At the United Way of Central Florida, we understand local needs and drive lasting change in our community. For more than 30 years, UWCF has been investing your charitable gifts in services that change people’s lives right here in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. Because it’s our community, too.
We focus on three building blocks of a good quality of life:
Education, Income, and Health.
Education increases a person’s chance of finding gainful, productive employment, and an educated community attracts employers.
Financially stable families can weather emergencies without depending on outside help and purchase assets to help grow wealth.
Healthy people don’t need extended hospital stays, and people who have a medical home don’t use the emergency room as a primary care facility.
At UWCF, we address the root causes that prevent people from getting an good education, a stable income, and staying healthy. While short-term “safety-net” type help may take care of the immediate need of a family or individual, it won’t help them get out of the cycle that put them in the situation to begin with. So, United Way works with its partners to create programs to break those cycles.
Each of these focus areas is championed by a committee of experts who have laid out specific goals for their area. Within those goals, measurable results must be shown in order for a program to continue to receive funding. The process of identifying needed programs and evaluating their results is rigorous, but worth the time and effort for the impact it creates on our community.
The United Way is a force for social change. It’s a leader bringing together the people who can create that change. It’s a worker toiling away for the common good. The United Way is all of these things, and more, and it’s going to make our community an even better place to live.
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