant, covering her conference fees. We are grateful for the support and how this opportunity will help us strengthen our impact throughout Monroe County!
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...

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