It has been an exciting, rebuilding year at United Way of the Florida Keys, and I want to thank you for your support. With the support of donors and volunteers throughout the Keys, we have provided funding through our yearly allocation of funds for the year 2010-2011 to the following 15 non-profit organizations providing critical services to Keys residents in need:
American Red Cross, Big Pine Athletic Association, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Burton Memorial Church Food Pantry, Domestic Abuse Shelter, Easter Seals, Healthy Start Coalition, Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Girl Scout Council, Helpline, Keys Center Academy, Marathon Recreation Center, MARC, and Wesley House.
These local organizations are vetted carefully to ensure low administrative overhead, and no duplication of services. All funds raised in the Keys stay in the Keys, and we have been providing this financial support to Keys non-profits since 1981. We have made some changes at our United Way to increase the community impact of our work, and be a more powerful presence throughout the entire Keys.
We are in the final weeks of our United Way workplace giving campaign, and available to do a short presentation at your workplace since payroll deduction is our primary method of support. We are reaching out to individuals not associated with a local workplace too and welcome help in that effort.
I took over this past January as a paid staff of one and have seen personally how our work affects those in need. We are working hard to run our local United Way like a business, and to that end we are moving toward increasingly funding programs that assist the needy with 1) access to quality, nutritious food and 2) early childhood development/after care support. Our application is available online, and local 501c3 non-profits applying for our support will be measuring the results of specific programs, and reporting back on how successful they have been.
Giving is a very personal decision. I believe we have a powerful business case for your support. If you have ever been involved with United Way or you are looking for a way to help those in need in our community but don’t know where to start, we invite you to get involved in our local efforts as we do what United Way does—work with local non-profits, helping them work together to move the needle on a focused set of community needs.
Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Live United.
President, United Way of the Florida Keys