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July 17, 2020

Friends of the Children–Tampa Bay Received $90,000 in Community Investment Funding from United Way Suncoast

Funding supports Road Map to School and Career Pathway Success program and Foster Elementary Expansion Project.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Friends of the Children is pleased to announce that they will be receiving $90,000 in Community Investment funding from United Way Suncoast for their Foster Elementary Expansion Project and their program, Road Map to School and Career Pathway Success Through a Professional Mentoring Model.

United Way Suncoast recently completed the first year of funding (FY 20) of over $5.6 million in community investments utilizing its new investment process. United Way met with over 400 individuals representing non-profit agencies, funders, business leaders, volunteers, and team members. These key stakeholders helped design and shape a new process to guide investments in our community, leading to greater impact and results for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Community investments were aligned to priority areas and focused on Asset Development, Early Learning, Financial Stability, Workforce Development and Youth Success across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto Counties.

“In the true spirit of community and collective impact, United Way Suncoast volunteers did a thorough and thoughtful review of all requests. We are proud to support many high-impact programs that will do so much good across our region. At United Way Suncoast, we never stop advocating for our community. Through our partnerships and expertise, we create bold solutions to our biggest challenges – uplifting lives and achieving equity for generations to come,” said United Way CEO Jessica Muroff.

"We’re very grateful to have received first-time funding from United Way Suncoast and are honored to join their dynamic group of community partners. Because of United Way Suncoast, our adolescent youth and a new group of kindergarteners at Foster Elementary School will have a salaried, professional mentor to walk alongside them as they overcome life’s challenges and achieve their goals. We stay with our children and youth from kindergarten to graduation, 12+ years—no matter what.” – Nita Smith, Executive Director of Friends of the Children.

“We are proud to partner with Friends of the Children in support of our community impact priority of Early Learning and Youth Success. Our community needs this support now more than ever. We look forward to the impact these dollars will make in serving youth in Tampa Bay,” said United Way CEO Jessica Muroff.