More than $1.5 million earmarked for hurricane relief
and recovery efforts in Monroe County
6 Month 'Irma-versary'
At UWFK, we are astonished that we have passed the 6 month ‘Irma-versary’ of landfall in the Keys. It has been a long, hard period for many of us here in the community, but we have pulled together to get past the initial disaster and start getting back to ‘normal life'. Click on the image to the right for just one story of a family we were able to assist on their road to recovery.

Thank you to everyone who gave generously to us or any other Keys organization doing hurricane relief in the Keys. You are proof that we can and do #LiveUnited !
Good Things Going On
VITA Program Assists More Residents During its Second Year in the Keys
Our VITA coordinator, Loretta Geotis, and her team of dedicated volunteers are traveling up and down the Keys 3 days a week, helping assist residents with their tax preparation. So far, they have assisted 135% more Keys residents than last year and they aren’t finished yet! The April 15 tax deadline is fast approaching, and VITA is one of the 2 FREE tax preparation options we offer for Monroe County families with limited incomes. 

UWFK Funds Psychosocial Support for Residents Impacted by Irma
We are pleased to announce our support of 2 local agencies with a total of $90,000 to provide psychosocial support to those struggling with the emotional after-effects of Hurricane Irma. Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition will be offering Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program to help local children and Guidance Care Center will be offering individual counseling to adults. 

Partner Highlight: Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower FL Keys
Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys has expanded its hurricane recovery response. Through the Habitat Hammers Back initiative, the local affiliate is working closely with Habitat International to assist homeowners in need.

It is a privilege for UWFK to fund local partner agencies like Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys as they do good work in the Keys. Their recent thank you letter to UWFK speaks of the hope that our community is finding as we work together.  

UWFK Celebrates Read Across America Day with New Children's Books!
In the words of the inimitable Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 

UWFK was awarded a $500 grant from the Ross Foundation to purchase quality books at a discounted rate. Marathon Luther School and Grace Jones Daycare were able to purchase a total of 115 books between the two schools and we hope the children will enjoy them for years to come! After all, “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller

In honor of Read Across America day, CEO Leah Stockton recently visited Marathon Lutheran School and read several of the books to their students. 
UWFK Seeks Volunteers for Community Investment Site Visits

United Way of Florida Keys would like to invite you to be a part of our annual Community Investment non-profit funding process, as a site visit volunteer in April.  Every year, a group of community-minded volunteers visit nonprofit agencies that have applied for funding from UWFK for the upcoming fiscal year. This year, our site visits will be held April 16-20.  We would love to have a few more volunteers to help on one (or more) of those site visit days. Let us know if you are interested.

Supporter Spotlight
Hawks Cay Resort

We are excited to share the news that our long standing partner, Hawks Cay Resort, announced their partial re-opening on March 16, 2018, and are hopeful to have the full resort grand re-opening this summer. A great big thank you goes out to all of the staff that make up Hawks Cay! You really make a huge impact here in our little piece of paradise.  We appreciate your ongoing support of UWFK’s programs.