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Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County Appoints 2020-2021 Advisory Council

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Stuart - The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County, a coalition of community members focused on the prevention of tobacco use, has appointed its 2020-2021 Advisory Council. Advisory Council members assume a leadership role regarding tobacco control and advocacy, education, and prevention and policy change in Martin County.

This year’s advisory council members include Dawn Cabrera and Nicole Scrivani of Tykes and Teens, Emily Gregory of American Cancer Society, Ellie Nicholas, Laura McBride of the Martin County Health Department, Adolfo Diaz of the Martin County School District, Samantha Suffich of Martin County Healthy Start, Pat Szcesny of Sandhill Cove and Jennifer Ahern of the Children’s Services Council.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is dedicated to the creation of tobacco-free social norms through a combination of community education, youth advocacy and changes in local tobacco policies. The mission of the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County reflects the goals of the CDC Best Practices. They primarily work towards changes in local tobacco policies to create and promote tobacco-free social norms.

Currently, the partnership focuses on tobacco free environments, tobacco free workplace policies, tobacco free multi-unit housing policies, counteracting tobacco marketing at the point of sale, and Students Working Against Tobacco ((SWAT) Clubs for middle and high school youth.

The Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County is facilitated by the QuitDoc Foundation. Learn more at www.quitdoc.com. To learn more about the partnership or to get involved, visit www.tfp-martin.org.

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Article Contributed by: Kimberly Perron - Donors Relations Manager
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OPEN TO ALL: The Treasure Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is pleased to announce a virtual event to help nonprofits solicit corporate sponsorships and create successful relationships with sponsors. The event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 10 am to noon. An exciting panel has been assembled with representatives from both nonprofits and small and large businesses to share their experiences and recommendations for creating win-win partnerships. The panelists include:

Tammy Matthew, Bank of American and Elisabeth Glynn, United Way of Martin County

Kate Cotner, Florida Power & Light and Roxanne Hall, United Way of SLC

Rob Steele, President & CEO, Elliott Museum

Kathy Carroll, Sonny’s BBQ and Andrew Webb, 4KidsTreasure Coast

The panel will discuss what makes a great sponsorship proposal and how that may or may not have changed during COVID-19. Participants will learn which marketing and recognition features are most important to businesses and how community impact plays into their decisions. Panelists will also share how the relationships are managed in the proposal process, during the event or program, and after the event or program is complete.

JoLynne Jensen, CFRE, AFP Treasure Coast Vice President of Education, will be the moderator for the panel and will provide opportunity for audience interaction and questions. Attendees will also receive 2 CFRE credits.

To register please visit https://www.afptreasurecoast.org/corporatesponsorships.

About the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

The Treasure Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents over 50 nonprofit organizations in Martin and St. Lucie Counties, FL. The chapter was chartered in October 1994 with the mission to strengthen philanthropy through professional development and ethical fundraising practices. Its membership consists of professional fundraisers who represent both large and small nonprofit organizations. Throughout the year, AFP Treasure Coast hosts webinars and educational luncheons for its members on topics, including the latest trends in fundraising, philanthropy and the general nonprofit sector. Scholarships to conferences, a job bank, and a study group are also membership benefits. For more information on the Treasure Coast Chapter, please visit www.afptreasurecoast.org or https://www.facebook.com/AFP-Treasure-Coast-124430447600379.

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House of Hope Evolves During Pandemic to Better Serve Struggling Households

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Stuart- House of Hope has always embraced change by recognizing opportunities and evolving to incorporate new ways to help empower thousands of local residents to overcome hunger and hardship each month. Most recently, by exponentially growing the number and scale of food partners, utilizing generous donations efficiently, and tackling the ambitious realm of producing farm-fresh food – House of Hope’s model has grown to position itself as a reliable food bank to fellow agencies. This shift has been in the making for months, however, the COVID-19 Pandemic created the pressing need to hit the ground running in order to meet the drastic increase in assistance being sought after. The agency jumped from serving 5,500 local residents monthly to averaging a staggering 7,000 per month through four House of Hope food pantries as well as thousands more via partnering agencies.

