United Way Invest BIG Into Community

United Way of Indian River County is once again set to provide significant funding to improve education, financial stability and health in this community.

“Year after year, United Way is blessed by the true philanthropic spirit and generosity of our friends and neighbors.  Their belief in this agency allows United Way to make large investments in many quality programs and to create significant impacts for many individuals and families throughout Indian River County.  Our goals align with the community’s goals – a stronger, healthier and caring citizenry – and that’s what keeps us united.”

“We are more focused and outcome driven than ever before, and that’s extremely important in accomplishing our goals for the community”, said Jeff Smith, United Way Board Chair. “United Way’s investments are better preparing children to enter kindergarten ready to learn, to read at grade level by the third grade, and stay on track to graduate high school and to succeed in life. We are helping working families improve their financial literacy and stability.  We’re supporting our senior citizens in areas of critical need.’”

United Way is a volunteer driven organization. From convening constituencies around local issues, to evaluating critical program services, to raising significant funds, volunteers do it all. Led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, the group that makes final funding decisions, the United Way is unique in its use of community members to do the work and make the choices that are appropriate for Indian River County.

The United Way of Indian River County Community Investment for 2018-2019 includes support of programs and initiatives in the following categories:

UWIRC Funded Partners:

Education: $841,378

Health: $797,120

Financial Stability: $364,246

Total: $2,002,744

Other Community Support: $61,750

Donor Designations: $101,058

United Way Center: $69,350

(Donated Office & Conference Space)

FamilyWize Prescription Card Savings     $501,206

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Refunded Amount: $946,739

Tax Preparation Cost Savings: $153,475

Total VITA: $1,100,214


Community Support includes; disaster preparedness, information and referral, non-profit agency support, and community capacity building. Leveraged support is value for Indian River County residents as a result of United Way partnerships and direct services.

“It’s important to our staff, our board members, our committees, our partners, and all of our constituents, that these investments continue to grow as the needs of our neighbors do. We are always excited to see positive progress and lasting growth. That is what we are here to do,” Kint said.

Michael Kint, CEO of United Way IRC, and Meredith Egan, COO, present check to Visiting Nurses Asociation, which will help fund their VNA Telehealth Program from 2018-2020.