Stephen Lee, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Nassau and chair for the 2013 Nassau County United Way Campaign, will lead the breakfast event that will highlight how United Way is impacting our communities in Nassau County by focusing on areas that matter most: education, income and health.
“Between 23 and 29 percent of Northeast Florida children are behind their fellow students before they even start school,” said Lee. “United Way’s Success By 6 program is making a difference in the lives of children throughout Nassau County by providing them with two years of high quality early education and care.”
Success By 6, a partnership between United Way and The Early Learning Coalition of Duval and the Early Learning Coalition of Clay, Nassau, Baker and Bradford, provides two-year scholarships to working families with three-year-old children. The children are placed in early education centers and receive two years of full-day education. Since Success By 6 began in 2007, more than 631 preschoolers have received grants to attend.
“Our Success By 6 program is the perfect example of how United Way teams up with impact partners and providers in our communities to improve the futures of children,” said Amy Dyar, United Way Nassau County resource development manager. “Your gift to United Way, invested with those of others, is the most powerful way to make a difference in Nassau County.”
Each year, nearly 12,000 Nassau County residents’ lives are improved through United Way-funded programs such as Success By 6, including preschoolers, at-risk youth, people with disabilities, senior citizens, local families and many others. There are 11 Nassau County-based impact partners and a total of 44 United Way-funded programs located in Duval and Nassau counties that assist Nassau County residents.
Photo Caption: (far right) Stephen Lee, hospital president of Baptist Medical Center Nassau and 2013 Nassau County United Way Campaign chairperson, leads the cheer for helping children get a great start in school — and life — through United Way of Northeast Florida’s Success By 6 program. Joining in the cheer are (from left): Jimmy Engram, 5, a two-year participant in Success By 6 and now a happy, well-prepared kindergarten student, Fernandina Beach City Manager Joe Gerrity, Nassau County Manager Ted Selby and (seated) Amy Dyar, United Way Nassau County resource development manager.
United Way certified partners located in Nassau County include:
• Ark of Nassau
• Barnabas Center
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Florida
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Florida
• Boy Scouts of America, North Florida Council
• Communities in Schools of Nassau County
• Episcopal Children’s Services
• Girl Scouts of Gateway Council
• Nassau County Council on Aging
• Nassau County Volunteer Center
• YMCA of Florida’s First Coast
You can learn more at United Way of Northeast Florida’s 2013 Nassau County Community Campaign Kickoff at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at the Atlantic Avenue Recreation Center, Fernandina Beach. Bright Mornings, located on 3rd St. in historic downtown Fernandina Beach, will cater the hot breakfast buffet. For more information on how to start a workplace or individual campaign, contact United Way Nassau County Resource Development Manager Amy Dyar at (904) 390-3239. To RSVP for the kickoff, call Kim Waithe at (904) 390-3215 by Oct. 16.
About United Way of Northeast Florida
United Way of Northeast Florida advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good life. We collaborate with numerous impact and community partners to help children enter school ready to learn, kids stay on track through graduation, families achieve financial stability, and people lead healthy, productive lives.
For more information, please visit www.uwnefl.org