United Way of Brevard
United Way Celebrates 60 years of Caring by Raising $6,117,000 for Community Needs
United Way of Brevard is celebrating the hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals who came together to raise funds that will help our neighbors meet basic needs and build an even better life for themselves and their families. The Awards Celebration, held Thursday, April 27 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place, honored the outstanding achievements and the amazing community members who raised $6,117,000.
Harris Corporation and its employees were the largest contributors, raising $1,384,437. This year marks Harris’s 10th Million Dollar campaign. Publix Super Markets and its associates again joined Harris Corporation in the million dollar circle this year by raising $1,105,790.
Publix is the second largest campaign, and contributes the largest corporate gift, an incredible $ 473,900. Publix associates celebrated their 2nd year in the Million Dollar Circle by contributing $1,105,790.
New organizations running first-time campaigns include UBS Financial Services, Inc., Millennium Engineering and Integration Company, Whittaker Cooper Financial Group, and River Oak Dental.
“Sixty years ago a small group of concerned business leaders came together to address the growing needs in our community and how best to meet them. Since that time, more than $165 million has been raised, numerous community initiatives developed to address needs, and hundreds of thousands of lives have been changed. While we’re proud of our accomplishments, we’re also acutely aware that none of this would have been possible without the generosity and support of this community,” said Rob Rains, President United Way of Brevard.
Past Board leadership also shared their memories and refections on how United Way has impacted our community over the last 60 years.
Another life changed thanks to you!
Colton is a vibrant, 22-year-old man, who suffers from a severe developmental disability that prevents him from communicating verbally and requires him to rely completely upon others for his personal care. Colton graduated from high school in 2015 at the age of 21, and enrolled that summer in Bridges, a United Way partner agency.
When Colton first enrolled at Bridges, he would not engage with his peers or Bridges staff. He spent nearly all day in his wheelchair, facing away from the group activities taking place. But the caring and persistent staff in his program got to know Colton and encouraged him to get out of his wheelchair and engage in activities. Four months after enrolling in the day program, Colton moved into a group home. As program staff continued to work with him, Colton became more and more outgoing.
Today, the young man who refused to get out of his wheelchair is now walking around the center with support, and sitting at tables with his peers, fully participating in group activities. He smiles all the time and is able to communicate his choices, readily responding to ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions. He is stronger and more independent every day. Colton’s quality of life has improved immeasurably thanks to the community support that makes programs like this possible.