Page 1

THIRD QUARTER 2017

LIVE UNITED the TURNING LENS FOCUSING ON OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES

/ In This Issue / FOCUSING ON OUR RURAL COMMUNITIES THE LITTLE PROGRAM THAT COULD SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT DOLLARS & SENSE WHY I GIVE UPCOMING EVENTS


2 / LIVE UNITED

Our Communications and Marketing team joined Catholic Charities for one of their bi-weekly visits to Otter Creek to speak with some of the residents receiving food and water for their families.

Rural counties often have higher rates of poverty, fewer resources and less access to the available resources.

3 / LIVE UNITED

TURNING THE LENS

Focusing on our Rural Communities

M

any people are familiar with the 33 programs funded by our Community Investment Fund in North Central Florida. Although most of these programs are offered primarily to residents of Alachua County, we have many programs that are available to residents in the other five counties of our footprint, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Union. These rural counties often have higher rates of poverty, fewer resources and less access to available resources. In our service area for example, Gilchrist County experiences very high rates of poverty and Dixie County was recently deemed one of the most impoverished areas in the state. In this issue of our newsletter, we highlight the programs serving our rural populations that often do not receive the recognition they deserve, so please take note of them and learn how you can help to support our neighbors in need. One program we’re highlighting is FAITHH, operated by Catholic Charities and funded through our Community Investment Fund. As a

part of our Immediate Needs funding, Catholic Charities visits our rural communities twice a month to bring food, water and other crucial items. The deliveries are made in Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and even Alachua Counties. One of the Levy County delivery locations is at the Town Hall in the small town of Otter Creek, located approximately one hour west of Gainesville. Otter Creek once employed hundreds in the turpentine industry. It is a community with tremendous need, as the industry contaminated the area’s wells, making the water now undrinkable. Jobs also are scarce and most of the individuals seeking help are retired or on disability assistance. While Catholic Charities ensures its clients have food and drinking water twice a month, they have also established a children’s library and provide smoke detectors to those who cannot afford one for their home. Some of our other funded partners and what they do for those rural communities are included inside this issue.

Catholic Charities Rural Outreach Coordinator, John Harris delivers supplies and crucial items to residents in need in Otter Creek.

By Amy Azoulay & Angela Chan UWNCFL Communications & Marketing Team


4 / LIVE UNITED

5 / LIVE UNITED

PEACEFUL PATHS

Counties Served: Alachua, Bradford and Union

Turning the Lens: Focusing on our Rural Communities, cont’d GILCHRIST COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

Counties Served: Gilchrist

The Pre-K Scholarship program in Gilchrist County is incredibly valuable to local families. Although voluntary Pre-K programs allow some students to receive a half day of Pre-K for free, many families are not able to access that service due to their inability during working hours to pick up a child in the middle of the day. “With the help from United Way, the Pre-K scholarship program allows us to leverage our resources, so families are able to receive a full day of services!”

Founded in 2008, the Peaceful Paths Economic Empowerment Program helps survivors overcome economic abuse and become financially independent. The unique needs of survivors are addressed through a network of service providers and community partnerships. “Our program offers survivors opportunities as they work on becoming financially independent and is open to any survivor of domestic violence within our service area.” –Trish White, Economic Empowerment Coordinator, Financial Educator & Coach

–Patricia Powers, Director of Resource Development

UNION BRADFORD

BREAD OF THE MIGHTY

Counties Served: Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy

Since 1987, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank (BMFB) has had more than 160 agency partners that distribute food to those in need. In Dixie, seven agency partners receive food and essentials to distribute into the community. Dixie also has a “Free Food for Seniors” program and a school pantry program.

GILCHRIST DIXIE

“Our goal is to help neighbors, families, children, seniors, veterans and the homeless when it comes to those needs, especially hunger.” –Marcia Conwell, President and CEO

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

Counties Served: Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy

FAITHH is a rural outreach program servicing those without transportation to the Service Center in Gainesville. Food and drinking water is delivered twice a month. “Thanks to the help of United Way and Catholic Charities, the residents of Otter Creek have safe drinking water and regular food deliveries.” –John Barli, Executive Director

THE LITTLE PROGRAM THAT COULD

ALACHUA

BY NORINDA YANCEY, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY IMPACT ACORN CLINIC

Counties Served: Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Union

The Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs (ACORN) Clinic provides primary and preventative health services to individuals and families of rural North Central Florida, acting as a bridge between patients and community resources. “ACORN Clinic has provided affordable healthcare services including medical, dental and social service referrals for more than 40 years. Located in rural Alachua County, in 2016, the clinic served over 3,000 patients with almost 5,000 visits.” –Candice King, Executive Director

