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RealSense Receives Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant from State Farm

Jacksonville, Fla. – In partnership with Family Foundations, the grant will allow RealSense to expand its free financial services for individuals, such as budget development and credit counseling, as well as provide more group educational opportunities, including homebuyer assistance classes and foreclosure prevention workshops.

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United Way of Northeast Florida Announces New President and CEO

Jacksonville, Fla. – The United Way of Northeast Florida board of trustees today announced the selection of Michelle Braun as president and CEO, effective July 1, 2014. Braun succeeds longtime president and CEO, Connie Hodges, who in January announced her plans to retire in December 2014.

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RealSense Volunteer Snapshot

The numbers from the past year tell the story of thousands of dedicated individuals working together to help bring much-needed services to the families in our community. Here are some of the highlights.

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Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Discussions about the need for mental health services often revolve around the needs of adults or those with serious illnesses. Meanwhile, the less visible needs of our students can go unaddressed.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

To celebrate Mother’s Day and all the wonderful parents out there, we’ve got a special message from George Robinson, our Born Learning coordinator!

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Wi$e Money Week 2014

Everyone – every family, every individual, every business – needs to be wise about money. Wi$e Money Week is a week of activities and events celebrating the importance of good money management.

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United Way Initiative Wins Common Good Award

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – United Way of Northeast Florida’s RealSense initiative won the coveted United Way Worldwide Common Good Award during an international conference May 13. More than 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories had the opportunity to compete for the awards presented in the three categories of education, income and health – the building blocks to a good life.

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2014 Advocacy Snapshot

With the conclusion of the 2014 Florida Legislative Session last week, we wanted to offer a short list of issues United Way tracked and advocated for, especially those in the area of education.

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10 Signs You’d Make a Great ReadingPal

Do you think you have what it takes to be a ReadingPal? We bet you do!

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Kimberly’s Ways to Work Story

Kimberly was a single mother whose only form of transportation was the bus. When she heard about the Ways to Work program at church, she jumped at the chance to change her family’s life.

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Eastside homeowner receives critical home repairs

Ms. Barbara Robertson is a lifelong resident of the Historic Eastside community. She is the epitome of a great neighbor and community servant. She is...

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More than 38% of Northeast Florida residents struggle to make ends meet despite growth in wages

This new ALICE data also shows significant disparities in the rates of financial hardship   Jacksonville, Fla. (May 22, 2024) — More than a third...

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North Riverside resident grateful for historic home repairs

“So that’s what it takes. A community working together – like a garden.” Venicia Davis has lived in her North Riverside home for the last...

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Women United Up Close and Personal 2024 Panelists

  Join United Way of Northeast Florida’s Women United for Up Close and Personal the region’s premier event for community-focused women leaders. Don’t miss this...

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Home repairs are ‘a blessing’ to North Riverside resident

Shelton Knight outside his home.   When you meet Shelton Knight at his Orion Street home in North Riverside, you are greeted with a smile...

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Record-breaking MLK Week of Service inspires hundreds to serve

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” From Jan. 12-20, more than 700 people across Duval, Clay...

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RYAM Annual Golf Tournament Raises a Record $91,000 for United Way

Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) and United Way of Northeast Florida announced earlier this month that RYAM raised $91,000—a new event record—for United Way during its...

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A Note of Gratitude from Our CEO

  Dear United Way supporter, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It allows me important time to reflect and give thanks for all the blessings...

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United Way commits $10 million to improving Jacksonville housing ecosystem

  Jacksonville, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2023) – United Way of Northeast Florida announced yesterday the commitment of $10 million to improve the Jacksonville ecosystem for...

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Supporting Mental Health in Northeast FL: The 988 Crisis Lifeline

By Elizabeth Findley, 988 director, United Way of Northeast Florida     United Way of Northeast Florida responds to approximately 30-50 calls daily from individuals...

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Homeowners receive much needed home repairs thanks to United Way and partners

As part of United Way of Northeast Florida’s $1 million affordable housing investment announced in January, home repair work started this spring on several houses...

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First Coast Relief Fund Partners with Together Strong Community Fund to Respond to New Town Shooting in Jacksonville

Relief Fund is also poised to support Hurricane Idalia response, if needed     Aug. 29, 2023 (Jacksonville, Fla.) – The First Coast Relief Fund, in...

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United Way announces Stein Fellowship Class of 2024

This is the first class of the dual-mentorship program since the pandemic and will take place during the nonprofit organization’s 100th anniversary year.   Jacksonville,...

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United Way Stein Fellowship now accepting applications for Class of 2024

This is the first class of the dual-mentorship program since the pandemic   United Way of Northeast Florida’s Stein Fellowship is now accepting applications for...

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Latest ALICE report reveals 39% of Northeast Florida households struggle to make ends meet

Based on 2021 U.S. Census data, these calculations include more than 74,000 Northeast Florida households in poverty as well as more than 176,000 families defined as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

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National Volunteer Week: RealSense – United Way

For National Volunteer Week, April 16-22, United Way of Northeast Florida asked the community to nominate outstanding volunteers to be recognized on our blog and...

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week: Jody Green (Catholic Charities)

For National Volunteer Week, April 16-22, United Way of Northeast Florida asked the community to nominate outstanding volunteers to be recognized on our blog and...

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week: Edi Castro (JASMYN)

For National Volunteer Week, April 16-22, United Way of Northeast Florida asked the community to nominate outstanding volunteers to be recognized on our blog and...

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week: Core Construction Volunteers (Clay County Habitat For Humanity)

For National Volunteer Week, April 16-22, United Way of Northeast Florida asked the community to nominate outstanding volunteers to be recognized on our blog and...

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Celebrating National Volunteer Week: Michelle Goolsby (Literacy Alliance of Northeast Florida)

For National Volunteer Week, April 16-22, United Way of Northeast Florida asked the community to nominate outstanding volunteers to be recognized on our blog and...

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Florida Blue celebrates ‘Take Action Day’ during United Way campaign

Florida Blue and United Way of Northeast Florida partnered last month for "Take Action Day" on March 28. This special service day for Florida Blue employees helped tackle student barriers to success and more.

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United Way announces hiring of two top executives

Seasoned nonprofit executives Coretta Hill and James Ellout are the first major leadership hires serving under United Way’s new President and CEO Melanie Patz.

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United Way announces $1 million homeownership investment

United Way of Northeast Florida announced yesterday a $1 million investment to protect and increase homeownership in Jacksonville

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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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