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July 31, 2014

Achieving Measurable Results

by PBUnitedWay

The Town of Palm Beach United Way currently works with 50 nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County.  We invest in organizations large and small, with programs that support our goals – helping children start school ready to learn and continue on to graduate high school, providing the tools that individuals and families need to achieve financial stability, and ensuring children and adults have access to quality health care.    These strategic partners are chosen through a structured and competitive process to ensure that, together, we can achieve measurable results.

To that end, we are pleased to announce the acceptance of two new partners – each dedicated to helping people throughout Palm Beach County and each helping to support our goals.

The Center for Child Counseling provides mental health programs in the community, at their Child and Family Center in Palm Beach Gardens, and on-site in childcare centers for children, teachers and caregivers who are at risk for social and emotional problems.  Their mission is to strengthen and empower children and families through prevention, early intervention and treatment services that support their social-emotional wellness and growth. The Center for Child Counseling will help us to achieve our goal of improving and maintaining the mental health of children, youth and adults.  Studies show that early childhood is a critical time for brain development and learning skills. From birth to approximately 3 years of age, a child learns how to interact with the world. Chronic stress and trauma in early childhood alters key neurochemical systems resulting in changes in attention, impulse control, sleep, fine motor control, as well as a variety of other emotional, cognitive, and motor functions.  Programs like the Center for Child Counseling provide tools for parents, teachers and caregivers to care for at-risk children.

The Palm Beach County Food Bank collects and distributes food to agencies on the front line of hunger relief.  They are dedicated to fighting hunger and food insecurity in our community.  In the 2013-2014 fiscal year the Food Bank distributed close to 5 million pounds of food with an approximate value of $8 million.  The Palm Beach County Food Bank aligns with our goals in that they will help to ensure that children, families and adults in need are receiving healthy, nutritious food.  Currently, 15.4% of Palm Beach County residents are food insecure – meaning they are unsure where their next meal will come from.   While 15% may seem like a small number, it is over 200,000 people (64,000 who are children) that are fighting hunger every day in our community.

For more information about all the organizations we support please visit our website.

About the Town of Palm Beach United Way

Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has invested more than $60 million into Palm Beach County because of generous donors who live or work on the island of Palm Beach.  We advance the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three building blocks of education, health and income.  The Town of Palm Beach United Way recruits people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done.  LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become part of the change.  For more information, call us at 561.655.1919 or visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.   

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