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United Way Suncoast & Sarasota County Schools Announce LOVE UNITED Campaign Benefitting Local Families

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February 1, 2019 – United Way Suncoast and Sarasota County Schools are pleased to announce the LOVE UNITED campaign, an awareness and fundraising partnership benefitting families in our community, taking place district-wide from February 1 to February 28, 2019.

All of Sarasota County Schools’ employees can voluntarily participate by making a one-time donation, or an on-going donation through a paycheck deduction. On Valentine’s Day (February 14), all district offices and schools will have a festive bucket on display to collect donations supporting LOVE UNITED. Staff, students, visitors, volunteers and parents are welcome to donate their change in support of families in the community.

“We are very appreciative to partner with Sarasota County Schools on this initiative,” said Sue Wetzel, area president, Sarasota and DeSoto Counties, United Way Suncoast. “School district employees are interacting with students and families in need every day – they are often our eyes and ears and help connect us with potential clients. We hope it fosters compassion in our young people and reinforces the fact that every one of us, no matter what our age, can make a lasting and positive impact on another person’s life.”

“We are delighted to partner with United Way Suncoast to raise awareness for their good works in the community, such as securing food and shelter for families,” commented Dr. Laura Kingsley, assistant superintendent and chief academic officer of Sarasota County Schools. “Their organization’s mission speaks to our hearts and helps with our commitment to reach Every Student, Every Day. United Way Suncoast lovingly unites our children and families to the wonderful resources in our community.”

February 14, 2019 marks one year since the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This campaign reminds us all to LOVE UNITED and support our community together.

About United Way Suncoast

United Way Suncoast serves the people of DeSoto, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by operating and funding support services and initiatives to help create a stronger, more vibrant community. United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the community through educational programs that give children the skills to succeed and help adults achieve long-term financial stability. United Way Suncoast creates lasting community change by mobilizing the caring people of the communities it serves to give, advocate and volunteer. To find Suncoast-area volunteer opportunities, visit For more information visit

About Sarasota County Schools

Sarasota County Schools is committed to providing unrivaled academic, emotional and civic growth to every student, every day. As one of the leading employers on the Suncoast, Sarasota County Schools boasts 53 schools that expertly cater to the diverse needs of over 43,000 students. We are one of two Florida school districts to consistently earn an A-grade every year since 2004. Our passionate educators empower students to take charge of their academic and personal success, a practice we believe fosters lifelong growth and achievement. We actively maintain the district’s tradition of excellence and ensure that tradition extends to all students. Our commitment to our students extends beyond graduation to make sure they not only graduate on time, but do so college and career ready. Want to take your student’s education to the next level? Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit


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