Achievement Centers for Children and Families has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 2013. They provide affordable quality care to children whose parents otherwise could not maintain their job or go to school. Their programs are designed to meet a child’s academic, social, emotional and physical needs; through toddler, preschool, afterschool, teen, adult and family programs.
HomeSafe has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 1981. They provide prevention and intervention services to infants, children and families through comprehensive programs including life skills, healthy beginnings, residential group care and safety net services.
This year 101 dedicated volunteers will ensure that the Town of Palm Beach United Way is a good steward of your donation (and mine) – so that our gifts make the biggest possible impact in Palm Beach County. These volunteers will serve as the eyes and ears of thousands of our donors.
The Literacy Coalition has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 1994. They promote and achieve literacy through programs meeting the needs of children, adults, families and workplace employees who have limited English and reading skills.
One program funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way is Literacy AmeriCorps. This program recruits, trains places and supervises up to 40 recent college graduates who provide a year of service as reading tutors, mentors, graduation coaches and college readiness coaches.
Our monthly 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.
Cara Coniglio McClure has been a volunteer at the Town of Palm Beach United Way for years. Cara serves on our Executive Committee and has previously served on our Allocation Committee. Cara is also the Chair for the Islanders, a group of young volunteers who support the Town of Palm Beach United Way and host the Turkey Trot every year. We sat down with Cara to ask her a few questions about volunteering at the Town of Palm Beach United Way and what it means to her.
Opportunity, Inc. has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 1945. They offer affordable, quality preschool childcare, educational programming and parent support to low income families, single parent families and families in crisis.
One program funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way is Early Childhood Education. The program for at-risk children delivers comprehensive early childhood education that prepares disadvantaged children to begin public school on an equal footing.
Today is World Mental Health Day. This day is dedicated to help raise awareness of mental health issues and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health issues.
Mental illness can affect anyone, regardless of age, economic status, or race. Each year, more than 57 million Americans (that’s 1 in 4) are affected by one or more psychiatric disorders. Mental health disorders are common and treatable. While some are mild, the range includes serious disorders such as schizophrenia. Anxiety disorders and depression are the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Anxiety affects more than 44 million people, and can range from generalized anxiety disorder, to phobias, to post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression which can affect anyone, at any age.
With proper treatment and support, people with mental health issues can live full and productive lives. However, instead of compassion and acceptance, people with mental health disorders frequently face discrimination and stigma, often leading to loneliness and isolation.
Like many other United Ways, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has identified mental health issues either as a lead issue or as a component of other strategies – whether it’s addressing homelessness, early childhood development and school readiness, or other education, income and health issues.
One program of several that is funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way is Center for Child Counseling’s Community Social-Emotional Wellness program. Chris, a young boy with a long history of domestic violence, family instability, attending a childcare center in West Palm Beach, was referred for counseling to address extreme behavioral issues in the classroom. Teachers reported that Chris talked about guns all the time, made guns out of blocks, and put his play gun to the heads of other children, making statements such as “you will be dead in 48 hours.” Chris displayed extremely violent behaviors, including the use of profanity. Shortly after entering counseling, Chris witnessed a deadly shooting on the way to school. Chris was able to receive on-site services through the Center for Child Counseling’s Community Social-Emotional Wellness Program immediately. Over the course of six months, Chris’ behaviors shifted dramatically. He started making positive choices, using positive words, and became a role model in the classroom. This success doesn’t stop with Chris. His grandmother, a teacher at the childcare center, was initially skeptical about services and how they would impact her grandson. After seeing the positive change in in Chris, she became engaged and an advocate for services.
Palm Beach Habilitation Center has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 1987. They provide employment, job placement, residential, education and training, recreation and retirement services for mentally, emotionally and physically disabled adults.