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UpliftED Paves the Way for Accessible & Affordable Higher Education

Heart of Florida United Way is proud to collaborate with upliftED —a non-profit organization on a mission with an exciting goal: by the year 2025, upliftED aims to have 60% of our workforce holding a high-value credential or post-secondary degree.    A major step forward is ensuring students understand the different types of aid available to […]

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Read Across America

How to engage for the virtual day Read Across America is back this year on March 2nd, 2021! While our community may look a bit different this year, the love and joy of keeping readers motivated have not waivered. Here are some ideas to bring the excitement of Read Across America to your home through […]

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Nicole’s Story

Nicole Was Ready to Pursue Her Dream Nicole had a lot on her plate. As a single mom to 3 kids under the age of 12, her hands were already full. But she was also worked as a substitute teacher, was going to Seminole State College and living with her mother who had been sick […]

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School Supply Drive: Day of Action

It was the first day of school and Eddy sat alone at his desk in the corner. On the back of his chair hung a plastic bag with 2 half-used notebooks and a handful of dull pencils. Around him, his classmates unpacked their backpacks filled with new school supplies. Next to him, Eddy could hear […]

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What It Takes to Be an AmeriCorps

Do you want to make the world to be a better place? Do you think getting a good education is the foundation to a better life? Are you the type of person to #GetThingsDone? Then it sounds like you might have what it takes! At Heart of Florida United Way, we fight for the education […]

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Women United Luncheon Helps Kids Have Access to Books

Women United Luncheon 2018 We are pleased to announce that the Heart of Florida United Way’s 11th annual Women United Luncheon successfully raised $182,500 for education and in-school literacy programs. Locally composed of a network of female leaders with more than 70,000 members, Women United will continue Heart of Florida United Way’s mission to increase […]

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Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs Featured Speaker at Luncheon

Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs to Headline Women United Luncheon This year the Women United Luncheon is proud to present Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs, acclaimed author of The Hello Girls and The Hamilton Affair, as the keynote speaker. According to a review of The Hello Girls by NPR: “They were brave. They were resourceful. But when they returned home, […]

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United Way @ Work: PKZ Holden Heights

Holden Heights kids have the odds stacked against them. Half of the children living there do not attend a before or after-school program and at least 75% of them do not get help with their homework. The statistics show the need is great, which is why Heart of Florida United Way and the City of […]

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New FAFSA Changes

October marks two major changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These new changes are in the best interest of the student, allowing for more time to gather necessary information and utilizing tax information that has already been completed. Here are the things you need to know: The FAFSA will now be […]

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United Way at Work: YMCA Achievers

When speaking with Mina Ford, Executive Director with YMCA of Central Florida Teen Achievers, her passion is contagious. This is more than a job to her and YMCA Achievers is more than just a program; this is Mina’s calling. “When my son was in 7th grade, I was looking for a program for him to […]

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