Raymond James and United Way Suncoast:
Raymond James and United Way Suncoast have been partnering together for nearly 20 years to provide help and hope to our communities. Here on the Suncoast, Raymond James consistently ranks at #2 on our Top 100 Most Generous Workplaces list. Over the last 17 years, Raymond James has donated nearly $30M to United Way Suncoast.
We cannot thank YOU – the Raymond James employees, enough! Your generous and heartfelt giving through your annual campaign helps children and adults rise up and reach their full potential. Programs like:
- Early Literacy – we have a variety of programs designed to ensure children are reading on grade-level by the end of 3rd grade. Why is this important? Because studies show that children who aren’t reading on grade level by the time they start 4th grade are four times more likely to fail to graduate high school, impacting their long-term chances of success. From Reading All-Stars to Summer Care to The Big Plan, we are supporting the educational needs of our children.
- Resource Centers – located in Campbell Park (St. Petersburg), North Greenwood (Clearwater) and Sulphur Springs (Tampa) our resource centers help adults reach a more financially stable future for themselves and their families by providing GED classes, job training, help with resumes and interviewing skills, computer access and more. North Greenwood is also home to the Operation Graduate program, a partnership between United Way Suncoast, Pinellas County Schools, the Clearwater Police Department and St. Petersburg College to promote on-time high school graduation and prepare students for college or career.
- VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) – our VITA program 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 debit, among other things. So far in 2020, over 9K returns have been completed at United Way VITA sites, leading to $12M in total refunds, almost $6M in credits earned and $1.8M in saved tax prep fees.
- 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.
- And so much more
But, Raymond James employees go far beyond donations in giving back to the communities in which you live and work. Volunteers are vital to our work in the community; each year, you host Raymond James Cares, donating thousands of hours of volunteer service to vital projects. Raymond James interns dedicate a day each summer to giving back by volunteering with United Way Suncoast.
Additionally, Raymond James employees serve on a variety of Boards and Committees and are active in all three of our Leadership Societies – Young Leaders’ Society, Women United and Tocqueville Society.
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. And, if you haven’t donated before, we hope this small glimpse into the work that you fund will inspire you to join all the wonderful Raymond James employees who give back through their paychecks. We hope you will consider making a donation to United Way Suncoast during this year’s workplace campaign which runs from Dec. 1-11.