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Blog CM 2023 Nominations

Nominations Open: Help Us Determine Our 2023 Change Makers

Central Florida is a community that embraces all that it means to Live United.  To show appreciation and honor individuals and organizations who have stepped up to contribute to significant and lasting change in our community over the past year, Heart of Florida United Way will recognize these passionate advocates through the 2023 Change Maker Impact […]

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Blog ALICE Report

Central Florida ALICE Households Facing Financial Hardship Increased by More Than 33,000 Throughout Pandemic

The number of Central Florida households unable to afford basic needs increased during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting a total of 386,077 households throughout Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties.   Outlined in the new ALICE in the Crosscurrents: COVID and Financial Hardship in Florida report from Heart of Florida United Way and […]

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Blog Summer Break Resources

Summer Showers and Hurricane Hours: Summer Break Resources

It’s summer break! No school and just fun in the sun for many families, but for many ALICE families, that’s not the case. Summer break means losing resources that they depended on for most of the year, like free lunches. Luckily, Summer Break Spot is here to help support families who need those free meals […]

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Blog 988 Anniversary

Heart of Florida United Way Commemorates One-year Milestone of the National Transition to the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

One year ago, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline transitioned to become 988 for easy to remember three-digit dialing access and making the vitally important mental health resource accessible by simply pressing three buttons. As a result, the lifeline has seen a significant increase in calls — supporting more people in need than ever before.   No matter […]

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Legislative Recap

Florida Legislators Discuss the Legislative Session at HFUW’s Exclusive 2023 Legislative Recap Event 

The world is run by those who show up. On Tuesday, June 27, 2023, our donors and partners joined us for a Legislative Recap of the 2023 legislative session.   We heard from an esteemed panel of Florida legislators, including Representative Kristen Arrington, Representative David Smith, Senator Victor Torres, and Representative Johanna López for a discussion […]

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Heart of Florida United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Saves Central Florida Residents Millions 

Each year, Heart of Florida United Way staff and volunteers operate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families throughout Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties.     The service, which is available to those who make $73,000 or less, is designed to help our neighbors save the dollars […]

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Blog MU Lyft Rideshare

HFUW Announces Transportation Assistance for Veterans in Central Florida: Mission United Lyft Rideshare Program

Heart of Florida United Way is excited to announce the Mission United Lyft Rideshare Program that offers Veterans in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties access to transportation assistance.  From doctor appointments, legal consultations, job interviews, and even a trip to the grocery store, our local Veterans can use the Mission United Lyft Rideshare program to […]

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Ashley Blasewitz

Heart of Florida United Way’s Ashley Blasewitz Recognized as a 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Orlando Business Journal

We have exciting news!  Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is proud to announce that our very own Senior Vice President of Donor and Volunteer Experiences Ashley Blasewitz is being recognized by the Orlando Business Journal as one of their 40 Under 40 honorees!  Ashley leads the direction of our marketing and communications department and our […]

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2022 Year In Review: 10 Community Achievements Accomplished This Year 

As we reflect on 2022, we are immensely proud of everything we’ve been able to do for the Central Florida community and incredibly grateful to all of our donors, volunteers, and supporters who have made this possible.   Here’s a list of 10 achievements we accomplished together:   We Launched Our Emerging Leaders Impact Group Modeled after our […]

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