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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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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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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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