There’s a parable about two towns along the same river. The town downstream begins to notice their once clean water is becoming polluted with trash and waste. After first attempting to clean the trash out of the river, the town downstream realizes they must visit the town upstream to address the source of the problem. Here, they discovered the citizens in the town upstream saw the river as the most efficient solution to keeping their town clean, never realizing that somewhere down the river, people are suffering because of it.
This is an example of systemic issues creating big problems in the long run. It is by addressing these challenges to make a positive, lasting impact that United Way is improving the quality of life in Northeast Florida.
$10,000: Food Fighters by Courtney Hogan and Brianna Ballard
A food recovery program that fights to eliminate food waste on UNF’s campus
$10,000: Gents for Jax by Vaughn Sayers and Farouk Smith
A mentoring program for young men in Jacksonville
$10,000: Project Brush Up by Tylyn Dagsaan and Noelle O’Connor
A public art initiative that is a collaboration between local artists and middle-school students
People’s Choice: Elevating Refugee Peers by Julia Driscoll
A plan to help refugee students assimilate more easily to Northeast Florida