Traditionally, area charities had a struggle procuring the needed pantry staples and supplies to serve those in need usually resorting to purchasing these items. This expense being a significant chunk of budgets limited the resources available to fund other programs offered by those organizations. House of Hope’s substantial food distribution to partners exponentially increases the variety, quality and quantity of food items available and they are shared with House of Hope’s program partners at no cost. This not only improves the offerings for each of these various feeding programs, it frees up funding for these agencies to offer more robust and impactful additional services to the Martin County households they help. Approximately 7000,000lbs of food have already been provided by House of Hope to area organizations during the COVID response.

Partners such as Farm Share, Restoration Bridge International, Publix, CROS Ministries have helped provide thousands of pounds of fresh food, much of it direct from growers across the Southeastern U.S. Dairy and eggs, for example, used to be next to impossible to procure and now House of Hope has such a steady supply that not only do the agency’s four Martin County pantries offer it often, program partners such as LAHIA, First United Methodist's Manna Kitchen, Safespace, and the Boys and Girls Club of Martin County have been able to access the previously impossible inventory.

House of Hope’s most unique game changers have been its new Growing Hope Farm and the Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, both having exceeded the expectations set for these assets producing and preparing 8,000 units of nutritionally balanced meals and snacks each month. Hydroponically and aeroponically grown produce is harvested and prepared on the same day by staff and volunteers pairing with donated food items to create nutritionally balanced salads, sandwiches, meal kits and snacks to be distributed by House of Hope pantries and partner agencies. The initial goal of these programs was to improve the health and stability of families through nutrition, an initiative promoted as “Hope For Health.” The successes of these programs have helped that initiative to stretch far beyond House of Hope’s own pantry clientele now also impacting fellow agencies' recipients.

House of Hope Board Chairman, Hans VanDerlip shares, “House of Hope continues in its quest to serve the residents of Martin County to the best of our ability. In this time of unparalleled unpredictability, the staff and volunteers of House of Hope consistently go above and beyond. As the needs of our community change and evolve so will the manner in which we proudly and humbly serve.”


Founded in 1984, House of Hope touches the lives of over 7,000 people per month with services that include basic needs -- food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance -- and long-term case management which helps people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. The agency has service centers and thrift stores in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. Several nutrition gardens and the newly constructed Growing Hope Farms provide a sustainable source of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the community. House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in Stuart offers free programs, technology, and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.

For more information, visit hohmartin.org or call (772) 286-4673. House of Hope updates and announcements can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @hohmartin.

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Program partner Boys and Girls Club of Martin County work in the House of Hope food distribution center preparing meal kits for their participants to take home on weekends ensuring they have food to eat when not at the Club.

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Bottled water is always in the highest demand by agencies during both hurricane season and the heat of the Summer for clients experiencing homelessness. House of Hope distributed pallets of bottled water to food partners this Summer.

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House of Hope CEO, Robert Ranieri mans the forklift to unload thousands of pounds of shelf-stable food items generously provided by Publix.

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Salad Kits to Food Partners: House of Hope provides hundreds of pounds of fresh produce kits to fellow agencies.

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Stuart - The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA FL) recently announced Historic Downtown Stuart has been selected as a finalist for the 7th annual Great Places in Florida award program.

The initiative celebrates Great Places in Florida and the communities that sustain them, including neighborhoods, downtowns, streets, and public places. The three finalists were selected from a pool of nominations across the state by a panel of multidisciplinary experts. Great Places focuses on unique, memorable places that work for the good of their community and attract people to visit them.

"We are truly honored that Historic Downtown Stuart has been selected as a top three finalist for this year's Great Places in Florida award," said David Dyess, Stuart City Manager. "Our city has always offered residents and visitors a diverse range of desirable attractions, and our recent revitalization project further elevates our position as one of Florida's premier destinations."

The award is an annual selection of places that represent the gold standard of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow. Each finalist is recognized for contributing to the greater community's social, economic, and environmental well-being for the long term

"Historic Downtown Stuart is a vibrant and resilient community, embodying all the aspects that make Martin County such a fantastic place to live and visit," said Martin County Administrator Taryn Kryzda. "We are very proud and humbled to be recognized alongside such an esteemed collection of nominees and previous winners across the state.

The Great Places in Florida winner will be chosen by the public in the People's Choice voting round, beginning on September 8 through September 25. People can visit the American Planning Association Florida Chapter website to read more about Historic Downtown Stuart and votes can be cast through the dedicated Survey Monkey link. Following the voting round, the winner will be announced on Monday, October 5 to kick off National Community Planning Month activities.

