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United Way of North Central Florida launches online feature, receives grant


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The United Way of North Central Florida plans to streamline its volunteer operations by introducing an online volunteer feature, Volunteer Select.

Kim Faenza, director of communications for United Way of North Central Florida, said Volunteer Select will allow volunteers, goods and services to be paired with non-profit organizations in a more efficient manner.

“We really wanted a two-way system,” Faenza said. “The other program was fine, but this provides a two way match.”

Additionally, the United Way of North Central Florida received three grants totaling more than $500,000, including a $300,000 grant from AT&T Inc.

The United Way of North Central Florida was the only United Way to receive the AT&T grant in the United States.

The AT&T grant will allow the organization to continue its Check & Connect drop-out prevention program.

The program is a partnership between Alachua County Public Schools and the United Way that works with students to help them complete their education.

Volunteer Select has been active for a week and has 11 organizations registered.

Casey Christ wrote this story online.

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