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Meet Madeline Clem, Volunteer Coordinator

23 September 2020, 4:53 pm

Madeline Clem is an Orlando native and a University of South Florida alumna. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at United Way Suncoast, and most recently served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative in South Florida, where she recruited and managed volunteers for the organization’s outreach programs. She is excited to be at United Against Poverty as the new Volunteer Coordinator and serve her hometown community. Welcome to the team, Madeline!

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Meet Susan Makowski, Grant Writer

23 September 2020, 4:52 pm

Susan Makowski, joining UP as the new Grant Writer, has over 25 years of experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. She has a proven track record in achieving financial milestones and looks forward to serving us on a permanent basis. Susan has currently been serving on the United Against Poverty Executive Board as our inaugural Advocacy Committee Chair. Welcome to the team, Susan!

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Meet LaSonia Landry, Community Board Member

23 September 2020, 4:51 pm

Please join United Against Poverty Orlando in welcoming one of our newest Community Board Members: “After learning that UP Orlando’s vision included providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve a future filled with hope and possibilities, I knew I had to get involved. UP’s work to increase positive outcomes for our most vulnerable populations through the grocery and STEP programs allows individuals to provide for their families and learn valuable skills that enhance their futures. These initiatives are imperative to creating a culture where everyone, regardless of economic status, has a safe and healthy place to live, work, learn and...

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Meet Kristen King, Community Board Member

23 September 2020, 4:49 pm

Please join United Against Poverty Orlando in welcoming one of our newest Community Board Members: “UP Orlando is serving our community in such an impactful way through job training, providing quality food at a reduced price, counseling and many other services. I was introduced to UP through my father Tommy Beck and my husband Chris and I have admired and supported the work being done here. I appreciate UP’s desire to have families involved in serving, and my children and I enjoy volunteering in the grocery program. I’m looking forward to being more involved with this great group.” – Kristen...

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Meet Candace Goodman, Development Manager

23 September 2020, 4:48 pm

Candace Goodman is a native of Central Florida and a graduate of the University of South Florida. She has led fundraising efforts on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shepherd’s Hope and JDRF. Her passion for helping others and for special events will serve our organization well as UP’s new Development Manager. Welcome to the team, Candace!

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STEP’s First Virtual Class

23 September 2020, 4:48 pm

On Friday August 7, UP Orlando’s Success Training Employment Program (STEP) celebrated the fourth graduating class of 2020. Five new graduates completed the 120-hour curriculum for improving emotional intelligence and building workplace and job acquisition skills These graduates are seeking employment in a wide range of fields including health care, clerical work, and engineering. Our first all-female class of students bonded closely during their time in Phase I which was conducted every day using Zoom’s real time video chat rooms and an educational platform containing the daily curriculum of assignments and coursework. Tears of joy during graduation speeches confirmed the...

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Junior League of Indian River Gifts $10,000 to support community affected by COVID-19

27 August 2020, 8:27 pm

The Junior League of Indian River (JLIR) is constantly striving to better serve our community especially during times of crisis. To immediately assist those in the community affected by Coronavirus, JLIR has awarded $10,000 to United Against Poverty which is on the front lines of helping local community members in crisis. To read this article visit, https://indianriverguardian.com/2020/08/10/junior-league-of-indian-river-gifts-10000-to-united-against-poverty/

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Whats UP with UP? – July 2020

31 July 2020, 8:05 pm

United Against Poverty of Indian River County is rising UP to meet the growing needs of the people we serve. This month’s edition of What’s UP with UP includes a message from our Community Board Chair, Featured Employment Partner and a UPdate on first graduates of UP’s partnership with Treasure Coast Technical College’s Pharmacy Technician Program! To subscribe and read the full edition visit, https://conta.cc/38HOvpT

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Community Foundation Awards $50,000 to United Against Poverty

31 July 2020, 7:50 pm

Community Foundation presented a grant for $50,000 to United Against Poverty (UP) for our programs serving vulnerable individuals and families in the community. With more than 50 percent of Indian River County households living either in poverty or one paycheck away from it, UP’s programs are dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty and their families to economic self-sufficiency. To read Community Foundation’s Press Release visit, https://ircommunityfoundation.org/community-foundation-awards-50000-to-united-against-poverty/

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Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club Support UP’s Mission of Lifting Lives

31 July 2020, 7:45 pm

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club holds an annual 5K run/walk to support area organizations. Each year the proceeds from the event benefit a local charity or cause, which is determined earlier in the year by the Club’s Fitness & Wellness Committee. This year the Committee selected the Vero Beach High School Marching Band, but due to COVID-19, the event had to be canceled. However, this setback did not stop the fundraising efforts of the Members at Orchid Island. In fact, they raised enough funds to also support United Against Poverty (UP) of IRC! To read Orchid Island Golf &...

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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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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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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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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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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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