2012 / 2013 Annual Report
A New Vision For Real Lasting Change United Way of Citrus County citrusunitedway.org
TOTAL RESOURCES United Way of Citrus County was responsible for raising and managing nearly $807,000 throughout Citrus County in fiscal year 2012-13. Known as “Total Resources”, it includes dollars raised through workplace giving campaigns, special events, and other donor related activities. It also includes monies managed through the Community Alliance of Citrus County, Emergency Food & Shelter programs, utility assistance programs, and gifts in-kind. These, combined with other programs, services and resources, make United Way of Citrus County the largest supporter of health and human services agencies.
Raising and managing nearly
$807,000 throughout Citrus County in fiscal year 2012-13. 2
UNITED WE READ
EDUCATION. INCOME. HEALTH.
Dozens of attentive eyes watched as County Attorney, Richard Wesch took his seat in front of a 1st grade classroom at Crystal River Primary School. Wesch and 35 other “celebrity readers” spent time reading to over
500 students as part of the school’s 1st Annual Celebrity Read-In. It’s part of the ongoing United Way effort to recruit volunteers to read to, tutor and mentor Citrus County Children. “I absolutely loved it!” said Wesch of the event. “Early literacy intervention is critical for a child’s success in every subject, including math and science” said United Way CEO, Amy Meek. The United Way partnered with Altrusa to recruit local celebrity readers. 4th grade teacher Gail Bockairo worked with her fellow teachers to organize 32 time slots for the celebrity readers. “I have received several emails from staff members that were so impressed with our 1st Annual Celebrity Read-A-Thon. Thank you!”
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Board of Directors
A WORD FROM OUR CEO It’s been one year since I began my role as CEO of the United Way of Citrus County. This year has been an exciting journey of making bold steps to bringing Real, Lasting Change to the lives of those in need in our community. Short term fixes will never solve complex problems. That is why our Board is fully committed to utilizing our resources to address the root causes of social need and maximize our impact in Citrus County. Improving lives is our primary goal. We appreciate your support and your collective efforts to make our community a better home for all.
President Marie M. Straight Sr. Vice President Area Manager SunTrust Bank “The United Way delivers critical services. I volunteer to make an impact on the health and well-being of our community.”
President Elect Ray Chirayath
Owner Data Care Solutions, LLC " Because we address pressing short “ term issues with a view to resolving them in the long term."
Treasurer Rocky Hensley Sr. Vice President CenterState Bank “United Way of Citrus County assists so many in a positive way, future generations will be effected by the changes & improvements that families take advantage of today with guidance from United Way’s programs & services !”
Secretary Debbie Muir Manager Tally Ho Vacations “The United Way not only supports many local agencies, but enhances the programs and educates the community for a positive direction in the future. This is just one of my reasons that I support our United Way of Citrus County.”
A W O R D F R O M O U R 2 0 1 2 / 2 0 1 3 C A M P A I G N C O- C H A I R S — M I K E & R E B E CC A B A Y S Growing up in a small Mid‐Western town, we knew the annual United Way fund drive had begun when the large thermometer billboard was erected in our town hall. It seemed everyone was involved and when we reached our goal we had a community celebra on at Tom Sawyer Park. The United Way and the support they provided to our community was part of our lives. That has con nued throughout my life through my business contribu ons to the United Way. Today, I have a complete new respect and understanding of what the United Way stands for and what it means to my community. When Rebecca and I were asked to co‐chair this year, we were both honored and apprehensive. Sherriﬀ Dawsy assured me that I wouldn’t be able to “mess up” because Amy and her staﬀ wouldn’t let me. They have truly been amazing to work with. It had been a fantas c experience and the apprecia on I have for the United Way has been amplified. The dedica on of Amy, staﬀ and the board in iden fying specific needs within our community and the assistance they provide to those organiza ons, in both funds and me has made me proud to be a part of the United Way family. Sincerely,
It has been an honor to serve as co‐chair for the Citrus County United Way this year. Although I have always supported the United Way, I have gained a new apprecia on for what it means to the ci zens of Citrus County and the many com‐ munity service organiza ons that receive the United Way support. The implementa on of iden fying our commu‐ nity needs and maintaining benchmarks to as‐ sure the accountability of the programs is an excellent way to validate the impact to our county. Furthermore, knowing that 99% of the funds raised in Citrus County stay in Citrus Coun‐ ty, supporters of the United Way can be secure that there dona ons will benefit our own. Again, I thank you for this opportunity to share in this year’s success! Sincerely, Rebecca Bays
