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Tuesday, August 3, 2021
United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) focused its grantmaking for 2021-22 on helping working families recover from recession and build more secure financial futures for themselves.   With the United States still rebounding from the pandemic recession, local seasonal employment at its typical summer low, and school out of session, working families in Collier and Monroe Counties face significant challenges. As they try to keep their children safe, seek out new employment, and work to rebuild their household economies, families need help to obtain enough food, remain in their homes, access medical care, and secure affordable childcare so they may return to work. United Way of Collier and the Keys has targeted its 2021 grants to trusted local organizations that provide these vital supports.   Nearly $370,000 will be invested in 16...
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Monroe County School District’s United Way Workplace Campaign Leah Stockton, Keys Area President, discusses the impact of the Monroe County School District's workplace giving campaign.  Learn how your donations serve our community and how school district employees sign up to participate in the workplace giving campaign.   With offices in Key West and Naples, the United Way of Collier and the Keys serves the needs of local communities. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we provide direct programs and fund local nonprofits supporting the health, education, and financial stability of hard-working individuals and families.    In the Florida Keys, we support food pantries, homelessness prevention services, afterschool and preschool programs, and health services with the funding they need to serve our communities’ most at-risk people. In...
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Help Fight Hunger for Keys Children who Depend on Food Provided at School On June 21, 2021, United Ways around the world will hold a Day of Service to inform and engage individuals in virtual, remote, and in-person volunteer activities that keep everyone healthy and safe and help meet community needs.    UWCK's Day of Service is addressing the needs of children who go hungry in the summer when school is out and parents are not able to provide sufficient food during break.  43% of Monroe County children are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, so there are many children who rely on school meals for their basic needs.   To help meet this need, please donate one or more bag(s) of child-friendly foods to a local food pantry.  Donations can be made any time, but we encourage taking them on or around June 21, to help provide food...
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
UWCK partnered with the City of Key West again in early 2021, to distribute City monies in an effort to help keep community members healthy and safe, stabilize households and retain residents here in Key West. Between January 11 and March 31, the City provided a total of $276,081 in direct assistance to residents and workers.    City funding allowed local nonprofit partners to provide the following services:  Over $47,000 for healthy food Nearly $34,000 for medical expenses/mental health treatment $29,000 for utilities and basic needs $166,061 in rental assistance helped 49 households (77 adults and 40 children) All together, this funding helped stabilize 6,297 individuals in our community during this time of incredible uncertainty. UWCK partnered with nine local agencies to assist these individuals. Thank you to these partners! AH...
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
It has been one year since the United Way of Collier and the Keys (UWCK) was formed through the merger of the United Way of the Florida Keys and the United Way of Collier County in April of 2020. Working with local companies, area not-for-profits, governments at the city, county, and federal level, and a large network of generous private donors, the organization has helped to distribute nearly $10 million in assistance to individuals and charitable organizations in its first year.   As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic and recession, housing and food insecurity became acute problems for South Florida communities. UWCK responded by assisting the City of Key West and Collier County with the distribution of approximately $7.5 million in housing aid and more than $500,000 in food assistance. As unemployment peaked during Monroe County...
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
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.        

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