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LIVE UNITED TODAY GRANT DOLLARS GO FARTHER United Way of North Central Florida receives grants to expand focus on education started by Success By Six and ReadingPals AT&T Aspire Contribution

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nited Way of North Central Florida was the only United Way in the country to receive a $300,000 contribution from AT&T, through the AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative. This twoyear contribution will provide dropout prevention services to at-risk 9th graders in three Alachua County high schools: Gainesville, Eastside and Hawthorne. Referred to as Check and Connect, this program is a new part of the continuum of support for United Way’s impact area education and is in partnership with Alachua County Public Schools. It will provide outreach and support to more than 120 youth and their families within those school populations. “The data we collect through this effort will make a lasting impact on our community,” said United Way of North Central Florida’s President & CEO Debbie Mason. “Working together with AT&T, we can impact other communities across the nation that struggle to find successful interventions to halt the drop-out rates of students living in poverty.”

L-R David Shelnutt, Gainesville High School Principal; Marshall Criser, III, AT&T Florida President; Debbie Mason, United Way of North Central Florida President & CEO; Dan Boyd, Alachua County Public School Superintendent; Carolyn Lukert, United Way of North Central Florida Board of Directors Chair; and Mathew Armas, Gainesville High School Student Council President announce the generous contribution from AT&T at the AT&T Aspire press event on Sept. 20 at Gainesville High School.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Grant United Way of North Central Florida has been awarded a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to implement the Alachua County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (AC-RSVP). The primary focus of the grant is to recruit senior volunteers to help improve educational outcomes in the community. Volunteers can also work with organizations to help improve health outcomes and with programs that reduce poverty. 

AC-RSVP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES  Serve as ReadingPals for children in low-performing Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten programs to prepare them to enter school ready to learn.  Serve as ReadingPals for the Early

Literacy Initiative focused on improving 3rd grade reading proficiency levels at local elementary schools and non-profits in Alachua County.  Serve as tutor and mentors for 9th or

10th grade students that are participating in the Check and Connect (drop-out prevention) Program at Gainesville, Eastside and Hawthorne High Schools. Please contact Amy Bell, at 333-0842 or abell@unitedwayncfl.org if you are interested in participating as a tutor in the Check and Connect Program or a RSVP Volunteer.

FALL 2012

INSIDE THIS ISSUE: DONOR SPOTLIGHT CAT FERRIS, CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF, EVENTS & MORE

Fall Newsletter  

United Way of North Central Florida fall newsletter.

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