While our world has undoubtedly changed, our commitment to the community has remained the same. We are proud to continue to provide uninterrupted program offerings at our UP Center locations. Please note that face coverings are required at all times. Now more than ever, we are deeply grateful for your support.

Meet Madeline Clem, Volunteer Coordinator

September 23, 2020

Madeline Clem is an Orlando native and a University of South Florida alumna. She has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at United Way Suncoast, and most recently served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative in South Florida, where she recruited and managed volunteers for the organization’s outreach programs. She is excited to be at United Against Poverty as the new Volunteer Coordinator and serve her hometown community. Welcome to the team, Madeline!

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Meet Susan Makowski, Grant Writer

September 23, 2020

Susan Makowski, joining UP as the new Grant Writer, has over 25 years of experience in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. She has a proven track record in achieving financial milestones and looks forward to serving us on a permanent basis. Susan has currently been serving on the United Against Poverty Executive Board as our inaugural Advocacy Committee Chair. Welcome to the team, Susan!

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Meet LaSonia Landry, Community Board Member

September 23, 2020

Please join United Against Poverty Orlando in welcoming one of our newest Community Board Members: “After learning that UP Orlando’s vision included providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve a future filled with hope and possibilities, I knew I had to get involved. UP’s work to increase positive outcomes for our most vulnerable populations through the grocery and STEP programs allows individuals to provide for their families and learn valuable skills that enhance their futures. These initiatives are imperative to creating a culture where everyone, regardless of economic status, has a safe and healthy place to live, work, learn and...

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Meet Kristen King, Community Board Member

September 23, 2020

Please join United Against Poverty Orlando in welcoming one of our newest Community Board Members: “UP Orlando is serving our community in such an impactful way through job training, providing quality food at a reduced price, counseling and many other services. I was introduced to UP through my father Tommy Beck and my husband Chris and I have admired and supported the work being done here. I appreciate UP’s desire to have families involved in serving, and my children and I enjoy volunteering in the grocery program. I’m looking forward to being more involved with this great group.” – Kristen...

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Meet Candace Goodman, Development Manager

September 23, 2020

Candace Goodman is a native of Central Florida and a graduate of the University of South Florida. She has led fundraising efforts on behalf of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shepherd’s Hope and JDRF. Her passion for helping others and for special events will serve our organization well as UP’s new Development Manager. Welcome to the team, Candace!

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STEP’s First Virtual Class

September 23, 2020

On Friday August 7, UP Orlando’s Success Training Employment Program (STEP) celebrated the fourth graduating class of 2020. Five new graduates completed the 120-hour curriculum for improving emotional intelligence and building workplace and job acquisition skills These graduates are seeking employment in a wide range of fields including health care, clerical work, and engineering. Our first all-female class of students bonded closely during their time in Phase I which was conducted every day using Zoom’s real time video chat rooms and an educational platform containing the daily curriculum of assignments and coursework. Tears of joy during graduation speeches confirmed the...

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Voucher Surprise

July 07, 2020

The last several months have been incredibly challenging for the majority of Americans and United Against Poverty has seen an uptick in the need for food assistance and low cost groceries across our community as the unemployment rate has skyrocketed. Dianne Andersen and her husband John, a former United Against Poverty board member, saw this need and immediately wanted to help ease that burden for struggling families. Dianne and John donated $25 grocery vouchers and surprised more than 100 member families. Thank you so much Dianne and John for your incredible generosity and big hearts!

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Thank You Bank of America!

July 07, 2020

United Against Poverty was pleasantly surprised to be named a 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builder winner and recipient of $200,000 in unrestricted funding. This generous award will help strengthen the UP Orlando programs. Our crisis stabilization, member share grocery, workforce development and education programs build a healthier, smarter and more stable community.

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Double Your Impact This Summer!

July 07, 2020

Last fall, friends of the mission Dr. & Mrs. Don and Cindy Diebel challenged donors to match their gift of $25,000 to UP Orlando. This year the Diebels do it again! The Diebels are matching gifts to United Against Poverty, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 this summer. If you make a donation by clicking the red Donate Now button at the top of the page between now and August 31st, your gift will have twice the impact on the lives of our neighbors in Central Florida. Please help us reach our goal of fulfilling this special matching gift opportunity...

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Mobile Markets: Lifting Livest throughout Florida

July 07, 2020

To meet the increased need for food in our community, due to job layoffs from COVID-19, we started providing UP Mobile Markets to get groceries to people who need it quickly and safely. We targeted communities identified as food deserts and partnered with government agencies and other nonprofits to staff the events. The first two events served 800 families by providing 10 tons of food that became available because of food service businesses closing or scaling back. We have also secured Farmers to Family food boxes from the USDA through the end of the year to keep this mobile program...

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