John Boughtin is one of our veteran Read

John Boughtin is one of our veteran ReadingPal mentors. He started four years ago, when the program was first launched in Volusia and Flagler Counties via United Way and ReadingPals Partners. John is truly an asset to the program and loves working with the students. He is the first one to fill in when another mentor is unable to read to their students, and he is always asking if he can do more!
John worked in the engineering field and when he retired, he knew the importance of a good education. John believes reading well is an essential skill in defining and achieving educational, career, and life goals. He feels the love of reading is a perfect way to spend endless hours and knows it can enrich your life.
John joined ReadingPals, “because, first and foremost, I love children and I wish to be a part of their success story. If I can motivate a child to have some curiosity and interest in reading then I believe they will benefit forever. I believe it is also important and I try to help them improve their attention span, social skills, and develop some degree of critical thinking. I try to make it fun, interesting, fun, informative, fun, entertaining, fun and inspiring. Did I mention it should be fun?” John keeps coming back each year because he feels it is his duty and a pleasure to share his love of reading with the students. “And in the process, through their simplicity, originality, naiveté and honesty, they give me more than I give them.”
We truly appreciate mentors like John Boughtin and hope he continues to come back to ReadingPals each year. This program would not be a success without mentors like him!

About ReadingPals:
Learn more about ReadingPals and sign-up to change the lives of local children! /readingpals

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Financial Symposium – October 30th

The Community Foundation of Volusia & Flagler and the Estate Planning Council of the Fun Coast proudly present the

2014 Financial Symposium
Ways to Fulfill Your Charitable Vision

This event is a service for local financial professionals to earn their required continuing education credits. This year we are featuring special guest speakers representing: the Ladies Professional Golf Association, Your Caring Law Firm of Maitland, and Crotty & Bartlett Associates of Daytona Beach.

DATE: Thursday, October 30, 2014

COST: $20.00 (Includes buffet breakfast)

LOCATION: Holiday Inn LPGA, 137 Auto Mall Circle, Daytona Beach, FL

RSVP: or 386-445-8900


Registration & breakfast – 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM

8:40 AM – 9:20 AM:  “Community Impact of Philanthropy at the Ladies Professional Golf Association”

Kathryn H. Milthorpe, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, LPGA
Nancy Henderson, President, LPGA Foundation

9:30 AM – 10:20 AM:  “Estate Planning Implications of Charitable Lead & Remainder Trusts”

Kathleen L. Crotty, Principal, Crotty & Bartlett P.A.

10:30 AM – 11:20 AM:  “Downton Abbey and Missed Opportunities in Estate Planning”

Mary Merrell Bailey, Principal, Your Caring Law Firm (Maitland, FL )

Download the flyer for more details and speaker bio’s.

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Sold Out Flagler Power of the Purse Raises Money and Awareness

Palm Coast, FL – The United Way Women’s Initiative of Flagler (WIF) held its 6th Annual Power of the Purse Dinner and Silent Auction on Monday, August 18, 2014 at the Hammock Dunes Club. Around 170 attended the sold out event where more than $18,525 were raised to help women and children in Flagler County.

The event’s silent auction had more than 70 donated baskets/packages and featured everything from designer purses to Caribbean vacations and an African Safari. Keynote speaker, Heather Beaven shared her inspirational stories of successful women and of her amazing life in and out of the Navy. Additional speakers from WIF grant recipients from Family Life Center (Trish Giaccone) and Grace Community Food Pantry (Pastor Silano) shared how the grants from WIF are being used to change lives. Guests also enjoyed entertainment by pianist Jimmy Mason.

Jamie Brown, Director of Marketing for The Daytona Beach News-Journal and Women’s Initiative of Flagler President was named “Woman of the Year” for her commitment to the community through giving, advocating and volunteering. “Jamie’s a high-spirited, fully engaged leader,” said Ray Salazar, president of United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties. “She approaches every task with high energy and makes sure everyone’s having fun while they get community work done. Collecting 60,000 pounds of food (during the Flagler group’s recent food drive) is no easy task.”

The mission of the Women’s Initiative of Flagler County is to create positive, measurable, long term change in the lives of women and children of Flagler County by focusing on root causes and pooling resources to increase our impact.

Women’s Initiative of Flagler Events and Grants are made possible thanks to the generosity of its members and support from its sponsors including: Publix Supermarkets Charities, Florida Hospital of Flagler, Bright House Networks, The Flagler/Palm Coast News-Tribune, SunTust Bank, Conser Insurance and Intracoastal Bank. For a complete list of members and sponsors, please go to

The mission of the United Way Women’s Initiative of Flagler County is to “create positive, measurable, long-term change in the lives of women and children of Flagler County by focusing on root causes and pulling resources to increase our impact.” For more information and how you can help follow us on Facebook at, or contact Alexandra Jennings, or 386-366-9054

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Community Foundation Annual Report

The Community Foundation of Volusia & Flagler Counties, a division of United Way VFC, had a very productive year including a new Donor Designated fund, increased endowments, a new marketing campaign for the EDGE Society and a new board member (former mayor Larry Kelly, Sr.)

