Vero Beach, FL – To welcome home Two Guys United Against Poverty, the community is invited to a “Splash Party” on May 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Waldo’s Restaurant and Bar to celebrate the return of Rev. Scott Alexander and Jake Piper from their cross-country cycling adventure. This event is free and open to the public. A cash bar will be provided and proceeds from a charity bar, fun games and a prize drawing will benefit United Against Poverty of Indian River County.
Alexander and Piper, who comprise Two Guys United Against Poverty, will have completed a 3,400-mile journey from Cost Mesa, CA on April 22, to Amesbury, MA on May 25. The pair’s goal is to raise awareness and financial support specifically for United Against Poverty’s Success Training for Employment Program (STEP). Both Alexander and Piper are contributing over $12,000 each in personal funds to underwrite their journey so that 100 percent of tax-deductible sponsorship proceeds are directed to STEP.
Special thanks to Century Ride Sponsors, St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Roberty Webber and Deming and Romer Holleran and other sponsors, the fundraising initiative is nearly 40 percent to the $50,000 goal. A daily video blog that documents each day of the 33-day trek can be viewed on United Against Poverty of Indian River County’s Facebook page.
STEP is a three-phase workforce development program that incorporates a classroom-based, 120-hour curriculum, which was developed by United Against Poverty specifically for people who wish to lift their families out of poverty through employment.
Phase a, the classroom segment of the program, is comprised of emotional intelligence, job acquisition and workplace skills training. Phase 2 is comprised of job acquisition activities that lead to employment. Phase 3 incorporates mentoring for 1 to 3 years, or until the employed STEP participant reaches economic self-sufficiency (200 percent or over federal poverty guidelines).
In 2016 100 people completed STEP and became employed at 60 employers with an annualized wage impact of $2.4 million in Indian River County. In the first quarter of 2017, 33 STEP participants attained employment and joined the 144 employed participants currently in Phase 3 of the program. STEP goal is to reach 230 participants in Phase 3 by year-end, with a total community impact of $5.6 million in annualized wages.
Founded by Austin and Ginny Hunt in 2003, United Against Poverty is a nonprofit 501c3 organization that provides crisis stabilization, general education, workforce development and subsidized food assistance services. To learn about Two Guys Against Poverty sponsorship opportunities or the Splash Party visit rideagainstpoverty.org or call 772-770-0740. Visit UPIRC.org to find out more about STEP.