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FOURTH QUARTER 2017

LIVE UNITED a DIFFERENCE MAKING THROUGH UNITED WAY WORKPLACE CAMPAIGNS / In This Issue / IN SUPPORT OF SOMETHING BIGGER CAMPAIGN SNAPSHOTS SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT DOLLARS & SENSE WHY I GIVE UPCOMING EVENTS


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Santa Fe College Student Body President, Cale McCall, receiving a pie in the face for losing the faculty/ staff vs. students Penny War Photo provided by: Santa Fe College


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MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Uniting workplaces in support of something bigger By: Lauri Schiffbauer, Director of Resource Development

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nited Way Workplace Campaigns unite employees in all offices or branches of a company giving them an opportunity to donate, volunteer and contribute to causes that matter to them. It feels good to be a part of something bigger and join together to provide solutions. Employee Campaign Coordinators (ECCs) are the link between United Way and our partner companies. ECCs manage all aspects of a company’s employee giving campaign. From initial planning to gathering the last pledge form, they work with United Way staff to have the best campaign possible! ECCs volunteer their time to make sure all employees at their company have the opportunity to give. This year’s ECCs rocked the house with creative, fun, yummy and sometimes hysterical ways to participate in their company’s Workplace Campaign. Casual clothing days were a huge hit at several sites. Employees purchased United Way stickers in exchange for the opportunity to wear pajamas, shorts or jeans to work if they sported the United Way sticker. Several supervisors purchased stickers as holiday gifts for their teams! Chili cook-offs, bake sales and even an Enterprise Holdings Mac &

Cheese cook-off were some of the delicious ways our ECCs engaged their teams in supporting United Way. Ping-pong tournaments and virtual Bingo were favorites at Infinite Energy. Days of Action are a great team-building activity and a way to learn about United Way’s Impact Partners. In November, Nationwide employees volunteered at Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County to clear shrubs and downed trees from the Club’s fields. With more than 50 volunteers, Team Nationwide was able to repaint two baseball dugouts and complete a trash sweep of the entire area. Breakfasts, lunches, dinners and wine and cheese events were a popular way of developing and thanking those giving at the Leadership level. With such a wonderful variety of activities this year, we can’t wait to see what our ECCs dream up next year! Thank you to all our ECCs for working hard to create innovative and engaging Workplace Campaigns. You, your team members and your companies help United Way to win the fight for the health, education and financial stability of EVERY PERSON in our community! If you want to run a Workplace Campaign, please contact Lauri Schiffbauer at LSchiffbauer@unitedwayncfl.org. 

CAMPAIGN ASSOCIATES HELP SHARE OUR MESSAGE During the campaign season, United Way employees visit between 50–100 workplaces in the area. During this busy time of year, we add some temporary staff to our Development Team. These campaign associates provide crucial help sharing United Way’s message with the community. They join the team for four months and their schedules are packed. In the past, United Way utilized executives who were “loaned” from other businesses for the campaign season. Recently there has been a shift to temporary campaign associates. These temporary United Way associates develop valuable leadership, public speaking and team building skills. They also have the opportunity to meet all of our Employee Campaign Coordinators and workplace employees across the region. This year, we had the pleasure of working with Renee Morrissette and Marcia Tilson, who played a major role in helping the Development Team with large Workplace Campaigns, organizing volunteer opportunities and representing United Way to the public.

Campaign associates provide crucial help with sharing United Way’s message with the community. They join the team for four months and their schedules are packed.


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CAMPAIGN SNAPSHOTS Some of the great Workplace Campaign activities that took place during the last few months of campaign season!  1

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1. AvMed supervisors and employees playing “The Newlywed’s Game.” 2. Kevin Williams from the Alachua County Administration at our Employee Campaign Coordinator Breakfast. 3. Kim Slone, Jay Spence and Lauri Schiffbauer at Enterprise Holdings’ Agency Fair. 4. Rhiannon Boyer from GSE, Kaitlyn Stanley and Michelle Vickers from BBI Construction at our Employee Campaign Coordinator Breakfast. 8

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5. Jared Hart from TD Bank at our Employee Campaign Coordinator Breakfast. 6. Publix employees at our Employee Campaign Coordinator Breakfast.


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PUBLIX: A FUNDRAISING POWERHOUSE

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nited Way of North Central Florida thanks Publix for its continued support and initiative for improving our community! For several years, Publix has consistently been our top United Way Workplace Campaign. This year alone, Publix employees in our six-county area raised more than $700,000, which includes matching employee contributions. After Hurricane Irma swept through Florida, Publix Corporate donated $500,000 to American Red Cross and another $500,000 to United Ways affected by Irma, for a grand total of $1 million donated to recovery efforts. Of the $500,000, Publix Corporate locally donated $25,000 to the Last Resort Fund, which is an emergency fund that provides relief for families in our area. Publix also annually raises money for school supplies through their “Tools for Back to School” drive. With the help of our community donating to the drive, Publix also purchased school supplies, which were transported to United Way and then distributed to various United Way Community Impact Partners and groups in our community. “Tools for Back to School” helped more than 3,200 students in our six-county region get ready for the new school year. Thank you again, Publix, for Living United! 

