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2015-2016 Community Impact

ReadingPals Initiative

Served 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders at Terwilliger Elementarty, Norton Elementary, Foster Elementary, Idylwild Elementary, Caring & Sharing Learning School, Northwest Boys and Girls Club and Woodland Park Boys and Girls Club.

  • 175 volunteers, 166 students Participants

  • 2967 reading hours

  • Over 2,000 books taken home

  • 26% of students received less than < 12 hours

  • 15% of students received between 12-18 hours

  • 18% of students received between 19-24 hours

  • 40% of students received over 25 hours of reading time

  • 9 Site locations

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