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Orlando nonprofit damaged by Hurricane Ian celebrates big upgrade to their low-cost grocery

1 February 2024, 6:33 pm

United Against Poverty Orlando (UP Orlando) can now serve more of our Central Florida individuals and families in need after installing brand-new freezers and coolers at its grocery shopping center near downtown Orlando. Every day, 450 families who are under the 200% Federal poverty line use the on-site Member Share Grocery Program (MSGP) to pick out a variety of nutritious foods that have a nominal shipping and handling fee. The program enables individuals and families to save money so they can pay their other monthly housing, utilities, transportation, childcare and medical bills. The brand-new freezers and coolers mean individuals and...

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Mayor Demings declares January United Against Poverty Awareness Month

17 January 2022, 7:06 pm

Mayor Demings declares January  United Against Poverty Awareness Month January 11, 2022 Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings proclaimed January as ‘United Against Poverty Awareness’ month. The proclamation falls in line with January being national Poverty Awareness month. As an integral partner, Orange County government has played a pivotal role in supporting UP Orlando with delivering wrap-around services to empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.

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Charities in 2021 faced wild ride as COVID pandemic tested limits

14 January 2022, 1:55 pm

Charities in 2021 faced wild ride as COVID pandemic tested limits At United Against Poverty Orlando — where 400 people a day turn for food, rental aid, job training and other help — Executive Director Nancy Robbinson describes a sort of financial whiplash. “If you were in a social-service type program like ours where you’re helping people, 2020 was a crazy year. I really think people were sitting at home, afraid, unable to go out and do things, and they just wanted to do something to help,” she said. “So they took the money that they would normally spend on vacations and...

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12 ways to help others in Central Florida this holiday season

14 January 2022, 1:45 pm

The holidays are a time when many of us are filled with little extra joy and goodwill. Maybe you want to help others but aren’t sure how.  That’s why, each year at this time, I reach out to nonprofit leaders throughout Central Florida for suggestions on how you can make a difference — in ways that will last well beyond Christmas.  Some require only a few minutes or a few dollars. Others are more substantial, but can make more of an impact. See what fires up your yuletide spirit. What better way to instill the value of volunteerism in your...

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Acing the taste test at Burgers and Brews ‘UP’ benefit

15 December 2021, 4:22 pm

Acing the taste test at Burgers and Brews ‘UP’ benefit Written by: Mary Schenkel July 08 2021 Grills were sizzling and delectable aromas wafted through the Downtown Vero Beach area at the 2021 Burgers and Brews fundraiser to benefit United Against Poverty, where festival-goers sampled sliders prepared by nine local chefs vying for the title of Best Burger in Indian River County. The annual event, canceled last year for obvious reasons, was welcomed back by burger lovers eager to eat and drink their fill on the Saturday before the Independence Day weekend. It was a fitting prelude as the ultimate goal of...

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River Raft Regatta to Benefit United Against Poverty

9 December 2021, 4:21 pm

Captain Hirams Resort will be hosting an inaugural River Raft Regatta on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 12:00 pm. All proceeds will benefit  United Against Poverty of Indian River County. Registration is free, so get your 4-person team together, build a small watercraft, and cross your fingers that it floats you to the finish line or be a spectator and cheer on your favorite team. Rules for Teams: Teams must have their rafts BUILT BEFORE the EVENT. All rafts must be crewed by a 4-person team and built from 100% approved recyclable materials. The floatable vessels are required to navigate a...

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Vero Beach employers hope Thursday’s job fair will rid staff shortages

9 December 2021, 4:18 pm

By: Derek Lowe Posted at 10:36 PM, Jul 13, 2021 and last updated 11:26 PM, Jul 13, 2021 VERO BEACH, Fla. — Employers in Vero Beach are hoping to hire hundreds of employees Thursday at a job fair hosted by Career Source Research Coast and United Against Poverty. As many as 50 employers plan to attend. “Currently, Piper has over 100 open positions that we’re actively recruiting for,” said Jackie Carlon, senior director of marketing and communications at Piper Aircraft Inc. The job fair will be hosted inside United Against Poverty’s new 46,000-square-foot warehouse located at 1400 27th St. in Vero Beach between...

