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You know there’s lot of need out there.  1 in 5 children in this county live in poverty, 26% of those under 65 are without health insurance, over  500 children are on a waiting list for low income eligible childcare. By pursuing approaches that can be measured and programs that are proven to succeed, we are getting to the root of our county’s most troubling issues

For more than 50 years, United Way has worked to advance the common good as the most comprehensive health and human services organization in this community. United Way is a proven leader in addressing pressing community issues effectively and efficiently.

United Way of Indian River County runs a community-wide campaign raising money for critical human services, coordinates a Community Investment Process unique to United Way, provides emergency and special project grants, coordinates volunteer run programs, and runs the United Way Center which houses our Community Room, Board Room and a Non-profit Incubation Center. In addition, our staff sit on over 21 community committees.

United Way collaborates with local businesses, government, and non-profits to meet the most pressing social service issues in Indian River County, large and small. From working to solve over-arching needs such as affordable housing to keeping children involved in positive, structured youth activities, United Way has a finger on the pulse of our community.

Living united means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.








United Way Campaign Outcome Celebrated At Event

Vero Beach, FL, March 12,2014 –The United Way of Indian River County fundraising campaign is nearing the end and has already raised a whopping $2,626,000, more than ever before in the organization’s 53 years. United Way volunteers officially thanked its campaign volunteers and donors with a celebration at Vero Beach Country Club on Tuesday.

Christie Loftus, United Way Board Chair, opened the evening’s remarks with nods to the event sponsor, HealthFirst Health Plans, and the organization’s Board of Directors. Two young men, recognized as Andrew and James, shared their stories of homelessness as teens and how United Way funded programs helped move them into housing, school attendance, and jobs. “I look out at you all and don’t recognize your faces but you’ve given me more than my biological family,” said James, with heartfelt thanks.

Campaign Co-Chairs Chad Morrison and Gerry Thistle shared the following highlights of the massive fundraising effort.

Elite Campaign Sponsors underwrote expenses; A Campaign Cabinet solicited donations in the areas of Business and Professionals, Residential, and Major Accounts; and 17 companies became Torchbearers, promising early results with a minimum gift of $12,000. Loaned Executives were given time off from local businesses to solicit more than 120 workplaces for corporate and employee support.

Forty four new Leadership Investment Society donors, added to those individuals giving $1,000 or more. Twelve new Alexis de Tocqueville Society contributors, (those giving $10,000 or more), helped make up the $850,000 brought in by that group.

Eight businesses and agencies ran new workplace campaigns. Publix Supermarkets giving was up $53,000 over last year. Piper Aircraft expanded their best practice campaign for a 35% increase over last year. Enterprise Leasing, Fellsmere Farms, SunUp ARC and CASTLE ran notably successful campaigns, and Brown & Brown Insurance ran their “That’s How We Roll” Bowl-a-thon” for the third year of successful fundraising.

A direct mail campaign which includes professionals, individuals and businesses collectively contributed $97,000.

“Much to be thankful for and many people to be grateful to,” commented Gerry Thistle, Campaign Co-Chair.