Ricky Barlow Success
Resident Director Financial Advisor Merrill Lynch “I support The United Way because I see direct support and partnership with our agencies which leads to transformation of lives and lasting changes to better our community. “
FROM FINANCIAL UNCERTAINTY TO FRESH START –
A FAMILY RECOVERS
Mike and Chris ne* thought they’d always be secure and never planned ahead. They were comfortable in Citrus County where they are raising their two young children. Chris ne, a stay at home mom, and Mike, a night janitor, worked hard to achieve their middle‐class lifestyle, but found it increasingly diﬃcult to maintain a er a series of economic setbacks. Falling further behind, Chris ne was unsuccessful in finding steady employment and having a hard me juggling all of their bills on a limited income. Determined to find a solu on, Chris ne came to the United Way’s Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Workshop. “I was hopeless not knowing what I should do,” Chris ne said, recalling the morning she asked the budget coach for help. “I explained that I have a husband and two kids living on one income.” What appeared to be a last resort turned into a fresh start for the family, par cularly Chris ne who a er the event with her renewed confidence was able to save $50 per month and landed a steady part me job. “The Earn It! Keep It! Save It! program gave me a chance to think about my finances for the first me ever. It al‐ lowed me not only a chance to set goals but focus on ways to accomplish them. The budget calendar made the process very clear”, Chris ne told her budget coach at the follow up event. With her new part‐ me job and re‐ cently developed skills form Earn It! Keep It! Save It!, the family is now striving to reach their short term goal of a be er Christmas and long term goal of homeownership and crea ng a sound financial future. * To protect the client’s idenƟty, neither their name nor photo have been used.
EDUCATION. INCOME. HEALTH.
Financial Advisor Raymond James & Associates “United Way of Citrus County is in an ideal position to solve systemic problems by bringing the full range of governmental, school, public, and private Citrus County resources together to solve – rather than treat – community problems.”
Richard Bradtmuller Store Manager Publix Supermarkets “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"
Lace Blue-McLean Owner Inverness Yoga & Wellness Center “I support the United Way of CC simply because they have figured it out!!! How to teach someone to fish instead of feeding them helps the individual become a more productive citizen of the community.”
Bill Catto Assistant District Attorney State’s Attorney’s Office
“I support the United Way because it is working to solve the crucial problems in our community today .”
Board of Directors Theressa Foster Owner West Central Solutions “Citrus United Way has developed a vision for the future to be more than just a resource but the spark that ignites long term change in our community!”
Larry Gamble Store Manager Wal-Mart Super Center
“By giving to United Way I know the funds and time go where the need is the most.” Buddy Grant Commander Citrus County Sherriff’s Dept. “United Way is an excellent vehicle to help meet the many needs of our neighbors here in Citrus County.”
EDUCATION. INCOME. HEALTH.
STANDING ON HER
OWN TWO FEET
Susan* just wants to stand on her own two feet. That’s not much to ask considering the dozens of years she spent in front of a stove in a Midwestern School District preparing thousands of meals for school children. Susan never graduated high school which made it tough to find employment. Eventually Susan resorted to stating that she gradu‐ ated high school on her applications. She finally landed a job as a cafe‐ teria worker. Susan felt she was constantly looking over her shoulder not knowing if her employer would find out she did not graduate from high school. A series of events landed Susan in Citrus County. She was looking for work and came up against the barrier again of not graduat‐ ing high school. Susan decided it was time to make a change. She did not want to have to look over her shoulder anymore. Susan enrolled in the GED program at WTI. Through the process Susan learned she would be eligible to apply for the United Way’s Learn to Earn program. Susan was so relieved to know she would finally have the support she needed to succeed. “ Learn to Earn gave me the extra
help I needed to be successful. I did not have to worry about how I was going to pay for gas to
President/ CEO Nature Coast EMS “I am honored to serve with a caring team dedicated to improving the quality of life in Citrus County.”
