United Way supports programs that support the community

Posted 11/21/22

LABELLE – United Way information was shared at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Hendry County School.

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United Way supports programs that support the community

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LABELLE – United Way information was shared at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Hendry County School.

Lisa Sands, of United Way, said during the storm the emergency hotline took calls from Hendry and Glades counties and distributed emergency food and water in both counties.

She said the Southwest Florida Relief Fund has raised almost $4 million for hurricane victims.

Some programs supported by United Way include:

  • VITA – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance helps those who meet the income limit prepare their income tax returns.
  • Reunite is a program for children and older adults who are at risk of getting lost. They provide a registration form and collect a DNA sample. The DNA sample is kept in the family’s refrigerator so it can be shared with law enforcement in an emergency. Lee, Hendry and Glades County sheriffs’ offices participate in this program.
  • We Care is a program that used to be under the umbrella of the Salvation Army and now is handled by United Way. It provides help for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured to get specialist health care at no cost. The participants must be referred to the program by a doctor. Currently We Care is helping 17 patients from Hendry County and two from Glades County.

 “We raise funds for a lot of our partner agencies,” said Sands. There are 22 partner agencies in Hendry County, who provide 37 programs in the county. The school district is a United Way partner through employee contributions. Last year, Hendry County School employees donated $8,104 to United Way.

United Way’s goal this year is to raise $354,370 for those 37 programs.

United Way plans to offer more programs in Clewiston in the coming year.

Hendry County, United Way

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