Read the 2 page report by clicking on the link below.

Foundation Annual Report (2013-2014)

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We want to hear YOUR story!

Who is ALICE?

Shining a Light on a Hidden population: Meet ALICE

ALICE represents the men and women of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work like you and me, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to put dinner on the table each night. They are our child care workers, our mechanics, our home health aides, store clerks and office assistants – all workers we cannot live without. Enter ALICE: An acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

Are YOU ALICE? Submit your story here

ALICE, the brainchild of United Way of Northern New Jersey, is a framework that puts a compelling face on community need. Through a commissioned research project with Rutgers University, United Way will produce a report that provides the most comprehensive depiction to-date of financial needs across Volusia and Flagler Counties. We’ve all heard anecdotally how our social service systems have come under increased strain in recent years. The United Way ALICE Report provides the detailed analysis and data that explains why so many are struggling. This report will ultimately guide a United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties in its goal of advancing the common good in our community.

ALICE is a real and significant part of our community; when we ignore ALICE, we risk the future well-being of our communities.

Before this report, ALICE was a population and community issue without a name or face. While it is true that ALICE has existed long before this study, it was not until the release of this study that there was any way to discuss the plight of these households, nonetheless quantify them.

Intuitively, we have long-known that there is significantly greater need than the typical portrait painted of Florida. But, intuition is not enough. United Way believes in a research-based model in order to identify and best respond to the needs of our communities. Through the statistics gathered, we will be able to identify the needs most pressing: child care, food, housing, financial stability, etc. We want to understand the causes of the problems, so that we can have greater impact. We aim to provide objective, comprehensive data that can be used for serious policy planning in every arena.

United Way alone cannot change community conditions for ALICE. That is why we will be using this data to engage corporations, faith-based organizations, government entities, and concerned citizens in a dialogue about how to help change the course for ALICE.

Volusia and Flagler Counties’ ALICE Report will be released later this year. We hope you share our concern for this growing segment and how their everyday struggles reach beyond personal trials to impact the wider community. We all have a vested interest in improving conditions for ALICE. And, we all have a part to play in the solution. Please join us in raising awareness about ALICE and stimulating a fresh dialogue among community leaders about how, together, we can provide ALICE an opportunity to succeed

Be on the lookout in the coming months for more information on ALICE!

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Volunteer Photographers Needed!

digital_camera_and_flash_188643United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties advances the common good by giving people the opportunities for a better life. United Way brings together the people and resources necessary to create lasting change.

A picture is worth a thousand works and our volunteer photographers help us to capture the work that United Way and its thousands of volunteers are doing in Volusia and Flagler Counties.

Position Description:

  • Photographers will be go and capture in images the work being done by United Way and its Volunteers at a variety of events.
  • Sample assignments include:
    • Volunteers Projects such as: rebuilding a playground, collecting, sorting and distributing food, painting at a local nonprofit, reading to children, etc.
    • United Way events such as The Power of the Purse Luncheon, Annual Meeting, and HMD Awards Dinner
    • General marketing photo shoots at United Way and its Partner Agencies


  • Ability to work independently on projects with limited supervision.
  • Your own camera/equipment and transportation.
  • Submit digital copies of photos to UW in a timely manner, usually within 1 week.
  • Editing: many photographers wish to do their own editing but this is not required.

Benefits to Photographers:

  • Be inspired! Seeing our volunteers in action is a truly inspirational experience.
  • Get published!       Many of our event photos are published in local media or used in marketing and promotional materials.       Other photos will be posted online and on social media.
  • Get exposure!       Photos used will be credited to the photographer as much as possible, including linking on social media sites.


For more information: (please consider sending a link to your online portfolio)

Crystal Elkins, Director of Marketing and Events


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Race Parking at Target – July 2014


Through the continued generosity of Target on ISB & Williamson, we will be monitoring the parking lots during the upcoming July races! This has always been a VERY successful fundraiser thanks to our dedicated parkers and volunteers.

Friday – July 4th – Subway Fire Cracker!

Saturday – July 5th – Coke Zero 400!

If you are choosing to pay to park for the races, please consider parking at the Target lot! Not only will 100% of the proceeds be going to the United Way, but you will have a convenient location to park with walking access to shopping (for those last minute items) and food. Many of our visitors also like the quick access to Williamson after the races are over to help avoid some of the race day traffic.  Prices TBA.

First of all, thank you to the many faithful volunteers who come out year after year to help us with this event. As always, we’ll need volunteers to take money & hand out passes, help run the lot, directing traffic, and assist with set up & break down.  This you when  you volunteer you could even win one of 2 great prize packages! (details below)

NEW Volunteer Sign-up Process! We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to coordinate volunteer shifts!

Please sign up for Target Race Parking – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
Registration deadline: July 2, 2014.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact and she can sign you up manually.  Also, if you have a group that wishes to volunteer, please contact Diane.
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