COVID-19 Response Updates
UWCK is carefully planning for a long-term response to the Pandemic and we remain committed to assisting the community for the duration of this crisis, much like we did following Hurricane Irma. Our team is closely monitoring the evolving situation and will be further developing our efforts accordingly. 
On July 1, we granted $500 to each of our 9 partner educational facilities. These grants were to assist them with reopening their childcare centers or programs safely as parents return to work. We are glad to serve the community by continuing to ensure our children have safe, quality childcare. One partner agency expressed their gratitude.

"A HUGE thank you for the COVID grant. We are working hard to get the school reopened, and we couldn’t do it without organizations like yours! The COVID grant helped us buy contact-less thermometers so we can scan everyone at entry and throughout the day. Until now, we just had under the arm thermometers....so it made a huge difference!!"

~Karen Witte, Board Member
Grace Jones Community Center, Marathon
United Way recently received $64,600 from the City of Key West to provide rental assistance for their residents experiencing loss of income due to COVID-19. We are working in partnership with AH of Monroe to ensure these funds are best utilized to help our neighbors struggling during this difficult time. The need for rental assistance remains great throughout the community.

Additional help can be found at KeysUnitedWay.org/CommunityResourceGuide

Imagination Library Enrollment Reopens
Thanks to many generous donations and a $9,000 grant from Ocean Reef Community Foundation, we have funds to enroll 150 more Keys children in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library ! This program provides free books monthly for children age 0-5, helping prepare them for success in school. We are working to enroll at-risk children through our partnerships with local organizations and Keys children up to age 4 1/2 are eligible to enroll.

Thank You Publix Super Markets Charities!
Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $362,860 to UWCK
Publix Super Markets Charities’ recent gift of $291,790 for Collier and $71,070 for Monroe counties dramatically impacts United Way’s work providing access to health, education, and financial stability. At their 19 stores in Collier and 5 in Monroe County, Publix associates also give generously each year and happily support local volunteer efforts.

UWCK is thankful for Publix generously showing what it means to Live United by investing in our local communities and their associates' tireless work at the front lines throughout this crisis. Their support along with the generosity of many local donors improves the lives of thousands of residents each year.
Stuff the Bus is Rolling Into Town
UWCK's annual Stuff the Bus campaign ensures our students have the tools they need for a successful school year. In light of COVID-19, funds are needed now more than ever to help children from struggling families and equip schools to safely educate our children. Donations can be made through August 31 to directly benefit our 16 local schools.

In addition, you can donate to Tools for Back to School at Publix from July 22 to August 2. 100% of those funds are given by our United Way directly back into the community. 

VITA Tax Preparation Results
The pandemic certainly affected our VITA program! Shifting to a 100% virtual process mid-stream was challenging but, with the quick creation of a Virtual VITA process, we were able to help people in spite of closing our on-site locations...and still increase the number of returns completed by 40% and generate over $213,000 in refunds!

Thank you to our VITA Coordinator, Loretta Geotis, shown with her 4 monitors, a laptop, and 3 phones keeping her busy running our program. We also want to give a big thank you to our 26 VITA volunteers, and especially those 7 who helped with Virtual VITA returns! We could not have made it through the season without them.

We hope to continue the virtual process next year, allowing our Monroe County program to expand and better serve the community due to our geographical challenges.
Partner Spotlight
Kreative Kids Christian Academy, part of the Marathon New Life Assembly of God, has grown steadily since its inception in 1998 and has an enrollment of up to 75 daily students. Kreative Kids also operates a “Summer Camp” program to house, educate and protect young children of working parents while public schools are on summer break.

Previously, with generous financial assistance from our United Way, the Kreative Kids facility was rebuilt after destruction by Hurricane Irma. Everything in the facility is new including the classrooms, outdoor play areas, kitchen facilities and bathrooms.

UWCK welcomes Kreative Kids as a 20-21 Community Investment partner supporting their program providing childcare for working parents!
Supporter Spotlight: Baptist Health South Florida
As one of the major healthcare providers in Monroe County, Baptist Health South Florida is already a pillar in the community. They play a large role in making healthcare available in the Keys and support many community initiatives, including UWFK.

Their employees give generously to UWFK year after year, making them one of our largest workplace campaigns. We appreciate Baptist's dedication to Keys residents’ well-being and look forward to the new hospital in Marathon!