Volunteer Spotlight: Hilton

September 14, 2018

Team Members take Hilton’s innovation and influence to communities to drive positive change. During Hilton’s annual Global Week of Service, more than 65 volunteers from six Orlando area Hilton Properties partnered with United Against Poverty Orlando. For nearly 100 years, Hilton has seen a world that can be made better through genuine hospitality. The efforts of the Orlando area Hilton Team Members are a part of Hilton’s week-long celebration recognizing the company’s year-round commitment to serving and enriching the communities where Team Members live, work and travel. “One of our key purposes at Hilton is to serve and support our...

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Highlighted Partner: Spraker Wealth Management

September 14, 2018

Susan Spraker, President of Spraker Wealth Management, first learned of our agency after reading an article in the Orlando Sentinel. She quickly became engaged with the mission of United Against Poverty as a founding member of our Board of Directors. And thus began a ten year partnership during which Susan and her team have tirelessly dedicated their time, talent and treasure to helping working poor families and dignity and hope. Spraker Wealth Management provides holistic financial planning and wealth management for families, individuals and foundations. Over the years, Susan and her team have spent hundreds of hours stocking the shelves in...

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Facility Update: Shopping Carts

September 14, 2018

In recent years, UP Orlando has struggled to maintain an adequate inventory of shopping carts to keep up with demand. On particularly busy days, this shortage would make it especially difficult for parents with children to get the items they need without a cart available. If they had time, members would oftentimes circle the parking lot waiting for another family to unload their groceries so that they could secure a cart. Having shopping carts available for all of our members to use any time of day may seem like a simple pleasure, but it’s an essential part of the dignified...

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Thank You, Tommy!

September 14, 2018

Tommy Beck has been a longtime advocate of United Against Poverty, faithfully serving on our Board of Directors for the past 10 years. For much of that time he fulfilled the crucial role of Development Chair, where he introduced countless new supporters to our mission and ensured the gifts entrusted to UP Orlando were always put to work in the most effective way possible. While he continues to remain active with our mission, Tommy retired from his committee chair position earlier this year, passing the torch to fellow Board Member Jeff Chandler to lead development efforts. “Tommy Beck has selflessly...

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Construction Program Helps Students Build a Better Future

September 14, 2018

To help the graduates of the Success Training Employment Program as well as the community at large, we recently partnered with Valencia College’s Accelerated Skills Construction Program. The Construction Program met for six weeks at our Orlando UP Center, where students spent time both in the classroom and on a simulated job site learning site safety, construction math, proper tool usage and project planning. Seven students—two of whom were also STEP graduates—earned certifications to help them excel in the growing construction industry. “The Construction Program helped me prepare to not just get a job, but a career that will help...

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Double Your Impact

September 14, 2018

If you make a donation using our donation page between now and November 30th, your gift will have twice the impact. All you have to do is note “Match” in the message box before you submit your donation! Dear friends of our mission Dr. Don and Cindy Diebel have generously offered to match gifts made during this time, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000! Please help us reach our goal of fulfilling this special matching gift opportunity by making a donation of any size—every dollar counts! Your gift could mean the difference between hope and despair for someone in need. Together,...

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Dana’s Story

September 14, 2018

“Before STEP it seemed like there was no hope. I’d mail out countless applications while searching for a job, and then get no call or email in return. It’s real hard when this happens to you day after day—it breaks you down. When I found out about STEP it was my last hope, and I put my all into it. I learned so much throughout the program. A few weeks in, my Coach helped alert me to a few openings she thought I would be good at, and I immediately jumped at the chance. I ended up having four job...

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STEP Cycle 14 Graduation!

September 14, 2018

On August 24th, we celebrated the accomplishments of the 14th graduating class from our Success Training Employment Program! “The transformation I witnessed in these nine hardworking individuals over the course of the last six weeks cannot be put into words,” said Tiffany Rozier, Education Coordinator. “The cohorts encouraged, cared for and learned from one another. Together they grew from hesitant to determined, emerging with the self-discipline and positivity necessary to propel them to succeed.”

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Orlando Regional Realtor Associations Joins UP for a Lunch and Learn

September 14, 2018

A huge thank you to the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association for attending our Breaking the Cycle of Poverty Lunch on July 10th, and for taking the time to learn about our programs! We are honored to have the opportunity to partner together with ORRA in several ways—including their sponsorship of our Bubbly & Blue Jeans Gala this December. The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association is one of the largest local trade associations in the state of Florida, with more than 14,500 members in Orange, Seminole, and the surrounding counties. We are so grateful for your support!

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Back to School Clothing Swap

September 14, 2018

Back-to-School shopping can be an overwhelming task for any family—but especially for those in need. With the help of our partners at Discovery Church, Disney and Integrative Physical Medicine, we recently hosted our Inaugural Back-to-School Clothing Swap. The swap, held at our Orlando UP Center, encouraged families to bring in a bag of their gently-used children’s clothing and swap it with a bag of new-to-them, age-appropriate clothing. Our first swap was very popular, and made it possible for more than 100 children to start their school year with confidence and dignity.

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