Dec 042015
 
Director of Resource Development Ann Sandlin works on crafts with children at Marathon Rec

Director of Resource Development Ann Sandlin works on crafts with children at Marathon Rec

United Way of the Florida Keys staff spent the afternoon of #GivingTuesday volunteering with local nonprofit partner agency Marathon Rec Center, enjoying craft projects and helping students with homework.

Tuesday, December 1, United Way of the Florida Keys celebrated #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back! Created in New York City in 2012, #GivingTuesday brings people together around the values of service and giving back. More than 60 countries around the world now celebrate this day to round out the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. #GivingTuesday combines the power of social media and individual giving to create real change in local communities.

Administrative Manager Susan Kent admires a Christmas card designed by a student at Marathon Rec Center.

Administrative Manager Susan Kent admires a Christmas card designed by a student at Marathon Rec Center.

This #GivingTuesday, UWFK collected donations for our work addressing education, food insecurity, and homelessness. These small acts of kindness, when added together, create real change for working families in the Florida Keys! Throughout the year, United Way of the Florida Keys contributes over $150,000 in grants to local nonprofits and distributes thousands of pounds of school supplies to public and charter schools throughout Monroe County.

Another way UWFK gave back this #GivingTuesday was by volunteering. UWFK staff spent the afternoon volunteering with one of our local nonprofit partner agencies, Marathon Recreation Center, in Marathon. Staff and students worked together on crafts projects and daily homework assignments, helping ensure everyone’s academic needs were met first while still having an opportunity for fun!

CEO Kate Bauer-Jones helps students with math and writing homework.

CEO Kate Bauer-Jones helps students with math and writing homework.

Donations to support the work of Marathon Rec Center and all of UWFK’s local nonprofit partner agencies are accepted year-round. If you would like to make a donation, you can access our online giving portal by clicking the “Donate” button at http://www.keysunitedway.org. Thank you for helping us in our mission to become the leader in community caring!

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