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
In 2017, 211 organizations around the country answered more than 13.4 million requests for help. Almost half of those requests were for things we all need not only to survive, but to thrive — safe and stable housing, food and health.
In honor of 2-1-1 Awareness Week, which began on Sunday, February 11 (2-1-1 Day), we share the history and impact of our local 211 helpline agency.
Teamwork: United Way and NFL partnership is longest in history between a sports league and a nonprofit
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the partnership between the United Way and the National Football League.
Over the past decades, thousands of NFL players, coaches, owners and staff have teamed up with United Way to help build strong and healthy communities. Most recently, the two organizations worked together to launch Character Playbook, a program that helps middle school students cultivate and maintain healthy relationships and make good decisions when faced with conflict. To date, more than 200,000 students in nearly 2,000 schools across the nation have used Character Playbook as a tool for personal development. Read more
The allocations process is one of the most important responsibilities we have at the Town of Palm Beach United Way.
We are committed to ensuring donor dollars are effectively and efficiently invested into education, health and income-based programs in Palm Beach County that address the most critical health and human service needs in our community.
So each year, we ask dozens of community volunteers to serve as the eyes and ears of more than 2,500 donors by vetting these programs to make sure they achieve measurable results and meet the needs of the most vulnerable children, individuals and families in our community.
“Our generous contributors know that we take the allocation process very seriously and can count on our committee to ensure their dollars are invested wisely into our partner agencies making a real difference in Palm Beach County,” said Board Chairman Jay Boodheshwar.
On Monday, January 22 about 100 of our Allocation Committee volunteers kicked off the grant review process with a meet and greet cocktail part at Renato’s Palm Beach.
Doris Laing was a quiet 14-year-old ninth-grader when she first met her mentor in 1996. Laing was a member of Take Stock in Children’s Student/Mentor Support program designed for low-income kids. Her mentor, Barbara Pariente, was a judge on the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
Laing maintained a 3.0 GPA, stayed out of trouble and earned a scholarship to college. For 20 years, she remained close to Pariente and leaned on her for emotional support through graduate school, marriage, children and life’s uncertainties. Last October, Justice Pariente swore Laing in as a new lawyer.
“Children need mentors in their life for additional support, encouragement and direction,” said Nancy Stellway, Executive Director of Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County. “Home life for most students is very different today than it was years ago. With many parents working several jobs in order to feed their families, more single parent households and increased social pressures, students often find themselves lacking sufficient guidance and support. We know that when we provide students with tools and long-lasting relationships, they can achieve better academic results and options for their future.”
Laing’s story proves mentors have a profound impact on children — not only in school, but in work and in life. In honor of National Mentoring Month, the Town of Palm Beach United Way would like to recognize its partner agencies who offer mentoring programs and highlight the successes they’ve achieved.
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.
Michael Andrews, of Palm Beach, has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for more than 20 years. He serves on our Allocation Committee helping vet partner non-profit agencies in Palm Beach County to choose programs to fund that meet our focus areas of education, financial stability, health and basic needs.
Below, Michael answers a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to him. Read more
The Town of Palm Beach United Way is keeping a close eye on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and is keeping you informed on the outcome and how it affects our organization and donors.
As of Dec. 20, 2017, Congress passed the tax bill and has moved it to the President to sign into law.
If approved in its current form and signed by the President, the bill will affect donors and organizations in the following ways:
More than 700 children will receive gifts this year thanks to the generosity of the Palm Beach community.
Superheroes, sports gear, dolls, puzzles, trucks, blocks and playsets have been pouring in the past three weeks during the 24th annual Palm Beach Toy Drive. The drive was in collaboration with the Palm Beach Daily News and Palm Beach Fire-Rescue to benefit children at Community Partners, El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center and The Glades Initiative. Read more
A crowd of 1,300 runners, walkers and trotters kicked off Thanksgiving Day by participating in the 9th Annual Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot.
The 5K race — the only one of its kind in Palm Beach — is a popular way for island residents and Palm Beach County locals to start their Thanksgiving holiday. Race entries provided Thanksgiving meals to more than 3,200 local residents.
“The annual Turkey Trot has become a very special tradition in Palm Beach,” said Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar, board chairman of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. “Not only does this event provide a wonderful opportunity for 1,300 supporters of the United Way to come together for a morning of fun and fellowship, but most importantly the proceeds of this event are donated to local nonprofits who feed the least fortunate among our neighbors.” Read more
Thousands of Palm Beach County residents struggle to put food on their tables each night, making a Thanksgiving meal an even harder challenge. Some don’t even have a place where they can go to enjoy a Thanksgiving celebration.
The Town of Palm Beach United Way Turkey Trot helps change that. Now in its 9th year, the annual race provides a Thanksgiving meal to more than 3,200 local residents.
This year, Town of Palm Beach United Way was able to send checks to 20 health and human service agencies that provide Thanksgiving meals to clients in need. Some agencies, such as Adopt-A-Family, pack baskets to deliver to families, while others, such as The Lord’s Place, host memorable Thanksgiving feasts. Read more