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United Against Poverty provides support and offers hope during difficult times

9 December 2021, 4:10 pm

It’s been a year since the global pandemic led to the mid-March lockdown orders that upended lives, disrupted daily routines and caused major changes in the way businesses and organizations were able to deliver services and programs. None was more affected than United Against Poverty. Just three months earlier, the nonprofit serving Indian River County families living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level had opened the doors of its new 46,000-square-foot UP Center on 27th Street in Vero Beach. A community hub housing a member-share grocery program, education and training programs, crisis stabilization services, and a medical facility...

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United Against Poverty Receives $80,000 Investment from Heart of Florida United Way to Stabilize ALICE Households

28 September 2021, 3:34 pm

We are so grateful for the support from Heart of Florida United Way who awarded an $80,000 investment to United Against Poverty Inc. Orlando on September 9, 2021 as one of five selected nonprofit organizations receiving a total of $250,000 to help further their commitment to strengthening our communities. Together with Adult Literacy League of Central Florida, Christian HELP Foundation Inc. , Grace Medical Home, and JFS Orlando, we will use this money to support ALICE families, which refers to families who are asset limited, income constrained, employed. This is yet another way that we are working to help inspire and empower people to lift themselves from poverty into economic...

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United Against Poverty joins Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity Initiative

10 September 2021, 1:00 pm

We are so proud of former UP Orlando Programs Director, Ericka Garcia, and our CEO, Gwendolyn Butson, for their involvement in this year’s Child Protection Summit, hosted by Florida Department of Children and Families. We are thrilled to be a part of Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, guiding Floridians to the resources they need! Together, we can help lift lives to economic self-sufficiency. “The non-profit community fits hand in hand with the mission of Hope Florida – A Pathway to Prosperity, and it is United Against Poverty’s vision to ensure families have access to basic needs so they can achieve...

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United Against Poverty Receives “12 Weeks of Giving” Donation from Frankl Kominsky

15 July 2021, 3:05 pm

We love when our community chooses to celebrate special moments through gifts that keep on giving!   Our friends at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers, a South Florida based personal injury law firm, are celebrating their 12 years in business this summer! In honor of this special celebration, Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers are making a weekly donation for 12 weeks to a new charity partner, supporting 12 amazing local non-profits across the Treasure Coast, Palm Beach and Broward counties. United Against Poverty is thrilled to be one of the chosen partners for this 12 Weeks of Giving anniversary celebration! We are...

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Meet Madeline Clem, Volunteer Coordinator

15 June 2021, 2:00 pm

Madeline Clem is an Orlando native and a University of South Florida alumna. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at United Way Suncoast, and most recently served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative in South Florida, where she recruited and managed volunteers for the organization’s outreach programs. She is excited to be at United Against Poverty as the Volunteer Coordinator and serve her hometown community. We’re so grateful to have you on the team, Madeline!

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Matt Tanner named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Indian River County

3 December 2020, 7:54 pm

Matt Tanner has been named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Indian River County, located at 1400 27th Street. “I am pleased to announce Matt Tanner as the new Executive Director for our Indian River UP Center,” said Gwendolyn Butson, Chief Executive Officer of United Against Poverty. “Matt’s passion for people and his years of nonprofit experience makes him well qualified to lead our Indian River County campus. We are incredibly excited to have him join the team at United Against Poverty and know he will do great things for the organization.” Matt has spent the past three years working...

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St. Lucie County UP Center Raises Needed Funds for Struggling Community

3 December 2020, 2:23 pm

The holidays are typically a jovial time of year; however, 2020 has already proven that this may not be the case due to COVID-19, when many families whose lives have been forever changed will not see it in its usual merry flare. To help eliminate some of those concerns, United Against Poverty of St. Lucie County partnered with 101.3 The Coast on November 13, 2020 to host a one-day fundraising event called “Christmas of Hope”. Funds raised from this event will provide food and crisis support to families in-need this holiday season. “The holidays are stressful enough, and so many...

