United Updates
United Way's New Strategic Plan

This year, United Way of the Big Bend underwent a strategic planning process to adopt a strategic reset for our organization. We have long been the trusted leader in addressing our community’s needs but also recognize the importance of staying relevant by keeping up with the ever growing community needs and changing philanthropic landscape.

This process was guided by the ALICE Report and other community data. ALICE is the acronym for Asset, Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed – simply put the working poor. The 2017 ALICE Report provides clear yet startling pictures of our neighbors struggling to make ends meet and of those living in poverty. On average, 50% of households in the Big Bend region cannot afford the basic costs of living. This number equates to over 72,000 families struggling day-to-day in the Big Bend.

Our new strategic direction positions UWBB to be more effective than ever in serving as the trusted strategic leader and convener for identifying and addressing the needs of those living in poverty and the working poor. Our goal is to shrink these populations in the future by focusing our collective resources on three goals and five priority outcome areas. The three goals are to help this population gain access to basic necessities, achieve economic stability and develop skills to either help gain employment or move up the economic ladder. Five funding priority outcomes anchor the three goals. Housing, Early Learning (to include elementary age and younger), Safety Net, Aging Workforce (to also include retired seniors) and Skills Development are the five funding priority outcomes.
Lisa Ling will be Keynote Speaker at Women United's Leadership Breakfast

On Tuesday, October 30, Women United hosted the 2 nd annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast at Florida State University’s Turnbull Conference Center. This year’s guest speaker was award winning journalist, Lisa Ling.
A wonderful crowd of women and men business leaders throughout the community attended this year's event. Student journalists from FSU and FAMU were also able to hear Lisa Ling via streaming video.

To see our photo gallery of images from this event, click here .
Upcoming Events
Big Bend gives back to the community with Giving Tuesday

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. We also have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

On November 27, 2018, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Join #BigBendGivesBack and #GivingTuesday in raising awareness for our local nonprofits and organizations this year. It's a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving!

Join us at #BigBendGivesBack and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.  Help us kick off this year's day of giving by joining us on W ednesday, November 14 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Madison Social.

Help your favorite nonprofit win a $250 Madison Social gift card!

One drink = One vote
One Commemorative Glass = Two votes

The nonprofit organization with the most votes wins!

And while you're with us, don't forget to take and enter your #UNselfie for a chance to win a prize package valued at over $5,000 for your featured nonprofit! For more details, click here .
To donate to Untied Way of the Big Bend this #GivingTuesday, click here .

Mark your calendars and make plans to grab a friend for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. By dining at participating restaurants on this day, a portion of the proceeds go to benefit United Way of the Big Bend.

For more information about Dine United, please contact Alaina Gilpin at 414–8825 or Alaina@uwbb.org
Hurricane Michael Fill-A-Truck

Help us, along with our partners Fill-A-Truck with a new, unwrapped children's toy for the kids impacted by Hurricane Michael. Come out and see us at the Tallahassee Democrat from 11am-6pm on Thursday, December 6th.

For more information about this event, visit our Facebook event page or contact Molly Lord at 414-0853 or Molly@uwbb.org.
YLS Day of Doing

On the Day of Doing, United Way looks to give back to those who give back to the community. This philanthropic event provides service to UW partner agencies that are serving our community day in and day out. One agency will be selected to receive hands-on support for a project on their "to-do" list.

This is a great opportunity to build moral and make a difference. Whether a big group or individual, we can always use the help!

Join us as we share our time and talent to build a stronger community. For more information about Day of Doing, please contact Alaina Gilpin at 414–8825 or Alaina@uwbb.org
Dress Down and Dine

It’s Girls’ Night Out—for a cause. Share cocktails and custom-crafted food with your friends in a casual setting and make a serious impact. Last year, Dress Down & Dine promoted early literacy by raising enough funds to put a free, brand-new book in the hands of every 1st-grade student in UWBB’s eight-county footprint. Each year, over 200 United Way volunteers read to every 1st grade class and distribute more than 4,300 books. Since 2010, United Way has given 1st-graders in our area more than 30,000 books. For many of these children, it is the first book they ever owned .
If you or your business would like more information on sponsorship opportunities contact Alaina Gilpin at 414–8825 or Alaina@uwbb.org
Thank You's
A United Front means everyone pitching in and doing their part.
Shout out to our committed partners who have completed their annual giving campaign. We thank you for your continued support.
United We Fight, United We Win!
Campaign Coordinator's Resources
Now that the United Way Campaign season is in full swing, we wanted you to know that our staff and volunteers are here make sure you have everything you need for a successful campaign.

Here are just a few things you will find in the Campaign Toolkit:
  • Campaign Brochure - Shows our new focus
  • Campaign Video - To share with staff
  • Sample Letters from your CEO to your staff - We wrote them so you don't have to!
  • "FunRaising" Guide to help plan fun team building activities - So Everyone Wins!
  • Social Media Guide
  • FAQ's
  • And so much more!

Don't forget - Presentations help effectively communicate our impact message. Schedule your presentation with your UWBB campaign manager today!

Click here to check out all these resources!
Small Business Partnership Spotlight
We all want to be the best version of ourselves. Well, Orange theory is here to help! Their workouts are scientifically proven to give you a longer more vibrant life.

To learn more about Orange Theory Fitness, click here .

To get your business involved with UWBB's Small Business program, contact Molly Lord, at 850.414.0853 or Molly@uwbb.org .
Volunteers Needed
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

The VITA program was able to help provide a total return amount of $1,279,261.00 for the 2017 tax year for residents in the Big Bend area!

We are gearing up for the 2018 Tax Season and are looking for volunteers to help provide FREE tax preparation for qualifying community members.

If you are interested or know someone who is, please click here to learn more or contact Rebecca Weaver at Rebecca@uwbb.org 850.487.8091.
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