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We Care

United Way of Northeast Florida (UWNEFL) is committed to making positive change through education, income and health. In an effort to increase health outcomes, UWNEFL recently announced a $155,000 grant to We Care Jacksonville to support increasing access to specialty health care for the uninsured and medically underserved of Jacksonville.


"The work of We Care in Jacksonville has been extraordinary and aligns well with our priorities on health by increasing access to...

2013 Stein Fellowship Class

Through a generous gift of one million dollars, David and Linda Stein created the Stein Fellowship, a multi-generational mentoring program bringing together students, young professionals and community leaders. The seventh class of Stein Fellows has just been selected, bringing the total to 103 since 2006. Stein Fellows commit to mentoring an Achievers For Life student for one hour a week, and in turn are mentored by a Tocqueville member (community leaders who give $10,000 or more annually to United Way). Throughout the year, Stein Fellows also attend educational forums to learn more about United Way's impact in the community. We are excited to announce this dynamic new...
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United Way's Atlantic Circle  

Atlantic Circle, United Way's young professionals group, is comprised of young professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s interested in professional and philanthropic growth. For 2012-2013, Atlantic Circle will offer members and guests the chance to learn from community leaders, participate in volunteer events and network with other young professionals. Focusing on Achievers For Life, volunteers mentor or tutor middle school students an hour a week throughout the school-year.

Women In Local Leadership

United Way's Women in Local Leadership (WILL) is now over 700 members strong and will soon celebrate their 10-year anniversary. This extraordinary group of women leaders demonstrates the power of women to bring about positive, lasting change in our community through philanthropy and service. WILL members contribute $1,000 or more annually to United Way.


WILL's focus is quality early learning, supporting United Way's Success By 6, Born Learning and ReadingPals initiatives through their volunteer and advocacy work. Co-chairs Brenda Franklin and Melissa Adams are excited about their new leadership roles and continuing WILL's momentum in making a difference in the lives of our communities' youngest citizens.


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United Way of Northeast Florida Launches ReadingPals:
300 Volunteers Needed for New School Year

ReadingpalsUnited Way of Northeast Florida was one of ten United Ways in Florida selected to benefit from a $1 million annual grant from Carol and Barney Barnett to implement ReadingPals, an Early Literacy initiative designed to increase the number of students in Northeast Florida reading at grade level by the end of the third grade.

Over the lifetime of the grant, UWNEFL's portion will total $300,000 and Women In Local Leadership (WILL) members will be responsible for recruiting, training and placing more than 1,000 ReadingPals to help preschoolers get "reading ready" before they enter school.

More than 300 volunteers are needed annually through 2015. To find out how to become a ReadingPal or, for more information on the importance of early literacy, visit our page or call United Way of Northeast Florida at 904-390-3200. 

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Justin Spiller - Continuing a History of Involvement and Service

Justin Spiller
Justin Spiller
Justin Spiller is widely recognized as one of United Way of Northeast Florida’s most (UWNEFL) dedicated volunteers. Spiller, a local attorney, and sole proprietor of The Spiller Firm PL in Jacksonville, has been an active volunteer with UWNEFL since 2006, most recently leading the young professionals’ group Atlantic Circle. In his newest role, he is serving on UWNEFL’s United Way Income Strategy Council.

Part of 2011-2016 Strategic Plan, this Council focuses on identifying indicators to benchmark United Way’s success in positive impact on income issues in Northeast Florida. The Council is also developing a strategy for employing financial and volunteer resources and advocacy activities to help...

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Tallahassee Gets A Visit By WILL and the Success By 6 Council Advocacy Groups

SB6 Council and WILL members advocate for quality early learning
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, eighteen United Way Women in Local Leadership and Success By 6 Council members joined together for their annual Tallahassee advocacy trip. In preparation for the trip, these women worked diligently to prepare speaking points and study the current bills in the House and Senate.

Led by Susan Greene, the Success By 6 Council's Advocacy Chair, the group met with nearly 40 legislators. Due to numerous potential impacts that bills in the House and Senate would have on quality early learning, the trip was even more critical this year. Advocacy efforts were focused on...

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Atlantic Circle Ends The Year And Starts The New One With Exciting Activities

Since the Annual Campaign kickoff in October, Atlantic Circle members have held a variety of opportunities for involvement in community outreach, professional development and networking events. The 2nd annual Sunday "Funday" Holiday Brunch was a huge success!

The sponsorship by Bonefish Grill allowed proceeds to go towards adopting two families for the holidays through United Way's Full Service Schools. These school-based neighborhood centers bring together community resources, neighbors and schools to promote the health and well-being of students, their families, and neighborhood residents.

Professional development "Link to Leaders" breakfast events were held in November and January. At the first breakfast...

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Loyal Contributors – the Heart of United Way

loy·al·ty [loi-uhl-tee]

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Linda Stein, John Delaney, Larry Jaffe, Barbara Jaffe
Webster defines loyalty as, "the state or quality of being loyal; faithfulness to commitments or obligations or faithful adherence to a sovereign, government, leader, cause, etc."

Loyalty is a prized character trait in all of our lives; we value it above most any other trait. At United Way of Northeast Florida, we especially appreciate those donors and volunteers who have been giving faithfully for 10 years or longer. They are the backbone of our organization and we couldn't achieve what we have to date without their unwavering support.

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