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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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Tocqueville Society Member Irene Lazzara Reflects on Inaugural Civil Rights Conference

For Tocqueville Society member Irene Lazzara, the Civil Rights Conference was an opportunity to understand the history of race relations in our country and community as well as connect with revered leaders in the space.

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Creating a community of opportunity

At United Way of Northeast Florida, we’re working to create a community of opportunity – one where everyone has hope and can reach their full potential. We know one organization can’t do it alone, so we focus on connecting people, resources and ideas to solve our community’s toughest challenges and achieve this vision together.

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United Way announces $9 million investment to improve economic mobility in Northeast Florida

United Way of Northeast Florida announced today a $9 million investment to improve economic mobility throughout the region. The funds, distributed over a period of...

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From ‘hello’ to help, United Way 211 is here

  Every day, United Way 211 in Northeast Florida receives hundreds of calls from people in need. Mothers searching for diapers for their children. Veterans...

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United Way of Northeast Florida names Melanie Patz as CEO

  Current Baptist Health and former United Way executive brings over 25 years of nonprofit experience and community commitment to the role Jacksonville, Fla. (Aug....

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Tocqueville Member Spotlight: Robin and Alberto Abbott

Robin Abbott is United Way of Northeast Florida's chief financial officer and interim CEO. Her husband, Alberto Abbott, has served in the United States Army for more than 37 years and is a helicopter flight engineer and acting first sergeant “noncommission officer” of his detachment. Here's how they navigate their philanthropic and professional lives.

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Race-Equity Advocates and Organizations Partner to Bring First Civil Rights Conference to Jacksonville

This event is designed to educate and facilitate conversations on civil rights movements in order to provide inspiration and the tools to make Jacksonville a more equitable community.

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Full Service Schools awards $5.5 million in mental health services grants

Administered by United Way, the initiative provides free mental health care to all Duval County public school students.

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United Way announces 2022 Up Close and Personal Honorees

United Way of Northeast Florida is thrilled to recognize some of our outstanding honorees for 2022’s Up Close and Personal, May 18.

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Volunteer hopes to lead by example to create a stronger community for all

For the past five years, Lauren Cephus has worn many hats as a volunteer for The Black Commission.

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Here’s how one volunteer-led organization is fighting food insecurity in Northeast Florida

Epic-Cure is a 100% volunteer-ran organization that rescues good food from wholesale distributors, farms and grocery stores and provides it for free to people in need in St. Johns, Putnam and Duval Counties in Florida.

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The doctor is in: Volunteer brings high-quality cardiovascular care to Sulzbacher

Dr. Brian Shapiro’s presence on Sulzbacher’s campuses both as a provider and as a leader on Sulzbacher’s board of directors has made a lasting impact on those he has served and those who will be served.

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DESC volunteer inspired by loss “satisfies her soul” through volunteerism

Described as hard working, extremely passionate and kind, DESC volunteer Gaylon Hynes is known for her attentiveness to people in need and goes out of her way to find help.

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Duval County Public Schools Employee Takes Youth Success Beyond the Classroom

Through his collective volunteerism, Brandon Mack provides both direct and systemic change to the lives of underserved students across Northeast Florida, contributing powerfully to United Way’s vision of creating a community of opportunity.

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United Way announces 2022 Cocktails and Conversations Honorees

United Way of Northeast Florida is thrilled to recognize our outstanding honorees for 2022’s Cocktails and Conversations, April 21.

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Stories From the Call Lines: Meet Delores

Every year, United Ways across the network celebrate Feb. 11 as 211 Day to raise awareness about the 24/7 information and referral hotline and the...

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Stories from the call lines: Meet Cheree

Meet Cheree, a United Way 211 Call Center Specialist who loves her team just as much as making a difference in the community.

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President and CEO Michelle Braun to retire from organization in April

  United Way’s board of directors to launch search for new leader Today, United Way of Northeast Florida announced President and CEO Michelle Braun will...

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United Way 211 celebrates 20 years of helping callers in crisis

Founded in 2002, United Way 211 is an integrated information and referral helpline and online database that connects people of all ages and walks of life to essential health, human and social services.

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Stories from the call lines: Meet Serena

Meet Serena, a United Way 211 call center specialist. Though she's been on the team for a short period of time, she's already made a big impact in our community.

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Six Ways to Explore Black History in our Backyard

Black History Month is a time to intentionally uplift the triumphs and the challenges of Black people in our country and in Northeast Florida, but the celebration and recognition of local Black history goes well beyond what can be covered in a month and has deep roots right here in our community.

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Early misfortune didn’t stop Jacksonville mom from finding hope and success

“One in every three people have been affected or received services from United Way. And I love to tell people that you're looking at one of those people.”

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Mental Wellness: Resources to Help You Thrive

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and our team at United Way of Northeast Florida and mental-health expert Dr. Kal Kseib, consultant for Baptist Health, would like to help mark this important awareness effort with a list of accessible resources available all year long.

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Local Light: Northeast Florida Volunteer Pursues Equity Through Agricultural and Racial Advocacy

Diallo-Sekou Seabrooks fights for equity by speaking to local representatives about the challenges faced in his community and championed solutions to social injustice such as body cameras for Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

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Local Light: Catholic Charities’ Food Pantry Volunteers are “Real-Life Heroes”

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Catholic Charities food pantry volunteers have worked tirelessly to make sure individuals facing food insecurity in Jacksonville do not have to go hungry.

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