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Voucher Surprise

7 July 2020, 8:34 pm

The last several months have been incredibly challenging for the majority of Americans and United Against Poverty has seen an uptick in the need for food assistance and low cost groceries across our community as the unemployment rate has skyrocketed. Dianne Andersen and her husband John, a former United Against Poverty board member, saw this need and immediately wanted to help ease that burden for struggling families. Dianne and John donated $25 grocery vouchers and surprised more than 100 member families. Thank you so much Dianne and John for your incredible generosity and big hearts!

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Thank You Bank of America!

7 July 2020, 8:32 pm

United Against Poverty was pleasantly surprised to be named a 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder winner and recipient of $200,000 in unrestricted funding. This generous award will help strengthen the UP Orlando programs. Our crisis stabilization, member share grocery, workforce development and education programs build a healthier, smarter and more stable community.

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Double Your Impact This Summer!

7 July 2020, 8:25 pm

Last fall, friends of the mission Dr. & Mrs. Don and Cindy Diebel challenged donors to match their gift of $25,000 to UP Orlando. This year the Diebels do it again! The Diebels are matching gifts to United Against Poverty, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 this summer. If you make a donation by clicking the red Donate Now button at the top of the page between now and August 31st, your gift will have twice the impact on the lives of our neighbors in Central Florida. Please help us reach our goal of fulfilling this special matching gift opportunity...

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Mobile Markets: Lifting Livest throughout Florida

7 July 2020, 7:48 pm

To meet the increased need for food in our community, due to job layoffs from COVID-19, we started providing UP Mobile Markets to get groceries to people who need it quickly and safely. We targeted communities identified as food deserts and partnered with government agencies and other nonprofits to staff the events. The first two events served 800 families by providing 10 tons of food that became available because of food service businesses closing or scaling back. We have also secured Farmers to Family food boxes from the USDA through the end of the year to keep this mobile program...

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Introducing Hand Up Heroes

7 July 2020, 7:45 pm

It is no secret that COVID-19 is having a significant impact on all of us. In light of this pandemic, we have had to make several changes to our events. Our signature fundraising event of the year, Hand Up Luncheon, is going virtual! We are excited about the opportunity and invite you to join us by serving as a Hand Up Hero. Heroes are the people, the stories and the hearts behind our organization, stepping up on behalf of United Against Poverty and inspiring others to do the same. Jeff Chandler, a longtime supporter, volunteer and host of many tables...

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Highlighted Partner: Heart of Florida United Way VITA Program

7 July 2020, 7:44 pm

For the fourth year, United Against Poverty partnered with Heart of Florida United Way and IRS to offer the community free tax filing services. Starting in November, a record 14 staff and volunteers became IRS-certified by passing four exams including advanced tax law. January 30 was opening day for the VITA tax site. The VITA site helped the community for 11 days until March 12 when the IRS and HFUW recommended that all VITA sites suspend operation due to COVID-19. In total, 170 tax returns were filed through United Against Poverty. Eighty-five percent of clients filing their taxes received a...

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STEP Success Story by Carla Cox, Program Director

7 July 2020, 7:39 pm

Will is a spirited, smiling, happy person who strives to work hard and bring joy to others. We first met Will in the Success Training Employment Program as someone desperate to find an employer to take a chance on him. I can remember his excitement when I visited him for the first time at his job at Lucky’s Market where he showed off his name tag and the produce section where he worked. When Lucky’s announced closures, Will was devastated. It took several months of searching until he found his next job. Through it all, I was always impressed with...

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Thank you Trulieve

7 July 2020, 7:19 pm

With community involvement as one of the company’s core values, Truelieve has worked throughout the state and other parts of the country to ensure that marginalized communities are receiving the hand up they need to reach economic self-sufficiency. The company’s drive to help others lead to a perfect partnership with our Orlando campus. During a recent visit the Trulieve team recognized that many of the machines in our computer lab were outdated, so they pulled together and donated thirty refurbished computers! These new PC’s are utilized many times throughout the day as individuals in our Life Enrichment Center log on...

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Volunteer Spotlight: CareerSource

7 July 2020, 7:17 pm

The Volunteer Department would like to highlight our outstanding partnership with CareerSource Florida! Since the beginning of April, CareerSource has provided a total of 24 interns to receive on-the-job training across every department in our organization. Our Trade and Logistics Interns work alongside our Grocery staff, learning about distribution, merchandising, and warehouse management. Administrative Interns learn data-management, client intake procedures, and volunteer management by working at the Welcome Desk, Life Enrichment Center, and Volunteer Office. Altogether, our interns have received more than 6,000 hours of on-the-job training! We are honored to foster educational opportunities and real-world experiences for these interns....

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United Way of St. Lucie County Gives a Hand Up to Families in Need

22 June 2020, 8:50 pm

“Who will tackle the problems most shy away from? United, we will” is the motto that United Way of St. Lucie aspires to uphold in its effort to fund areas of education, financial stability and health. Since 1962 the organization has been committed to ensuring that families being served by St. Lucie County non-profits have access to basic needs, which has been of even more concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, United Way presented an incredible $10,000 gift to United Against Poverty (UAP) of St. Lucie County. UAP, who operates an UP Center at 2520 Orange Avenue in Fort Pierce,...

