United Way of Broward County Launches Project S.H.A.R.E.

February 3, 2010

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – (February 3, 2010) - United Way of Broward County announced the launch of its Project S.H.A.R.E. (Strategic Haitian Aid and Relief Efforts)as a fundraising and programmatic response to the needs of families in Broward County affected by the massive evacuation of victims of Haiti’s recent earthquake.  This initiative is in addition to United Way of Broward County’s $47 million impact on the community through fundraising and matching grants.

United Way leaders are working in conjunction with front-line providers such as the Broward County Public Schools, the Department of Children and Families, the Red Cross, etc.  In addition to other funders, such as the Children’s Services Council, Broward County, the Community Foundation of Broward and partners such as the Long Term Recovery Coalition to continue to assess and respond to the growing issues in Broward County.

“Project S.H.A.R.E. is our initiative to focus the contributions of our donors with the many growing needs here in Broward County that were caused by those evacuating Haiti after the earthquake,” said United Way’s President/CEO Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D.

“Those who were evacuated into our community came only with the clothes on their backs.  They need short and long-term housing; clothing; food; immunizations, school supplies and more in the short term.  They also need access to legal assistance to assist with immigration status changes in order to get jobs and become self sufficient.  With the support of our corporate, foundation and individual donors, United Way of Broward County can assist in meeting these needs,” said Anderson.

Anderson continued, “While we don’t yet have all the answers and won’t for possibly months to come, already we see the emerging needs affecting our community and are working with our donor community to raise funds to meet these unmet needs.”  United Way of Broward County will use contributor dollars to create a voucher system for front-line organizations to distribute to needy families as they evacuate into Broward County.  Also, host families who open their doors to evacuees may also be eligible for support.

United Way of Broward County is a participating member of the newly formed Haitian Relief Task Force Victim Services Committee. This group, along with other long-standing collaborations will assist United Way in the ongoing monitoring of needs and the identification of faith-based organizations and other non-traditional service providers that may have established roots in the Haitian community.

To learn more or to contribute to Project S.H.A.R.E., please call 954.462.4850, ext. 164 or visit www.unitedwaybroward.org.

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