Land O’ Lakes, FL (June 22, 2016): Beginning July 1, 2016 United Way will provide more than $1 million to support charitable impact programming throughout Pasco County. Grants will be provided to support the efforts of 33 different programs; all existing partner programs which applied for funding will receive grants.  Additionally, ten new programs focused on addressing financial stability are receiving United Way funding for the first time.

Nearly two years ago, United Way’s first ALICE Report highlighted the reality that nearly 33% of people in Pasco County who are employed, struggle to address their family’s most basic financial obligations.

“Many hard-working families are just one health emergency or major car repair away from financial disaster,” says Angie Gardner, United Way Board Chair. 

United Way specifically sought grant applications from programs demonstrating success in improving financial stability for families. Newly funded grantees will leverage United Way funding to affect the ALICE population by addressing critical areas of childcare, housing stability, eviction prevention, rapid re-housing, and employment.

United Way will also be executing a new approach to funding by incentivizing the development of innovative collaborations. Increasing employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and improving access to healthcare are the two areas where planning is underway and funding is earmarked for collaborative solutions. Of the $1 million allocated for the coming year, 10% is designated to support collaborative efforts.

“Navigating our complicated array of social services is daunting for families in crisis, United Way is proud to lead an effort which encourages charities to collaborate for the greater benefit of people in need,” explains Duggan Cooley, President/CEO of United Way of Pasco County.

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United Way of Pasco County (UWPC) was founded in 1982 and since that time has raised millions of dollars to address some of Pasco County’s most critical community needs. As an organization, UWPC is committed to advancing the common good in Pasco County through collaboration and partnership with highly-effective nonprofit programs in the community. UWPC brings together people from all across the community – government, business, faith groups, nonprofits, labor and ordinary citizens – to tackle the issues that matter most in the community.  The organization is headquartered in Land O’Lakes, FL.  For more information about United Way, please visitwww.unitedwaypasco.org. Follow us on social media: www.facebook.com/unitedwaypasco, @UnitedWayPasco

TEN NEW PROGRAMS FUNDED BY UNITED WAY OF PASCO COUNTY