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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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More than $2 million pledged to Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund

Northeast Florida donors have generously pledged more than $2 million to Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund to support immediate needs caused by COVID-19 disruption.

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Volunteering Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic

United Way is committed to safely supporting partners and their volunteer needs during community crisis.

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First Coast Relief Fund Re-Activates for COVID-19 Response

The fund will assist organizations helping those in Northeast Florida affected by this public health crisis.

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United Way CEO: Working together in crisis

United Way CEO shares steps United Way is taking on behalf of your support -- and on behalf of our most vulnerable citizens.

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United Way mobilizes volunteers to rebuild hope “Out East”

While the neglect of the Eastside community is apparent, the efforts of residents hoping to rebuild it from the inside out are gaining traction.

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Youth workforce program helped Jacksonville teen reach her dreams

  Almost four years ago, Shayla was struggling. A high-school sophomore at the time, she didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life....

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Don’t take the bait: Tips to avoid cyber scams

The internet makes many everyday tasks (such as shopping and banking) faster and more convenient. The downside to this convenience is that cyber scams are on the rise.

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Why you should support The Melanin Market in Eastside Jacksonville

With the purpose of showcasing local minority-led nonprofits, entertainers and artistry, The Melanin Market, organized by Angie Nixon and Dawn Curling, brings joy to all who visit, especially the neighboring members of the community.

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Eastside children treated to a special MLK birthday party

By Jordan Mullens Smiles and sounds of laughter brought much needed warmth to a chilly winter day at Oakland Terrace on Jacksonville’s Eastside last week....

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Community volunteers brought holiday joy to 65 local families

By Kelsey Morrow   This past holiday season, members of a local family finally got their own beds thanks to the generosity of one of...

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Jacksonville resident wins $10,000 grant to bring fresh produce to local food deserts

By Daniel A. Brown   One of Stephanie Schuster’s most vivid memories is watching a child sob as he begged his teacher for a snack...

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The Arc Jacksonville and Sulzbacher partner to create inclusive volunteer opportunities

The Arc Jacksonville and Sulzbacher have a unique partnership – two nonprofits with different missions, supporting each other. In observance of the 25th annual MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 20, 30 volunteers from The Arc Jacksonville prepared and served meals at Sulzbacher. The MLK Day of Service encourages all Americans to improve communities through volunteer service.

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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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