UWFK's Hurricane Irma Relief Update
More than $1.2 million earmarked for hurricane relief
and recovery efforts in Monroe County
Partner Highlight: Star of the Sea Outreach Mission
As a local relief agency, the work of Star of the Sea (SOS) continues now and beyond the storm. The goal at the Star of the Sea Foundation is simple: increase the health and well-being of low-income individuals and families in Monroe County, Florida.

Since Hurricane Irma, 90% of the clients served by SOS report being negatively impacted by the storm. UWFK thanks SOS for their hard work post-Irma.


Through the UWFK hurricane case management program, we have directly assisted over 135 local families: here are two of their stories.
Bobby Wellsby of Marathon has been dislocated from his home since Hurricane Irma. He is still in a motel and hopes to be able to get his house repaired in the next 60 days. 

"It's been a long road on this recovery. The people who help are a blessing from above! When we have lost everything, we still have people such as United Way. I will be purchasing wood, concrete and tools to help me rebuild. Thank you."
Karla was able to make major repairs to her floors after the flooding, but several weeks after the storm, the water damage caused her refrigerator to quit working. She was unable to get a new one until UWFK stepped in to assist her.

"I am so grateful for the help! I will now have a fridge that I can keep fresh food for my children and myself."  
Good Things Going On
Ocean Reef Community Foundation Grant Funds 'Success by 6'
Child Care Subsidies with UWFK and Early Learning Coalition
The students and staff at St. Justin Martyr Preschool in Key Largo, along with the Early Learning Coalition, recently expressed their gratitude to UWFK for the Success by 6 program. Through an Ocean Reef Community Foundation grant, with matching funds from the Florida Executive Childcare Partnership, this provided tuition subsidies for 7 Key Largo children into the School Readiness program.

Poverty Simulation for the Leadership Monroe County Class XXVI
UWFK hosted a Poverty Simulation for the Leadership Monroe County Class XXVI on Saturday, February 3. This simulation facilitates a greater understanding of what it means to live in poverty and to encourage leaders to drive positive community changes.

Stuff the Bus Delivery
Hands together to be UNITED. 

United Way of the Florida Keys gets help delivering more “Stuff the Bus”supplies, from Marilyn Fraelich, UWFK Advisory Board; Christine Paul, Dean of Marathon High School; and students.
Supporter Spotlight
Thank you Publix Super Market Charities and all of our local Publix associates, for your commitment to the health and well-being of the Keys community! 

The generous donations from local Publix associates combined with a match by Publix Super Market Charities make them the largest contributors to United Way of the Florida Keys. With our motto of "what is raised in the Keys, stays in the Keys," this support allowed our local non-profit to help over 32,000 Monroe County residents last year through our direct programs and grants to non-profit community partners. 

At UWFK, we cannot express our gratitude enough; Publix associates truly LIVE UNITED by giving their time, talents and treasures to our local community.