Devan Endlich

Mission in Action – Young Leaders’ and Women United

On December 3, Young Leaders and Women United members volunteered at Easterseals SouthWest Florida, assisting with outside beautification projects. Attendees also had a chance to tour the campus, purchase art created by adults in their Art Initiative Program and learn about their strategic partnership with United Way Suncoast in early learning. That partnership includes funding …

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Women United Spotlight – Erin McKenney

Erin McKenney’s involvement with United Way Suncoast began in 2014. While serving on the Board of Directors for Tampa Connection, a local nonprofit leadership organization for professionals in the Tampa Bay area, she met a retired United Way Suncoast employee, Betty. Betty helped the board of directors develop leaders who understood the value and impact …

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United Way Capitol Days

More than 100 United Way representatives from around the state converged on Tallahassee in November for Capitol Days 2022. The contingent included United Way Suncoast CEO Jessica Muroff, Chief Impact Officers Bronwyn Beightol and Emery Ivery, and a host of other team members and United Way volunteers including YLS chair and Women United member Kiana …

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Suncoast Snapshot – Eddie Perez-Ruberte

Listen in as Tocqueville member Eddie Perez-Ruberte speaks with Ernest Hooper, v.p. of communications, on the inspiration behind his giving, the lessons he learned from his parents and why he and his wife are so committed to United Way. His story will inspire you during this season of gratitude.  

Alicia Smith

Operation Graduate: Successful Students Swell With Gratitude

They come bearing gifts. At United Way Suncoast’s North Greenwood Resource Center, former Operation Graduate students often return with their hearts wrapped in gratitude. Their words come adorned with decorative ribbons of appreciation and their smiles serve as bows. It’s all for senior manager Paula Kay, or “Ms. Paula,” as they affectionately refer to her, …

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Suncoast Snapshot – Kodi Strickland

Imagination Station Learning Center teacher Kodi Strickland excitedly arises every day to help guide young minds as a VPK instructor, and United Way Suncoast helps her achieve success with its Quality Childcare Initiative. Take a listen to learn more about QCI and Kodi’s motivation.      

Young Readers Make an ‘All-Star Leap’ Thanks to United Way Suncoast Program

Six-year-old Dariel Gonzalez-Maqueda stares into the laptop camera with brown eyes, wide and eager, and leans his head on the shoulder of his mother, Cristina Maqueda. As he listens, Cristina praises United Way Suncoast’s Reading All-Star program to a listener on the other end of the camera. The strategic initiative supports elementary-age students’ early-literacy success …

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Marianna Gillen with MARI Kits

M.A.R.I. Kits Provide Tools to Success for Students with Dyslexia

Mariana Gillen stood before television cameras, explained how she hoped to elevate students who struggle with dyslexia and displayed a degree of composure that belied her 14 years. The creator of M.A.R.I. Kits (Making Awesome Reading Improvement) for students with dyslexia drew the attention of the media, United Way Suncoast and one very special sponsor …

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R.I.S.E. Task Force Provides Funds for Eviction Crisis

United Way Suncoast’s R.I.S.E. Task Force prioritized a portion of the MacKenzie Scott gift for immediate needs, and right now, one of our five-county area’s most pressing problems is the eviction crisis. In Hillsborough and Pinellas, 18,405 eviction filings have been filed since the start of the pandemic. In Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto, data points …

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