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:

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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Alice

April 13, 2020

United Against Poverty’s volunteers are the backbone of our operation, We call on them when we need support and they always deliver. Our volunteers help with administrative work, stocking shelves, helping our members find the resources they need, teaching classes, working events, and various other tasks around campus. There are many dedicated volunteers here at UP and we would not be able to do the great work we do without them. We are especially thankful for Alice, who has been a volunteer for UP for many years. Alice is essential to the Development Department and is conserved an essential part...

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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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