TAMPA, Fla., Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 – Last week, the United Way Suncoast (United Way) board of directors voted in support of the Hillsborough County Education Referendum for a half-penny sales tax increase. This tax and long-term investment will provide children and students with the potential to succeed and learn in a productive environment that prepares them for a bright future.

United Way is committed to working together with volunteers, agency partners, community leaders and key stakeholders including the Hillsborough County school district to break the cycle of generational poverty focused on three priority impact areas: early literacy, youth success and financial stability. In alignment with United Way’s mission to fight for the education and financial stability of every person in the communities they serve, investing in schools will improve student academic achievement and boost the local economy.

“Education has a direct impact on everyone in our community,” said Suzanne McCormick, president and CEO of United Way Suncoast. “Ultimately, the number of high school students who graduate impacts local businesses, future economic growth and the overall prosperity of our region. Increasing investments in our schools is critically important to ensuring that our youth are getting the resources and tools they need to be successful. “

If voted in favor on Nov. 6, the education referendum will support capital improvements for school repairs, increase safety measures for students and teachers, enhance technology access, prevent school overcrowding and improve bus transportation efficiency.

About United Way Suncoast

United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed, help adults achieve long-term financial stability, and activating caring individuals through volunteerism. We are proud to serve the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by operating and funding services and programs to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit www.volunteersuncoast.org. For more information, 941.748.1313 (Manatee office), 941.366.2686 (Sarasota office) or 813.274.0933 (Tampa office) or visit www.unitedwaysuncoast.org.