Helping Friends Provide HOPE

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Stuart - Alzheimer’s Community Care is so thankful for our many friends and supporters. This past year has made us even more grateful for these amazing friendships.

One of our longest standing supporters is the Shepards Quilt Team. They are an incredibly talented group of quilters who, over the years, have donated over 800 handmade pieces to our patients and their families. These quilts not only bring physical warmth, but they warm the soul and give our families hope, knowing that people care so much about them.

#MyMoneyStaysLocal Launches on the Treasure Coast & Nationwide To Jump-Start Small Business Recovery

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Article by: Linda Horstmyer - SeaShell Digital

Stuart -SeaShell Digital is joining other local business owners in support of the new #MyMoneyStaysLocal movement.#MyMoneyStaysLocal is a grassroots movement encouraging business owners and community members alike to spend more money on purchases close to home. The movement was created by Alignable.com, the largest online referral network for small businesses with 5 million+ members, to raise awareness for how spending our money locally has a direct impact on how quickly and completely our community recovers.

Local businesses really need support from each other and the members of our community to survive the devastating effects of the COVID-19 epidemic, which has already forced several businesses in our area and thousands nationwide to close for good. The first step everyone should take is to become more aware of where they buy products and services and how their spending habits directly impact the ability of our community to rebuild and eventually prosper again.

During the first couple of months of the Coronavirus Outbreak, businesses and consumers went into survival mode, altering purchasing behavior and shifting to major online providers who could deliver purchases to their doors with little to no personal contact.

While this behavior was necessary to slow the spread of the virus, it had a disastrous impact on our local economy. In short, a vast amount of money left our community and ended up at Amazon in Seattle. And now we all need to switch back to shopping locally to recover. Why? Because, on average our local businesses spend 50% or more right here in our community, injecting much-needed cash back into our local economy. We at SeaShell Digital are also big supporters of local businesses. In our case, last month 78% of what my business spent went to locally-owned businesses. And sadly, as a consumer, I spent only 49% on local purchases. My goal is to raise that number to 70%.

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Members of our community hold the key to Rebuilding and Recovering from this crisis in their wallets. Whenever we get ready to buy something, we should think how #MyMoneyStaysLocal. We hope you’ll do the same for the sake of our community’s future. Tools are available at the Treasure Coast Reboot website. For more information or help with graphics and messaging on our local campaign, please contact me, Linda Horstmyer, at Linda@seashelldigital.com and 772-214-1048

For more details about the national movement, contact Chuck Casto at Alignable.com via email:chuck@alignable.com or text (508-314-3284).

We are Proud to Announce the Honor Flight Matching Challenge Now Through November 15th!

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Southeast Florida Honor Flight usually takes to the skies four times per year to bring local WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, DC to visit the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifices.

But as we all know, 2020 has been a very challenging year. Not only have we had to cancel all four scheduled Honor Flights for 2020, but also like many others, we have had to curtail normal fundraising events due to the COVID-19 virus situation. As a private non-profit, all-volunteer organization, only concerted fundraising efforts can keep our local veterans flying, and honored.

Enter the son of a WWII veteran--a four-time Honor Flight guardian and now guardian angel to Honor Flight—this anonymous donor has announced that he will match the first $10,000 raised for Southeast Florida Honor Flight with his own donation of $10,000.

This means that all gifts during the next two months will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000—a perfect time to give, as donations are doubled during this matching challenge.

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Candace Callahan Will Head Stuart Main Street

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Article by: Jackie Holfelder

With her love and knowledge of Martin County and deep reservoir of nonprofit experience, Candace Callahan is the perfect choice to serve as new Executive Director of Stuart Main Street. “Our basic mission is to create and promote a positive experience for residents, business owners and visitors to downtown Stuart”, Callahan says.

“My main goal is to redefine how Stuart Main Street can accomplish that and then get the information out into the community.” Most recently, Callahan had served as Corporate Gifts Officer of Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Concurrent with that, she was Executive Director of Young Professionals of Martin County (YPMC), a job she will hold until January, 2021. “YPMC was the perfect training ground for my new job at Stuart Main Street’, says Callahan. “I took over an organization that needed help restructuring and needed someone who could make decisions about how to help it develop and grow. “That’s exactly what I’ll be doing here.” Nik Schroth, president of the Stuart Main Street Board of Directors, says “We’re excited to see Candace take the reins of Stuart Main Street. She brings all of the skills and traits we were looking for in an Executive Director: local knowledge, an understanding of the mission and the drive to accomplish the type of projects Stuart Main Street has been known to accomplish.”

