United Way to Distribute Nearly $15 Million to Help Fund Local Health and Human Service Programs



Top row from left, Jane Garrard, Tupperware; Debbie Clements, Progress Energy; Elizabeth Dvorak, Workscapes; Gary Cain, Boys & Girls Clubs; Joan Nelson, United Way; Ed Timberlake, Seaside National Bank & Trust; Val Demings, Congressional candidate; and Paul Wilson, Central Florida AFL-CIO.

Thanks to a very generous community, Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) recently announced that it is distributing nearly $15 million this year to local health and human service programs throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

From helping children succeed in school and mentoring at-risk teens to lifting families out of poverty and helping seniors live with dignity and independence, the programs will serve hundreds of thousands of Central Floridians in need.

Of the nearly $15 million, $6.25 million was awarded under United Way’s grant-making model, Investing in Results (IIR). Sixty-seven programs received grants for services that support the organization’s four focus areas: Building Safe Communities through Education; Improving Financial Stability; Developing Healthy Children and Families; and Alleviating Hunger and Homelessness.

In addition, United Way is distributing another $8.42 million through HFUW administered programs, donor designations and state programs.

Strong Portfolio of Programs
“We’re extremely proud of the strong portfolio of programs that were chosen for funding this year,” said Robert H. (Bob) Brown, HFUW President/CEO. “Together, they are addressing the most critical challenges that affect people’s lives and health of our  entire community.”

Brown said funding decisions were guided by more than two dozen local issue experts who serve on focus area cabinets. In all, these volunteers spent more than 700 hours researching and reviewing 90-plus applications submitted by local agencies.

Congratulating Agencies
In presenting funding checks, United Way representatives recently visited several agencies, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Based Care of Central Florida and the Osceola Council on Aging, where they congratulated and thanked executives and staff for their commitment to helping people in need.

At the Walt Disney World Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida, President Gary Cain said the organization’s $841,506 grant will go a long way toward helping local youth succeed in school and beyond.

“Thanks to the tremendous generosity of Heart of Florida United Way and all of our contributing community partners, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida can continue serving thousands of at-risk children across our four counties,” said Cain. “This crucial funding will help sustain and enhance life-changing youth development programs offered at each of our Clubs.”

For more information about Investing in Results and the full list of funded programs, click here.

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