This Holiday Season, Let’s Combine Good Cheer with Good Will to Help Neighbors in Need[1]Bright lights, warm memories, beautifully wrapped gifts and special time spent with family.

For most of us, this truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Unfortunately, it’s also a season of stark contrast for thousands of local families who can no longer afford a simple meal, let alone gifts under the tree.

Please Be Generous
That’s why Heart of Florida United Way is asking you to consider making a generous year-end, tax-deductible gift to help neighbors in need. With our 2012-2013 campaign at the midpoint, we’re nearly three-quarters of the way to reaching our $18 million goal, but need is great and there’s still a long way to go. 

Your donation, combined with so many others, will help United Way and our partners to continue providing help and hope to nearly 1-in-5 Central Floridians in need. People such as:

  • Jose and Evelyn, loving parents from St. Cloud who found themselves homeless, along with their two children, during the holiday season last year.  Due to prolonged unemployment, the family had lost their home and was living in their van until United Way helped them move into a motel, rent a house and rebuild their lives.
  • Gary, a single dad from Oveido, whose electricity was about to be shut off after his work hours and wages were cut. Thanks to help from United Way 2-1-1, Gary was able to keep the power on. And through a referral to Catholic Charities of Central Florida, a United Way partner agency, he also received food pantry assistance and help in finding a better paying job.
  • Martin and Christine, a young couple from Orlando who were facing eviction after Martin was laid off and Christine lost her job due to medical problems. Together, with their two toddlers and newborn, the couple was able to remain in their home, stay safe and stabilize their crisis.

With so many other neighbors needing our help, please don’t let this season of joy pass without helping those who are hurting. By combining good cheer and good will, we can begin a new holiday tradition – one of charitable compassion ‒ that lifts us all and makes us stronger.

To make an immediate tax-deductible donation, click here. To run a United Way workplace campaign, please contact Robert Haight, United Way Senior Vice President of Resource Development, at (407) 835-0918 or e-mail


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