Callahan has lived in the Stuart area since she was six years-old and although she’s temporarily moved away for brief periods of time, she’s always happy to find herself back home. She attended FAU and IRSC. Since she’ll basically be juggling two full-time jobs until January, her spare time is at a minimum, but when she can, Callahan loves to cook, support local businesses and grab any opportunity she can to be near the water. Candace Callahan says she’s excited to part of an organization like Stuart Main Street and take it to the next level of excellence.

To learn more, visit www, stuartmainstreet.org.

Photo provided by Candace Callahan

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County Bring Hope on Sept. 11 Anniversary Through ‘Heart of Hands’ Artwork

Stuart - The artwork now adorning the commission chambers at Stuart City Hall memorializes an occasion most of us will never forget. But for some of the artists who created it, the project was their introduction to the topic.

About 150 kids with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County (BGCMC) created artwork to honor the heroes of Sept. 11. The 7- to 10-year-olds fashioned a heart composed of their handprints in red, white and blue—each one bearing messages of gratitude for law enforcement, firefighters and military.

The creation will hang at city hall through the month of September.

“We were honored to again commemorate this tragic occasion with kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County and we’re heartened by the lessons of courage and words of kindness they draw from the event,” says David Dyess, Stuart city manager. “Even though our chambers see less foot traffic than usual these days, everyone who comes in and looks up at the heart of hands honoring the fallen—and reads the words children wrote—will surely be touched.”

The project was part of BGCMC’s H.E.R.O. Helping Each Other Realize Opportunities, a mentoring/prevention program funded by Children’s Services Council of Martin County that uses fun group activities to foster social competence and self-confidence. In undertaking the task, BGCMC staff carefully navigated difficult subject matter in shedding light on the details of that fated day 19 years ago. While many of the kids had some familiarity with Sept. 11, others knew nothing of the occasion.

Even as they addressed the significance of such a tragedy in which the nation was attacked and many innocent American lives were lost, staff emphasized the heroism, courage and sacrifice of the firefighters, EMTs and police in their response—as well as the role military plays in protecting the nation.

“Each day at every Boys & Girls Club we emphasize the importance of good citizenship and character but these virtues are given even greater voice in the days leading up to the anniversary of Sept. 11,” says Keith “Fletch” Fletcher, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Martin County. “As adults, we can instantly recall every detail of where we were and how we felt that terrible day. I’m regularly amazed at the skill and tenderness with which our professional staff—through honesty and sensitivity—turn that memory into a powerful lesson of hope, unity, patriotism, and the importance of serving our country and each other.”

2020 Big Taste of Martin County Dine- In, Takeout and Delivery MONTH OF OCTOBER

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 Stuart– The Big Taste of Martin County: Dine-in, Takeout, and Delivery is presented by Publix Super Markets Charities, as an annual fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties for the entire month of October.

After many years of having the premier food and wine event of the Treasure Coast, BBBS promises to deliver by taking on a new twist to the event by helping the restaurant and food industry who have supported them. The 2020 Big Taste of Martin County: Dine-in, Takeout, and Delivery will offer the community a "Big Deal Pass" with a variety of offers from area restaurants offering "big deals." People who purchase the pass will be able to redeem the offers all month long. Throughout the month, BBBS will host an online raffle and release silent auction items (10/19-10/23) for the chance to win BIG!

"The Big Taste of Martin County: Dine-in, Takeout, and Delivery is a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of their mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the potential and promise of youth throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties. "We are excited to launch this new event aspect to support the talented chefs and restaurant owners in Martin County who have given selflessly to us every year," said Yvette Flores, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Event Sponsors Include: Presenting sponsor Publix Supermarket Charities.
Media Sponsors: Stuart Magazine, Local Dines, Seabreeze Publications, Hubbard Media, Hometown News, Coast 101.3 fm radio.
The "Big Deal Pass" is $40, and the card will feature "Big Deals" from area restaurants and support the nonprofit organization at the same time. The "Big Deal Pass" will go on sale, September 10, and BBBS is currently seeking event sponsorships with details at www.mentorbig.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties:
BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.

