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.

Highlighted Partner: Indian River Community Foundation

April 13, 2020

UP welcomed the staff of Indian River Community Foundation (IRCF) on March 5th. An update on UP’s projects and programs was provided as well as a tour of the New UP Center. IRCF has been very supportive of UP’s work in Indian River County, including grants for our Success Training Employment Program (STEP) and a capital grant to support the Health Clinic in the New UP Center. IRCF is a vibrant, nonprofit enterprise with a powerfully simple mission of building a better community through donor-driven philanthropy. IRCF was established in 2008 and is accredited as meeting National Standards for U.S....

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Featured Foundation: Syde Hurdus

April 13, 2020

Syde Hurdus Foundation, based in New York City, is an independent foundation focused on supporting social and human services as well as health organizations. United Against Poverty of Indian River County received a $50,000 grant in February 2020 from the Foundation to support their mission. Syde Hurdus Foundation’s President Herb Fitz Gibbon II commented “We think UP’s strategic vision and their implementation of it is as good as we have seen.” UP is grateful for Syde Hurdus Foundation’s generous support!

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The New UP Center Has Opened!

April 13, 2020

The New UP Center pays homage to the building’s roots by leaning into the industrial design with sleek concrete floors and spacious, exposed ceilings. The center is filled with art and encouraging words of affirmation, but what is even more impressive than the fresh façade is all of the extensive resources that the center provides. The expansive location accommodates a co-op Member Share Grocery Program, classrooms for workplace readiness development, a health clinic run by Treasure Coast Community Health, and a marketplace. Annabel Robertson, UP’s Executive Director, commented, “The opening of the New UP Center is the result of many...

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Introducing Our New CEO

April 02, 2020

United Against Poverty is thrilled to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Gwendolyn D. Butson. Gwen comes to us with 15 years of non-profit experience. She has worked with The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries in key executive positions and has a love for helping people. She has extensive executive management experience and holds a Masters in Business Administration. Gwen’s demonstrated compassion is accompanied by her keen interest in the areas of strategy, accountability and succession planning, the hallmarks of an effective CEO. Her passion for the non-profit industry is evident in her dedication to the employees, the participants,...

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WPBF 25 Interview: UP IRC staying open to provide essential services during the caronavirus crisis.

March 25, 2020

UP was recently on WPBF 25 to talk about the New UP Center and staying open to provide essential services during the coronavirus crisis. To view the interview visit,   https://www.wpbf.com/article/treasure-coast-organization-helping-people-in-need-in-indian-river-county/31925417

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Syde Hurdus Foundation, Inc. Grant Awarded to UP Indian River!

March 09, 2020

Syde Hurdus Foundation, Inc. based in New York City, New York, is an independent foundation focused on supporting social and human services as well as health organizations. United Against Poverty – Indian River County  received a $50,000 grant in February 2020 from the Foundation to support their mission. Syde Hurdus Foundation’s President Herb Fitz Gibbon II commented “We think UP’s strategic vision and their implementation of it is as good as we have seen.” UP is grateful for Syde Hurdus Foundation’s generous support!

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Sweet Supporters at UP’s lovely Valentine Ball

February 25, 2020

United Against Poverty held it’s seventh annual Valentine Ball and was featured in Vero News.   Read the article here: http://veronews.com/2020/02/20/sweet-on-supporters-at-ups-lovely-valentine-ball/

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United Against Poverty Opens New UP Center

February 13, 2020

United Against Poverty Opens New Center in Vero Beach                                                                                  United Against Poverty (UP) is building up the community with its new 46,000 square foot UP Center located at 1400 27th Street, Vero Beach. The organization unveiled the new location with a series of events leading up to the official ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on January 25, 2020. Attendees gathered at the newly transformed center, which was previously a vacant citrus packing house, to welcome the public to the new multi-function campus.   The New UP Center pays homage to the building’s roots by leaning into the industrial...

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United Against Poverty Announces A Campaign to Retrofit Their New UP Center

November 19, 2019

Vero Beach, Fla. — United Against Poverty (UP) embarked on Phase I of the Lifting Lives out of Poverty campaign to provide funds to purchase a building of sufficient size to consolidate its programs and provide additional space to host collaborating partners. Thanks to the generous support of its board and several community stakeholders, UP raised $2 million to purchase a 46,000 square-foot building. The “New UP Center” is located in the historic Main Street area of Vero Beach directly east of the Indian River County Administration Center.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   A second phase of this campaign will fund the buildout, retrofit...

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Lifting Up Lives Together

May 17, 2017

The nearly two-year collaboration of the resources of United Against Poverty, Indian River County Habitat for Humanity and the Samaritan Center were celebrated Saturday, May 13. Sarah Williams was presented with her new three-bedroom home that she purchased at the Waterside Community in the Oslo neighborhood of Vero Beach. Nearly two years ago, Sarah arrived at the Samaritan Center with her three-year-old son De’Andre and pregnant with her daughter De’Asia. She had no money, no food and no housing. She and her family have lived at the Samaritan Center since then. To purchase a home with Habitat, the potential owner...

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