By Christina Grace
The United Way accepts undesignated donations for which local agencies compete. There are more than 50 agencies that partner with the Heart of Florida United Way, and the United Ways serving our regional campuses have partner agencies that serve those local communities as well. In addition, we have a write-in option where employees can choose to designate to any charity of their choice. To view information on donor options, please visit http://LiveUnited.ucf.edu/Give.
One of the nonprofits you’ll find on the list of organizations funded by United Way is The Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools. The mission of The Foundation is to enhance the quality of education in Seminole County Public Schools by:
- raising and distributing funds and in-kind donations;
- fostering involvement in schools by business and the community;
- providing recognition and rewards for outstanding contribution to, and performance within, the school system.
We asked Davia Moss, Executive Director of The Foundation, to tell us about the organization’s priorities and how you can get involved.
What preparations are made at the start of the school year? Or do you find it is a year-round endeavor? Our efforts go year-round. Over the summer we have an annual supply drive campaign that brings in money and thousands of school supplies to benefit our students in need.
What are the most important needs? Over 50% of our students qualify for free and reduced meals. They may not have the resources to go to college or certifications. When you invest in The Foundation, you are investing in improving students’ futures.
What does a donation to The Foundation mean to students and teachers in Seminole County? We dare to dream to build better futures for our students. When you donate, you are part of making that dream a reality.
How can individuals get involved this year? Volunteer as a mentor, in a committee; sponsor an event or support The Foundation with a monetary donation. When the community comes together to support education, everybody wins!
What has been one of the most rewarding aspects of working at The Foundation? Here is a testimonial that sums it up… “As a kid things were tough. It was hard for me to stay in school and do well. Thanks to some great teachers and support along the way, it opened up my mind to possibilities I never thought would be available to me. Now I’m starting college this fall. Who knew?” – A Seminole County Alum and Foundation program recipient.