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Volunteer Spotlight: Hilton

14 September 2018, 2:55 pm

Team Members take Hilton’s innovation and influence to communities to drive positive change. During Hilton’s annual Global Week of Service, more than 65 volunteers from six Orlando area Hilton Properties partnered with United Against Poverty Orlando. For nearly 100 years, Hilton has seen a world that can be made better through genuine hospitality. The efforts of the Orlando area Hilton Team Members are a part of Hilton’s week-long celebration recognizing the company’s year-round commitment to serving and enriching the communities where Team Members live, work and travel. “One of our key purposes at Hilton is to serve and support our...

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Highlighted Partner: Spraker Wealth Management

14 September 2018, 2:50 pm

Susan Spraker, President of Spraker Wealth Management, first learned of our agency after reading an article in the Orlando Sentinel. She quickly became engaged with the mission of United Against Poverty as a founding member of our Board of Directors. And thus began a ten year partnership during which Susan and her team have tirelessly dedicated their time, talent and treasure to helping working poor families and dignity and hope. Spraker Wealth Management provides holistic financial planning and wealth management for families, individuals and foundations. Over the years, Susan and her team have spent hundreds of hours stocking the shelves in...

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Facility Update: Shopping Carts

14 September 2018, 2:45 pm

In recent years, UP Orlando has struggled to maintain an adequate inventory of shopping carts to keep up with demand. On particularly busy days, this shortage would make it especially difficult for parents with children to get the items they need without a cart available. If they had time, members would oftentimes circle the parking lot waiting for another family to unload their groceries so that they could secure a cart. Having shopping carts available for all of our members to use any time of day may seem like a simple pleasure, but it’s an essential part of the dignified...

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Thank You, Tommy!

14 September 2018, 2:42 pm

Tommy Beck has been a longtime advocate of United Against Poverty, faithfully serving on our Board of Directors for the past 10 years. For much of that time he fulfilled the crucial role of Development Chair, where he introduced countless new supporters to our mission and ensured the gifts entrusted to UP Orlando were always put to work in the most effective way possible. While he continues to remain active with our mission, Tommy retired from his committee chair position earlier this year, passing the torch to fellow Board Member Jeff Chandler to lead development efforts. “Tommy Beck has selflessly...

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Construction Program Helps Students Build a Better Future

14 September 2018, 2:38 pm

To help the graduates of the Success Training Employment Program as well as the community at large, we recently partnered with Valencia College’s Accelerated Skills Construction Program. The Construction Program met for six weeks at our Orlando UP Center, where students spent time both in the classroom and on a simulated job site learning site safety, construction math, proper tool usage and project planning. Seven students—two of whom were also STEP graduates—earned certifications to help them excel in the growing construction industry. “The Construction Program helped me prepare to not just get a job, but a career that will help...

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Double Your Impact

14 September 2018, 2:33 pm

If you make a donation using our donation page between now and November 30th, your gift will have twice the impact. All you have to do is note “Match” in the message box before you submit your donation! Dear friends of our mission Dr. Don and Cindy Diebel have generously offered to match gifts made during this time, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000! Please help us reach our goal of fulfilling this special matching gift opportunity by making a donation of any size—every dollar counts! Your gift could mean the difference between hope and despair for someone in need. Together,...

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Dana’s Story

14 September 2018, 2:28 pm

“Before STEP it seemed like there was no hope. I’d mail out countless applications while searching for a job, and then get no call or email in return. It’s real hard when this happens to you day after day—it breaks you down. When I found out about STEP it was my last hope, and I put my all into it. I learned so much throughout the program. A few weeks in, my Coach helped alert me to a few openings she thought I would be good at, and I immediately jumped at the chance. I ended up having four job...

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STEP Cycle 14 Graduation!

14 September 2018, 2:22 pm

On August 24th, we celebrated the accomplishments of the 14th graduating class from our Success Training Employment Program! “The transformation I witnessed in these nine hardworking individuals over the course of the last six weeks cannot be put into words,” said Tiffany Rozier, Education Coordinator. “The cohorts encouraged, cared for and learned from one another. Together they grew from hesitant to determined, emerging with the self-discipline and positivity necessary to propel them to succeed.”

