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Leadership Pasco Newsletter - Fall 2023

The Leadership Pasco Newsletter is published quarterly. SINCE 1991, THE MISSION OF LEADERSHIP PASCO is to identify and recruit current or potential leaders of Pasco County, facilitate the development and interaction of those leaders, and to foster an issues-oriented learning environment for these leaders and the citizens of Pasco County in order to encourage an ex-change of ideas and generate enthusiasm for community growth and development.

The Leadership Pasco Newsletter is published quarterly. SINCE 1991, THE MISSION OF LEADERSHIP PASCO is to identify and recruit current or potential leaders of Pasco County, facilitate the development and interaction of those leaders, and to foster an issues-oriented learning environment for these leaders and the citizens of Pasco County in order to encourage an ex-change of ideas and generate enthusiasm for community growth and development.

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Sponsor Spotlight: United Way of <strong>Pasco</strong> County<br />

By Laura Knight '22<br />

United Way of <strong>Pasco</strong> County is a not-for-profit agency that is<br />

committed to addressing pressing health and human services<br />

related issues in the county. United Way of <strong>Pasco</strong> County focuses<br />

within the following areas Domestic Violence, Financial Stability,<br />

Homelessness, Human Trafficking, Mental Health, Physical Health,<br />

Substance Abuse Recovery, and Youth Success and Education.<br />

United Way of <strong>Pasco</strong> County serves as one of the largest funders<br />

of nonprofits in <strong>Pasco</strong> County, partnering with more than 40<br />

agencies and more than 50 programs on average a year. We fund<br />

many agencies that you are already familiar with such as Boys and<br />

Girls Club, YMCA, and Premier Health. While some other partners<br />

are more grass roots such as Marjorie’s Hope who provides school<br />

supplies to children, Veterans Alternative who provides mental<br />

health therapy to veterans, and Victory High School, a special<br />

school for children who are recovering from drug use, just to name<br />

a few.<br />

In addition to the programs, we fund through our Partner<br />

Agencies, we also have our own in-house programs. Our in-house<br />

programs include the Fighting Human Trafficking Program, VITA<br />

Tax assistance, and homeless prevention.<br />

Through our Fighting Human Trafficking Program we provide<br />

case management, emergency housing, and wrap around<br />

services to survivors of human trafficking. Our program provides<br />

case management and access to over 100 wrap around services<br />

including legal assistance, education and job training, mental<br />

health therapy, tattoo branding removal, dental care, physical<br />

health and more. We work with law enforcement departments and<br />

other anti- human trafficking agencies throughout the state to<br />

provide emergency housing in the form of hotels.<br />

Through our VITA Program we help senior citizens prepare their<br />

income taxes. On an average year we prepare 6,000 tax returns,<br />

bringing in about $2M in returns to <strong>Pasco</strong> residents.<br />

Many hard-working families and individuals fall through the cracks<br />

and many grants do not cover many day-to-day expenses. That is<br />

where we come in. In partnership with <strong>Pasco</strong> County Government,<br />

we provide gap funding to cover many things that other grants<br />

and programs do not through the Homeless Prevention Program.<br />

United Way of <strong>Pasco</strong> County has been able to help with minor car<br />

repair costs, rent, utilities, day care, and more.<br />

To learn more about United Way of <strong>Pasco</strong> County please visit our<br />

website www.unitedwaypasco.org.

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