United Way of the Florida Keys and United Way of Collier County announced today that, as of April 1, 2020, the two organizations will merge to create the United Way of Collier and the Keys.
Together, we can accomplish more, have a greater impact, and build capacity to strengthen our work for local families,
” said Debbie Mathews Finch, United Way of Collier County Board Chair and Maria Jones, United Way of the Florida Keys Board Chair in a joint statement. Both leaders look forward to managing this exciting transition. “By working together, it will further our mission of improving lives of paycheck-to-paycheck ALICE residents, in both Collier and the Keys. This collaboration will move us towards achieving that goal.”
Through this unification, it will allow the organization to increase operational efficiency and streamline duplicated internal processes,
ultimately resulting in more dollars available for the local community
As internal operations are consolidated,
external activities and programs in the community will essentially remain the same.
United Way of the Florida Keys President/CEO
Leah Stockton, who has been named Florida Keys Area President with the new organization
, said United Way of Collier County and United Way of the Florida Keys both understood the benefits of such a union and sought to bring the organizations together. “
Our United Ways have a history of working together on common projects and shared best practices, particularly following Hurricane Irma. This decision follows a year of productive discussions between both boards of directors
By becoming United Way of Collier and the Keys, the organization will now offer a seamless experience for donors in both areas and increase local engagement and volunteer opportunities.