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
Every person deserves food on their plate and a roof over their head.
Unfortunately, hunger and homelessness are a reality for far too many people. The U.S. is the richest nation in the world, but 42 million Americans are at risk of suffering from hunger and more than 500,000 Americans are homeless on a typical night.
In Palm Beach County, 1,600 people sleep on the streets each night. Last year, 4,295 Palm Beach County students were identified as homeless. The average age of a homeless child in Palm Beach County is 7. It takes an average of $5,000 to get a family off the streets and into a permanent home.
This week is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, an annual opportunity to shine a spotlight on the problems of hunger and homelessness and organize our communities to take action.
We hope you will join us in spreading awareness and taking action to end hunger and homeless in our community.
The holiday season is a very special time and the Town of Palm Beach United Way is proud to once again partner with the Palm Beach Daily News and Palm Beach Fire-Rescue to collect toys for local families who have difficulty making ends meet.
Many families in Palm Beach County struggle to pay for food, medicine and rent – often with little or nothing left over to buy holiday gifts for their children.
Each summer, traveling donors, volunteers and friends of the Town of Palm Beach United Way are asked to help spread the word by wearing their LIVE UNITED t-shirt in photographs. The person or group of people pictured wearing their t-shirt(s) the furthest distance from the Town of Palm Beach United Way office win essential travel gear and LIVE UNITED swag.
THIS YEAR’S WINNER IS:
Johannesburg, South Africa
8,063 miles from the Town of Palm Beach United Way office