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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 CEO: Dr. King’s legacy inspires us to drive for change

We believe Dr. King’s message and spirit deserve to be honored and celebrated beyond Jan. 20. His legacy has the power to drive change not just one day a year but 365 days a year.

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David and Linda Stein announce United Way’s Stein Fellowship Class of 2020

Philanthropists David and Linda Stein, in partnership with United Way of Northeast Florida, recently announced the 2020 class of the Stein Fellowship. This multi-generational mentorship program for young professionals promotes philanthropy, community engagement and student achievement across Northeast Florida.

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Jacksonville man receives hope and good health from volunteer-based clinic

  Roderick Borisade knew something was wrong when his left side became numb. He was scared and didn’t know where to turn for help. “Weeks...

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Haskell teams up with United Way to assemble 100 snack packs

By Kelsey Morrow Employees from Haskell recently prepared 100 snack packs for students at Full Service Schools sites across Duval County. In less than two...

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Volunteers lend a hand on the Eastside for Hometown Huddle

By Kelsey Morrow One day each year, NFL teams across the country join forces with local United Ways to encourage community service and highlight the...

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A Day of Gifts, Literacy and Laughs: One local volunteer shares his ‘why’

For many low-income families their love for their children far exceeds their resources to purchase books and other basic educational needs. Ever year, United Way of Northeast Florida helps fill this gap with its annual signature event, "A Visit From St. Nicholas," which brings some surprise holiday cheer and academic help to local children who need it the most.

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Community comes together to support 40 families for Thanksgiving

By Kelsey Morrow   Many families would not have access to an adequate meal for Thanksgiving if not for the generosity of corporations, community members...

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Jacksonville teen earns prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award

  Jacksonville teen Alexander Hassel recently qualified for the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award for his outstanding commitment to community service. Hassel, who is 15...

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Nearly 1,500 books donated to children in ReadingPals

For the fourth year in a row, hundreds of students in Duval and Nassau counties will receive free books to add to their at-home library....

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United Way and partners launch Mission United veterans initiative in Northeast Florida

  United Way of Northeast Florida announced today the launch of Mission United, a community network connecting veterans and their families to critical health, human...

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The impact of speech and hearing on academic success

A preschooler’s ability to speak effectively and understand language affects more than just their ability to say simple phrases like “hello” and “good morning”-- it deeply impacts their capacity to comprehend and apply everything taught to them in the classroom.

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What about the children in poverty?

United Way executive team member shares a personal reflection on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

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Florida First Lady DeSantis visits United Way and 211 call center

Her visit was part of a statewide United Way 211 tour to better understand, emphasize the importance of and promote the value of United Way 211 in crisis prevention and intervention.

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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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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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Northeast Florida funders activate Relief Fund

Northeast Florida philanthropic leaders and the City of Jacksonville are once again prepared to manage Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund to assist organizations helping...

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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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Boys & Girls Clubs offers a summer to remember for local youth

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida summer camps provide young people with the daily excitement they crave during the summer through fun, educational programs helping them discover opportunities to build their great futures.

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PACE helps girls see college as a viable option

United Way partner, PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville, partners with several universities, state colleges and vocational schools to help girls understand college can be a viable idea.

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Seven tips for staying safe during hurricane season

August and September are the most active time for tropical storms and hurricanes in Florida. Here are seven tips for staying safe this hurricane season.

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Four reasons you should help “Stuff the Bus”

Four reasons to support Stuff the Bus, an annual initiative supporting schools, teachers and students in Duval County.

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Mock ‘interview day’ helps students prepare for hiring process

By Elizabeth Lufrano, United Way community impact manager Do you remember your first job interview? I do. I was 13 and got into a fight...

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Mentor made all the difference to graduating Jacksonville teen

Children in Achievers For Life rely on their adult mentors to be a support system of encouragement they may not receive at home -- or as an extension of what they are already getting at home. Jaelyn is just one example of the lives changed by Achievers For Life every day.

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Mental Health Favors No Color, No Gender

Theresa Rulien, CEO, Child Guidance Center explains the importance of supporting strong mental health for all.

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ReadingPal volunteer shares passion for reading at Lighthouse Christian School

Lucy, a first-year ReadingPals volunteer at Lighthouse Christian School, recently shared the highlights of her “wonderful experience” as a ReadingPals volunteer.

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