LEVY GIRLS PLACE

Counties Served: Alachua

For 30 years, Girls Place has offered quality programming to girls in Alachua County. They support schools and families to ensure their girls have a solid academic foundation to prepare them to be successful in school. “We launched our ACHIEVE program in July 2013 because we recognized the need for a year-round mentoring program to serve the needs of more children. ACHIEVE provides academic opportunities outside of school for girls in K-8th grades. The goal is to promote educational gains through active learning and specific skill development.” –Christi Arrington, Executive Director

P

overty is a significant challenge that affects families making it difficult to create a literacy-rich environment at home. Even busy families struggle to make time for library visits and daily reading. Launching a community bookshelf project in 2013, modeled after the Bright Red Bookshelf project from Ithaca, New York, was a fresh idea for an old problem. The Book Nook Project is an opportunity for donors, volunteers and organizations to share their love of reading and help families build home libraries. “I always believed that books in the home could lead to reading proficiency and can help define a child’s future success in life,” says Barbara Ross, Book Nook Founder. A partnership began after combining the resources of United Way of North Central Florida, businesses, schools and health and human service organizations in Alachua County. Volunteers mobilized to build and paint bookshelves, while donors stocked them. Bookshelves were placed at 24 local and rural sites throughout the region. Including locations at the Park Avenue WIC office, Irby Elementary and in Trenton, Bell and Hawthorne. This spring, after supporting this initiative for four years, UWNCFL began to transition out of the role of project coordinator. In doing so, we discovered 15 of the original sites continued to offer free books without our direct support.

“I came across an article about the ‘Bright Red Bookshelf,’ and knew I had to tell United Way about it.” –Barbara Ross, Community Volunteer and Book Nook program founder


6 / LIVE UNITED

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT 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 Rusty Thompson of Master’s Lawn Care, Brian Knepp of

I like to follow the golden rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ Living by this simple rule can be revolutionary when put to use with clients, employees and anyone else that you come in contact with. Lived out consistently, it’s absolutely contagious and yields incredible results.”

DOLLARS & SENSE

2

Raintree Graphics and Dwight Hulse of D.L. Hulse Consulting, LLC, visit www.unitedwayncfl.org/smallbusinessspotlight. To become a Small Business Partner, please contact Dana Clayton at dclayton@unitedwayncfl.org. 

Upon my introduction to United Way’s Community Investment Fund, I understood the multiplier effect a dollar generates in the fund. It was a natural extension of my return on investment philosophy to invest in the fund because I knew my investment could help more organizations and individuals in the community.”

–Rusty Thompson, Master’s Lawn Care

-1-1 is a free, confidential helpline provided by United Way that offers problem-solving assistance and helps connect area residents to critical health and social service resources. The 2-1-1 helpline is open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year and strives to empower callers by addressing needs and establishing personal plans. United Way of North Central Florida’s 2-1-1 line covers Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy, Union and Lafayette Counties. Although Lafayette County is not in our six-county footprint, they are included in our 2-1-1 service area. According to our most recent annual report, there were 13,408 calls made last year. Twen-

WHY I GIVE 7 / LIVE UNITED

–Dwight L. Hulse, D.L. Hulse Consulting, LLC

I feel that giving a helping hand to the community we work and play in every day is something everyone should do. Gainesville has given me a career and the opportunity to give back is a no-brainer.”

campaigns, giving for more than three decades. Now we’ve been blessed to add to our support through a Small Business Partnership for my Gainesville office of Edward Jones. United Way of North Central Florida has enriched our lives as donors, providing insight and relationships that enable us to better serve our community. We are grateful to LIVE UNITED in North Central Florida.” –Kathryn Lancaster, Edward Jones Investments, Co-Chair Women United

–Brian Knepp, Raintree Graphics

READ THE FULL INTERVIEWS www.unitedwayncfl.org/smallbusinessspotlight

2-1-1 is a much-needed community resource supported by United Ways around the country. ty-five percent of those calls were for housing assistance, eighteen percent for utility assistance, fifteen percent for VITA tax-prep appointments, eight percent for healthcare and seven percent for holiday help. United Ways around the country provide 2-1-1 call centers for their communities. 2-1-1 is completely unfunded by the government and is generally paid for out of the local United Way’s budget. Each year, we ensure there are funds available in our budget to run this much-needed community resource. Last year, the majority of the calls came from Alachua County residents, and only 18 percent came from

Helping people in need is a long-time priority for my husband Philip and me. Since our youth, we’ve endeavored to provide benevolence without enabling dependent or predatory behaviors. The United Way model addresses the root cause of poverty and comprehensively addresses the individual’s need for a longterm solution. We became leadership donors for United Way through workplace

individuals living in our rural communities. We are constantly striving to spread the word about 2-1-1 and share its various resources to the community. To support our initiative, please contact Norinda Yancey at nyancey@unitedwayncfl.org for informational cards to share. 

