UWS News Briefs – November 2020

United Way Suncoast’s Week of Caring

The pandemic has changed the way United Way Suncoast is serving our communities and this year, our traditional Day of Caring became Week of Caring. From October 5-10, hundreds of people across the Suncoast region came together (virtually and in-person) to give back to their communities. To date, community and corporate volunteers have rallied together to complete nearly fifty projects and meet the urgent needs of twenty-two strategic community partners. While individually we each might be strong, Week of Caring demonstrates how through teamwork and collaboration we can leverage our collective resources to create life-changing impact.

You can check out United Way Suncoast’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram for volunteer stories and pictures from the week. Please feel free to comment, like, and share. While many volunteer projects were completed during this year’s official Week of Caring, there are still ways to participate. Individuals can join these in-person and virtual/remote opportunities and groups of five or more can adopt a project from this list of community needs. At United Way Suncoast, we never stop advocating, partnering and volunteering to create bold solutions to our communities’ biggest challenges, and we encourage you to join us. Together we are making a difference. United We Rise, United We Win!

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Receives National Honors

United Way Suncoast is pleased to announce that the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading has received a total of six Pacesetter Awards from the National Campaign for Grade-Level Reading for its work to support early school success in 2019. Each year, the national Campaign uses its Pacesetter Awards to highlight communities that make measurable progress on key indicators of early school success. These include: Early literacy and school readiness, addressing chronic absence and its effects on reading progress, and mitigating summer learning loss by connecting children with quality educational opportunities and programs. The Suncoast Campaign, which represents aligned efforts in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties, has received Pacesetter Awards every year since 2014. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading’s lead partners include the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, United Way Suncoast and United Way of Charlotte County, with The Patterson Foundation strengthening the impact of the efforts across all four counties.

UWS Named a 2020 One Tampa Bay Honoree

We’re pleased to announce that the Tampa Bay Business Journal has selected United Way Suncoast as one of this year’s honorees for One Tampa Bay, an award that honors nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies for their philanthropic efforts. This year’s honorees include 17 corporations and 21 nonprofit organizations out of a group of 220 nominations. The awards, bringing together honorees from both sectors, recognizes organizations that have gone above and beyond when it comes to giving back to the community.

United Way Worldwide Launches Tocqueville United Signature Series

With more than 24,000 members, the Tocqueville Society represents a significant donor base of loyal supporters who collectively contribute more than $500,000,000 annually. For decades, Tocqueville philanthropists have been powerful advocates for change to improve lives and make their communities better places to live. To build connections between Tocqueville Society members across the country, United Way Worldwide has launched Tocqueville United, a virtual engagement experience to inspire action and help build stronger communities. Championed by the U.S. Council on Tocqueville and Million Dollar Roundtable (Council), the series launched in September with Crisis in our Communities – What We’ve Learned followed by October’s event, Dialogue and Deliberation – Moving the Race Conversation Forward. With nationally recognized panelists and speakers, the series is an important forum for meaningful conversations about important topics. As John Potter, Council Chair and Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Minneapolis, MN shared, “If we’re all moving in the same direction, we can make a huge difference.” We encourage you to register for the November 12th event (details are below).

To learn more about the Tocqueville United Signature Series, contact:
Jan Resch
Vice President, Major Gifts
Mobile: 813-695-7641

Tocqueville United Signature Series
The Art of Storytelling
November 12 – 2:00-3:15 p.m. EDT

Storytelling is the lifeblood of United Way. We tell stories to raise awareness about issues, build relationships and connect with our communities. To deliver stories that foster collaboration and create impact, we must sharpen our storytelling skills. Expert storyteller and founder of Reinvention Roadmap Jes Averhart joins us to demystify good storytelling, empowering attendees to become stronger United Way advocates.

Featuring: Jes Averhart, Founder + Creator, Reinvention Roadmap