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Heart of Florida United Way


Heart of Florida United Way

Chef's Gala

Heart of Florida United Way
The region's largest provider of funds for supporting the most critical health and human service programs in Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way (HGUW) provides comprehensive health and human services charity to hundreds of thousands of individuals each year. In 2011, it raised and managed $27.3 million throughout the tri-county region of Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties


A few of the services offered or supported by Heart of Florida United Way:

United Way 2-1-1 Crisis and Referral Helpline
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide assistance and help to individuals that are dealing with unemployment, foreclosure, hunger and homelessness. Each year the program helps well over 100,000 residents, the majority being first time callers. The system also assists those needing counseling regarding suicides, substance abuse and other stressful mental health issues.

Stewardship Programs
Providing emergency community assistance to those facing impending homelessness, hunger and other emergencies.

Investing in Results
Looking ahead to the future by implementing programs in place that focus on seeking long-term solutions for preventing poverty, hunger, homelessness, juvenile crime, low graduation rates and many other issues. Statistics and research show that money spent on prevention, benefits the community sevenfold in the long run.


The largest contributions to the United Way come from some of the Orlando area's top employers.  Each year impressive amounts are donated from Walt Disney World, Publix Super markets and Lockheed martin Corporation to name a few.  Much of the money donated through these companies comes directly from the employees themselves. 

Other major contributors to the United Way include:  Darden Restaurants, Inc., SunTrust Bank Central Florida, City of Orlando, Orange County Government, UPS Florida District, Tupperware Brands Corporation, AT& T, Florida Hospital, Wells Fargo, Target, CenturyLink and the University of Central Florida.


Since 1992, United Way's has presented the Orlando area with a premier fine dining and wine paring charity event.  As one of the main fundraising events for the organization, The Chef's Gala is an unparalleled food and wine experience.  Since it's inception, the gala has been hosted and sponsored by Walt Disney World and attracts over 1000 guests each year.


Opportunities for everyone can be found through United Way's Volunteer Resource Center where 150 local nonprofit agencies in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties are matched with  local volunteers.  Whether you have a few hours a week to spare or are only available for a one-time opportunity, the VRC can match you up with the best fit for your talents.


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