United Way Suncoast will award the St. Petersburg College Foundation, Inc. $90,000 in Community Investment funding for the college’s programs, FAFSA: Fill it out! and It’s MY FUTURE! These programs expand efforts to provide one-on-one assistance to families needing assistance with the FAFSA application process. They also provide financial literacy information to current students with a goal of lowering borrowing levels for in-school students and lowering delinquency levels for students who have moved into repayment.
"St. Petersburg College is excited to be able to assist current students, as well as members of the community, increase their financial knowledge. We will reduce barriers to attending college and will give students the tools they need to make sound decisions regarding financing their college education,” said Michael J. Bennett, Associate VP of Financial Assistance Services for St. Petersburg College.
“We are proud to partner with the St. Petersburg College Foundation, Inc. in support of our community impact priority of Asset Development. Our community needs this support now more than ever. We look forward to the impact these dollars will make in serving students and their families,” said United Way CEO Jessica Muroff.
United Way Suncoast recently completed the first year of funding (FY 20) of over $5.6 million in community investments utilizing its new investment process. United Way met with over 400 individuals representing non-profit agencies, funders, business leaders, volunteers, and team members. These key stakeholders helped design and shape a new process to guide investments in the community, leading to greater impact and results for the area’s most vulnerable residents.
Community investments were aligned to priority areas and focused on Asset Development, Early Learning, Financial Stability, Workforce Development and Youth Success across Pinellas, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties.
“In the true spirit of community and collective impact, United Way Suncoast volunteers did a thorough and thoughtful review of all requests. We are proud to support many high-impact programs that will do so much good across our region. At United Way Suncoast, we never stop advocating for our community. Through our partnerships and expertise, we create bold solutions to our biggest challenges – uplifting lives and achieving equity for generations to come,” Muroff said.