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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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United Against Poverty helps “Christmas 4 Kids”

23 December 2016, 10:13 pm

L-R: Kim Lobsinger, Engineer with St. Lucie Fire Department, Bonnie Flint, Director of Philanthropy, United Against Poverty, and David French, Captain with the St. Lucie Fire Department.  December 22, 2016 United Against Poverty donated children’s books and dictionaries to the St. Lucie Firefighters “Christmas 4 Kids” outreach, helping to bring Christmas merriment to children from low income households. “We reach out to low-income families, like those the UP Center serves at its site on Orange Avenue. Our seasonal toy drive is in its ninth year and brings new toys and gently used clothing to children aged 1-15 years old,” remarked Captain...

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Radio Station supports Hunger-Free Holidays

23 November 2016, 10:04 pm

United Against Poverty (UP Centers) of Indian River and St. Lucie counties and 93.7 FM WGYL and 97.1 Ocean FM are partnering for the annual Hunger-Free Holidays Radiothon, sponsored by Mid Florida Credit Union. On Nov. 3, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., live broadcasts raise awareness of the needs of low income families, as well as the services available during the holiday season and throughout the year. Programs inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to self sufficiency and include crisis stabilization, a member share grocery program, life skills workshops and Success Training for Employment...

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TC Palm Spotlights Rotarians’ Involvement

23 November 2016, 9:58 pm

Good news in Fort Pierce! Local Rotarians have jumped in to aid United Against Poverty’s fall campaign to combat poverty in St. Lucie County. Longtime Rotary member Bruce Abernethy announced the club’s decision to take a leadership role by forming the annual “Rotary UP Club,” which will collectively pool donated gifts from its 55 members to make a presentation at the Hand UP luncheon being held at the Pelican Yacht Club on Nov 3. Rotary Club President Linda Sampson and members Rod Kennedy and Bob Calhoun are spearheading the effort to support United Against Poverty’s programs that restore hope and...

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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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Orlando Sentinel Features Toxic Charity Article

17 November 2016, 9:08 pm

Strategic giving is a concept that may seem selfish at the forefront because of the attitude of selflessness that normally accompanies charitable contribution. But this method of purposeful giving is what is needed in order to address several issues regarding poverty and homelessness in various communities, especially right here at home in Orlando.

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UP Orlando on TV 45

17 November 2016, 7:55 pm

In October, UP Orlando Executive Director Eric Gray was featured on TV 45’s of Welcome Home with host Barbara Beck. This episode focused on the issue of working poor in our community and featured two of UP Orlando clients who shared their story from homelessness to hope. Thank you, Good Life 45 for having a heart for our mission and for giving a voice to those who are struggling in our community!

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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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TC Palm Recognizes Stefanie Myers

23 February 2016, 10:02 pm

For Stefanie Myers, the recipe to end poverty includes generous amounts of caring, hope, education, respect, empowerment, generosity… and more. As the new Executive Director of the St. Lucie County Campus of United Against Poverty, formerly Harvest Food and Outreach, Myers hopes that the most important ingredient — community — will embrace the movement to provide a hand up instead of a hand out for neighbors in need. All you have to do is scratch the surface of Myers’ resume to realize how this new position seems tailor-made for her passion and qualifications. Her experience includes 10 years working for...

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