United Way Suncoast awards $500,000


United Way Suncoast announced the recipients of its 2018 Strategic Impact Investments for Manatee County, with more than $350,000 awarded to partners to ensure children enter school ready to learn; that they read on grade level by the end of third grade; and they achieve academic success in middle and high school.

United Way’s education partners include Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County, Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County, Educational Consultants Consortium, Step Up Suncoast (formerly Manatee Community Action Agency), Myakka City Community Center, Palmetto Youth Center, Parenting Matters and United Community Centers.

Nearly $170,000 also will be invested to provide resources to stabilize ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) individuals and families in crisis so they can focus on long-term financial stability.

“We are grateful for the outstanding partners we have in the important work of building strong children and families,” said Bronwyn Beightol, Manatee Area president for United Way Suncoast. “This investment is only half of the story, though. It is amplified though coordinated effort and ongoing communication across the nonprofit partner network to ensure that ALICE individuals and families thrive.”