Partnerships

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…

High School Students Make Their Voices Heard at GradNation 2019

On March 7, 2019, around 400 Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties community officials, business leaders, educators, parents and students convened for the student-led and -driven GradNation Community Summit. The GradNation campaign is a large and growing movement of dedicated individuals, organizations and communities working together to raise the national high school graduation rate to 90 percent…

Workplaces Awarded at Night with the Lightning

Nearly 100 guests joined us for our annual Night with the Lightning on March 5th to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Winnipeg Jets. During the game, United Way Suncoast’s mission was shared with attendees to increase community awareness of the services United Way Suncoast offer, and the Spirit of the Suncoast Awards…

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…

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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