7. Enterprise ReadingPals at Enterprise Holdings’ Agency Fair. 8. UF Health’s Campaign Planning Committee with Steve Spurrier at UF Health’s Leadership Reception. 9 and 10. RTI employees volunteering at Bread of the Mighty Food Bank for Day of Action. 11. Abigayle from AvMed delivering school supplies from the AvMed School Supply Drive to Gilchrist County Schools.

For several years Publix has consistently been our top United Way Workplace Campaign. This year alone, Publix employees in our six-county area raised more than $700,000, which includes matching employees’ contributions.


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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 Walter Rubiera of Walter Agency, Matt and Stacy Lang of Lang Jewelers and Jeri Banta of Earthwise Pet, visit

After looking at what United Way does and where they give back to the community, it was a no-brainer to be a Small Business Partner. As a small business, we don’t have the manpower to focus on where our funds would go. Walter Agency feels strongly that United Way is placing our donations into our community.”

www.unitedwayncfl.org/smallbusinessspotlight. To sign up for our e-newsletter, please visit www.unitedwayncfl.org. To become a Small Business Partner, please contact Dana Clayton at dclayton@unitedwayncfl.org. 

We are fortunate to live in a very giving community. However, there are so many people in need. And with United Way, our dollars go directly into the Community Investment Fund and stay local. It really makes giving more impactful.” –Matt and Stacy Lang, Lang Jewelers

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hen Hurricane Irma hit this past September, it was clear many people in the state and in our community were going to need a lot of help getting their lives back in order. Although our region fared better than many other parts of Florida, we certainly still had challenges. Flooding, loss of power and lost wages were only a few of the problems our community faced. Our Board of Directors approved the release of up to $20,000 in funding to Impact Partner Agencies currently providing emergency assistance in the community: Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, Catholic Charities and ElderCare of Alachua

–Jeri Banta, Earthwise Pet

READ THE FULL INTERVIEWS

www.unitedwayncfl.org/smallbusinessspotlight

–Walter Rubiera, Walter Agency

DOLLARS & SENSE

It’s all about being local. Invest in local every chance possible, to help create the best community possible. United Way is local, helping local, so it was an easy choice.”

UW Irma Fund for Impact Partners County. These funds helped people in the region who experienced property damage, losses of household items including clothing and food, as well as other unanticipated expenses.

“United Way of North Central Florida approved the release of up to $20,000 for hurricane relief purposes.” Additionally, for the third time in United Way of North Central Florida’s recent history, we started collecting donations for an established emergency fund. These funds help meet the long-term recovery needs in the

community. Community members were encouraged to donate to help their friends and neighbors affected by Hurricane Irma by visiting www.unitedwayncfl.org. We received several grants to help replenish the funds that were used by community members in need. United Way Worldwide, Volunteer Florida, Publix and the Lilly Foundation were among the grantors. If you are still in need of help with Hurricane Irma-related issues, please contact our 24-hour emergency helpline at 2-1-1 or by texting your zip code to 898-211 (txt211). All calls are confidential and free. 

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WHY I GIVE

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I give to United Way because my local community matters. After Hurricane Andrew struck Florida in 1992, my home in South Florida was destroyed and I had two small children under three. United Way and its agencies

upcoming events SMALL BUSINESS PARTNER SUMMIT February 2, 2018 8:30 a.m.

helped my family with a baby crib and clothes. I am eternally thankful for the assistance when I needed it most and have continued to give and be involved throughout the years.”

–Theresa Spurling-Wood, Alachua County Public Schools Energy Conservation Specialist

ALL ABOARD

Thank you to everyone who took a ride on our United Way Express throughout this year and a special thank you to Candies Coachworks for sponsoring an entire year of United Way Express!

Free for Small Business Partners to attend Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606 Tickets: www.UWSBPSummit.EventBrite.com

WOMEN UNITED ONCE UPON A TIME February 16, 2018 3:00 p.m. Sweetwater Branch Inn 625 E University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601 Tickets: www.WUTea2018.EventBrite.com

CAMPAIGN FINALE March 29, 2018, 11:30 a.m. Best Western Gateway Grand 4200 NW 97th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON Thank you to all who attended our Seventh Annual Women United Holiday Luncheon on November 8! Special thanks to our vendors and The Village at Gainesville for being an event sponsor! For more photos from the event, please visit www.facebook.com/unitedwayncfl


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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 Lauri Schiffbauer, Director of Resource Development Chad McGinnis, Database 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

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