With 2010 rapidly drawing to a close, it’s been another record-breaking year for United Way 2-1-1, where requests for basic needs assistance – utilities, housing and food − have accounted for 56% of the more than 166,500 calls received to date.
In response to the crisis, the Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) recently contributed $100,000 to United Way’s Basic Needs Campaign, which provides immediate assistance to tri-county residents hit hardest by the economic crisis.
The grant is expected to provide assistance to 175 Winter Park residents over the next year, including families who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads. Since the Basic Needs Campaign was established in 2009, more than $1 million has been donated and more than 3,600 tri-county residents have been helped.
Other contributors to the fund have included Dr. Phillips Charities, Bank of America, The Universal Orlando Foundation, The Walt Disney Corporation, Kiwanis Club, VanderWeide Family Foundation, Hartford Insurance and private donors. In addition, United Way covers the campaign’s full administrative expenses to ensure that every dollar raised goes directly to help people in need.
“The ongoing economic crisis continues to place an unprecedented burden on the community,” said Robert H. (Bob) Brown, President/CEO of United Way. “Because of generous funders like Winter Park Health Foundation and others, United Way has been able to assist individuals and families by keeping them in safe and stable housing, putting food on the table and keeping their lights on.”
If you’d like to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to the Basic Needs Campaign, contact Robert Haight, United Way Senior Vice President of Resource Development, at (407) 835-0918 or e-mail Robert.Haight@hfuw.org.