May 2018

The United Way of Charlotte County 
Leading the united effort to eliminate poverty
by investing in our community.

What's happenin g and how our #gamechangers are leading the way 
Annual Meeting & Spirit Award Breakfast    
Thank you Florida Power & Light, Western Michigan University and Merrill Lynch for graciously sponsoring our event on Friday, May 11, at the beautiful Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. Over 150 guests attended as our #GAMECHANGERS were honored.  Volunteers, donors, and sponsors alike were recognized for making a difference over the last year.

Julie Mathis, Executive Director, Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, passed the gavel to Harvey Goldberg, former Mayor, City of Punta Gorda. Mr. Goldberg officially accepted the responsibility and welcomed three new board members, adding to the diversity which the United Way embraces. Ms. Erin Gant (Riverside Realty), Ms. Charlotte Miller (Florida Power & Light) and Dr. Bill Wood (former physician)
Thank you for making a difference in the life of every kindergartener in Charlotte County!    
This was an exciting chance to work with the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in Charlotte County. On April 26, over 70 volunteers helped to assemble 1100 kindergarten readiness bags for the upcoming school year. Normally this huge project takes eight hours but with all-hands-on-deck, it was accomplished in only four hours. Several agencies, individuals and companies participated.  Among the volunteers were Publix Super Markets and Charlotte County Rotary Clubs.

A special thanks to The Patterson Foundation, the Charlotte Community Foundation and the Charlotte County Rotary Clubs for funding this project.
Giving Challenge a success! 
As a "Newbie" organization to the 2018 Giving Partner Challenge, we made tremendous strides in our efforts to completely eliminate poverty in our community. We raised a total of $5,475, yet contributions matched were $5,325. The total amount achieved with 1:1 matching dollars is $10,650! These dollars will ensure more local children in low-income families will succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.
A heartfelt thank you to all of those who donated to make our first year a success.  We are especially grateful for The Patterson Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for their generosity.  Furthermore, we appreciate:  Manatee Community Foundation; Charlotte Community Foundation; Knight Foundation; William G. and Marie Selby Foundation; iHeartMedia Inc.; SNN, The Suncoast News Network; Herald-Tribune Media Group; HARBOR STYLE Magazine.  
Women United Annual May Art and Networking Event
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - we will host our annual art event at the Visual Arts Center.  You do not have to be a Women United member to participate.  If you are a member, BRING A FRIEND!   Register today!

Come join us and see what we are all about. Click here to register for the event.
Or click here to visit the Facebook event page.
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Kristy Holmes Ambassador in Action

A highlight of our Annual Meeting and Spirit Awards breakfast was the announcement of the award for our 2017 - 2018 Ambassador in Action.  
Kristy Holmes moved to Charlotte County with her husband David in 1994. She taught special education for 8 years before deciding to be a stay home mother to her two children, Robby and Madison. Kristy began volunteering with various local charities 13 years ago. She has been a member of the CARE Board of Directors, CARE Auxiliary, and Women United. She currently volunteers in the United Way of Charlotte County office once a week.

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