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Acceptance, angst follow United Way mission shift

August 30, 2018, by TaMaryn Waters

The angst was palpable to Darrick McGhee as he sat in two meetings last week.

Small groups of United Way of the Big Bend officials and board members like him were meeting with area nonprofit directors. The agency had just announced a radical overhaul to survive in a world of dwindling donations. As part of its historic mission shift, the United Way would laser focus its limited dollars on helping those living in poverty and the working poor, who live check-to-check and are growing at an alarming rate.

Nonprofit heads came to the meetings with questions. They wanted clarity. How would they fit into this new mission — if at all?

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Why our community needs human service agencies

July 9, 2018, by Amber R. Tynan

A strong and independent nonprofit human services sector is essential for aligning the social and economic factors facing our community. Especially when we know that 41% of all households in Leon County are below the ALICE threshold (including those living in poverty) according to the 2017 ALICE Report.

ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county. The Leon County average household income is $46,002 annually, which is slightly below the state average yet only 78% of the national average.

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Be A More Informed Voter, Especially on Issues Facing Our Community

June 4, 2018, by Amber R. Tynan

By now you have probably read an article or two about the proposed establishment of a Children’s Services Council in Leon County. You have also likely read the myriad of perspectives on the concept as well as why it should or why it should not be considered for vote this November. Yet, maybe you haven’t.

Recently at the UPHS Annual Conference for Excellence in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, keynote speaker County Commissioner Nick Maddox asked attendees (270 nonprofit professionals) how many were aware of this proposal and its details…less than half the room raised their hand. It was very telling.

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Think Strategically. Achieve Excellence.

May 29, 2018, by Amber R. Tynan

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” – Abigail Adams

I am a constant learner and wholeheartedly believe that we can never stop learning yet when we do, we stop growing personally and professionally. There are many ways to learn new things to broaden our knowledge as well as enhance our innate skillsets, yet I find, more times than not, people rarely make the commitment to enhance their potential.

There are several reasons for this…time, money, capacity, resources…the list goes on and on and this is no different for nonprofit professionals. Add to the mix the underlying culture that suggests investments in our nonprofit talent as optional; coupled with minimal budgets dedicated to increasing operational capacity readily leads to nonprofits forgoing training altogether for their staff.

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Big Wheels make a big impact at Elder Care Services

May 27, 2018, by Amber R. Tynan

During a beautiful spring morning last month, Elder Care Services, Inc. hosted its annual Big Wheels Deliver Meals event. Each year, community leaders from various backgrounds and pursuits gather together to raise awareness of the challenges facing our nation’s elderly population, namely isolation and hunger.

Presented by Capital Health Plan, KIA of Tallahassee, and OliverSperry Renovation, this year’s event not only raised senior hunger awareness, but also celebrated Elder Care’s tireless fight against that hunger: 47 years of uninterrupted Meals on Wheels deliveries.

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