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United Way to Invest $3,177,000

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Through United Way

United Way of Indian River County will invest over $3 million dollars in this county to advance the common good in 2014-2015.

“For over half a century, United Way of Indian River County has promised to support people in need with effective human services”, explained Michael Kint, CEO. “Today, that promise continues even stronger as United Way initiatives, programs and partnerships strive to ensure children stay on track to graduate high school college or career ready; help more working individuals and families improve their financial literacy and stability; and build healthier communities for all children, adults, families and seniors.”

United Way of Indian River County runs a community-wide fundraising campaign for critical human services, coordinates a volunteer led Community Investment Process, provides emergency and special project grants, coordinates volunteer run programs, and runs the United Way Center which houses a Community Room, Board Room and a Non-profit Incubation Center. Community Support includes; disaster preparedness; information and referral; non-profit agency support; and community capacity building.

“Thanks to strong community support and through substantial collaboration we are setting priorities, working together to reach common goals. We will measure effectiveness, report back, and adjust where needed. Improving education, income and health are the most cost effective ways of improving societal outcomes”, explained Randy Riley, Board Chair. “It isn’t just giving money, it is helping people stand on their own.”

Research tells us that in order to graduate more high school students, more children need to come to school ready to learn and by 3rd grade, more students need to be reading at grade level. That’s why United Way works with community partners to educate new parents; support quality childcare and early learning; provide tutoring and one on one mentoring; and develop young people to become responsible citizens.

The cost of housing, health care, child care, gas and other basics is far surpassing income in America. United Way supports programs and initiatives that alleviate hunger; prevent and rapidly rehouse the homeless; assist with education or vocational and skill training; help families increase income; and prepare tax returns facilitating the highest possible credits and refunds.

Good health is fundamental to people’s capacity to enjoy their lives, provide for their families, and realize their dreams. United Way seeks to promote healthy lives in our community through accessible programs providing mental health services; hearing loss assistance; pediatric dental care; child abuse prevention and support; substance abuse treatment; nutritious meals and respite care for vulnerable populations.

We invite you to join United Way in advancing the common good. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. For more information, please call 772-567-8900 or find volunteer opportunities at www.volunteerindianrivercounty.org .











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Funds Awarded Under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program

United Way of Indian River County has been notified that Indian River County will receive federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP).  The Phase 31 award of $65,772 will be used to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. 

Local Board Chairman Michael Kint noted, “Last year’s grant award provided funds for eight local nonprofit agencies in the areas of mass shelter, off-site shelter, rental and mortgage assistance, utility assistance and support for a food pantry.” 

The decision to provide funds to Indian River County was made by a National Board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, U.S.A., National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.  This National Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

The Local EFSP Board made up of representatives from government, religious and human service agencies will be convened to determine how the funds will be awarded among the local emergency food and shelter programs.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending local human service agencies to receive these funds