United Way of Collier and the Keys builds and supports strong, working families in Monroe County by leading a community-wide partnership with a diverse set of vetted, volunteer-selected nonprofit agencies. We support programs that improve education and provide access to quality, nutritious food. The greatest percentage of the population we serve earns below what it costs to survive in Monroe County.
Additionally, we have several direct service programs throughout the county.
UWCK's "Stuff the Bus" drive collects donations to provide school supplies to over 8,000 students throughout the Keys every year. Statistics prove that students who have access to the school supplies they need consistently have stronger rates of class participation and arrive at school with a desire to learn!
UWCK's Imagination Library serves infants and children through age five all throughout Monroe County by providing them with an age appropriate book each month of their life! The Imagination Library uses early intervention techniques, access, and exposure to increase children’s school readiness. By providing families with age appropriate books to read to their children, parents are more likely to spend time with their children reading, encouraging reading readiness and academic focus.
UWCK's VITA program is a free income tax preparation program that helps low-income individuals save the cost of preparing their taxes and obtained Earned Income Credits. The VITA program in the Florida Keys save families an average of $1,100 per year. When combined with financial literacy training from skilled volunteers, this funding provides educational opportunities to empower residents with the knowledge and tools to make informed financial decisions through all stages of their life.
UWCK’s community resource guides contain up to date contact information for service organizations throughout the Keys. This information works to help service providers give accurate referrals as well as to empower individuals to reach out for the help they need.