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Meet Susan Makowski, Grant Writer

23 September 2020, 4:52 pm

Susan Makowski, joining UP as the new Grant Writer, has over 25 years of experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. She has a proven track record in achieving financial milestones and looks forward to serving us on a permanent basis. Susan has currently been serving on the United Against Poverty Executive Board as our inaugural Advocacy Committee Chair. Welcome to the team, Susan!

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Meet LaSonia Landry, Community Board Member

23 September 2020, 4:51 pm

Please join United Against Poverty Orlando in welcoming one of our newest Community Board Members: “After learning that UP Orlando’s vision included providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve a future filled with hope and possibilities, I knew I had to get involved. UP’s work to increase positive outcomes for our most vulnerable populations through the grocery and STEP programs allows individuals to provide for their families and learn valuable skills that enhance their futures. These initiatives are imperative to creating a culture where everyone, regardless of economic status, has a safe and healthy place to live, work, learn and...

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STEP’s First Virtual Class

23 September 2020, 4:48 pm

On Friday August 7, UP Orlando’s Success Training Employment Program (STEP) celebrated the fourth graduating class of 2020. Five new graduates completed the 120-hour curriculum for improving emotional intelligence and building workplace and job acquisition skills These graduates are seeking employment in a wide range of fields including health care, clerical work, and engineering. Our first all-female class of students bonded closely during their time in Phase I which was conducted every day using Zoom’s real time video chat rooms and an educational platform containing the daily curriculum of assignments and coursework. Tears of joy during graduation speeches confirmed the...

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Junior League of Indian River Gifts $10,000 to support community affected by COVID-19

27 August 2020, 8:27 pm

The Junior League of Indian River (JLIR) is constantly striving to better serve our community especially during times of crisis. To immediately assist those in the community affected by Coronavirus, JLIR has awarded $10,000 to United Against Poverty which is on the front lines of helping local community members in crisis. To read this article visit, https://indianriverguardian.com/2020/08/10/junior-league-of-indian-river-gifts-10000-to-united-against-poverty/

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Whats UP with UP? – July 2020

31 July 2020, 8:05 pm

United Against Poverty of Indian River County is rising UP to meet the growing needs of the people we serve. This month’s edition of What’s UP with UP includes a message from our Community Board Chair, Featured Employment Partner and a UPdate on first graduates of UP’s partnership with Treasure Coast Technical College’s Pharmacy Technician Program! To subscribe and read the full edition visit, https://conta.cc/38HOvpT

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Community Foundation Awards $50,000 to United Against Poverty

31 July 2020, 7:50 pm

Community Foundation presented a grant for $50,000 to United Against Poverty (UP) for our programs serving vulnerable individuals and families in the community. With more than 50 percent of Indian River County households living either in poverty or one paycheck away from it, UP’s programs are dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty and their families to economic self-sufficiency. To read Community Foundation’s Press Release visit, https://ircommunityfoundation.org/community-foundation-awards-50000-to-united-against-poverty/

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Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club Support UP’s Mission of Lifting Lives

31 July 2020, 7:45 pm

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club holds an annual 5K run/walk to support area organizations. Each year the proceeds from the event benefit a local charity or cause, which is determined earlier in the year by the Club’s Fitness & Wellness Committee. This year the Committee selected the Vero Beach High School Marching Band, but due to COVID-19, the event had to be canceled. However, this setback did not stop the fundraising efforts of the Members at Orchid Island. In fact, they raised enough funds to also support United Against Poverty (UP) of IRC! To read Orchid Island Golf &...

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United Way of St. Lucie County Gives a Hand Up to Families in Need

22 June 2020, 8:50 pm

“Who will tackle the problems most shy away from? United, we will” is the motto that United Way of St. Lucie aspires to uphold in its effort to fund areas of education, financial stability and health. Since 1962 the organization has been committed to ensuring that families being served by St. Lucie County non-profits have access to basic needs, which has been of even more concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, United Way presented an incredible $10,000 gift to United Against Poverty (UAP) of St. Lucie County. UAP, who operates an UP Center at 2520 Orange Avenue in Fort Pierce,...

