United Way of Collier and the Keys Giving Collier Non-profits more than $250,0000 for #GivingTuesdayNow

COLLIER COUNTY – The United Way of Collier and the Keys is taking part in #GivingTuesdayNow by supporting local non-profits in Collier County. #GivingTuesdayNow is a day of giving and unity, set to take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy development, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. To make a donation to the United Way of Collier and the Keys, please visit the United Way of Collier and the Keys’ website unitedwayofcolliercounty.org/community-coronavirus-fund/.

United Way of Collier and the Keys is reaffirming their mission to unite the communities they support by continuing their Agency Allocations process, this year known as Project ALICE. The first quarter payments for Project ALICE will be $255,375.00 and will support the following non-profit agencies:

  • Cancer Alliance of Naples
  • Catholic Charities
  • Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Florida Lion’s Eye Clinic
  • Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida
  • Grace Lutheran Church / GG Pelican Community Center
  • Grace Place for Children and Families
  • Guadalupe Center
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Housing Development Corporation of SWFL, d/b/a HELP
  • Legal Aid Service of Collier County
  • New Horizons
  • Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee
  • Physician Led Access Network (PLAN)
  • Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA)
  • Sunrise Community Group
  • The Immokalee Foundation
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Shelter
  • YMCA of South Collier
  • Youth Haven

“The challenges we are hearing from our community has a consistent theme – uncertainty” said Steve Sanderson, President and CEO of United Way of Collier and the Keys. “Be it callers to 2-1-1 who don’t know how they will pay the bills, our non-profit partners struggling to maintain their network of services, or business owners desperate to reopen. That’s why we joined the #GivingTuesdayNow movement and committed to going forward with our greatest allocations process ever through Project ALICE.

Funds raised will support the skyrocketing demand for services at the United Way of Collier and the Keys 2-1-1 non-emergency help line. Hundreds of new families have registered for help since the pandemic, and many more are struggling to make it through each day. Demand is expected to surge in response to the thousands of residents who have been furloughed or lost their jobs and are still waiting for their unemployment funds to begin to arrive.

“At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people together,” said Sanderson. “Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. Giving Tuesday Now is a day for everyone around the world to stand together and find a way to give back, no matter who or where we are.” For more information, please visit the United Way of Collier and the Keys’ website unitedwayofcolliercounty.org/.

About United Way of Collier and the Keys

The United Way of Collier and the Keys (“UWCK”) is committed to investing in and working to create a community where all individuals and families in Collier and Monroe Counties have an opportunity to thrive and achieve their full potential. We will accomplish this through improving education, economic stability and health, as well as providing access to food and safety net services. United Way plays a unique role in convening businesses, nonprofits and government to work together to address community needs. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

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