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Book Drive and Literacy Volunteer Event

June 23, 2017
June 23, 2017 | by Tee Rogers For the fifth year, the UCF United Way Campaign Team has collected books to support the Heart of Florida United Way’s summer literacy book drive.  The drive occurs during the month of May and supports the Day of Action volunteer events and other literacy initiatives throughout the summer. […]

2-1-1 helped my neighbor and many others.

November 4, 2016
October 4, 2016 | By Linda Wood My doorbell rang around supper time last night and to my surprise it was my neighbor, a single mother of three children under eight years old. She was crying. She lost her job and had no other source of income and no food for her children. I invited […]

Second Harvest Food Bank Feeds Hungry Children and Accommodates Food Allergies

November 3, 2016
November 3 | By Linda Wood I made a personal commitment to give my time to United Way since my budget didn’t allow room for a cash contribution, and I chose the Second Harvest Food Bank.  I baked 400 muffins for kids with special food restrictions. The muffins are distributed to children with food insecurities […]

Expert panel sheds light on challenges of veterans in our community

October 25, 2016
October 24 | by Cynthya Walker Military. Veteran. What are some words you associate with these terms? Warrior? Soldier? Fight, deployment, uniform, gun…. Homelessness? Suicide? PTSD? Civilians often think of military veterans as tough men and women who dedicated a chunk of their lives training and defending the United States of America. While this is […]

Know Someone Making a Difference Through the UCF United Way Campaign? Nominate Them!

October 21, 2016
October 21, 2016 | by Megan Pabian and Tee Rogers Each year, dedicated employees from UCF give their time and talents to help make the UCF United Way campaign a success. Our advocates go above and beyond to educate about the campaign, empower employees to make a difference, and ensure that the campaign runs smoothly. […]

UCF United Way Campaign’s annual Day of Caring is all about educational opportunity for members of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida

October 20, 2016
October 19, 2016 | By Scott Mauro “Education is the single greatest changer of one’s circumstances.” Curt Sawyer, UCF’s Associate Vice President for University Services couldn’t have chosen better words as he engaged a captivated audience of students from at-risk communities all over Central Florida. Sawyer spoke to members of the Boys & Girls Club of […]

IDignity Plays Critical Role In Starting People Down the Path of Independence

October 4, 2016
October 4, 2016 | By Natalie Duque Imagine having no way to prove your identity or that you are who you say you are. How could you do things like get a job or even drive a car? This is a reality for many disadvantaged individuals in Central Florida. IDignity is a nonprofit organization that […]

Inspired by Volunteering

October 3, 2016
October 3, 2016 | By Tom Hope This past Friday morning I found myself at the end of a conveyor belt as recently shrink-wrapped meals came at me with ever great frequency. My job was to keep the assembly line moving, organizing the meals on larger trays that would then be packed away in large […]