United Way honors volunteers at annual meeting, awards luncheon

United Way honors volunteers at annual meeting, awards luncheon

Pictured at the 2018 Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards are (l-r) award winners Shekeria Brown, Joshua Williams, Francisco “Paco” Vélez and Annelies Da Costa Gomez with United Way of Miami-Dade president and CEO Maria C. Alonso.

United Way of Miami-Dade hosted its 94th Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards on Wednesday, June 27, honoring five extraordinary volunteers and celebrating another year of fighting for a stronger Miami. The luncheon and awards ceremony was held at Jungle Island.

This past year, United Way had many firsts: appointed a new president and CEO, Maria C. Alonso, for the first time in 27 years; jumped into action during the 2017 Hurricane Season coordinating volunteers in the relief effort and ultimately awarded more than $6 million to aid families in affected areas; expanded Early Head Start services to a total of 520 infants and toddlers who are receiving full-day, year-round high quality early education interventions at 20 United Way partner centers in high-need neighborhoods; launched Inspire305, an initiative that activated the community to vote for two emerging nonprofits to receive grants to further their missions; awarded Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Maker Fund to implement an employer-based financial wellness program at Jackson Health System, and built a permanent home for Mission United and the United Way Center for Financial Stability to offer direct services to the community at its Batchelor Campus.

Every year, United Way honors extraordinary volunteers, who truly make the community a better place. This year’s honorees include Congressman Carlos Curbelo, Annelies Da Costa Gomez, Francisco “Paco” Vélez, Shekeria Brown and Joshua Williams.

Since 1924, United Way of Miami-Dade has been an innovative force in the community, successfully responding to emerging needs and transforming people’s lives. Today its work is focused on education, financial stability and health—the building blocks for a good life. We invest in quality programs, advocate for better policies, engage people in the community and generate resources.

To learn more, give, advocate or volunteer, visit www.unitedwaymiami.org.


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