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Orlando Regional Realtor Associations Joins UP for a Lunch and Learn

14 September 2018, 2:19 pm

A huge thank you to the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association for attending our Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Lunch on July 10th, and for taking the time to learn about our programs! We are honored to have the opportunity to partner together with ORRA in several ways—including their sponsorship of our Bubbly & Blue Jeans Gala this December. The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association is one of the largest local trade associations in the state of Florida, with more than 14,500 members in Orange, Seminole, and the surrounding counties. We are so grateful for your support!

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Back to School Clothing Swap

14 September 2018, 2:15 pm

Back-to-School shopping can be an overwhelming task for any family—but especially for those in need. With the help of our partners at Discovery Church, Disney and Integrative Physical Medicine, we recently hosted our Inaugural Back-to-School Clothing Swap. The swap, held at our Orlando UP Center, encouraged families to bring in a bag of their gently-used children’s clothing and swap it with a bag of new-to-them, age-appropriate clothing. Our first swap was very popular, and made it possible for more than 100 children to start their school year with confidence and dignity.

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FREE Flu Shot Clinics

30 October 2017, 4:48 pm

FREE Flu Shot Clinic will be held at the UP Center located at 2520 Orange Avenue in Fort Pierce from 10am-2pm on November 1 and the 15th. Shots are provided on a first come first served basis Through the support of the United Way, the FamilyWize discount prescription card and Walgreens Pharmacy, the UP Center is pleased to sponsor a free flu clinic at its location on Orange Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Fort Pierce. “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. According to the Centers for Disease...

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10th Annual Trot Against Poverty & Sweet Potato Pancake Breakfast

6 October 2017, 11:46 pm

Help run poverty out of town at the 10th Annual Thanksgiving Day Trot Against Poverty 5K on November 23, 2017 at Riverside Park in Vero Beach! Put the turkey in the oven and then bring your family and friends to support the Trot Against Poverty. The event is complete by 9 am and helps to burn off those holiday calories ahead of time.  Participants can join in the renowned free Sweet Potato Pancake Breakfast with juice and all the fixings. Registration Information Early bird (August 1 – September 30) race registration is $30, $35 regular (October 1 – November 22) race...

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Seeking Sponsors for 2017 Hunger Free Radiothon

6 October 2017, 11:30 pm

The 9th Annual Hunger-Free Radiothon to benefit United Against Poverty is nearly here! On Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 6am to 6pm, 93.7GYL, 97.1 Ocean, B94.7 Fresh Country will give back to the community by highlighting the challenges faced during the holidays for those who struggle to make ends meet every month. The Radiothon is a fun way to bring together the community to make a big difference for families in need during the holiday season. Please tune in! For most of us, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration. However, for 72,000 families on the Treasure Coast this time...

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Mets respond to Hurricane Irma

28 September 2017, 8:16 pm

When the barometer dipped low and brought Hurricane Irma and her wrath through the Treasure Coast, the philanthropic barometers of distant and local organizations reached new heights.  A Hurricane Relief Drive at Citi Field last month was a collaboration of the New York Mets, their fans, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and resulted in the collection of diapers, paper goods, toiletries, cleaning supplies, food and more to help affected communities in Texas and Florida. “Mets fans and all New Yorkers want to help the Hurricane victims in Texas and Florida just like the rest of the country helped us...

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Our hearts go out to all affected by Hurricane Irma!

13 September 2017, 9:58 pm

Countless families across the state face challenging days ahead. As our communities come together to provide hope and help, United Against Poverty is focused on ensuring low-income families have access to nutritious food during this difficult time. We need your help! Damaged homes, downed trees and flooding make up the majority of the images you see in the news. What you may not see are the millions of Florida families who had to throw away food due to a loss of electricity and refrigeration. Many of our supporters have reached out to ask how they can help in the aftermath...

