Our Priorities

Our Priorities

United Way of St. Lucie County is working hard to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.
 

Education

Helping children and families achieve their potential through education

  • Kindergarten Readiness;
  • Proficient Reading by 3rd grade;
  • Chronic Absenteeism;
  • Behavioral Issues;
  • Academic Acheivement;
  • College and Career Readiness

Income

Helping families become financially stable and independent by focusing on the following areas:

  • Affordable Housing- Obtain and maintain safe, decent and affordable housing.
  • Job Readiness Training/Skills- Low-income individuals acquire basic education, post-secondary training and soft skills needed in the workforce.
  • Stabilization/Manageable Expenses- Low-income working families access the supports necessary to manage their expenses.

Health

Improving people's health & well-being by focusing on:

  • Access to healthcare for people with limited to no access to services, including caregivers;
  • Decrease infant mortality; and
  • Access to preventative care for children through age 20 and the elderly.

Basic Needs/Safety Net

Ensuring residents have access to basic needs.

  • Access to food;
  • Access to temporary or permanent shelter;
  • Assistance with rent/mortgage payments;
  • Assistance with utlity payments; and
  • Removing other immediate and short-term barriers to safety or work.

United Way's goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of community problems. Living United means being a part of the change.

It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. So we bring together people from all across the community–government, business, faith groups, nonprofits, the labor movement, ordinary citizens–to tackle the issues.

Because we all win when a child succeeds in school, when a family becomes financially stable, and when people have good health.

Spotlights

Good News!

Roxanne Wells, Director of Communications and Work Place Giving accepts a generous grant of a $5,000.00 corporate gift to our Annual Campaign. Pictured (left to right) Ruben Valls; Roxanne Wells; Elaine Clem; Idalmy Figueroa. Roxanne Wells, Director of Communications and Work Place Giving accepts a generous grant of a $5,000.00 corporate gift to our Annual Campaign. Pictured (left to right) Ruben Valls; Roxanne Wells; Elaine Clem; Idalmy Figueroa.
UWSLC board member Jan Chase was presented with a $262,000 check by Publix St. Lucie County Management Team. This generous corporate gift to our annual campaign was made by Publix Super Markets Charities. UWSLC board member Jan Chase was presented with a $262,000 check by Publix St. Lucie County Management Team. This generous corporate gift to our annual campaign was made by Publix Super Markets Charities.
Thank you Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club for another banner year fundraising for, both, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Pictured with Karen Knapp is Lois & Brent Fraser, Harbour Ridge 2016-2017 Campaign Co-Chairs and Carol Houwaart-Diez. Thank you Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club for another banner year fundraising for, both, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Pictured with Karen Knapp is Lois & Brent Fraser, Harbour Ridge 2016-2017 Campaign Co-Chairs and Carol Houwaart-Diez.
United Way of SLC CEO Karen Knapp spoke to state legislators at the SLC Legislative Delegation Meeting at IRSC on Friday, advocating on behalf of children, the elderly and Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) families. United Way of SLC CEO Karen Knapp spoke to state legislators at the SLC Legislative Delegation Meeting at IRSC on Friday, advocating on behalf of children, the elderly and Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) families.