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Tax Reform Bill: 5 Ways donors and charities will be affected

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:

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Toy Drive: Hundreds of children to receive gifts this holiday season

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 »


Turkey Trot: Thousands flock to island for annual Town of Palm Beach United Way race

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.

033_UWTT17“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 »


Feeding Families: Turkey Trotters provide Thanksgiving meals to Palm Beach County residents in need

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 »


Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week: Join this week’s call to end poverty

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.

HHAW-Other-Memes-2This year, the Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $192,500 in food assistance programs in Palm Beach County. We invested $210,500 in housing support and emergency shelter programs.

We hope you will join us in spreading awareness and taking action to end hunger and homeless in our community.

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‘Tis the Season: Spread holiday cheer through the Palm Beach Toy Drive

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.

This year’s Toy Drive gifts will benefit the children of El Sol Neighborhood Resource Center, The Glades Initiative and Community Partners.

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Agency Spotlight: Alzheimer’s Community Care

In recognition of National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, we’d like to highlight the vital work of our partner agency, Alzheimer’s Community Care.

Alzheimer’s Community Care was founded in 1996 by a group of Florida residents who were concerned about the growing number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders. Today, the organization is the largest provider of community-based, dementia-specific services in Florida.

Alzheimer’s Community Care has been a Town of Palm Beach United Way partner agency since 2000. We’re proud to help fund two of the agency’s programs in Palm Beach County:

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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.

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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 »


World Mental Health Day: How your dollars support mental health services in Palm Beach County

The Town of Palm Beach United Way is proud to recognize its partner agencies who support mental health services in honor of World Mental Health Day on Tuesday, October 10.

This year, the Town of Palm Beach United Way invested $208,000 in mental health programs. Read more »