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2017-2018 Community Impact

ReadingPals Initiative

Served K-3rd grades at Caring and Sharing, Girls Place, Idyllwild Elementary, Rawlings Elementary, Shell Elementary, Stephen Foster Elementary and Terwilliger Elementary.

  • 140 volunteers, 155 students 

  • 2785 Reading Hours

  • More than 2,000 books taken home

  • 42 percent of students received 25 or more hours of reading mentoring

  • 39 percent of students received 19-24 hours of reading mentoring

  • 12 percent of students received 12-18 hours of reading mentoring

  • 7 percent of students received less than 12 hours of reading mentoring

Partners

ReadingPals partnered with Girls Place to begin a peer literacy mentoring program giving ReadingPal graduates and other interested 4th and 5th grade girls the opportunity to be reading mentors to kindergarten students. Twelve 4th and 5th grade girls participated in the program and were matched with 12 kindergarten girls at Girls Place. ReadingPals received a grant from the Women's Giving Circle to continue this program in the 2018-2019 school year.

Alachua County School Board
Alachua County Public Libraries
21st Century Afterschool Program
Girls Place, Inc.
Women United
Women's Giving Circle
Community Foundation
UF Alpha Phi Omega Chapter
New Scooters 4 Less
UF Shands Nurses
Books-A-Million

Book Nook Project

The bookshelves are stocked with gently-used books that are free for families to take.

  • 29 active Book Nooks placed throughout the community

  • Special recognition to Barbara Ross, the Gainesville Women's Club and Publix for being major contributors to this program.

  • Collected 16,523 books for distribution to the community

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

  • More than 200 volunteers participated

  • Refunded $2,574,869 to the community and saved taxpayers $565,735 in paid fees for a total impact of $3,140,604

  • The average refund was $1,719 and average EITC was $1,507 (saving an average tax fee for preparations of $260).

2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free service provided by United Way of North Central Florida connecting the community to critical health and social service resources. For the fiscal year 2015, 12,226 local residents called 2-1-1.

  • ALACHUA 10,932

  • BRADFORD 281

  • DIXIE 266

  • GILCHRIST 193

  • LEVY 884

  • UNION 115

  • OTHER COUNTIES 737

  • PEOPLE CALLED FOR HELP 13,408

Top five reasons local residents called 2-1-1:

  • 25% Housing assistance

  • 18% Utility assistance

  • 13% Tax prep assistance

  • 10% Food assistance

  • 7% Healthcare assistance

FamilyWize

A discount prescription drug program offered free of charge to everyone, regardless of income level or insurance coverage.

  • FamilyWize was used 18,408 times in fiscal year 2015

  • $461,687 in local savings