The 8th annual Hunger Free Radiothon which benefits United Against Poverty was held on November 3, 2016. This Radiothon would not have been possible without the support of of GYL 93.7 FM and sponsored by Midflorida Credit Union with toll free sponsor Mr. Oil.
United Against Poverty programs include Crisis Stabilization, Member Share Grocery Program, life skills workshops and Success Training for employment Program (STEP). These services are provided through the support of the community and events such as the radiothon.
“Many families along the Treasure Coast, struggle to make ends meet and the holidays are no exception,” explained Karen Franke, Station Manager. “We support the UP Centers because they provide a beacon of hope with long-term solutions to address the root causes of financial distress and break the cycle of poverty.”
This event raised over $16,000 to fight hunger this holiday season. This total means that our community has helped to collect 50,583 meals for those experience poverty.
“The tremendous support of the community has helped to make the holiday’s brighter for numerous local families,” said Annabel Robertson, executive director of UP Indian River. “Poverty effect many people in our area. One out of every 2 families in Indian River County can not make ends meet from month to month. The support shown here at our Hunger Free Radiothon was outstanding and inspiring.”
This event would not have been possible without the sponsors Barbara Butts, Barbara Lowry, Ellen Gelberg, Bob Boeschen, Amy Patterson and Mary Lou Young, Randy Old for Vero Beach City Council, Knights of Columbus- Fourth Degree, Pilar Church, Jim Taylor, Dr. Ricardo and Bonnie Artigas, Linda Rusciano, Laura Moss for Vero Beach City Council, Renea McGrath, ED – The Brennity at Tradition, Bill Knight State Farm, Born Again Too Consignments, and Fort Pierce Utilities.
We farther need to thank our volunteer phone operators: Barbara Butts, Barbara Lowry, Gina Johnson, Carmen Stork, April McCoy, Caneria Gardner, Susie Sheets, Amy Patterson, Linda Rusciano, Chance Lowery, and Anne Larkey.
United Against Poverty (Formerly Harvest Food & Outreach Center) is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that was founded in 2003 by Austin and Ginny Hunt in Indian River County. It provides a holistic, multi-component approach that provides a hand up to those living under the 200% federal poverty level through resource development, resource protection, and resource connection. Services include: 1) Hunger Relief Program including a Member Share Grocery Program, Earn While You Learn program, Give and Get program, and the Emergency Food Pantry. 2) Crisis Stabilization that provides short and long-term assistance to those in need through counseling and active referrals to services. 3) Job Training including our nationally recognized Success Training for Employment Program (STEP) and Rapid Employment Program. Working with over 55 Employers in the community we offer participants training and support allowing them to gain employment and grow in their careers to self-sufficiency. 4) Education Programs including Pre-GED, GED, and general education workshops including budgeting, finance, life skills, and computer training. We also offer post-secondary education counseling, career planning workshops, and community-based advocacy events.
For information about campus tours, donations or volunteering visit UPIRC.org or call 772-770-0740.