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Agency Spotlight: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse

For many women trying to escape abusive relationships, six weeks in an emergency shelter is not enough. Victims might not have enough money saved to support themselves, they might not have a safe home to go to, they might need additional medical care, or they might need legal and immigration support.

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse provides the only domestic violence shelter in Palm Beach County that offers victims and their children free shelter and supportive services for extended periods of time. The Extended Shelter program provides survivors the time and resources necessary to mitigate the circumstances that keep them trapped in abusive relationships.

This year, the Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $208,000 into domestic violence programs in Palm Beach County, including $70,000 into AVDA’s Extended Shelter and Outreach programs.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Louise Snyder

Our Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Town of Palm Beach United Way volunteers who are passionate, inspiring and dedicated. They are individuals committed to transforming lives and who invest in our vision of building healthy and strong communities.

Louise Snyder has volunteered on our Allocation Committee for many years, helping ensure annual donations are carefully and thoughtfully put to good use funding programs in Palm Beach County that improve education, health and financial stability for our less fortunate neighbors. The Allocation Committee consists of about 100 community volunteers who spend more than 2,000 hours reviewing grant applications, attending site visits and meeting with team members to make important funding decisions. The volunteer-driven allocation process ensures fiscal responsibility and management accountability for all agencies receiving Town of Palm Beach United Way funds.

This year Louise is co-chairman of the committee. She is also on our Board of Trustees and a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Cabinet.

Below, Louise answers a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.

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24
Oct

Agency Spotlight: Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse

For many women trying to escape abusive relationships, six weeks in an emergency shelter is not enough. Victims might not have enough money saved to support themselves, they might not have a safe home to go to, they might need additional medical care, or they might need legal and immigration support.

Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse provides the only domestic violence shelter in Palm Beach County that offers victims and their children free shelter and supportive services for extended periods of time. The Extended Shelter program provides survivors the time and resources necessary to mitigate the circumstances that keep them trapped in abusive relationships.

This year, the Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $208,000 into domestic violence programs in Palm Beach County, including $70,000 into AVDA’s Extended Shelter and Outreach programs. Read more

10
Oct

Agency Spotlight: Catholic Charities

Although 1 in 4 adults live with a diagnosable mental health disorder, Florida ranks 49th in the nation in funding for mental health services. A mental health concern that isn’t addressed often becomes a mental illness leading to the need for more extensive services and the risk of greater consequences, including suicide.

This year the Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $211,500 into mental health programs in Palm Beach County. We support 12 programs at 6 non-profit partner agencies in our community that serve a total of 15,229 individuals struggling with mental health concerns.

IMG_6981.jpgOne of those agencies is Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Palm Beach. Read more »

9
Oct

Volunteer Spotlight: Louise Snyder

Our Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Town of Palm Beach United Way volunteers who are passionate, inspiring and dedicated. They are individuals committed to transforming lives and who invest in our vision of building healthy and strong communities.

Louise Snyder has volunteered on our Allocation Committee for many years, helping ensure annual donations are carefully and thoughtfully put to good use funding programs in Palm Beach County that improve education, health and financial stability for our less fortunate neighbors. The Allocation Committee consists of about 100 community volunteers who spend more than 2,000 hours reviewing grant applications, attending site visits and meeting with team members to make important funding decisions. The volunteer-driven allocation process ensures fiscal responsibility and management accountability for all agencies receiving Town of Palm Beach United Way funds.

This year Louise is co-chairman of the committee. She is also on our Board of Trustees and a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Cabinet.

Below, Louise answers a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.

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7
Sep

Agency Spotlight: Palm Beach County Food Bank

Children who don’t get enough to eat begin their young lives at a serious disadvantage. When kids are hungry they face higher risks of developmental impairments and health conditions, struggle in school and are more likely to have social and behavioral problems.

In Palm Beach County, one in five children go to bed hungry. Of the 193,000 students in The School District of Palm Beach County — the 10th largest in the nation — 68% are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

For many kids, the breakfast and lunch they receive at school may be the only meals they get each day. Karen Erren, executive director of the Palm Beach County Food Bank, says that creates a challenge for days of the week when children aren’t in school.