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Lifting Up Lives Together

17 May 2017, 2:10 pm

The nearly two-year collaboration of the resources of United Against Poverty, Indian River County Habitat for Humanity and the Samaritan Center were celebrated Saturday, May 13. Sarah Williams was presented with her new three-bedroom home that she purchased at the Waterside Community in the Oslo neighborhood of Vero Beach. Nearly two years ago, Sarah arrived at the Samaritan Center with her three-year-old son De’Andre and pregnant with her daughter De’Asia. She had no money, no food and no housing. She and her family have lived at the Samaritan Center since then. To purchase a home with Habitat, the potential owner...

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Grand Harbor Community Outreach Supports United Against Poverty

1 May 2017, 6:48 pm

Grand Harbor Community Outreach recently awarded a $15,000 grant to United Against Poverty (UP) of Indian River County for its Success Training for Employment Program (STEP). “Grand Harbor Community Outreach has been a funding partner of STEP since the earliest stages of our workforce development training,” explains UP’s Executive Director Annabel Robertson. “Through philanthropic support from local foundations and donors, STEP has developed into an impactful program.” STEP is a three-phase program that incorporates a unique 120-hour classroom component, which is composed of three 40-hour curriculums including “Emotional Intelligence for the Workplace,” “Foundation Workplace Skills” and “Job Acquisition Skills.” STEP...

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Splash Party to Celebrate Return of Two Guys United Against Poverty

28 April 2017, 1:35 pm

Vero Beach, FL – To welcome home Two Guys United Against Poverty, the community is invited to a “Splash Party” on May 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Waldo’s Restaurant and Bar to celebrate the return of Rev. Scott Alexander and Jake Piper from their cross-country cycling adventure. This event is free and open to the public. A cash bar will be provided and proceeds from a charity bar, fun games and a prize drawing will benefit United Against Poverty of Indian River County. Alexander and Piper, who comprise Two Guys United Against Poverty, will have completed a 3,400-mile...

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Newsletter

2 March 2017, 8:26 pm

Winter 2017 Summer 2016  

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Impact 100 Members Tour Newly Remodeled STEP Training Center

17 February 2017, 4:13 pm

United Against Poverty of Indian River County recently hosted an open house for Impact 100 members on February 8, at the nonprofit organization’s UP Center, located at 2746 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach. Impact 100 members learned about the Success Training for Employment Program (STEP), which received a $100,000 grant in April 2016 for a project entitled “Jump Start Job Opportunities.” The Impact 100 grant provided funding to remodel the STEP classroom, underwrite an online job-mentoring platform and to publish the STEP curriculum workbooks, which were written by United Against Poverty staff. The classroom remodeling project included building permanent...

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SAFER St. Lucie members give back to the community!

14 February 2017, 5:56 pm

January 26, 2017 – SAFER volunteers, stocked shelves at United Against Poverty in Fort Pierce. This is but one way we support our member agencies achieve their own goals. United against Poverty is your local one-stop-shop for social services in St. Lucie County, offering an array of services for those who qualify. Did you know that vulnerable populations such as those struggling to make it paycheck to paycheck are more at risk and have a harder time returning to normal after a disaster?  

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Yes, working poor do still live in St. Lucie County

14 February 2017, 4:21 pm

www.tcpalm.com Anthony Westbury , anthony.westbury@tcpalm.com Published 6:54 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2017 | Updated 7:12 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2017 A little more than two years ago we got to meet ALICE. ALICE refers not to a girl or a woman, but to a category of people. The ALICE report was commissioned by the United Way nationally to shine light on the largely hidden population of the working poor. These are people who have jobs but who often have great difficulty in making ends meet. The 2014 report labeled this group as Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed — thus the acronym ALICE. The...

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File your taxes for free at the St. Lucie UP Center!

14 February 2017, 4:14 pm

Know how to file your taxes? Just need a computer to do so? Come visit us at the UP Center at 2520 Orange Avenue, Fort Pierce. Computers are available for your use with free filing at www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes Tax preparers are available on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm if you need assistance!

