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his year marks the 60th anniversary of United Way of North Central Florida. As the 2016 board chair, the anniversary gives me an opportunity to reflect on how far our organization and community have come in six decades, and how far we still have left to go. In 1957 the organization began as the United Community Fund of Gainesville. Community leaders at the time saw the opportunity to bring people together to address local issues that existed. About $84,000 was raised that first year and committees were formed. Decisions were made on how to improve lives for Gainesville’s citizens and improve our systems of education, address poverty and to keep families healthy and fed. Over the years the name has changed, the service area has expanded, and boards have come and gone. But the basic mission has remained the same: taking a strategic approach to leverage resources to make an impact in people’s lives. United Way of North Central Florida now raises over $3.3 million a year, which is invested into the areas of education, income, health and immediate needs. We serve not only Gainesville and Alachua County but also Bradford, Dixie, Union, Gilchrist and Levy counties. Since United Way’s inception in our region, we have raised nearly $100 million. In 2004, we adopted a Community Impact Model and most recently, a Results-Based Accountability model ensuring these dollars are put to the best use possible. Some of our first agency partners like the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County and the Children’s Home Society are still partners today. I imagine the founders of the organization would be proud to know that some of the

Rhonda Johnson is UWNCFL’s Director of Operations. She has been living united for 31 years!

relationships they began in the late 1950’s are still going strong today. I’m proud to be a part of this community and proud to help lead United Way of North Central Florida with so many dedicated team members, board members and volunteers. I am humbled to carry the torch that was lit by the individuals who had the vision, will and determination to decide to make our community better sixty years ago. We still have work to do, but I have faith that with the resources in our community and the passion of the people who live here, we can all unite to make our region the best it can be. 


Nick Banks is UWNCFL’s current board chair and has been living united for nearly 10 years!

UWNCFL President & CEO Deborah Bowie has been leading the team for two years and living united for over a decade!






e know that children have the power to unite us. Regardless of who we voted for, what you believe in, who you root for on the field or on the court, we all want our children to have a better future and all the opportunities the world has to offer. Taking place on the day after the 2016 presidential election, the theme of the Sixth Annual Women United Holiday Luncheon was uniting for children and featured special guest, Stacey Bess. Stacey Bess taught homeless children in Utah for 11 years. During her time teaching she discovered that she could reach children without

a home by simply teaching them about love, self-worth, personal power and courage. Her experiences inspired her to pen the memoir Nobody Don’t Love Nobody, that was adapted into the 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the Blackboard starring Emily VanCamp. ReadingPals volunteer, Chris Floyd then spoke of his fulfilling experience as a mentor to his ReadingPals student. Animated as ever, he put smiles on the crowd’s faces. Ticket proceeds and 20 percent of vendor sales were donated to our ReadingPals program. Thank you to our event sponsor, Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group! 




PHOTOS: 1. Chris Floyd, ReadingPals volunteer, sharing a story about his experiences as a volunteer 2. Ally Nygaard and Ginny MacKoul from event sponsor Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group, along with Kelly Banks 3. Deborah Bowie with the Women United Steering Committee Co-Chair, Kathryn Lancaster 4. Luncheon attendees checking out the goods at one of the many vendor tables 5. Deborah Bowie with special guest speaker, Stacey Bess 6. The United Way team after another great event!



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Deborah Bowie, President & CEO Norinda Rosario Yancey, Director of Community Impact

Rhonda Johnson, Director of Operations

Rahkiah Brown, ReadingPals Coordinator Nailah Summers, Communications Specialist

Chad McGinnis, Database Manager

Chris Wells, Director, Small Business Partners Dana Clayton, Vice President of Resource Development

Mary Broadfoot, Board Liaison & Human Capital Associate Angela Hutchings, Community Impact & Volunteerism Associate 4 / LIVE UNITED

Amy Azoulay, Senior Manager of Communications


2017 marks 60 years in which United Way of North Central Florida has been a staple in the community. To celebrate the milestone, we have created United Way Express, an up close and personal tour of donor dollars at work in the community. United Way Express will feature several guided tours at local agencies that receive donations through our Community Investment Fund. This fund is comprised solely of unrestricted dollars and currently supports 35 local programs that are focused on improving education, health and the financial stability of people living and working in our region. Each leg of the United Way Express tour will be themed according to the services delivered by the programs and will visit at least 3 different agencies in a day. 

Small businesses play a critical role in maintaining a thriving local economy. They are no less important to the success of United Way, as we endeavor to improve lives through our work in education, income and health. Our Small Business Partners are an important, growing family of donors who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community. To read the full interviews with Brad Stumpff of UF Mover Guys and Collin Austin of New Scooters 4 Less, visit To sign up for our e-newsletter, please visit To become a Small Business Partner, please contact Chris Wells at 

“I believe that small businesses are a tool  to serve others. We serve our customers by helping them with their transportation  and parking issues, we  serve our community  by supporting amazing  organizations like  United Way.” Collin Austin, New Scooters 4 Less

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nited Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program will soon be underway again! Another season of volunteers sharing their time and knowledge to give back to their community is here. IRS-certified volunteers prepare tax returns that could cost up to hundreds of dollars at a paid tax preparer. Let us help you keep your whole refund this year so you can buy the things your family needs. Absolutely no fees ever. Call 2-1-1 to schedule your appointment at our tax sites located all over Alachua County, operating Monday–Saturday. Interested in being a VITA volunteer? Contact Jason Giancarlo at Volunteer training begins in January. 