FIVE WAYS TO REACH 2-1-1 1. Dial 2-1-1 or (352) 332-4636 2. Text your zip code to 898-211 3. Chat at www.unitedwayncfl.org, click on the “Get Help” button and then 2-1-1 chat 4. Email at uw211help@gmail.com 5. Search the online service database at www.unitedwayncfl.org/211

A BIG THANK YOU TO HOGTOWN BREWERS! Thank you Hogtown Brewers and Hogtown Craft Beer Festival for your $8,000 donation to our Community Investment Fund! Please visit www.facebook.com/ unitedwayncfl to see more photos from the event.

upcoming events UNITED WAY EXPRESS BUS TOUR October 25, 2017 9:00 am November 1, 2017 9:00 am

WOMEN UNITED LUNCHEON November 8, 2017, 11:00 am The Village at Gainesville Tower Club Ballroom 8000 NW 27 Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606 RSVP: https://wuholiday2017. eventbrite.com

ADVOCATE FOR UNITED WAY! Thank you to everyone who attended our annual Employee Campaign Coordinator Breakfast! Special thank you to our amazing event sponsors, BBI Construction Management, Nationwide Insurance and Southern Charm Kitchen! Please visit www.facebook.com/ unitedwayncfl to see more photos from the event. To become a United Way advocate or run a workplace campaign, contact Dana Clayton at dclayton@unitedwayncfl.org.


NONPROFIT ORG. US POSTAGE PAID PERMIT # 375 GAINESVILLE, FL 6031 NW 1st Place Gainesville, FL 32607-2025 (352) 331-2800 www.unitedwayncfl.org www.facebook.com/unitedwayncfl www.twitter.com/unitedwayncfl www.instagram.com/unitedwayofncfl

ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED

YOUR UNITED WAY TEAM STAFF/EXECUTIVE TEAM

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

COMMUNITY IMPACT TEAM

Norinda Rosario Yancey, Director of Community Impact Rahkiah Brown, ReadingPals Coordinator Marilyn Taylor, VITA Coordinator

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Dana Clayton, VP Resource Development Chad McGinnis, Database Manager Lauri Schiffbauer, Workplace Campaign Manager Ali Hill, Database Associate Renee Morrissette, Campaign Associate Marcia Tilson, Campaign Associate

COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING

Amy Azoulay, Director of Communications Angela Chan, Communications Specialist

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee Nick Banks, Front Street, Chair Jenna White, Enterprise Holdings, Vice Chair Scott Thomas, Infinite Energy, Finance Chair Dr. Ed Bonahue, Santa Fe College, Member-At-Large Dennis Gies, Community Volunteer, Ex-Officio Melanie Ross, UF Health, Member-At-Large Board Members Tracy Bachmann, Waymaker Communications Jaime Baldwin, Info Tech, Inc. Pastor Gerard Duncan, Prayers by Faith Ministries Bill Gair, University of Florida Jackie Johnson, Alachua County Public Schools 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 Bob Page, Harbor Community Bank Lisa Patton, Publix Monica Perez-McMillen, Law Offices of Monica McMillen, P.A. Brad Pollitt, UF Health Todd Powell, Weyerhaeuser John Power, Alachua County Tax Collector Doug Ray, Gainesville Sun/Ocala Star Banner Kelly Shaer, James Moore Dr. Patricia Snyder, University of Florida Jeff Thieman, Campus USA Credit Union John Varela, RTI Surgical

NEED HELP AFTER HURRICANE IRMA? UWNCFL has funds available to help those in need. Call 2-1-1 today! To give to the United Way Hurricane Irma Relief Fund, please visit www.unitedwayncfl.org/irmagnv.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR ACADEMY SPONSORS

FONT FRONT STREEET - GeoSans COMMERICAL REAL ESTATE GROUP - Gill Sans “F” - Mongolian Baiti PMS Color: 384 Lime Green

United Way 3rd Quarter Newsletter