United Against Poverty Announces A Campaign to Retrofit Their New UP Center
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 and improvement of the building.
Once finished, the New UP Center will dramatically increase the ability of the most vulnerable
members of the Indian River County community to receive a “Hand Up”. The center will provide lowincome families greater access to much-needed resources. The results: decreased poverty and
increased economic stability for families in Indian River County.
November 7th at 5:30 p.m., UP’s Campaign Cabinet will host a kickoff event to officially launch Phase II
of the Lifting Lives out of Poverty campaign. The kickoff event will be held in The New UP Center
building located at 1400 27th Street. Campaign Cabinet Honorary Chairman Paul Becker remarked
“This event will celebrate a pivotal moment in the history of the organization. I would like to thank my
fellow Campaign Cabinet members Peter Bijur, Robert Brackett, Marybeth Cunningham, Don
Drinkard, Todd Fennell, Bill Frick, Bernie Kastory, Chet Lasell, Barbara Lowry, Alma Lee Loy, Karan
Morein, Robert Puff, and Jennifer Watson for helping make this night possible.” At the kick-off event,
campaign leaders will announce the amount of funds raised toward the retrofit project.
United Against Poverty is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering
people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency. The
organization operates UP Centers in Indian River County, St. Lucie County and Orlando which serve
more than 10,000 low-income families daily.