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United Way partner, Girls Inc., helps local student blossom

Girls Inc. provided Jasmine a safe, comfortable after-school space to unearth her passions and expand her reading abilities.

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United Way 211 helps family after car accident triggers financial crisis

A proud Haskell employee, she was invited to a United Way of Northeast Florida poverty simulation as part of the company’s annual fundraising campaign. United Way poverty simulations immerse participants in the daily challenges of families living in poverty. The experience moved Dana to tears.

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How a Nassau County teen overcame bullying to chase her dreams of becoming a nurse

  If you told Kiersten London eight years ago she’d one day give monologues in drama class, she wouldn’t believe you. The recent Fernandina Beach…

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Veteran permanently disabled by PTSD regains hope and his life

  In March 2018, Chris Dempsey, JAG lawyer and Army combat veteran, found himself sleeping in the woods next to his church in Keystone, Florida….

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United Way of Northeast Florida opens community needs survey

United Way of Northeast Florida has launched a 2021 Community Needs Survey to assess the needs of the community- especially in light of the economic...

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Statement from United Way of Northeast Florida President and CEO Michelle Braun on MacKenzie Scott’s historic gift

We are thrilled to share renowned author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott selected United Way of Northeast Florida to receive a $20 million gift to further...

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Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott recognizes United Way of Northeast Florida with historic gift

United Way of Northeast Florida announced today it received a $20 million donation from renowned author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

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Miller Electric contributes $1 million to United Way to advance race, equity and social justice in Northeast Florida

The Jacksonville-based, family-owned company joins United Way of Northeast Florida in powering the next generation of race, equity and social justice in the community.

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Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund Delivers More Than $5 Million to Support North Florida Residents Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic

Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund awarded $5.4 million to 112 North Florida nonprofit agencies since the Relief Fund reopened in March to support residents disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tax Tip: The CARES Act and Charitable Deductions

A win for you and a win for our community, help United Way help more families in these difficult times by making a tax-deductible contribution.

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United Way’s Mission United serves 4,000+ veterans during inaugural year

The initiative provides streamlined care coordination for local veterans in need.

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Sleeping Giant: Evictions loom in Northeast Florida

What many do not realize is eviction has a devastating "snowball effect” on a person’s life.

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Kids can’t vote, but you can

By Michelle Braun, president and CEO, United Way of Northeast Florida     One of my favorite quotes is from one of my favorite champions...

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From homeless to housed with one call to United Way 211

Living in a hotel with his wife and daughter, Eric* was a self-employed veteran who had fallen on hard times. He exhausted all of the...

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No car, no care: how a Duval County senior used United Way 211 to regain access to health care

Suffering from kidney failure and without transportation to his medical appointment, Stephen* found himself in dire need of assistance. Stephen, a senior living in Duval...

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United Way RealSense files 17,000+ tax returns despite pandemic

When RealSense sites closed in March due to COVID-19, it didn’t stop the work of United Way of Northeast Florida’s financial stability experts to change lives.

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Ax Handle Saturday and the Racial Residue That Still Persists

Rodney L. Hurst Sr. and Rudy F. Jamison Jr. address the 60th anniversary of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP 1960 sit-Ins.

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Women United Spotlight: Judge Robin Lanigan Johnston

The United Way of Northeast Florida Women United member made history as the first Jewish woman appointed a judge for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Courts of Florida.

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Poverty is concentrated in neighborhoods

This column originally appeared in the Florida Times-Union on Sunday, July 5, 2020. By Darnell Smith, North Florida market president, Florida Blue   To make...

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Collaborative Report Highlights Progress and Opportunities for Supporting Jacksonville’s Homeless

June 22, 2020 – Jacksonville has made major strides in reducing homelessness in the past decade, significantly outpacing national progress metrics, according to a new...

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More than $3 million granted for COVID-19 relief in Northeast Florida

More than $3 million granted for COVID-19 relief in Northeast Florida Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund has assisted 87 nonprofit organizations in six counties  ...

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How COVID-19 reminded the world of the value of educators

During this unparalleled time, we have been prompted to remember the value of teachers in our children’s education.

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The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida Receives $500,000 from The Humana Foundation

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – May 19, 2020 – The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is honored to announce it has received a $500,000 gift from The...

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Relief Fund grant allows ElderSource to provide increased support to older adults

ElderSource received one of the first grants from the First Coast Relief Fund, $50,000 that is being used to support a variety of direct services for older adults across Nassau, Baker, Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Flagler and Volusia counties.

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Relief Fund grant ensures Catholic Charities can continue crucial services

Catholic Charities is continuing to operate its food pantry, located in a food desert in Northwest Jacksonville, with drive-through services, and is serving 60 families each day.

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Together united, we must follow through

We pledge to work even harder to dismantle unjust systems and to work with current and new partners in new ways to reimagine and build a just and resilient community.

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New report underscores more than a third of Northeast Florida struggled to make ends meet before COVID-19

Before the onset of COVID-19, more than one third of residents in Northeast Florida struggled to make ends meet. In this time of COVID-19 disruption, the data suggests these numbers could now be significantly higher.

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United Way CEO: ‘I don’t want to go back to normal’

We are all craving “normal” right now. But I’d like to propose a new normal.

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City Year volunteer hopes to make a lasting impact on local youths

Though young, Jessica Rainer, City Year Jacksonville volunteer, has spent many years of her life serving others and eventually, discovered her passion for improving the lives of youth.

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