United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties seeks to create long-lasting change and sustainability in our communities by addressing our greatest needs in the areas of health, Economic Mobility, and education — providing opportunities to improve the quality of life.
The concept is simple: if all of us do a little, together, UNITED in PURPOSE, we can do a lot. We UNITE programs, resources, volunteers, donors, and finances in our Lake and Sumter communities to build stronger, healthier, and in many ways wealthier, citizens able to then sustain their own contribution to their community. GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER.
United Way connects thousands of people with volunteer opportunities that match their talents, passions and bandwidth. And giving back can lead to new friendships and networking opportunities. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. GET INVOLVED
Being in the know is half the battle when it comes to fighting for what you believe in. Having a voice and being heard is important to ensuring our representatives act in accordance with what our community needs. RAISE YOUR VOICE AND ADVOCATE FOR YOUR NEIGHBORS-IN-NEED.
United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties has been improving lives and strengthening the communities of Lake and Sumter since 1967.
We have worked together with our network of donors, partners, and volunteers to generate and amplify resources and advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for all. As a convener in Lake and Sumter Counties, our desired impact is to work alongside local neighborhood leaders, identify community priorities, create a resident-driven neighborhood strategy, and stabilize our community to improve the quality of life for all of our neighbors.
United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties strives to close gaps and open opportunities so everyone can thrive. We connect partners, donors, volunteers, and community leaders to tackle the root causes of our community’s most complex challenges while making a positive impact in the lives of our community members. Our impact areas are:
Education is the key to opportunity and every child deserves the chance to receive a quality education. United Way helps more children access early childhood education, have the support they need to succeed in school, and be prepared for college and career.
Books given to 35 teachers who attended our Thursday Night Done Right program
Spent on 20 teachers in 10 early-childhood classrooms in the past year
United Way is focused on economic mobility, helping people and families to be financially secure. We’re working in our communities to ensure people have access to skill building and career opportunities that provide benefits, the opportunity for increased wages, career advancement, and more.
in mortgage and rent assistance distributed from January to July 2023
families received assistance from January to July 2023
distributed in utilities assistance from January to July 2023
Being healthy includes physical, mental, and social well-being. United Way focuses on community needs including efforts to improve maternal and child health, increase access to healthy food, boost mental health support, and more.
of Florida adults are experiencing a mental illness. That's 3 million adults.
Statewide, nearly a third (32%) of the state’s 19-64 year-olds living below 200% of the FPL are uninsured.