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Volunteer Florida

Volunteer Florida is awarding 22 organizations across the state some significant matching funds to increase their volunteer base.

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United Way of the Big Bend

A new report from United Way shows nearly half of Florida’s households are struggling to make ends meet. United Way officials say their measurement tool called the ALICE Threshold gives a clearer image of poverty in the state.

The Shelter

Two months after an undercover woman alleged mistreatment at a Tallahassee homeless shelter, consultants are releasing recommendations for how to improve management and operations there. The suggestions include relocating and offering more services.

The report concludes an investigation stemming from a Tallahassee Grapevine blog post in February alleging the Tallahassee-Leon Shelter staff mistreated residents. The allegations included a staffer asking female residents for sex. A police investigation has cleared shelter staff of any criminal wrongdoing.

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United Way of the Big Bend

The major funder for a Tallahassee homeless shelter that’s being investigated for possible unsafe conditions is calling for an independent study of the situation. The United Way of the Big Bend is joining with The Shelter to make any necessary changes.

United Way President Heather Mitchell said, she was shocked at the allegations of mistreatment and sexual harassment by Shelter employees against an undercover woman. The claims appeared in a Tallahassee Grapevine blog post two weeks ago.

WFSU

The United Way of Florida has received a $3 million multi-year grant to fund reading programs in some of the state’s lowest performing elementary schools.

Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott read to a group of pre-schoolers as an example of the United Way’s Reading Pal’s program. The program aims to get reading volunteers into public schools.

The United Way of the Big Bend is hosting its second annual “Read United” campaign. As Sascha Cordner reports, hundreds of public schools are participating in an effort to encourage a love of reading among first graders.

More than 4500 books will be distributed to 350 first grade classrooms in the eight-county Big Bend region, thanks to the United Way of the Big Bend. The group’s President Heather Mitchell says as part of the campaign, 150 volunteers will then read to the students.