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Two Guys Against Poverty Plan Ride Across America to Support STEP

8 February 2017, 4:24 pm

United Against Poverty recently announced that Rev. Scott Alexander and Jake Piper are currently undergoing training to prepare for their upcoming ride across America to raise awareness and funds to support the organization’s Success Training for Employment Program (STEP). Both Alexander and Piper, who are championing the “Two Guys Against Poverty” ride, will bare over $12,000 in costs to be part of the cross-country trek. The “two guys” also extend an invitation to the community to become part of the movement by making a charitable donation that will benefit the nonprofit organization’s STEP workforce development program. “It’s our hope that...

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Southern Social’s Cocktails for Charity to Benefit United Against Poverty in February

1 February 2017, 4:21 pm

During the month of February United Against Poverty will benefit from “Cocktails for Charity” at Southern Social, located at 1932 14th Avenue in downtown Vero Beach. Net proceeds from the specialty beverage, the “Unite Cocktail,” will benefit United Against Poverty throughout the entire month of February. To launch the month-long fun, the public is invited to a kick off Party on February 1, from 5-8 p.m. at Southern Social. United Against Poverty’s Founder and CEO, Austin Hunt, will be guest bartender for the event. The Unite Cocktail, created especially for the fundraiser, is hand-crafted with Four Roses bourbon, cane syrup,...

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United Against Poverty and Vero Strength + Conditioning Present Fitness for Life

17 January 2017, 4:19 pm

United Against Poverty and Vero Strength + Conditioning will cohost a “Fitness for Life” reception on January 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring Croix Sather, a nationally recognized world-record athlete, author, and business and life success expert. The community is invited to attend the Fitness for Life reception at Vero Strength + Conditioning, 760 8th Ct., Suite 4, in Vero Beach. Wine and light appetizers will be served. Croix will inspire guests with his message to “Dream Big and Act Big,” important tools to cross the finish line of success. His inspirational message is about strategy and mindset to...

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Fort Pierce Rotary Club joins Wall of Friends

23 December 2016, 10:21 pm

December 2016 Members of the Fort Pierce Rotary Club were recognized by United Against Poverty for their activism and support of UAP’s mission in St. Lucie County.  Joining President Linda Sampson for their plaque installation on the group’s Wall of Friends were fellow Rotarians Bob Calhoun, John Wellborn, and Rick Haisley. The group toured the Member Share Grocery Program and learned more about the UP Center’s vision of becoming a collaborative beacon of hope for those in poverty looking to lift themselves out of poverty. “Rotary sees the need to assist those struggling to make ends meet and United Against Poverty’s...

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Valentine Ball

23 November 2016, 5:54 pm

For international event designer Fe Domench of Vero Beach, The Valentine Ball was just another day decorating amazing scenes, but for United Against Poverty (UP) the razzle dazzle night of glitz and glamor she brought to life was a sign of the community’s commitment to learning more about permanent solutions to impact poverty. The Valentine Ball will be filled with laughter, joy and fun. United Against Poverty and The Valentine Ball committee invites you to join for the ‘Fire & Ice….Feel the Sizzle’ themed event on February 11, 2017 at Oak Harbor Country Club. This is not a night to...

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Radiothon a Huge Success!

5 November 2016, 5:50 pm

The 8th annual Hunger Free Radiothon which benefits United Against Poverty was held on November 3, 2016. This Radiothon would not have been possible without the support of of GYL 93.7 FM and sponsored by Midflorida Credit Union with toll free sponsor Mr. Oil. United Against Poverty programs include Crisis Stabilization, Member Share Grocery Program, life skills workshops and Success Training for employment Program (STEP). These services are provided through the support of the community and events such as the radiothon. “Many families along the Treasure Coast, struggle to make ends meet and the holidays are no exception,” explained Karen...

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2016 Symposium on Poverty & Opportunity Focuses on Local Jobs

17 October 2016, 5:42 pm

The 4th annual Symposium on Poverty and Opportunity, held on October 14, at Indian River State College’s Vero Beach campus, focused on how local nonprofit workforce development programs and supporting local businesses can create an empowered workforce and job opportunities to impact poverty in Indian River County. The purpose of the symposium, hosted by United Against Poverty of Indian River County, was to provide an educational experience and motivation to take action for local officials, nonprofit leadership and community-minded citizens. Guest speakers Helene Caseltine, Economic Development Director for the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce, and Indian River County Commissioner...

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