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.
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:
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.”
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