United Way of the Big Bend

The United Way of the Big Bend is tightening its focus. Under a new strategic plan, the organization wants to fund programs and proposals targeting early learning, housing, financial literacy and workforce training.

Rolle Named New Leader Of United Way Of The Big Bend

Feb 26, 2015

The United Way of the Big Bend has a new President and CEO, and she's  no stranger to the organization and its goals.


United Way of the Big Bend President & CEO Heather Mitchell is stepping down to take a new job--at Tallahassee Community College.

Mitchell became the youngest president & CEO and the first woman to head the agency when she was appointed to the post two years ago. She replaced Ken Armstrong, who was head of the United Way of the Big Bend for 16 years prior to Mitchell's appointment.


Read the announcement from TCC below:

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The United Way of The Big Bend is refocusing its mission, scaling down its operations to focus on the areas of health, education and income.  The group’s president says the move is a direct response to a survey the organization put out to the community.


In less than two weeks, a group of community leaders and local officials is expected to come up with ways to help reduce Tallahassee’s sudden increase in gun violence, and some members of the panel say they’re ready to start.

Heather Mitchell is the President of the United Way of the Big Bend, and one of the newly established 16-member Community Leadership Council on Gun Violence. Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo recently announced it was part of a five-prong approach to get feedback, after a series of officer-involved shootings in recent weeks.

Another Tallahassee homeless shelter is closing its doors.  The Haven of Rest shelter on West Tennessee Street will shut down this weekend.  The announcement comes just a few months after United Way of the Big Bend announced The Shelter, a few blocks east, would be replaced by other transient housing.  The Haven of Rest closing will mean no place to stay for about a hundred homeless men.  Members of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition held an emergency meeting Thursday to explore accommodation options.  Coalition Executive Director Susan Pourciau said the challenge is to replace, not only the H

More than 300 first-graders in Florida’s Big Bend are getting more than 4,000 books. The books are being donated as part of the United Way of Big Bend’s Read United initiative.

In the next five days more than 100 community members, recruited by the United Way, will read and distribute about 4,000 books to children in eight North Florida counties.  It’s the third year the group has put on the reading event and Early Literacy Coordinator with the United Way, Courtenay Garcia points out that improving literacy helps kids in all areas of life.

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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.

Charities Work to Create a Day of Giving

Nov 27, 2012

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are well known celebrations associated with incredible deals at retail and online stores just after the Thanksgiving Holiday. But, a group of charities is trying to add another day to the list, one that is less about buying and more about giving.

The idea of a day of giving has spread around the country and found a home in Tallahassee. This week marks the first Giving Tuesday celebrated nation-wide. Sarah Deeb with the United Way of the Big Bend said the idea fits squarely with group’s mission.

The United Way of the Big Bend has launched this year’s campaign. The organization hopes to raise about as much as it collected last year.

The arena of the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center resembled a political convention scene. The 2012 United Way of the Big Bend campaign kicked off with a mock debate between an actor called “ignorance and apathy” and local United Way Campaign Chair Ron Sachs.


The United Way of the Big Bend has a new leader for the first time in 16 years. The news comes after current president Ken Armstrong announced he is stepping down to take a position at a construction company. Lynn Hatter reports the United Way chose to recruit one of its own as the new agency head.

The United Way’s Heather Mitchell will assume the role as President and CEO. Mitchell joined the agency five years ago, and currently serves as head of resource development. She says she’s got big ideas she hopes to bring to the job.