View as Webpage | Issue 23 | June 2021
Stuff the Bus Returns! July 16th-18th
United Way is excited to announce that their 15th Annual Stuff the Bus will return to in-person volunteering at Hernando’s eight Publix Stores on Friday, July 16th, Saturday, July 17th, and Sunday, July 18th. Over the course of the Stuff the Bus weekend, teachers and volunteers will be advocating for local classroom needs and collecting school supplies from 11am-5pm. 
All of the items collected by generous donors will be distributed back to the teachers who volunteered their time for this event in order to help prepare incoming students to be ready to learn and succeed in school. Check out last year's results during the pandemic!
In addition to the in-person event this summer, United Way is hosting a virtual giving component on Roonga!

Easily shop online and help stock our local classrooms with extra tools for students to succeed.

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Hernando Businesses... Do You Accept the Challenge?!
June kicks off United Way's Annual BUSINESS BLITZ CHALLENGE. All month long, UW is challenging local companies to give back and help meet their goal of raising $10,000! All donations remain local and will be invested back into the Health, Education, and Financial Stability of Hernando County residents.

United Way understands that both consumers and employers are seeking ways to make a difference and take pride in being a part of the solution. By giving back to United Way, businesses are not only investing in their community, but they are investing in their employees, their neighbors, and their family and friends.
Thank you to the companies who have already #AcceptedTheChallenge!
Coronavirus Relief Assistance Snapshot
Coronavirus Relief Assistance (CRA) provides support for those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

UW CRA Impact from Oct 2020-June 2021
  • Total # of households: 125
  • Total # of people: 450
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance & eviction prevention: 107
  • Electric Assistance & disconnection prevention: 169
  • Childcare/daycare Assistance: 3
  • Amount for food security: $14,000
  • Total $ Spent: $274,271

This opportunity is proudly provided through Hernando County Government's CARES.
What We've Been Up To
Student Recognition Celebration
Winners were announced at the 47th Annual Student Recognition Celebration on May 20th. Congratulations to all students nominated. A special congrats to Alexis Bowermaster, the recipient of UW's $1,000 LEADERSHIP scholarship.
Keller William's RED Day
On Thursday, May 13th , 22 enthusiastic volunteers from Keller Williams Elite Realty gathered at Anderson Snow, prepared to work hard to beautify the newly renovated playground with a brand new Born Learning Trail.
Join the Student Board
*Are you 16-21 years old?
*Are you a Hernando County student looking to get involved in your community on a grassroots level?
*Are you in need of service hours for graduation or a scholarship?
*Join UW Student Board to enact change while donating your time!
Career Opportunity in Finance
UWHC is actively looking for a qualified candidate to fill the open Finance Director full-time position. This position performs at a professional level of financial input and accounting work. Must be proficient with QuickBooks, be community oriented, and reliable to work Monday-Fridays 9am-5pm.
2-1-1 Hernando Trend Report
  • Total calls from July 2020-May 31, 2021: 3,066
  • Top Needs: Housing, Income Support/Assistance, Utility Assistance, & Health Care
  • Top zip codes: 34606, 34608, 34609
  • # of Referrals: 3,979
  • Top Referrals: Mid Florida Community Services, Salvation Army, FL Housing Search
  • Age Demographic of callers: 60-79, 35-44, 45-54
  • Gender Demographics:
  • Female: 1,318
  • Male: 533
"Read to Me" Survey Winner
Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) is an early learning initiative that provides FREE books to enrolled children, regardless of their family's income status. A survey sent to parents and caregivers found that 88% of children's literacy skills improved since being enrolled.

Congratulations to Sally Arick and her granddaughter Kinsley for winning a drawing for a $20 Dunkin gift card!

United Way of Hernando County proudly serves 1,000 Hernando children with 1,000 books every month.
2-1-1 Hernando Trend Report
Are you ready to Live UNITED? To create a world where this generation, the next one, and the ones after can thrive? UWHC is dedicated to investing in the future, and we can rebuild together instead of divided.
Hernando Cares
The 6th Edition of Hernando Cares Behavioral Health Resource Guide has been released. Access the guide online or contact United Way for more information regarding a hand copy of the guide.
JUNE Initiative Supporters: Health, Education & Financial Stability
Education: Stuff the Bus
Coming Up
Red, White & Brew Festival
Volunteers Needed: July 3rd

Hernando Parks & Rec and HITS 106's Annual Red, White & Brew Festival is in need of volunteers! Have a blast with fellow community volunteers helping with parking, ID/wristband check, clean up patrol, volunteer relief, and the Kid's Zone.
Hernando Chamber Breakfast
Event: June 23rd

Every month, the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce hosts a Membership Breakfast. United Way of Hernando County will have a table at June's meeting. Come out and see what we're all about!
8th Born Learning Trail
On Monday, June 14th, student volunteers from Weeki Wachee High School's National Honor Society will join United Way staff to install Hernando County's 8th Born Learning Trail at Pine Island Park.
Hernando Fit Kids
Hernando Fit Kids (HFK) is a local health initiative of CHIPP (Community Health Improvement Plan Partnership). HFK encourages children to remain active and make healthy food choices during periods when they are not in school. Find more information at their Facebook page.
Free Meals for Kids
Did you know that all children under the age of 18 are eligible for free meals during the summer? Summer BreakSpot offers breakfast, lunch, and snack meal sites during the week in the summer months. Click the link below or dial 2-1-1 to find the closest meal site.
Attention Job Seekers!
Are you searching for employment?
Community Organizations Active in Disaster
COAD Updates as of 5/24/21
  • People Helping People: Mobile food distribution partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay on the last Wednesday of the month from 10:30am-12pm at the HELP Center off Kass Circle. Meat & maybe dairy will be available.
  • Summer BreakSpot


  • NAMI: Teen Talk Youth Support now on Tuesdays. Upcoming Youth Mental Health First Aid in June & Mental Health First Aid in July. In person sessions! Email [email protected]
  • Jericho Road Ministries: Current availability at the Women’s Shelter.

  • Premier Community Health Care: Free Men's Health Day on June 21st, 3-7pm. Free health screenings (Physical, A1C test, Blood Pressure Screening, Skin Cancer Screening, Cancer Prevention Resources, BMI, Covid 19 testing and HIV testing). Make an appointment by calling (352) 518-2000.
Virtual Opportunities
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