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Treasure Coast Council of Black Nurses Provides a Hand Up to Families in Need

18 June 2020, 1:55 pm

With the vision to decrease health disparities on the Treasure Coast coupled with their mission to support nurses through promoting community partnerships, providing scholarships and health education, the Treasure Coast Council of Black Nurses pulled together to support St. Lucie families in need in through their community partner, United Against Poverty (UAP). The Council, whose nurse members have been collaborating since 2017 to meet the needs of the community, recently joined forces to donate non-perishable food items and baby supplies to United Against Poverty’s Crisis Stabilization Program and emergency pantry. On June 6, the nurses presented the pantry items to...

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Former Orange County School Board Member Nancy Robbinson Named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Orlando

16 June 2020, 3:46 pm

Nancy Robbinson has been named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Orlando, located at 150 W. Michigan Street. “I am pleased to announce Nancy Robbinson as the new Executive Director for our Orlando UP Center,” said Gwendolyn Butson, Chief Executive Officer of United Against Poverty. “Nancy’s experience and strong commitment to community building make her an asset and a well-qualified choice to lead our Orlando campus into the next chapter.” Following her ten-year service as an elected School Board Member, Robbinson joined the United Against Poverty Orlando team in 2019 as the Development Officer responsible for major gifts. She is...

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State Farm Gives a Hand Up to Families in Need

20 May 2020, 6:48 pm

State Farm’s motto of “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” has held true through hurricanes, pandemics and all of the days in between. And just like good neighbors, two local State Farm agencies have pulled together to support St. Lucie families in need in through their community partner, United Against Poverty (UAP). State Farm Insurance agents Bill Knight Jr., whose agency is located at 2301 Sunrise Boulevard, and Larry Lee Jr., whose agency is located at 4075 Virginia Avenue, recently joined forces to donate $1,000 towards United Against Poverty’s crisis stabilization program. On May 18, Knight and Lee...

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‘UP’ and partners ‘Give Together’ to pandemic’s hardest hit

19 May 2020, 1:38 pm

UP is recognized by Vero Beach News for it’s efforts to serve our neighbors-in-need during this pandemic. To read the full article click here.

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As this pandemic crisis continues to rapidly change, UP has been working to create ways to fill needs as they arise.

13 April 2020, 10:16 pm

Vero News recently reported on the work UP has done for the community during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2xYb5we

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We are in this together…UNITED!

13 April 2020, 10:15 pm

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the Coronavirus. All of us at United Against Poverty would like to express our concern, love and support to those who have experienced illness or loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. Even though our everyday lives have changed significantly during these past few weeks, the human spirit has shown great resilience through remarkable acts of compassion towards others. We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who have united to serve the greater good during this unprecedented time. Thanks to the support of the community, United Against Poverty (UP) is...

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Thank You 2019 Hand UP Award Recipient – Pam Harmon

13 April 2020, 10:12 pm

Pam Harmon and husband Tim Muris have been committed supporters of our mission for more than a decade. A dedicated volunteer, Pam has served eight years on the Board of Directors and has been instrumental in leading efforts associated with the annual Valentine Ball fundraiser. “A brilliant financial mind, Pam has brought strong leadership, great wisdom and valued insight,” said Annabel Robertson, Executive Director. “She has impacted the organization in immeasurable ways and has changed thousands of lives.”

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STEP Success Story

13 April 2020, 10:10 pm

When Taylor enrolled in UP’s Success Training Employment Program (STEP) in 2015, he knew he wanted more from life than a dead end job and a lifetime of poverty, and his determination to have a better live was obvious to everyone who met him. Taylor was taking two buses and walking another mile to get to class, and was there on time with a smile of his face every morning. Taylor’s hard work did not go unnoticed, and UP was able to utilize our community partners to help Taylor get back in school and obtain his GED. He won an...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Alice

13 April 2020, 10:09 pm

United Against Poverty’s volunteers are the backbone of our operation, We call on them when we need support and they always deliver. Our volunteers help with administrative work, stocking shelves, helping our members find the resources they need, teaching classes, working events, and various other tasks around campus. There are many dedicated volunteers here at UP and we would not be able to do the great work we do without them. We are especially thankful for Alice, who has been a volunteer for UP for many years. Alice is essential to the Development Department and is conserved an essential part...

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Highlighted Partner: Indian River Community Foundation

13 April 2020, 10:07 pm

UP welcomed the staff of Indian River Community Foundation (IRCF) on March 5th. An update on UP’s projects and programs was provided as well as a tour of the New UP Center. IRCF has been very supportive of UP’s work in Indian River County, including grants for our Success Training Employment Program (STEP) and a capital grant to support the Health Clinic in the New UP Center. IRCF is a vibrant, nonprofit enterprise with a powerfully simple mission of building a better community through donor-driven philanthropy. IRCF was established in 2008 and is accredited as meeting National Standards for U.S....

