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FIRST QUARTER 2019

LIVE UNITED / In This Issue / FINANCIAL STABILITY FOR ALL SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT DOLLARS & SENSE WHY I GIVE SPECIAL HAPPENINGS UPCOMING EVENTS


FINANCIAL STABILITY FOR ALL Prosperity through Catholic Charities, Financial Literacy & Economic Empowerment through Peaceful Paths Domestic Abuse Network, Transitional Housing through St. Francis House, ax season is well underway and our Volunteer Income Tax Volunteer Transition through The Arc of Alachua County, and Assistance (VITA) program is here to help low- to moderateLegal Services through Three Rivers Legal Services are all funded income individuals and families file their taxes for free. The in part by United Way’s Community Investment Fund. VITA program also helps individuals with disabilities, with limited English and those living in the surrounding rural communities. If you would like to learn more about any Community Investment Fund Financial Stability programs or partners, please visit During last year’s tax season, our VITA program had a recordwww.unitedwayncfl.org/impactpartnerprograms or call breaking year by filing more than 2,177 tax returns. Through the 352-331-2800. VITA program, community members were refunded almost $2 million. Taxpayers filing their taxes for free also saved them more To schedule your FREE VITA tax preparation appointment, please than $500,000 in paid fees, which creates a total community call United Way’s free and confidential 2-1-1 helpline. Dial 2-1-1 or impact of more than $2.5 million. 352-332-4636, or text your zip code to 898-211. For this year’s newsletters, we will be focusing on one of our four main focus areas. This quarter, we are focusing on Financial Stability. The next quarters will be Health, Education and Immediate Needs, in that order.

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While VITA is our in-house Financial Stability program, the Community Investment Fund also supports six financial stability programs from six local Community Impact Partners.

You may also self-file your taxes online at www.myfreetaxes.org.

The Culinary Training at GRACE Marketplace through Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry, Bridges to

SMALL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

The programs United Way of North Central Florida supports through the Community Investment Fund help people and families in our community. It’s an avenue for me to reach people in need, people who I never would have known, if it weren’t for United Way.” - Cindy LaCoste (right), Charles Berg Enterprises

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Marilyn Taylor at mtaylor@unitedwayncfl.org

Our Small Business Partners are an important, growing family of donors who are vital to helping us meet the needs of our community. To become a Small Business Partner, please contact Amber Miller at amiller@unitedwayncfl.org.

We always make an effort to contribute to our local community through sponsorship and volunteering, but United Way of North Central Florida offers a centralized opportunity to reach a wider variety of local programs. Through a single partnership, it benefits these programs by leveraging our donations with multiplied funding from outside grants and programs.” – Kevin Spellicy, Campbell Spellicy Engineering

United Way is a great way for us to invest and contribute to our immediate community.” – Kerry Ward (right), Darr Schackow Insurance

READ THE FULL INTERVIEWS

www.unitedwayncfl.org/smallbusinessspotlight


DOLLARS & SENSE ALICE Report: 50 Percent of Working Floridians Struggle Financially In February 2019, the third edition of the ALICE (asset limited, income constrained, employed) Report was published. According to the report, 50% of households in Alachua County struggle to pay for basic needs such as housing, child care, food, transportation, health care and technology. Statewide, 46% of households face the same financial challenges. In Alachua County, the number of low-income workers struggling to cover essentials grew by 6%, between 2010 and 2016. These struggling Floridians are ALICE, households earning above the poverty line but not enough to cover the most basic needs. Across our six-county footprint, on average, 33% of households are ALICE, meaning everything from child care to health care make saving for the future nearly impossible.

Despite working full-time at one, two or even three jobs, these community members are one crisis away from poverty. That means one medical emergency, car repair or other unforeseen expense can trigger a downward spiral over the fiscal cliff. The cost of basic household needs has also increased steadily, with no accounting for inflation and little wage growth. To cover the bare essentials necessary to survive, Alachua County residents need to be earning $10.49 per hour (for a single person) or $28.18 per hour (for a family of four). However, the minimum wage in Alachua County is only $8.25 per hour. Through VITA, FamilyWize and United Way’s Community Investment Funded programs, we give ALICE a fighting chance. But more help is still needed. To help ALICE, make a donation online at www.unitedwayncfl.org.

ALICE is Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

WHY I GIVE As VITA volunteers, the work we do is challenging, and sometimes exhausting, but it’s always immensely enriching. While I enjoy learning and improving my tax-law knowledge each year, the real reward is in the grateful smile of the overworked parent, the struggling smallbusiness owner, the cash-strapped student – the solid, honest, hardworking individuals that make up the fabric of this great nation. I began by wanting to give back to my community. I continue because I know we make a difference. “ - Irma Penelope “Penny” Badve, VITA Volunteer

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please visit www.UnitedWayALICE.org/Florida

SPECIAL HAPPENINGS SECOND ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT

Thank you to everyone who attended our second annual Small Business Summit on February 21! Special thank you to our speakers Brandon West, Wendy Sellers, Todd Louis and John Spence for donating their time. Shout out to our Premiere Small Business Partners for sponsoring the event! Please visit www.facebook.com/unitedwayncfl to see more photos from the event.

THE AMAZING GIVE: MARCH 21-22, 2019

Thank you to everyone who donated during The Amazing Give! With your support, we raised more than $7,000 for our earlyliteracy initiative, ReadingPals! Special thank you to our Women United group, CampusUSA Credit Union and Nationwide for providing matching gifts!


UPCOMING EVENTS

United Way Express Bus Tour

ELU Rock Paper Scissors Tournament

April 3, May 1 & June 5, 9 a.m. - noon @ United Way To RSVP, please contact Amber Miller at amiller@unitedwayncfl.org

April 10, 5:30 - 7 p.m. @ First Magnitude Brewing For tickets, please visit www.ELURPSspring2019.Eventbrite.com

Women United Presents Once Upon a Time... with Harry Potter

A Night of Thanks: United Way Leadership Reception

April 17, 6 - 7:30 p.m. @ ElderCare Senior Center For tickets, please visit www.WUHarryPotter.EventBrite.com

May 15, 6 - 8 p.m. @ The Historic Thomas Center To RSVP, please visit www.NightofThanks2019.Eventbrite.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Scott Thomas, Infinite Energy, Board Chair Nick Banks, Avison Young, Past Board Chair Monica Perez-McMillen, Law Offices of Monica McMillen, P.A., Vice Chair Kelly Shaer, Infinite Energy, Finance Chair Dennis Gies, Community Volunteer, Ex-Officio Greg Moraski, Nationwide

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Lisa Armour, Santa Fe College Jamie Baldwin, InfoTech, Inc. Gayla Beach, UF Health Pastor Gerard Duncan, Prayers By Faith Ministries Jackie Johnson, Alachua County Public Schools Chief Tony Jones, Gainesville Police Department Shaney Livingston, Alachua County Library District

Andrea McClintic, Enterprise Holdings Bob Page, CenterState Bank Brad Pollitt, UF Health Todd Powell, Weyerhaeuser John Power, Alachua County Tax Collector Doug Ray, Gainesville Sun/Ocala Star Banner Maureen Tartaglione, Cox Communications Jeff Thieman, CampusUSA Credit Union Jeff Thompson, Publix

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR ACADEMY SPONSORS:

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