Heart of Florida United Way Invests $140,000 in Three Local Agencies to Support Education, Health & Youth.

Blog Header 2022 Black History Month

 In Honor of Black History Month, HFUW Invests in Long-Standing Community Pillars – Central Florida Urban League, Hebni Nutrition, New Image Youth Center

Heart of Florida United Way announced recent investments to support three long-standing community pillars among Central Florida nonprofits. Central Florida Urban League ($45,000), Hebni Nutrition ($45,000), and New Image Youth Center ($50,000) are among the recent recipients of strategic investments we have made to support Central Florida residents.

“We are announcing these investments in honor of Black History Month to not only honor the contributions of these agencies over the years, but to celebrate and draw attention to the impactful work they are doing today to allow Central Floridians to live better,” said Jeff Hayward, President & CEO, Heart of Florida United Way. “Collectively, these three agencies have devoted 84 years of service to our community and have touched countless lives. They are an important part of a rich history that makes Central Florida a beautifully diverse and supportive place to call home.”

Central Florida Urban League

“You have parents who are terrified of what happens to their child after school. We’re very fortunate with the investment from United Way to support our after-school enrichment programs.” – Glenton Gilzean, Central Florida Urban League 

Central Florida Urban League’s mission is to focus on education, employment, and entrepreneurship, with the ultimate goal of ending generational poverty in the region. For more than 40 years, Central Florida Urban League has impacted more than 75,000 individuals through its empowerment programs. 

Hebni Nutrition

Hebni Nutrition aims to provide culturally appropriate nutrition education and intervention strategies to prevent diet-related diseases. For the past 27 years, Hebni has been committed to reducing health disparities among high-risk minority populations by providing methods to decrease, manage and delay chronic diseases. 

New Image Youth Center

“The moment we connected with Heart of Florida United, The New Image Youth Center aka “the good in the hood” officially changed for the better.”  – Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs, New Image Youth Center 

New Image Youth Center is one of the longest-serving youth organization in the Parramore community that provides a range of support services to students grade K-12 at no cost. For 18 years, New Image Youth Center has been a haven to provide academic support, social development, crisis intervention, health, and wellness.

“As we celebrate Black History Month, let’s take a step back and recognize those who have made impacts on our local, recent history – like these three agencies,” Hayward added. “It is important we continue to invest in organizations who can change the history for today’s citizens.”

This is the fourth in a series of investments this fiscal year under HFUW’s revamped “Investor Model,” allowing flexibility to respond to unanticipated needs, crises, or opportunities. The Investor Model also provides general operating support, ensuring that the dollars are more valuable to agencies, have a significant impact, and continue to allow HFUW to base the size of the investment on performance outcomes. The model also includes a memorandum of understanding, allowing HFUW to invest in and capture all of the impacts instead of limiting it to discreet, compartmentalized programming and maintaining accountability for the performance.