Orange County

Heart of Florida United Way distributes $1.2 million between 15 Central Florida nonprofits

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Heart of Florida United Way is distributing $1.27 million to 15 nonprofits across Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties to address needs across the community.

The investments range from $45,000 to $195,000 and are based upon the scale of programs, capacity to serve, and continued increased demand.


“Our local nonprofit agencies have been and will continue to work tirelessly as we navigate ourselves and our residents out of the COVID pandemic,” said Jeff Hayward, president and CEO of HFUW, in a statement.

The money is aimed at supporting ALICE families, which stands for asset limited, income constrained, employed.

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“Given ALICE was already one crisis away from financial ruin, many have either depleted or have limited savings to make ends meet,” Hayward said. “These investments in partner agencies allow for more support to ALICE families.”

The following agencies received money from the United Way:

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1. Catholic Charities of Central Florida Inc.: $45,000

2. Central Florida Regional Housing Trust: $50,000

3. Christian Service Center for Central Florida Inc.: $70,000

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4. Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida: $150,000

5. Harbor House of Central Florida: $90,000

6. Help Now of Osceola: $90,000

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7. Jobs Partnership of Florida: $45,000

8. Meals on Wheels Etc, Inc.: $50,000

9. Osceola Council on Aging: $95,000

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10. SafeHouse of Seminole: $90,000

11. The Salvation Army, Orlando Area Command: $195,000

12. The Salvation Army, Sanford Corp: $45,000

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13. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida: $130,000

14. Seniors First Inc.: $85,000

15. The Sharing Center: $45,000

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson,

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.

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