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LAKELAND, FL – United Way of Central Florida raised $12,131,776 in its 2019/2020 fiscal year to benefit local health and human service programs.

Part of the $12.1 million total includes $2.2 million from the Polk County Board of County Commissioners to provide direct aid to individuals impacted by they COVID-19 pandemic.

Each year more than 120 community volunteers give a total of 2,300 hours of their time to the allocation process to ensure that only programs that demonstrate measurable impact are trusted with United Way dollars. The programs are thoroughly assessed by our Community Investment Team volunteers to make certain that significant results and outcomes are achieved.

Those volunteers invested UWCF dollars into 86 programs at 51 partner agencies. Volunteers work together to evaluate funding requests. Teams participate in site visits, study applications and assess the effectiveness of services before recommending funding allocations.

“The Community Investment process ensures wise investment of hard-earned dollars contributed to our campaign,” said Christina Criser Jackson, President & CEO of UWCF.

UWCF invests in services that address the most critical issues in Central Florida in the areas of health, education and financial stability.

Additionally, UWCF and GiveWell Community Foundation partnered this year to create the United Community Relief Fund to provide local nonprofits with additional money to help their clients through the COVID-19 pandemic.

A $310,056 disbursement was made in April to 34 organizations and a second disbursement of $300,740 was made in September to 33 nonprofits. For this year’s Community Investment allocations, the following nonprofit organizations will receive funding for needed community programs and services.

  • Achievement Academy, Inc.
  • Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center
  • Early Learning Coalition
  • Explorations V Children’s Museum
  • Family Literacy Academy at Lake Wales
  • Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.
  • Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision, Polk Division
  • The Salvation Army Serving West Polk
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast
  • Boy Scouts, Greater Tampa Bay Council
  • Boys and Girls Club of Polk County
  • Camp Fire USA Sunshine Council
  • Girl Scouts of West Central Florida
  • Girls, Inc. of Lakeland
  • Girls, Inc. of Winter Haven
  • Highlands County Family YMCA
  • Lake Wales Family YMCA
  • Learning Resource Center of Polk County, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army serving West Polk
  • YMCA of West Central Florida
  • Alliance for Independence, Inc.
  • Catholic Charites of Central Florida
  • Central Florida Speech & Hearing Center
  • Champion for Children Foundation of Highlands County, Inc.
  • Florida Epilepsy Services
  • Good Shepard Hospice
  • Heartland Horses Equine Activities and Learning, Inc.
  • InterAct Alliance
  • Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine
  • Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision Polk Division
  • Neighborhood Service Center
  • NU-HOPE Elder Care Services, Inc.
  • Peace River Center for Personal Development, Inc.
  • Ridge Area Arc
  • Sunrise Community of Polk County
  • Talbot House Ministries of Polk, Inc.
  • Tri-County Human Services
  • VISTE
  • Church Service Center
  • Explorations V Children’s Museum
  • Frostproof Care Center
  • Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society, Inc.
  • Mulberry Community Service Center
  • Ridge Area Arc
  • Talbot House Ministries of Lakeland
  • The Salvation Army Serving West Polk
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • American Red Cross – Highlands County
  • American Red Cross – Mid-Florida Chapter
  • Catholic Charities of Central Florida
  • Champion for Children Foundation of Highlands County, Inc.
  • Children’s Home Society Greater Lakeland Division
  • Good Shepard Hospice
  • Hardee Help Center
  • HELP of Fort Meade, Inc.
  • Peace River Center for Personal Development, Inc.
  • Talbot House Ministries of Lakeland, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army of East Polk
  • The Salvation Army Serving West Polk
  • Youth & Family Alternatives, Inc.

About the United Way of Central Florida

United Way of Central Florida works to improve lives and strengthen our community by identifying gaps in services and providing solutions. UWCF works with qualified partners to improve the health, education, and financial stability of people in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. United Way works to amplify donor dollars with local matches, convene partners to improve efficiencies and broker services that produce the best return on investment in the areas of most critical need. United Way believes no one can do their best if they are hungry, sick or in pain. To learn more, visit uwcf.org or call 863-648-1500.

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