Community Ties

Coretta Scott King, author, activist and wife to Martin Luther King Jr., believed that “the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” There is so much greatness happening right here in St. Lucie County! All of us at United Against Poverty are fortunate enough to experience it every day in ways big and small, ordinary and obscure. Below are just a few highlights from the past few months.

UP St. Lucie was thrilled to help celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on January 18th. Staff, board members and volunteers joined together to walk in the Fort Pierce parade and show love for their neighbors while sending the message that “we are stronger together.”

The students and staff at Bayshore Elementary kicked off their New Year collecting professional clothing for our Career Closet as well as food items for our Emergency Pantry. School Psychologist Anetra Bonner and office staff (and former UP intern) Sarai Major coordinated the “Giving Week,” which directly impacted the lives of more than 25 UP families. Thank you, Jaguars!

Longtime UP supporter Joel Dramis at the Port St. Lucie Building Department recently challenged his colleagues to a “Give Off” competition benefiting United Against Poverty. Thanks to the generosity and creativity of our municipal friends, the funds raised as part of the Give Off will sponsor two students through our Success Training Employment Program this year!

On Valentine’s Day, the hearts of some of St. Lucie’s most celebrated women joined together to learn about the true state of poverty in the community. UP Executive Director Canieria Gardner was welcomed as February’s highlighted speaker for the Ladies Luncheon hosted by the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce, Fort Pierce Woman’s Club and Elite Electric & Air. Mrs. Gardner shared eye-opening statistics, stores of success, and ways we can all join together in the fight against poverty.