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Collaboration Helps Residents with Advance Child Tax Credit

A collaborative effort between United Way Suncoast and the IRS drew the attention of Congresswoman Kathy Castor, popped up in the Twitter feed of Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and earned coverage from several media outlets. When two agencies team up to help families access dollars that can lift children out of poverty, it’s big news. …

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Carrie Williams

Meet Carrie Williams

Please give a warm welcome to Women United Mission and Volunteerism Chair, Carrie Williams. Growing up on a farm in North Dakota taught Carrie the value of community, partnership and hard work. So, it seemed fated that Running Valley Farm would serve as the namesake for her financial coaching and tax preparation business – Running …

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Volunteer at Royal Theater Club

Falling Into Service

It was a beautiful day in August as volunteers from Women United and Young Leaders’ Society gathered for a fall day of service at the Royal Theater Club of the Suncoast in St. Petersburg. Opened in 1948, The Royal Theater (nee Theatre) served as a cultural hub for nearly two decades in the historically African …

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Jamie and Jane Egasti

Egasti Gift Brings Life to New Campbell Park Initiative

An elementary education background and memories of childhood challenges anchors Jane Egasti’s dedication to early learning initiatives. “As a slow reader in childhood, I have a special place in my heart for those who struggle in any school capacity,” Jane says. “I have spent much time volunteering to help young readers. Whether it was a …

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Lauren Gstalder

Meet Lauren Gstalder – V.P. of Individual Philanthropy

The desire to help others and impact the community has lived in Lauren Gstalder’s heart since her childhood days in upstate New York, but after earning a University of Tampa degree in Government and World Affairs, she started her career in the corporate world. But when Lauren gave the American Cancer Society her time, she …

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VITA Season 2021 is a Success Despite COVID-19 Challenges

It is no exaggeration to say that this year was the most complex and challenging VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) season in history. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic created challenges to providing in-person tax assistance, but our VITA team was determined to find solutions. With careful planning and creative thinking, a variety of methods were implemented …

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UWS Delivers Learning Boost To Manatee County Schools With Paraprofessional Funding

The second grader’s blue octopus drawing was replete with eight tentacles, and all eight of those tentacles touched Janet Bowers’ heart. “I thought this was the sweetest thing,” Bowers smiled, noting the drawing’s accompanying note included proper punctuation. “They just benefit so much with one-on-one attention.” The picture reflects the connection Bowers had made with …

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Group of volunteers

Our Mission in Action

Women United and Young Leaders’ Society paired up with a United Way working group led by Joe Calinski, for a day of service on May 8. The volunteers cleaned and assisted with maintenance tasks including raking, planting seeds and harvesting fruits and vegetables at Sugg Middle School’s community garden. This unique program addresses equity issues …

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Week of Caring 2021 Provides Big Impact

It’s a melding of heartfelt appreciation and hands-on help, a pairing of community care and company goodwill, a teaming of inspiring energy and engaging efforts. It’s United Way Suncoast’s Week of Caring — a volunteer effort so impactful it can’t even be contained to seven days. Officially, it coincided with National Volunteer Week — April …

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