United Way raises $6,373,249 for Community Needs

United Way Campaign Chair, Jeff Kiel

United Way of Brevard celebrated the hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals that came together to raise funds for our community.  While the Campaign fell shy of the goal, it did raise an amazing of $6,373,249 which will impact the lives of over 200,000 of our most vulnerable neighbors.

“I felt very strongly about setting an aggressive goal that would send a clear message: People in OUR community need OUR help to improve their lives.  We know Education, Income and Health efforts are our best shot at giving families those opportunities. I am really proud that we took that stance! We were definitely following that adage - shoot for the moon and even if you don’t quite make it, you’ll land in the stars,” stated United Way Campaign Chair, Jeff Kiel.

Harris Corporation and its employees were the largest contributors, raising over $1.3 million, representing over 20 percent of the entire campaign.  While the second largest, Publix Super Markets and its associates raised an equally impressive $868,194.  Publix also contributes the largest corporate gift to United Way, an incredible $372,900. 

New organizations running first-time campaigns include the TOSC team: Jacobs Technology, ERC and Aerodyne; and SMASS II both contracts at Kennedy Space Center.  

Organizations showing increased giving of more than $20,000 include: Wuesthoff Health System, Aeronix, Inc., Jacobs Technology, ERC, Publix Super Markets and FLORIDA TODAY.

Several organizations grew their giving between $10,000 and $20,000 this year. They include Brevard County, United Launch Alliance and the Rusty's Seafood & Oyster Bar Water Project.

“We appreciate Jeff and all of the volunteers who gave so much to this year’s effort,” commented Rob Rains, President of United Way of Brevard. “However, we especially want to express our gratitude to the thousands of Brevard residents who opened up their hearts and enabled us to achieve this year’s total.  In a year so full of uncertainty and economic challenge, our friends and neighbors really rose to the challenge. On behalf of the families we will serve in the year ahead, I thank all of you for your personal support and dedication.”

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Click here to read the story in FLORIDA TODAY.

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Nick and Diane Heldreth honored with
2014 Tocqueville Society Award

Tocqueville Chairs Chas and Vonnie Hoyman presenting the Heldreths
the 2014 Tocqueville Award.

United Way of Brevard awarded longtime Tocqueville members Nick and Diane Heldreth the 2014 Tocqueville Award which recognizes lead supporters of our United Way that have had a significant impact in our community.

Nick as the Vice President of Human Resources at Harris Corporation, served as a past Board Chair and Campaign Chair.  In retirement, he served as Chair of our Leadership Giving Council during its inaugural year.  Diane has been an active volunteer with the Haven for over 25 years. Since 2006, Nick and Diane have been members Tocqueville Society and continue to support many organizations including those with four legs, like Canine Companions, with their time and generosity.

Representing the highest level among our Leaders in Giving, the Tocqueville Society of Brevard encourages and recognizes the spirit of exceptional giving. The Society is named for the young French aristocrat, Alexis de Tocqueville, who during his travels to America in 1831 noted the "great good will" of neighbor helping neighbor. Through his inspirational book titled Democracy in America he applauded and immortalized this voluntary goodwill that lives in the hearts of Americans. Contributors give $10,000 or more annually and are recognized nationally for their deep commitment to community needs.  United Way of Brevard currently has 48 Tocqueville Society Members. 

Past Tocqueville Award recipients  include Lady Eleanor Kristensen in 2002, Jack and Martha Hartley in 2004, Don and Laurette Bryan in 2006, Jim and Jonnie Swann in 2008, Dr. Jim Giebink & Dr. Roxanne Johnson-Giebink in 2010 and in 2012 Harry and Wendy Brandon. 

FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card

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Whether you give, advocate or volunteer to improve our community, you can help us raise awareness on Twitter.  The idea is simple: there’s power in numbers.  If we all tweet, using the same hashtag, we can extend the strength of our network through social media.

All you have to do is follow @UnitedWayCocoa and tweet a single sentence today about how you LIVE UNITED.

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