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Treasure Coast Council of Black Nurses Provides a Hand Up to Families in Need

18 June 2020, 1:55 pm

With the vision to decrease health disparities on the Treasure Coast coupled with their mission to support nurses through promoting community partnerships, providing scholarships and health education, the Treasure Coast Council of Black Nurses pulled together to support St. Lucie families in need in through their community partner, United Against Poverty (UAP). The Council, whose nurse members have been collaborating since 2017 to meet the needs of the community, recently joined forces to donate non-perishable food items and baby supplies to United Against Poverty’s Crisis Stabilization Program and emergency pantry. On June 6, the nurses presented the pantry items to...

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State Farm Gives a Hand Up to Families in Need

20 May 2020, 6:48 pm

State Farm’s motto of “Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there” has held true through hurricanes, pandemics and all of the days in between. And just like good neighbors, two local State Farm agencies have pulled together to support St. Lucie families in need in through their community partner, United Against Poverty (UAP). State Farm Insurance agents Bill Knight Jr., whose agency is located at 2301 Sunrise Boulevard, and Larry Lee Jr., whose agency is located at 4075 Virginia Avenue, recently joined forces to donate $1,000 towards United Against Poverty’s crisis stabilization program. On May 18, Knight and Lee...

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‘UP’ and partners ‘Give Together’ to pandemic’s hardest hit

19 May 2020, 1:38 pm

UP is recognized by Vero Beach News for it’s efforts to serve our neighbors-in-need during this pandemic. To read the full article click here.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Fraternity Spreads Brotherly Love

13 April 2020, 9:48 pm

Many think fraternities and sororities are only for college-aged youth…but these relationships extend far beyond graduation. We are so thankful to the Delta Lambda Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.(aka the “Treasure Coast Signmas”) for their ongoing commitment to bettering the community. Each year the Sigmas select projects that focus on serving humanity, and UP has been fortunate to receive both gifts of financial support and service from the brothers. Over the holiday season, the group bagged 100 turkeys and sides—allowing our program participants to enjoy a dignified and traditional holiday meal in their own home. Way to...

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Welcome 2020 Board Member Geoff Moore

13 April 2020, 9:48 pm

“I smile when I talk about United Against Poverty because I’ve seen what they can do, and it is truly amazing. I’ve witnessed lives change for the better. I’ve seen people become empowered to live their best life— both for themselves AND for their families. This organization helps our community in more ways than most realize. For those who have been stuck in a vicious cycle, it helps them energize, revitalize, visualize, equalize and harmonize those that need it most. UP’s programs affect the entire family—they help make men and women proud again and give children someone to look up...

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STEP Success Story

13 April 2020, 9:44 pm

As a single parent of a troubled teen, Arvin came to UP looking for a job and motivation. His prior criminal record made life that much more difficult. Determined to overcome these obstacles, Arvin enrolled in the Success Training Employment Program (STEP) and worked diligently on the curriculum— taking in all that was offered by his Success Coaches. Upon graduation, he put his newfound interview skills to the test as he was considered for an open position at our UP Center…and he got the job! Arvin is proud to be our new onsite sanitation worker. When asked what this experience...

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Community Ties

13 April 2020, 9:42 pm

Coretta Scott King, author, activist and wife to Martin Luther King Jr., believed that “the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” There is so much greatness happening right here in St. Lucie County! All of us at United Against Poverty are fortunate enough to experience it every day in ways big and small, ordinary and obscure. Below are just a few highlights from the past few months. UP St. Lucie was thrilled to help celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18th. Staff, board members...

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We are in this together…UNITED!

13 April 2020, 9:28 pm

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the Coronavirus. All of us at United Against Poverty would like to express our concern, love and supportto those who have experienced illness or loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. Even though our everyday lives have changed significantly during these past few weeks, the human spirit has shown great resilience through remarkable acts of compassion towards others. We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who have united to serve the greater good during this unprecedented time. Thanks to the support of the community, United Against Poverty (UP) is...

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