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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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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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Volunteer handy man uses ordinary skills to make an extraordinary difference

Never seen without a smile, his pick-up truck and a toolbox, Peter Madorma has dedicated more than five years of service at Pace Center for Girls in Jacksonville.

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Award-winning volunteer encourages neighbors to “show up” for community in tangible ways

Ayleen Supernault is not just any volunteer. She's the "Volunteer of the Year" for United Way partner Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida (LSSNF).

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Local 23-year old volunteer undeterred by cerebral palsy; finds creatives ways to support community

Despite the challenges he faces living with cerebral palsy, the 23-year old Children's Home Society volunteer doesn’t let anything stop him from giving back and making a difference in his community.

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Air Force veterans make the most of retirement through volunteerism

Ken and Linda McEnery, volunteers for United Way partner Downtown Ecumenical Services Council (DESC), are Air Force veterans with a great deal of compassion and dedication for their community.

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Relief Fund support allows Trinity Rescue Mission to increase capacity

Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund’s generous gift to Trinity Rescue Mission has allowed people who are the most exposed and at risk in the city to be cared for during this time of uncertainty

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Relief Fund grant ensures local families get helping hand

By Melanie Cost, Jessie Ball duPont Fund For more than 100 years, Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) has supported Jacksonville neighbors with a variety...

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Relief Fund helps BEAM continue critical food services

Grants like the one from Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund is critical to BEAM being able to continue to serve the community.

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Jacksonville philanthropists Michael Ward and Jennifer Glock commit $1.25 million to COVID-19 relief, challenge others to step up

  Their gift will support four local organizations serving those affected by COVID-19 disruption. Jacksonville, Fla. (April 2, 2020) – Longtime local philanthropists Michael Ward and...

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Important RealSense tax-filing services update

  By Carter Elliott, director of financial stability, United Way of Northeast Florida As United Way of Northeast Florida follows recommended precautions to limit the...

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