get to school. I could just focus on studying” Susan told her fellow classmates. “ Learn to Earn
Dr. Vernon Lawter Vice President Citrus Campus College of Central Florida “The United Way is a positive change agent in our community, committed to improving lives. “
not only encourages me but holds me accountable for my actions.” Susan recently attended an‐ other United Way event called Land that Job . Susan recalls, ”This event boosted my confi‐ dence. The one‐ on‐one interview coaching provided me with the feedback I needed to be suc‐ cessful in an interview”. Shortly after the event Susan landed a job . “This time being able to be truthful and able to tell the interviewer I was working on my GED and would be graduating in May, 2013.” Thanks to the support from United Way Susan is standing strong. * To protect the client’s idenƟty, neither her name nor photo have been used.
Finding a New Beginning When your needs are met and you have a place to live, it’s difficult to imagine fellow citi‐ zens within just a few miles of your secure home are living in the woods not having enough to eat. Unfortunately, it’s a daily fact of life for Josh*. Josh wanted better for his life, but it had taken a couple of wrong turns. Josh was determined to get his life back on track. Josh knew the pathway out of homelessness would be getting his GED. Josh enrolled at WTI and would walk eight miles one way to school each day. Josh never missed a day of class. When United Way launched their Learn to Earn program Josh applied. At first he was reserved not letting them know too much. After working with the Learn to Earn representatives and gaining trust in the program Josh opened up. “I told them what I real‐
Connie McNeilly RN/Director of Health Care Service Interim Health Care “United Way - it's the very best method for touching SO many people with your donation."
Gerry Mulligan Publisher Citrus County Chronicle “United Way uses contributions from thousands to make important things happen in our community. It provides accountability, leadership and has impact.”
ly needed was a bike. It would be so much easier to get back and forth from school”. Josh
Dr. Eloy Nunez
was meeting his goals and the Learn to Earn program provided Josh a bike, tent, warm
Professor St. Leo College “I support United Way because I know that my money and my time will go to the right places.”
clothing, medical care, and other basic essentials. “I was so overwhelmed by joy to receive these things. It meant someone believed me in for the first time in a very long time”. Josh improved his life once more by obtaining a job close by as he finally had reliable transportation. “For once I see a light at the end of the tunnel.” Josh is on target to gradu‐ ate in May, 2014. Thanks to the Learn to Earn program, Josh is Finding a New Beginning and a pathway to self‐sustainability. *To protect the client’s idenƟty, neither his name nor photo have been used.
EDUCATION. INCOME. HEALTH.
Cathy Pearson Assistant County Administrator Citrus County BOCC “United Way truly "unites"our community to improve education, financial stability, and improving our citizens health. “
Don Taylor Executive Director Economic Development Council “I support the United Way as they are excellent stewards for targeted campaign fund allocations. “
Board of Directors Tom Thomas President Weber Glass “I support United Way because United Way effectively analyzes community needs and provides funding to local service agencies that help meet those needs.”
Linda VanAllen President VanAllen Insurance Agency “I support United Way because of the focus on helping people try and make positive lifestyle changes and assisting many different agencies reach out to those in our community who need assistance.”
Ellen Zane Financial Advisor Wells Fargo “I serve on the United Way Board because I truly believe the United Way is the best vehicle to support and assist people in our community needing assistance. By helping individuals make a difference in their own lives by learning new job and life skills, we build a stronger community for everyone.”
The opportunity to serve as a volunteer for the United Way's Earn It, Keep It, Save It program in Citrus County opened a door in my life that proved most rewarding. The chance to offer suggestions, and a plan, to county residents that will help them take control of their individ‐ ual financial lives, and even start saving accounts, will benefit all members of our community. Another proac‐ tive service of The United Way.
Find the volunteer opportunity that’s right for you through United Way’s Volunteer Program! Whether you’re interested in mentoring a young person, oﬀering your skills as a financial advisor, or spending an a er‐ noon with a senior, you’ve come to the right place. Go online today and make the pledge to volunteer. http://www.citrusunitedway.org/volunteer
Lamb Family Our family and employees support the United Way of Citrus County because it is the most eﬀec ve and eﬃcient way of suppor ng health and human services in our community. Steve, Jewel, Justin,
Amanda & Levitt
Volunteer Hours = 1478
To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the people of Citrus County through involvement with targeted community initiatives. 8