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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 …

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‘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 …

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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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Tampa area officials grapple with workforce quality issues

With the results of a comprehensive comparison study against nearly 20 peers, Tampa area officials and business leaders have a core challenge: to recruit and retain talent.    by: Mark Gordon   What will Tampa Bay be when it grows up? That metaphorical question is the crux of the 2019 Tampa Bay Regional Competitiveness Report. The …

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Feeding Tampa Bay wants to do more than feed needy families

By Christopher O’Donnell TAMPA — A free meal from a food bank can serve as an instant boost for a family struggling to afford to be able to eat. But when that family still needs help the following day, and the following week, free meals alone are not the answer. That’s the theory behind a major …

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A look at those left behind by the economy

By Barbara Peters Smith Staff Writer Posted Feb 6, 2019 at 4:57 AM Updated Feb 6, 2019 at 7:34 AM    United Way’s report on struggling households counts the cost of low wages While a humming investment environment and bubbling property values have helped restore financial stability to millions of Americans in the last decade, one sector — including many who don’t own stocks or homes …

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In a good economy, report reveals grim news for Florida families

By Christopher O’Donnell Published February 6 Updated February 6 Spending is up and unemployment down, which means Florida’s economic indicators have been heading the right way for several years. But the untold story of the state’s economic rebound is that it bypassed almost half of Florida households, which are still struggling to pay for basic needs, according to …

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Can service workers afford to live on the Suncoast? New report may have the answer

By Duhane Lindo|February 7, 2019 at 6:54 PM EST – Updated February 8 at 8:27 AM SARASOTA (WWSB) – A new report by the united way shows nearly half of Florida families struggle to pay for basic needs such as housing and child care. Across the Suncoast, hotel housekeepers, waitresses and others in the service industry …

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43% on Central West Coast of Florida Struggle Financially

43% on Central West Coast of Florida Struggle Financially New United Way report reveals 43% of working households cannot cover basic needs CENTRAL WEST COAST, FLORIDA – The United Ways of Florida’s central west coast (Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties) today announced 43% of household in the …

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Florida Airport Sets Up Food Bank For Unpaid TSA Agents

The federal government isn’t paying many of its workers, so others are stepping up, including an airport, nonprofit organizations and chef José Andrés. A Florida airport is helping make sure hundreds of federal employees who work there will be able to put food on the table while they work without pay during the ongoing partial government …

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