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The Stuart Air Show is returning to the skies Nov. 7 and 8. Celebrating our delayed 30th anniversary, the beloved regional event—sidelined last year by heavy flooding, which proceeded the tragic pre-show crash of a performer—will highlight performances from more elite military fighter jets than ever before.

Not all the action will take place exclusively in the air. The event will debut a freestyle motocross performance in which one rider jumps over a biplane—in flight! And one of the static aircraft gives festivalgoers the chance to sit in the replica cockpit of the Top Gun Maverick F-18 Hornet popularized by Tom Cruise in the famous film.

This year we will be assembling aerial military performers generally so in-demand they’ve not appeared together in North America in nearly a decade; crafting and coordinating with leading health professionals comprehensive COVID-19 safety and sanitization protocols; and honoring the memory of Dr. Joseph Masessa, the pilot set to perform last year, who died Nov. 1 when his plane crashed at Witham Field hours before the show was set to start. The Stuart Air Show is also paying homage to Masessa through our logo, which was redesigned to include his 1968 Grumman OV-1 Mohawk.

As the scope of the COVID-19 virus threat emerged, air-show leadership consulted closely with other event organizers. Incorporating multiple safety measures—including encouraging pre-event ticket sales, going cashless, installing numerous personal sanitization stations, requiring masks in select covered areas, frequent cleaning of key high-touch areas and regular temperature and wellness checks for volunteers—the Stuart Air Show team also met with health professionals from the Martin County Health Department and other health-industry experts to review our procedures which can be viewed here: stuartairshow.com/safety.PERFORMERS

In addition to the U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight and USASOC Black Daggers Parachute Team, the featured fighter jets—air combat aircraft that have not performed at the same event in the United States before —include:
· A10 “Thunderbolt II” Demo Team
· F16 “Viper” Demo Team
· F22 “Raptor” Demo Team
· F35 “Lightning II” Demo Team

The freestyle motocross show features acclaimed riders from across the country, including:
· Cody Elkins
· TJ Tiffany
· Jerad LaRue
Static displays of aircraft include:
· DreamBig Top Gun exhibit of the Maverick F-18 Hornet Experience—an exact replica of the fighter jet featured in the famous movie—invites guest to pose for pictures in the cockpit.
· C-47 Tico Belle is a memorial to the aircraft that 75 years ago took part in the D-Day invasion.
· TBM Avenger, a Grumman designed torpedo bomber like the aircraft flown by George H.W. Bush when he was shot down by the Japanese during World War II.
· M*A*S*H helicopter
· Douglas DC-3, which served as a wartime transport in the 1940s and deemed vital by Gen. Dwight Eisenhower for winning World War II.Calling all businesses!

Air Shows are the second most popular spectator sport in North America. Annually, millions of people attend nearly 350 air shows nationwide. The award-winning Stuart Air Show has become the largest event on the Treasure Coast. Last year’s air show attracted over 30,000 people making it the single most significant marketing opportunity in the region. Become a friend of the Stuart Air Show to promote your business to the attendees of the 2020 show - November 7 & 8.

Stuart Air Show Board of Directors
Amy Bottegal, President
Nick Blount, Vice President
Chuck Cleaver, Treasurer
Doug Davis, Secretary
Lee Potter
Desiree Bonnie
Susan O'Rourke
Angela Clarke
Deanna Usidek

Executive Director:Skylar Gorman
The Stuart Air Show proudly supports the community. Past proceeds have benefited non-profit organizations including United Way of Martin County, Special Olympics, Civil Air Patrol, J.D. Parker S.T.E.M program and many other deserving community charities. Stuart Air Show, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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United Way of Martin County Provides Local Students with Tools for Success in a Challenging Year


Zoe Harper, second-grade student at Palm City Elementary School, is learning remotely and using school supplies donated by United Way of Martin County through their Tools for Success program.

Stuart – Whether they started the school year virtually or in the traditional classroom setting, more than 10,500 Martin County students began the school year with necessary supplies thanks to United Way of Martin County’s Tools for Success initiative. More than 260,000 supplies were lovingly assembled into supply kits to help students kick start the school year, saving local families over $83,000 in school supply costs.

