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LAKELAND, FL (March 31, 2022) – GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) and United Way of Central Florida (UWCF) have extended the deadline for the online survey portion of the United Community Needs Assessment (UCNA) to April 15, 2022. As of March 25, more than 2,600 completed surveys had been submitted and 10 focus groups had been conducted throughout Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. Extending the deadline from its original date of March 31 will allow additional surveys to be collected in underrepresented areas. 

By partnering through the United Community Needs Assessment, GWCF and UWCF aim to identify critical community needs and implement initiatives to address those needs. Results of the needs assessment will be shared with municipalities, businesses, service clubs, and the general public. 

The needs assessment collects feedback from residents through an online survey which can be found at http://ucneeds.com. The survey takes about 15 minutes to fill out and residents who are 18 years of age and older are encouraged to participate and share the survey with their community. Participants may enter to win a $50 Visa gift card upon completion of the survey.

For more information on the United Community Needs Assessment, please contact Jessica Pease, UCNA Administrative Assistant, atjessica.pease@uwcf.org.

About GiveWell Community Foundation: The mission of the GiveWell Community Foundation (GWCF) is to champion charitable giving to improve the quality of life in the areas we serve, both now and for future generations. We accomplish this by working with individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits to build stronger communities in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties through charitable funds and competitive grant cycles. Since its founding in 1997, the community foundation has awarded more than $250 million in grants. Today, GWCF is home to more than 300 charitable funds and the Impact Polk and Empower Polk grant cycles. To learn more about GWCF, visit givecf.org or call 863-683-3131.

About United Way of Central Florida: United Way of Central Florida (UWCF) works to improve lives and strengthen our community by identifying gaps in services and providing solutions. UWCF is a leader in building a stronger and heathier community by developing resources and creating partnerships that empower individuals to improve their lives. Through its funded and community partners, UWCF is working to address the most pressing needs in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties. UWCF is independently governed by a 35-member board and works with over 100 volunteers to direct funding to meet the needs of the community. To learn more, visituwcf.org.

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