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Manatee County Government and United Way Suncoast: Partners in Helping our Communities!

Manatee County Government and United Way have partnered together for more than 25 years to provide help and hope to our communities and give everyone the freedom to rise. Manatee County Government consistently ranks among the Top 25 Most Generous workplaces of Manatee County list, spending the last two ranked years at #2. 

The funds have been raised not only through employee giving but through the always popular Manatee County United Way golf tournament. Now in it’s 26th year, the tournament has raised a total of $550,000. In addition to enjoying a great day on the links, participants have the opportunity to win fabulous prizes. This year’s includes a chance at a new car for shooting a hole-in-one on hole #6.

The campaign also includes a variety of fun activities for employees including the Public Works BBQ, Carols in the Courtyard and Hog Hunt.  We can’t thank YOU enough for all that you do. Your heartfelt giving through your annual workplace campaign funds programs that provide children and adults with opportunities today that will transform their tomorrows. 

  • Early Learning – Our programs are designed to give PreK students the educational start they need to be prepared for kindergarten and ensure K-3 students are reading on grade-level by the end of 3rd grade. This a critical indicator of future success as studies show that children who read on grade level by the time they start 4th grade are four times more likely to graduate high school. Programs include:
      • Reading Rooms – located at La Mirada Garden Apartments and Bradenton Village Apartments; bring educational resources and programs to community housing neighborhoods 
      • Reading All-Stars – connects volunteers with students who need a little extra support with their reading skills.
      • The Big Plan – a community partnership focused on improving reading scores at 10 Title 1 elementary schools in Manatee County
      • Summer Care – provides books, scholarships and tutoring to students to avoid the “summer slide,” where students fail to retain academic gains over the summer.
  • Youth Success – Housed at our North Greenwood Resource Center, Operation Graduate, a partnership between United Way Suncoast, Pinellas County Schools, the Clearwater Police Department, and St. Petersburg College promotes on-time high school graduation and prepares students for college or career through tutoring, mentorships and summer programs that introduce students to the college experience.
  • Financial Stability – Our work centers around the 43% of Suncoast households who can’t cover basic needs and are one emergency away from crisis – the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population. Help is provided through a variety of program including:
      • Resource Centers – help adults reach a more financially stable future for themselves and their families by providing GED classes, job training, computer access and more.
        • Campbell Park 
        • North Greenwood
        • Sulphur Springs
      • VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) – provides one-on-one and online tax prep assistance to thousands of lower-income households, ensuring they receive their maximum refunds. The refunds, along with fees saved from paying for tax prep, go back into the community to pay for housing, childcare and debt, among other things. In 2021, VITA volunteers prepared 8,449 returns that delivered $10.9M back to the community in the form of refunds and saved fees and another $1.4M in economic recovery payments that would otherwise have been missed.
      • Bank On Suncoast – helps the unbanked and underbanked access safe, affordable checking accounts
  • Help in a Crisis – through partnerships and our own emergency funding, we are here to help when our community is in crisis.
      • 2-1-1 – A strategic community partner of United Way Suncoast, 211 provides assistance to individuals in crisis including help with housing, food access, utilities, and mental health issues.
      • COVID-19 – Providing weekly food distributions at our resource centers, help dealing with evictions, assisting individuals in accessing their economic impact payments and providing ongoing resources through our Coronavirus Assistance Center are just a few of the ways we’ve been helping our community through the pandemic.  

But, Manatee County Govt. employees go far beyond donations in giving back to the communities in which you live and work. 

You participate in a variety of volunteer opportunities including the Reach Out and Read project in which employees affixed stickers to books going out to children throughout the community to support early learning efforts. 

Employees also belong to our Community Impact Committee and Big Plan Advisory Council. 

Other ways to get involved with United Way Suncoast include our Leadership Societies – Tocqueville, Women United and Young Leaders’. All offer opportunities for networking, special events, volunteering and advocating for our impact areas – early learning, financial stability and youth success. 

Your gifts of time and treasure are invaluable to our community. 

Public Works BBQ
Reach Out and Read

Our sincerest gratitude goes out to all of you who go above and beyond to make our community a better place for all. We are proud to partner with you.  Thank you to all our existing United Way Suncoast donors. We hope this small glimpse into the work that you fund will inspire you as you get ready for this year’s workplace campaign. Keep an eye on your inbox for campaign details coming soon. 

United We Rise. United We Win. 

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