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getcheckinglgo1.jpgGet Checking™ is a national financial education program designed specifically to help consumers establish a primary banking relationship and gain access to mainstream financial services. Already helping over 11,000 unbanked consumers across the country open deposit accounts and effectively apply the knowledge financial education affords, Get Checking is a proven program providing opportunity to close the disproportioned financial gap between the banked and unbanked.

Last year, United Way partnered with numerous community partners, including financial institutions, to bring Get Checking to Tampa Bay. By taking a 6 hour course offered in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties, consumers can receive the education and support they need to open a checking account with one of the partnering financial institutions. Get Checking is the only national financial education program that guarantees program graduates can open a checking or savings account.

Read more about this community program and find out when the next course is at United Way’s Web site.


United Way of Tampa Bay today honored 10 volunteers for making theTampa Bayarea a better, brighter place.
The awards were handed out at the annual Volunteer of the Year luncheon held in conjunction with National Volunteer Week, April 15-21. Each volunteer is indispensable,” said Diana Baker, President/CEO of United Way of Tampa Bay. “None of the nonprofit agencies in the Bay area – United Way could survive without its volunteers.” More than 400 people attended the award luncheon.

Find out who won the awards by clicking here.

To kick off National Volunteer Week, more than 350 United Way volunteers spent this past Saturday (April 14th) at Bay Pines Veterans Administration Hospital, helping to make the grounds more beautiful for the patients there. Watch the video to hear what our President and CEO, Diana Baker, had to say about the day.

Note: Click the button in the center of the video image. On some browsers you may have to click it twice.

United Way of Tampa Bay invites you to be the difference you want to see in your community. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Everyone can be great because anyone can serve.”  The community needs you, and United Way can help you discover where you can best lend a hand.

Opportunities to fit your schedule
Most often, it is the busiest people who volunteer. United Way’s Hands On Tampa Bay (HOT) program was designed with that in mind. HOT specializes in linking volunteers to short-term projects scheduled outside of normal business hours. The opportunities to help are endless. You can sign up online if you wish and see for yourself the many choices HOT provides.

Organize your colleagues!
Has your organization considered volunteering as a group? Why not get your colleagues together outside the office for some team-building and community service! Tutor children, provide companionship to the elderly, clean and refurbish a park, or offer physical and spiritual aid to the hungry and homeless. United Way can help you make that happen.

Visit United Way’s Volunteer Tampa Bay Web site and sign up as a member. Then take a look at all the volunteer projects available to you and your colleagues. There are a lot of options for you to consider and you can match your talents and schedule to a project and sign up right there on the site.

You can also call 813.274.0900. Just tell our receptionist you are interested in volunteering and one of our staff will be happy to help.

National Volunteer Week is coming up, starting April 15. United Way has a number of events planned. Read more about it at our Web site at

What’s the best investment you can make to prepare your home and property for the upcoming hurricane season? The answer is simple. Invest your time and attend this annual storm preparedness event in Largo, May 19th! Everything you need to know from state, county, city and retail merchants will be featured at this important and informative expo. See the attached press release to learn more: hurrpressrelease.pdf

girlpainting.jpgFor the third year, the United Way ’s Women’s Leadership has provided $600,000 in funding to child care organizations to provide quality summer enrichment programs for children/youth ages 5-13 years of age in low to moderately low income families throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties.  United Way’s Summer Care program aligns with United Way’s Family Well Being Impact Agenda to ensure that parents have access to quality and affordable child care so they can participate in the work force. Financial Education services are also provided to the parents to help them with financial planning, budgeting, planning and using credit to their advantage. Click here for more information about Summer Care and our community partners. Also see our earlier post that describes in more detail the history and intentions of Summer Care.

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