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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.        
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!