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:
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.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month: 5 ways the Town of Palm Beach United Way takes a stand against domestic violence abuse
The statistics related to domestic violence are staggering.
More than 1 in 3 women have experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. One in five women and 1 in 77 men has experienced rape in her or his lifetime.
One in four girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to NNEDV. Domestic violence has been estimated to cost employers in the United States up to $13 billion each year.
Palm Beach County ranks 7th out of 67 counties in Florida for highest number of domestic violence offenses and 3rd highest for domestic violence homicides. In 2016, there were 4,921 reported domestic violence offenses in Palm Beach County, including six for murder, 64 for forcible rape, 1,014 for aggravated assault and 43 for stalking.
This year, The Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $213,000 in domestic violence services in Palm Beach County.
World Food Day: 6 ways the Town of Palm Beach United Way fights food insecurity in Palm Beach County
Each year the United Nations celebrates World Food Day to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger.
The Town of Palm Beach United Way also believes no person or family should go without food. This year, we invested $192,500 in food assistance programs in Palm Beach County.
Nearly 203,000 individuals are food insecure in Palm Beach County. About 61 percent of children attending Palm Beach County public schools are on the free and reduced cost lunch program. And, 560 elderly persons are on the waiting list for home-delivered meals.
Here are a list of partner agencies and programs the Town of Palm Beach United Way funded this year: Read more
The Town of Palm Beach United Way and its donors are proud to contribute $161,950 to support hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.
“Palm Beach County residents know firsthand the challenges that come from a disaster,” said Beth Walton, CEO of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. “The communities that have been affected by these weather events will need incredible resources to recover. As a critical part of a community’s recovery efforts, the Town of Palm Beach United Way is ready to help those whose lives have been affected by natural disasters both in Palm Beach County and elsewhere.”
Caridad Health Clinic has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way agency since 2002. The center provides medical and dental care to uninsured children and adults in Palm Beach County, who do not qualify for other programs and subsidies, and who cannot access care anywhere else.
Milagro Center has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 2003. Their services empower at-risk youth in Delray Beach through the use of art-based activities and experiences. They encourage children and teens to “reach for the stars,” with the ultimate goal of motivating children, teens, and their families to succeed in their schoolwork and in their lives.
Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor all of the men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces. 1.3 million people have lost their lives while serving in the armed services. Despite the somber nature of Memorial Day, it’s also a day when a lot of good can be done. If you’re looking for a way to honor those servicemen and women who have lost their lives in conflict, here are a few organizations working to help veterans and their families:
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.