“I love volunteering at VITA. It’s a great way to meet more people, gather valuable experience and develop my financial skills. I started the program not knowing anything about taxes, but every day at work was an opportunity for me to learn while serving the community. Join now to see why  I keep coming back!” –Xinxin Liu, VITA Volunteer


SMALL BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP TRAINING On Monday, September 13, we held the first Mission Main Street conference. As our Small Business Partnership is growing, we are eager to share our plans with other United Ways. Attendees from United Ways all over the country came to hear our local Small Business Partners explain why they love giving back to their community through United Way. Several Florida United Ways were present, as well as United Ways in Utah and Texas. Special thank you to Small Business Partners Lenny Sprague, Becky Raymond, Doug Pratt, Julieanne McGuinness, Brad Stumpff, Dan Drotos, Jeri Banta, Kim Wolfmeyer, Matt Donovan and Edward Lavagnino for helping lead the panel discussion! 

1 PHOTOS: 1. Panel discussion featuring local Small Business Partners 2. Megan Richards from United Way of Salt Lake chatting with Small Business Partners, Doug Pratt and Kim Wolfmeyer




n Thursday, October 13, we brought together our large group of Impact Partners with the goal of maximizing our partnerships by supporting each other’s work with greater efficiency. The luncheon covered a number of topics including partner renewals, 60th Anniversary plans, marketing opportunities and United Way services and tools like 2-1-1, VITA and Toys for Tots. Thanks to AvMed for hosting us! 

VOLUNTEER SELECT Did you know your United Way runs a website called Volunteer Select? Volunteer Select is an innovative way to form connections between individuals, people and nonprofits in an effort to encourage community involvement and eliminate poverty. In this endeavor, we are pleased to be collaborating with the Center for Leadership and Service at the University of Florida and the Office for Civic Engagement & Service at Santa Fe College. In addition to linking community members with nonprofits looking for volunteers, we recently added a wish list for the nonprofit organizations that use the site in order for them to share what in-kind donations they need. For example, if Girls Place needed printers, they could now list that on Volunteer Select. We’re very excited about this useful tool and hope that it helps all of our nonprofit friends in the North Central Florida community! Visit and get connected today! 





PHOTOS: 1. ReadingPals Coordinator, Rahkiah Brown with Bill Huchinson from Kids Count in Alachua County 2. Nearly all of our 33 Community Impact Partners were in attendance 3. Impact Partners working together on a group activity 4. Director of Development, Chris Wells with Board and CIC member, Denny Gies



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Campaign Finale March 23, 2017 11:30 am Best Western Gateway Grand

CEO Breakfast June 7, 2017 7:30 am Best Western Gateway Grand


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YOUR UNITED WAY TEAM Staff/Executive Team

Board of Directors

Deborah V. Bowie, President & CEO Rhonda Johnson, Director of Operations Mary Broadfoot, Board Liaison & Human Capital Associate

Executive Committee Nick Banks, Front Street, Chair Jenna White, Enterprise Holdings, Vice Chair Kay Ayers, AvMed, Past Board Chair Dr. Ed Bonahue, Santa Fe College, Member-At-Large Dennis Gies, Community Volunteer, Ex-Officio Kenneth Kurdziel, James Moore & Company, Finance Chair Melanie Ross, UF Health, Member-At-Large

Community Impact Team Norinda Rosario Yancey, Director of Community Impact Rahkiah Brown, ReadingPals Coordinator Jason Giancarlo, VITA Coordinator Angela Hutchings, Community Impact & Volunteerism Associate

Development Team Dana Clayton, VP Resource Development Chris Wells, Director, Small Business Partners Chad McGinnis, Database Manager Bobby Nellis, Campaign Associate Summer Pitt, Campaign Associate Shereka Williams-O’Neal, Campaign Associate

Communications & Marketing Team Amy Azoulay, Senior Manager of Communications Nailah Summers, Communications Specialist

Board Members Tracy Bachmann, Waymaker Communications Bill Gair, University of Florida Jennifer Hunt, CAMPUS USA Credit Union Jackie Johnson, Alachua County Public Schools John Jopling, Dell Graham Lt. Brandon Kutner, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office Shaney Livingston, Alachua County Library District Kevin Monroe, Cox Communications Greg Moraski, Nationwide Arpita Oselimo, Reggae Shack Café Lisa Patton, Publix Todd Powell, Plum Creek John Power, Alachua County Tax Collector Brad Pollitt, UF Health Doug Ray, Gainesville Sun/Ocala Star Banner Dr. Jen Day Shaw, University of Florida Dr. Patricia Snyder, University of Florida Scott Thomas, Infinite Energy John Varela, RTI Surgical

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