The goal to alleviate the financial burden of back to school supplies was more important this year than ever before.

“The impact of COVID-19 is far-reaching and has disproportionately impacted those least able to afford it. It’s in these unsettling times that local families need extra assistance since many are worried about meeting their basic needs rather than budgeting for school supplies,” said United Way of Martin County President/CEO Carol G. Houwaart-Diez.

Unlike last year, the pandemic made it more difficult to collect school supplies from traditional drop-off locations. As a result, United Way focused on a virtual drive, which allowed donors to safely and efficiently purchase items that were shipped directly to its office. The extensive volunteer effort was scaled down to comply with social distancing guidelines. Thirty-eight individuals volunteered 316 hours sorting and assembling school supply kits that were delivered directly to the schools.
Despite these obstacles, the Tools for Success program effectively provided supply kits to every single student in all 11 elementary schools in the Martin County School District as well as Title 1 middle schools, including Indiantown Middle School, Murray Middle School, and David L Anderson Middle School. Martin County’s four high schools were also provided with supplies for 600 kits to have on hand for students in need.
Thanks to a partnership with Publix Super Markets Tools for Schools program, starter kits were chock full of the most common school supplies, from No. 2 pencils to notebooks to safety scissors.
Thanks to a grant from Hobe Sound Community Chest, Hobe Sound Elementary School received full supply kits for each student and additional supplies to have on hand.
“This is an unprecedented time and many families are grappling with job loss, income reduction, furloughs, anxiety about what may come, and changes in school routines. We are thankful to the United Way for alleviating the worry of providing school supplies for our students,” said Dr. Tracey Miller, chief academic officer, Martin County School District.
The program was made possible with support from sponsors including Bank of America, Cleveland Clinic Martin Health, Hobe Sound Community Chest, PNC Bank, HBK Wealth Advisors, Treasure Coast Urgent Care, Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County, Florida Power and Light Company, CenterState Bank and Publix Supermarkets.
“While we address the unique challenges created by the pandemic, the everyday work of United Way and our partners have never felt more essential,” Houwaart-Diez said. “The impressive results of our Tools for Success program prove that together we can rise to any challenge.”
For more information about United Way, visit www.UnitedWayMartin.org.


Students in Mrs. Sharpe’s second grade classroom at Warfield Elementary School are using the materials United Way graciously donated to their students.


Robyn Monte, principal at Palm City Elementary School, and staff received their delivery of school supplies.


Martin County High School Student Ridgway Clark volunteered to sort school supplies to support Tools for Success


Adam Ziskinder, Ellen Diez and Ryan Ziskinder helped unload supplies at Hobe Sound Elementary School


Martin County High School Student Betsy Buntin volunteered to sort school supplies to support Tools for Success

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Amy Bottegal and Natalie Desmangles volunteered to sort school supplies to support Tools for Success


Cindy Groover volunteered to sort school supplies to support Tools for Success


Kate Cotner and her son Liam volunteered to sort school supplies to support Tools for Success

Making it Happen for Martin County

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Longtime supporter and two time Hope Award winners (Macy's and Geoff Leoberman, Jensen Beach store manager) generously provided House of Hope with over 300 garments to be distributed via Project HOPE and partnering agency, 4C's. These formal fashions will be offered to Martin County clients in need for celebratory occasions that often pose financial burdens to households such as graduation, prom, homecoming, Quinceañera and weddings. Maintaining dignity has always been a hallmark of House of Hope's client choice pantries and this generous donation will help the agency supply local residents with a way to attend important milestones without taking on financial strains to participate.

“Macy’s is committed to giving back, sharing joy and being there for the community in times of need. This unprecedented time has brought challenges to many families in the communities Macy’s colleagues live and work, and Macy’s is proud to support House of Hope, an incredible organization whose impactful work plays a vital role in strengthening and enriching the local community and beyond,” said Geoff Lieberman, Macy’s Jensen Beach store manager.

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We have shifted our one-on-one Career Coaching program normally offered at the Golden Gate Center for Enrichment to allow for a virtual format.
Through this FREE program we will help you with your goals for:
• Career path exploration
• Job searching
• Filling out applications
• Resume writing and/or updating
• Creating a cover letter
• Building interview skills
• Current job retention
To register - hohmartin.org/careercoaching

Pastries and produce for everyone! Our Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center has been busy cranking out tasty and balanced meals from all of the generous donations along with impressive garden and farm harvests.

