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As a friend and supporter of United Way, I’m delighted to tell you that the merger of United Way of Manatee County (UWMC) and United Way Suncoast is complete. We now serve the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties. United for Good represents a shared goal to fight for the education and financial stability of every person in every community. The new United Way Suncoast will continue to focus on early literacy, youth success, financial stability and volunteer activation across the region. In each community, these initiatives may look different by design, as they reflect the aspirations of the individual community and local leadership. This follows Suncoast’s established model of local leadership shaping and supporting regional shared goals. Manatee County will benefit from continued local presence and focus with the added capabilities and support that United Way Suncoast brings. And our other counties will also benefit from the expertise and partnerships in Manatee, particularly their outstanding early literacy work. By combining our staff talent, expertise and capabilities we will be able to leverage the power of scale, while still delivering hyper-local impact and presence that can provide life-changing results for the people we serve. Bronwyn Beightol, previously UWMC COO, will assume the role of Manatee Area President. A Manatee Area Board will drive local fundraising and community investments within Manatee County and have representation on the regional Suncoast Board. And funds raised in Manatee County will be invested in Manatee programs and services, unless otherwise directed by the donor. They say a launch is the beginning, not the end, and I think that is true with a merger as well. We are beginning a new day with a wealth of opportunity before us. Thank you for your support and I look forward to updating you on the amazing stories and outcomes your support of United Way makes possible across the region and in your local community."READ MORE
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