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United Way Suncoast begins distribution of over $1,000,000 of COVID-19 Relief Funds

Fourteen human service agencies serving 194,407 families in desperate need throughout the Suncoast have been awarded emergency funding from the United Way Suncoast COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund during their initial round of funding. TAMPA, FL – April 14, 2020 – United Way Suncoast launched the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund on March 17, 2020…

UNITED WAY SUNCOAST TO RECEIVE $45,000 IN EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FROM FLORIDA POWER AND LIGHT FOR IT’S COVID-19 RELIEF AND RECOVERY FUND

Tampa, Fla. (March 30, 2020) – United Way Suncoast is committed to ensuring that residents in the Manatee/Sarasota area have access to basic needs and critical community services during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. United Way Suncoast is pleased to announce that Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), through the NextEra Energy Foundation, is…

United Way Suncoast Selects New CEO

New CEO is a Well-known Community Leader in the Tampa Bay Area TAMPA, FL (October 9, 2019) – Following an extensive local and national search, the United Way Suncoast (UWS) Board of Directors announced the approval of Jessica Muroff as the organization’s new CEO. A committee of 10 UWS Board members and community leaders were engaged…

United Way Grant Helps to Fund the New Earl & Mary Watts After-school Program at Janie’s Garden

Program provides academic support for 6- to 12-year-old children living in Janie’s Garden, which is named for well-loved community members Sarasota, FL (October 1, 2019) The Earl & Mary Watts After-school Program at Janie’s Garden opened yesterday to a packed crowd. The program provides academic support to families with 6- to 12-year-old children living at…

UWS Agency FAQ Document

Tuesday, June 4, 2019   Why did United Way Suncoast decide to change its investment process? In January 2017, United Way Suncoast made a commitment to review our investment process and strategies to ensure that we continue to align all community investments with our mission to break the cycle of generational poverty by focusing on…

New plan created to improve grade-level reading in Manatee County

By Anna Bryson Staff Writer  There are 32 elementary schools in Manatee County and 49% of third-graders are not reading on grade level. At 10 Title 1 schools, that number rises to 75%. Children who read on grade level by the end of third grade, statistics show, are more likely to graduate high school and have higher…

United Way Suncoast Welcomes Three New Board Members

Scoop United Way Suncoast is pleased to welcome three new board members – Cheri Coryea, Karen Droz and Cynthia Saunders – to the Manatee Area Board for the 2019 term.  Board members are heavily involved in the development and execution of United Way Suncoast’s goal to help struggling ALICE families through educational programs that give…

‘Dive Into Reading’ returns for third big year and beckons volunteers

By Vin Mannix Columnist  School’s out soon, but kids in our community will need extra help in a fundamental area and you can be part of a wonderful endeavor. Volunteer for “Dive Into Reading,” the nationally recognized summer reading program hosted by the Anna Maria Oyster Bar in partnership with the Manatee School District, the Suncoast…

United Way Suncoast Welcomes Three New Board Members To Manatee Area Board

United Way Suncoast is pleased to welcome three new board members to the Manatee Area Board for the 2019 term. Cheri Coryea, Acting County Administrator, Manatee County Government Karen Droz, SVP, Senior Development Consultant, 5/3 Bank Cynthia Saunders, Superintendent, School District of Manatee County Board members are heavily involved the development and execution of United…

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