GiveWell receiving Spirit of Central Florida award

United Way of Central Florida has awarded GiveWell Community Foundation the 2019-2020 Spirit of Central Florida award.  

LAKELAND, FL (JUNE 15, 2020) – GiveWell Community Foundation has been awarded United Way of Central Florida’s 2019-2020 Spirit of Central Florida award. The award was announced Monday, June 15 as United Way of Central Florida kicked off its “United Way Spirit Week” on Facebook Live.

“United Way of Central Florida is proud to recognize GiveWell Community Foundation with the highest workplace award that we have at United Way each year, which is the Spirit of Central Florida,” said Christina Criser Jackson, president and CEO of United Way of Central Florida. “We are so grateful to be partners during this COVID-19 pandemic, but also partners as friends and colleagues in making an impact throughout the community.”

“We are very honored to receive the Spirit of Central Florida award,” said John Attaway, president and CEO of GiveWell Community Foundation. “United Way of Central Florida has been an invaluable resource for our community for many years. Although our organizations serve the community in unique ways, there are opportunities for our organizations to partner together. And, when we do, it is our community who benefits the most.”

Anticipating the medical and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic locally, GiveWell Community Foundation partnered with United Way of Central Florida in March to establish the United Community Relief Fund. The fund has surpassed $500,000 in donations, with more than $300,000 already distributed to nonprofit organizations providing medical and economic relief in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. Additional grants will be distributed in the coming months. Visit unitedcommunityrelief.org to learn more and donate to the fund.

“United Way Spirit Week” continues through Friday, June 19. Join on social media each morning at 9:00 a.m. as United Way board and staff members celebrate their 2019-2020 accomplishments and announce their annual awards. To learn more, visit facebook.com/unitedwayofcentralflorida. 

About the United Way of Central Florida
United Way of Central Florida works to improve lives and strengthen our community by identifying gaps in services and providing solutions. UWCF works with qualified partners to improve the health, education and financial stability of people in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. United Way works to amplify donor dollars with local matches, convene partners to improve efficiencies and broker services that produce the best return on investment in the areas of most critical need. United Way believes no one can do their best if they are hungry, sick or in pain. To learn more, visit uwcf.org or call 863-648-1500. 

About the GiveWell Community Foundation
GiveWell Community Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits to build a stronger community throughout Polk, Hardee, and Highlands county and beyond through charitable funds and competitive grant cycles. The Foundation is home to more than 300 charitable funds and the Impact Polk and Empower Polk grant cycles. GWCF has awarded of $209 million in grants since its founding in 1997. To learn more about GWCF, visit givecf.org or call 863-683-3131.

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