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Lincoln Park Business Expo & Job Fair

19 September 2019, 1:06 pm

On Friday, September 20, 2019 from 11 am – 6 pm, make sure to stop by the Percy S. Peek Gymnasium and Indian River State College’s Blackburn Education Center, located at 2902 Avenue D, for the Lincoln Park Business Expo and Job Fair. This is your chance to meet with leaders of the business community while learning about job opportunities that may be a fit for you or someone you know. United Against Poverty of St. Lucie County’s Executive Director, Canieria Gardner, will be the keynote speaker at the event, discussing how the changing needs of the Lincoln Park community affect the...

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Banking and Budgeting Seminar with BB&T Bank

13 August 2019, 8:23 pm

Mark your calendars for August 29th – you won’t want to miss this seminar at the UP Center hosted by BB&T Bank! Do you want to learn how to create a solid budget or save money for your future? Do you need to learn how to establish credit? This free seminar with seasoned banking professionals will help everyone from beginners to experts gain the knowledge and skills they need to make sound financial choices. This session will be held at the UP Center from 5:00-7:00pm on August 29th.  

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Health Forum with Community Partners

13 August 2019, 7:23 pm

You won’t want to miss this FREE local event! Stop by the Health Forum sponsored by the Caribbean American Cultural Group and other community partners located at the CACG Clubhouse (10012-16 S Federal Hwy, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952) from 10am – 2pm on Saturday, August 17th. The event boasts speakers on a variety of topics that matter to families in our community.  

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Feeding the Homeless

9 August 2019, 8:31 pm

At United Against Poverty, we’re all about partnerships and collaboration! On Saturday, August 10th, Grace Baptist Ministry will be using the Life Enrichment Center located within the UP Center to feed the homeless from 4pm-5pm. Spread the word to those in need!

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Local Food Local Places

6 August 2019, 6:41 pm

United Against Poverty was excited to be a part of the Local Food Local Places initiative sponsored by the City of Fort Pierce regarding the accessibility of healthy food in our communities. The City of Fort Pierce’s Local Food, Local Places Community Meeting and Action Planning Session on July 31st and August 1st served to allow community members to share ideas for how to increase access to healthy local food in the Lincoln Park community. We are excited to continue to partner with the City and this initiative to expand access to food to communities in need!

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Volunteer Spotlight: Life 2019 Conference

25 July 2019, 3:21 pm

This year, thousands of high school students poured in from all over the country to attend the week-long LIFE 2019 Conference, held by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Included in the experience is the opportunity for large groups to volunteer at various nonprofit organizations throughout Central Florida. UP Orlando was lucky enough to be one of those service project sites! From July 10-July 13, a different team of 75 amazing high school students showed up everyday ready to work. That means a total of 300 volunteers served at our campus! Volunteers worked hard in our Member Share Grocery Program and...

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Meet Brenda!

25 July 2019, 3:12 pm

Brenda, STEP Class 12 graduate, has been living in Orlando most of her life. Her passions include writing and psychology. She is very intrigued by psychology, because she loves to study people and rationalize why people are the way they are. STEP has taught her interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, and she feels more confident than ever! After STEP, Brenda wishes to find a permanent job where she will be happy.

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Highlighted Partner: Stanley Steemer

25 July 2019, 3:10 pm

With STEP students, volunteers, donors, partners members, and staff walking through our building everyday, our carpets take a lot of abuse. This is why we’re so grateful for our newest corporate partner Stanley Steemer! Last week, Stanley Steemer, owned and operated by Mark and Connie Gellner in Apopka, cleaned the carpet in our 2,0000 sq. ft. STEP Classroom free of charge. The carpet looks brand new just in time for STEP graduation on August 1 and a new STEP class starting later in the month. Thank you, Stanley Steemer!

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Meet Our New Board Chairman

24 July 2019, 7:26 pm

by Kyanna Johnson, Executive Intern, UCF College of Undergraduate Studies As the CEO of Adept Leadership, Paul DePalma continues to show his impressive leadership skills as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at UP Orlando. Previously serving as the Chairman of the Organizational Leadership Committee, DePalma has remained committed to our cause since 2015. Having trained numerous companies and organizations about restructuring and re-developing leadership skills, DePalma has made his mark in the Orlando community. Wanting to get involved in his community, DePalma began volunteering with UP after visiting the campus with Eric Gray, Executive Director who describes DePalma...

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Eviction and Poverty

23 July 2019, 7:27 pm

by Carla Cox, M.S., Programs Director, United Against Poverty Orlando “Prioritize the things you always need accessible, like medications and identification documents,” I say over the phone in the most comforting way possible, “then get a suitcase or duffel bag and put the clothes that you wear most often. Don’t pack more than one bag because shelters usually won’t allow more.” Speaking with Tracy over the phone was difficult. She was involved in our Success Training Employment Program (STEP) and even had a part-time job offer when she received her 24-hour eviction notice. She had come so far in a...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Deloitte

12 June 2019, 1:11 pm

We’d like to give a HUGE thanks to the awesome friends over at Deloitte! Every year, they bring a group of volunteers to serve in our Member Share Grocery Program, Member Marketplace, and everywhere else! From painting to stocking shelves, these volunteers do it all, completing more than 400 combined hours of community service with UP Orlando! Thank you Deloitte; we appreciate your dedication to the Central Florida community! If you are interested in bringing a group out to volunteer, please email our Volunteer and Facilities Manager, Monique Stewart, at monique@unitedagainstpoverty.org.

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Partner Highlight: WellCare

12 June 2019, 12:54 pm

WellCare is a Medicare Advantage Plan, providing health insurance to individuals with Medicare, and they have been a loyal sponsor of UP Orlando for many years. For the last five years, Mario Martinez has been representing WellCare on the UP Orlando campus. Mario is originally from El Salvador. He moved to the US in 1990, and has lived in Florida with his wife and six children since 2004. Mario has more than 10 years of experience working with Medicare. He took a job with WellCare in 2014 and was assigned to the UP Orlando campus. Since taking over the WellCare...

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$2-a-Day Poverty

12 June 2019, 12:42 pm

by Carla Cox, Programs Director at United Against Poverty Defining what poverty means can be a challenge. Some base their definition on a stage in life, such as lack of housing; others base it on household income. But what most can agree on is that the definition is complicated. At United Against Poverty, we follow the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) which is an algorithm stating that your household income should be enough to afford housing, food and clothing, healthcare, transportation, and childcare at a figure of 100%. Currently, 15% of Orange County residents are falling below 100% FPG. An additional...

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Helping Others Help Themselves

15 April 2019, 5:14 pm

We have all experienced difficult seasons in our lives—times where we felt hopeless or discouraged. It is in those moments that many of us turn to our close friends and family for guidance. Unfortunately, what we have seen time and time again is that the individuals who come to us in crisis situations are not fortunate enough to have those support systems. Without that first layer of a safety net, they fall further and further. Ultimately, individuals struggling with poverty end up operating in survival mode—focusing solely on how to get through the day rather than finding a way to...

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Featured Partner: Lucky’s Market

20 March 2019, 3:13 pm

Lucky’s Market has been expanding all over Central Florida from their corporate headquarters in Wicot, CO and UP Orlando is fortunate to have a location open up across the street from our Michigan Street campus in the newly built Lucky’s Corner Shopping Center. Lucky’s has been one of our most involved Employer Partners, hiring eight of our Success Training Employment Program students for their new SoDo store. Our students are employed in the bakery (like Lee, right), in the produce department, and as cashiers among other positions in the store. We’re also excited to announce that Lucky’s SoDo has chosen...

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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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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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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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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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