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Featured Foundation: Syde Hurdus

13 April 2020, 10:03 pm

Syde Hurdus Foundation, based in New York City, is an independent foundation focused on supporting social and human services as well as health organizations. United Against Poverty of Indian River County received a $50,000 grant in February 2020 from the Foundation to support their mission. Syde Hurdus Foundation’s President Herb Fitz Gibbon II commented “We think UP’s strategic vision and their implementation of it is as good as we have seen.” UP is grateful for Syde Hurdus Foundation’s generous support!

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The New UP Center Has Opened!

13 April 2020, 9:59 pm

The New UP Center pays homage to the building’s roots by leaning into the industrial design with sleek concrete floors and spacious, exposed ceilings. The center is filled with art and encouraging words of affirmation, but what is even more impressive than the fresh façade is all of the extensive resources that the center provides. The expansive location accommodates a co-op Member Share Grocery Program, classrooms for workplace readiness development, a health clinic run by Treasure Coast Community Health, and a marketplace. Annabel Robertson, UP’s Executive Director, commented, “The opening of the New UP Center is the result of many...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Fraternity Spreads Brotherly Love

13 April 2020, 9:48 pm

Many think fraternities and sororities are only for college-aged youth…but these relationships extend far beyond graduation. We are so thankful to the Delta Lambda Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.(aka the “Treasure Coast Signmas”) for their ongoing commitment to bettering the community. Each year the Sigmas select projects that focus on serving humanity, and UP has been fortunate to receive both gifts of financial support and service from the brothers. Over the holiday season, the group bagged 100 turkeys and sides—allowing our program participants to enjoy a dignified and traditional holiday meal in their own home. Way to...

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Welcome 2020 Board Member Geoff Moore

13 April 2020, 9:48 pm

“I smile when I talk about United Against Poverty because I’ve seen what they can do, and it is truly amazing. I’ve witnessed lives change for the better. I’ve seen people become empowered to live their best life— both for themselves AND for their families. This organization helps our community in more ways than most realize. For those who have been stuck in a vicious cycle, it helps them energize, revitalize, visualize, equalize and harmonize those that need it most. UP’s programs affect the entire family—they help make men and women proud again and give children someone to look up...

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STEP Success Story

13 April 2020, 9:44 pm

As a single parent of a troubled teen, Arvin came to UP looking for a job and motivation. His prior criminal record made life that much more difficult. Determined to overcome these obstacles, Arvin enrolled in the Success Training Employment Program (STEP) and worked diligently on the curriculum— taking in all that was offered by his Success Coaches. Upon graduation, he put his newfound interview skills to the test as he was considered for an open position at our UP Center…and he got the job! Arvin is proud to be our new onsite sanitation worker. When asked what this experience...

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Community Ties

13 April 2020, 9:42 pm

Coretta Scott King, author, activist and wife to Martin Luther King Jr., believed that “the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” There is so much greatness happening right here in St. Lucie County! All of us at United Against Poverty are fortunate enough to experience it every day in ways big and small, ordinary and obscure. Below are just a few highlights from the past few months. UP St. Lucie was thrilled to help celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18th. Staff, board members...

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We are in this together…UNITED!

13 April 2020, 9:28 pm

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the Coronavirus. All of us at United Against Poverty would like to express our concern, love and supportto those who have experienced illness or loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. Even though our everyday lives have changed significantly during these past few weeks, the human spirit has shown great resilience through remarkable acts of compassion towards others. We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who have united to serve the greater good during this unprecedented time. Thanks to the support of the community, United Against Poverty (UP) is...

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Introducing Our New CEO

2 April 2020, 6:46 pm

United Against Poverty is thrilled to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Gwendolyn D. Butson. Gwen comes to us with 15 years of non-profit experience. She has worked with The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries in key executive positions and has a love for helping people. She has extensive executive management experience and holds a Masters in Business Administration. Gwen’s demonstrated compassion is accompanied by her keen interest in the areas of strategy, accountability and succession planning, the hallmarks of an effective CEO. Her passion for the non-profit industry is evident in her dedication to the employees, the participants,...

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Introducing Our New CEO

2 April 2020, 12:41 pm

United Against Poverty is thrilled to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Gwendolyn D. Butson. Gwen comes to us with 15 years of non-profit experience. She has worked with The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries in key executive positions and has a love for helping people. She has extensive executive management experience and holds a Masters in Business Administration. Gwen’s demonstrated compassion is accompanied by her keen interest in the areas of strategy, accountability and succession planning, the hallmarks of an effective CEO. Her passion for the non-profit industry is evident in her dedication to the employees, the participants,...

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Inaugural BBQ, Blues and Bike Fest

24 February 2020, 4:16 pm

On Monday, May 25, 2020, United Against Poverty of St. Lucie County will host a one-of-a-kind charity festival, the BBQ, Blues and Bike Fest to celebrate Memorial Day at Veterans Memorial Park in Fort Pierce. This unique celebration will serve both to unite the community around food, music, and motorcycles, while benefitting much needed services that help give hard working families a hand up out of poverty and to economic self-sufficiency. We would love to have you join us and be a voice for the 56,924 households in St. Lucie County that struggle to make ends meet. All funds raised...

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