United Way of Broward County Announces Back-to-School Supply Drive for Local Military Children

July 25, 2013

With the beginning of the 2013/2014 school year just a month away,  United Way of Broward County, in partnership with the Miami VA Healthcare System, announced today that they are holding a Back-To-School Supply Drive for children of local Broward County veterans and active duty military service members.  The donation drive is part of United Way of Broward County’s MISSION UNITED initiative, a new critical program supporting US military service members, veterans and their families in Broward County.  

Starting today, July 22, through Friday, August 2nd, community members and businesses are encouraged to bring donations of new school supplies, including notebooks, folders, paper, glue sticks, pens, pencil, scissors, crayons, highlighters rulers, erasers and other school items, to United Way of Broward County’s office, located at 1300 South Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale (954.462.4850). The donation box is located in United Way of Broward County’s first floor lobby and supplies can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.

The back-to-school school supplies will be distributed to military families on Saturday, August 10th from 9:00a.m. - 12:00p.m. at the William “Bill” Kling V.A. Outpatient Clinic, located at 9800 West Commercial Boulevard in Sunrise, Florida (954-475-5500). Military veterans and active duty service members are encouraged to learn more about MISSION UNITED initiatives and support also provided.   The VA will also provide information to military veterans and active duty service members.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with The Department of Veteran Affairs to help military families prepare their children for the upcoming school year,” said Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County. "Through our combined efforts, we hope to supply as many children as possible with the materials and tools they need to start the school year off right."

For more information, please contact United Way of Broward County at 954.462.4850 or visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.

About MISSION UNITED
MISSION UNITED is a new critical program supporting US military service members, veterans and their families in Broward County by helping them re-acclimate to civilian life.  Key focus areas include employment, education, health, legal assistance, emergency financial aid, and housing.  United Way of Broward County created MISSION UNITED and partnered with American Red Cross to align existing military services and create programs where there are gaps in support.  For more information on MISSION UNITED, please call 954-4-UNITED or visit www.MISSIONUNITED.org.

About United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.

About American Red Cross South Florida Region
Established in 1918, American Red Cross is guided by a volunteer board, representing a cross section of our very diverse community. Red Cross staff and trained volunteers deliver disaster and humanitarian services across our community. Red Cross services also include education about HIV/AIDS, learn to swim and lifeguard certification programs, CPR and First Aid certification, responding to fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, assisting military service men and women and their families with emergency communication, and much more. The services provided by American Red Cross South Florida Region are only made possible through the generous contributions of time and money from the Broward Community.  For more information, visit www.redcross.org.

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