While our world has undoubtedly changed, our commitment to the community has remained the same. We are proud to continue to provide uninterrupted program offerings at our UP Center locations. Please note that face coverings are required at all times. Now more than ever, we are deeply grateful for your support.

Matt Tanner named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Indian River County

December 03, 2020

Matt Tanner has been named Executive Director of United Against Poverty Indian River County, located at 1400 27th Street. “I am pleased to announce Matt Tanner as the new Executive Director for our Indian River UP Center,” said Gwendolyn Butson, Chief Executive Officer of United Against Poverty. “Matt’s passion for people and his years of nonprofit experience makes him well qualified to lead our Indian River County campus. We are incredibly excited to have him join the team at United Against Poverty and know he will do great things for the organization.” Matt has spent the past three years working...

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Junior League of Indian River Gifts $10,000 to support community affected by COVID-19

August 27, 2020

The Junior League of Indian River (JLIR) is constantly striving to better serve our community especially during times of crisis. To immediately assist those in the community affected by Coronavirus, JLIR has awarded $10,000 to United Against Poverty which is on the front lines of helping local community members in crisis. To read this article visit, https://indianriverguardian.com/2020/08/10/junior-league-of-indian-river-gifts-10000-to-united-against-poverty/

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Whats UP with UP? – July 2020

July 31, 2020

United Against Poverty of Indian River County is rising UP to meet the growing needs of the people we serve. This month’s edition of What’s UP with UP includes a message from our Community Board Chair, Featured Employment Partner and a UPdate on first graduates of UP’s partnership with Treasure Coast Technical College’s Pharmacy Technician Program! To subscribe and read the full edition visit, https://conta.cc/38HOvpT

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Community Foundation Awards $50,000 to United Against Poverty

July 31, 2020

Community Foundation presented a grant for $50,000 to United Against Poverty (UP) for our programs serving vulnerable individuals and families in the community. With more than 50 percent of Indian River County households living either in poverty or one paycheck away from it, UP’s programs are dedicated to inspiring and empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty and their families to economic self-sufficiency. To read Community Foundation’s Press Release visit, https://ircommunityfoundation.org/community-foundation-awards-50000-to-united-against-poverty/

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Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club Support UP’s Mission of Lifting Lives

July 31, 2020

Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club holds an annual 5K run/walk to support area organizations. Each year the proceeds from the event benefit a local charity or cause, which is determined earlier in the year by the Club’s Fitness & Wellness Committee. This year the Committee selected the Vero Beach High School Marching Band, but due to COVID-19, the event had to be canceled. However, this setback did not stop the fundraising efforts of the Members at Orchid Island. In fact, they raised enough funds to also support United Against Poverty (UP) of IRC! To read Orchid Island Golf &...

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‘UP’ and partners ‘Give Together’ to pandemic’s hardest hit

May 19, 2020

UP is recognized by Vero Beach News for it’s efforts to serve our neighbors-in-need during this pandemic. To read the full article click here.

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As this pandemic crisis continues to rapidly change, UP has been working to create ways to fill needs as they arise.

April 13, 2020

Vero News recently reported on the work UP has done for the community during the COVID-19 crisis. Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2xYb5we

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We are in this together…UNITED!

April 13, 2020

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the Coronavirus. All of us at United Against Poverty would like to express our concern, love and support to those who have experienced illness or loss of a loved one due to COVID-19. Even though our everyday lives have changed significantly during these past few weeks, the human spirit has shown great resilience through remarkable acts of compassion towards others. We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who have united to serve the greater good during this unprecedented time. Thanks to the support of the community, United Against Poverty (UP) is...

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Thank You 2019 Hand UP Award Recipient – Pam Harmon

April 13, 2020

Pam Harmon and husband Tim Muris have been committed supporters of our mission for more than a decade. A dedicated volunteer, Pam has served eight years on the Board of Directors and has been instrumental in leading efforts associated with the annual Valentine Ball fundraiser. “A brilliant financial mind, Pam has brought strong leadership, great wisdom and valued insight,” said Annabel Robertson, Executive Director. “She has impacted the organization in immeasurable ways and has changed thousands of lives.”

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STEP Success Story

April 13, 2020

When Taylor enrolled in UP’s Success Training Employment Program (STEP) in 2015, he knew he wanted more from life than a dead end job and a lifetime of poverty, and his determination to have a better live was obvious to everyone who met him. Taylor was taking two buses and walking another mile to get to class, and was there on time with a smile of his face every morning. Taylor’s hard work did not go unnoticed, and UP was able to utilize our community partners to help Taylor get back in school and obtain his GED. He won an...

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