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6
Aug

Agency Spotlight: Farmworker Coordinating Council of Palm Beach County

Although local farm workers harvest millions of dollars worth of sugarcane, sweet corn and other vegetables every year, few make enough money to put the food they pick on their own tables.

Palm Beach County is home to approximately 10,000 seasonal and migrant workers who work long hours under the blazing South Florida sun for an income of under $10,000 per year.

photo-1483569577148-f14683bed627These workers harvest the 452,242 acres of agricultural land in our county, one of the largest agricultural counties in the Nation. Their back-breaking work is vital to the Palm Beach County economy, which had an estimated $1.42 billion in agricultural sales last year, leading the nation in the production of sugarcane, fresh sweet corn and sweet bell peppers, and leading the State of Florida in the production of rice, lettuce, radishes, Chinese vegetables, specialty leaf and celery. Read more »

15
May

United Way aims to increase high school graduation rates

By 2028, United Way wants to see 95 percent of students in the United States graduate from high school ready for college and career. It’s one of the organization’s “impact goals” for the next decade.

In Palm Beach County, the graduation rate for the 2016-2017 school year was an all-time high of 85 percent. So, what is the Town of Palm Beach United Way doing to increase the rate by 10 percentage points over the next 10 years?

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30
Apr

Town of Palm Beach United Way Annual Meeting celebrates campaign, honors retired attorney

The Town of Palm Beach United Way held its Annual Meeting Thursday, April 26, at The Breakers to thank board members and donors for a successful campaign and to celebrate a season of many accomplishments.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • An entertaining step performance from the Pine Gove Inspiring Steppers.

Click HERE to see the performance!

  • An inspiring personal story from the 2018 Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Youth of the Year, David Wooten.
  • An update on campaigns from Atesh Chandra (Treasure Chest), Stephen Hall, Jr. (Business and Professional), Alison Sieving (Red Feather) and Mary Freitas (Tocqueville).

The campaign is currently at $4,540,875 and still climbing.

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8
Mar

Volunteer Spotlight: Suzanne Brenner

Our Volunteer Spotlight recognizes Town of Palm Beach United Way volunteers who are passionate, inspiring and dedicated. They are individuals committed to transforming lives and who invest in our vision of building healthy and strong communities.

Suzanne Brenner has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for several years.  She serves on our Allocation Committee helping ensure annual donations are carefully and thoughtfully put to good use funding programs in Palm Beach County that improve education, health, financial stability and basic needs for our less fortunate neighbors. She also serves on our Financial Scan Committee and the United Way campaign team for The Breakers Palm Beach, where she works as director of retail operations.

Below, Suzanne answers a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.

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26
Feb

Town of Palm Beach United Way business breakfast emphasizes sports as a vehicle for change

National Football League team owners Stephen Ross and Jonathan Tisch discussed the importance of philanthropy in sports at the Town of Palm Beach United Way Business and Professional Breakfast on Monday, February 26 at The Breakers Palm Beach. About 250 business and community leaders attended the 28th annual event.

“As an owner, we have a platform and responsibility to create positive change and engage in constructive dialogue around social issues in our community,” said Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins. “Sports has the power to be used as a vehicle for promoting understanding, respect and equality. If we can use sports to break barriers among people of different backgrounds, we can use sports to build bridges and develop solutions to important societal issues.”

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Tisch, owner of the New York Giants, moderated the chat. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the partnership between the NFL and United Way — the longest running partnership in history between a major sports league and a nonprofit organization. Read more »

16
Feb

Caregivers Day: Recognizing Palm Beach County agencies that provide care to the most vulnerable in our community

National Caregivers Day, observed annually on the third Friday of February, is a day to recognize and thank caregivers who provide quality, compassionate care in our community.

In Palm Beach County, there are about 65,000 elderly residents with dementia. There are about 22,300 children living in households headed by grandparents or relative caregivers. And, there are about 150,000 people with disabilities.

The Town of Palm Beach United Way helps fund programs at several non profit agencies in Palm Beach County that support our most vulnerable residents, many of whom would otherwise “fall through the cracks.” Read more »