Thanks to dutiful volunteers and staff braving the heat to keep #GrowingHope, we are seeing a very bountiful summer in our nutrition gardens and greenhouses. This abundance of fresh food provides a steady supply of sandwiches, salads, and meal kits for residential households and clients experiencing homelessness.

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Kiwanis Club Back to School

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Article by: Cher Fisher - Kiwanis President

Kiwanis club of Stuart had their fifth annual back to school event this past Thursday, August 6. Due to Covid - 19, it was modified to be a drive-through line at a local church who is a community partnerwith Kiwanis, First United Methodist Church of Stuart.

In the past we’ve had an all out back to school party with School clothing,tennis shoes,and underwear selected for each child, and then a party for the entire family including food, music, face painting and free haircuts. This year it was minus all the activities, yet we served 81 deserving children, selected by area nonprofits, and gave them a bag of clothing, backpacks provided by United Way, and a hot meal for the entire family, Burgers and hotdogs cooked By our county sheriffs department.members of South Fork high school Key Club that we sponsor.In photos are members of South Fork High School Key Club that we sponsored.

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HANDS of St. Lucie County and TC Food Bank Work Together

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Article by: Lisa Hatch

I was having a conversation with a friend who was working from home and socially isolating like a master. Very little had changed for her since the COVID 19 Pandemic began, and the changes had been positive. Her office was now her home, her income remained consistent, and her health insurance remained intact. Her commute was eliminated, and her new work wardrobe consisted of a beautiful blouse and pajama bottoms. As a front line healthcare worker and Executive Director of the Hands Clinic in St. Lucie County, my view of the pandemic is entirely different. What made the situation real for me was a successful emergency food distribution that we partnered with the Treasure Coast Food Bank to organize.

On August 11th, the Hands Clinic in cooperation with the Treasure Coast Food Bank distributed over 200 boxes of fresh produce, protein, and milk. The food drive was scheduled for 9 am to 11 am. The Treasure Coast Food Bank staged the parking lot like masters and provided enough volunteers to ensure that traffic flowed correctly and the wait time was short. What surprised me was that people began to line up by 7:30 am. By 9:00 am, the distribution started on time. The line of traffic was out of the parking lot and down the road.

By 10 am, we ran out of food. This was the point that the gravity of our current Healthcare crisis hit me. The Hands Clinic provides Primary Healthcare Services and Dental to uninsured residents of St. Lucie County between the ages of 18 - 64. Most of our patients are your neighbors. They are working people who do not have employer-based health insurance but make too much money to qualify for Medicaid. They are your bartenders, your caddies, your groundskeepers, and your hairdresser.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused immense economic damage, but the harm has not been evenly felt," Gallup's Principal Economist Jonathan Rothwell writes. "Workers who provide in-person services have borne the brunt of layoffs and wage reductions." At the Hands Clinic, we see more people every day who, for the first time in their life, are laid off, through no fault of their own, navigating a system of charities they are unfamiliar with, and not seeing an end in sight.

If you are in need, reach out to your local, not for profits. There are many resources in our area that will help. 211 is a great place to call if you need information on what help is available. The Treasure Coast Food Bank has many options to help you obtain food. If you are uninsured and in need of services and Medications, I encourage you to call the HANDS clinic (772-462-5646) to see if you qualify for our services. We are open, accepting new patients, and would love to help you through this difficult time.

If you are blessed enough to be still working and have seen little change in your situation, I encourage you to donate to one of the local not for profits to help your neighbors. As the Executive Director of the Hands Clinic, I can tell you that even a small donation goes a long way to helping us meet the medical needs of the uninsured in St. Lucie County.

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In Photo: HANDS- Lori Ullrich and Exec. Dir. Lisa Hatch

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In Photo: Will Vaughn, HANDS

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In Photo: Rick Madden and Joe Parson- Family Church PSL

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In Photo: HANDS volunteers- Ami Esquivel, Brandy Ullmann and Lori Ullrich

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In Photo: Storm White and Layton Rivas, HANDS volunteers

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In Photo: Gary Porter and Jackie Kenney, TC Food Bank

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In Photo: Al Castaldo, Family Church PSL

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