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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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Campaign Coordinator Spotlight – April 2021

Some of you may be surprised to know that our Corporate Partners aren’t the only ones who run United Way campaigns each year. That’s right, strategic community partners also run yearly campaigns. One such partner is Bay Area Legal Services (BALS). Their campaign is headed up by Paul Leek, development campaign specialist, whose primary role …

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Get to Know Kari Goetz

United Way Suncoast welcomes the new Chief Advancement Officer, Kari Goetz and sat down with her to learn a bit more about her diverse background, her plans for United Way Suncoast and how improvising figures prominently in her leadership style.   What was your path to United Way Suncoast? In some ways, this was a …

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