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NEW Free tax preparation assistance in Miami-Dade County

Through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)  program, families that earn less than $57,000 may qualify for free tax preparation services. At VITA sites throughout Miami-Dade County, IRS-certified volunteers provide assistance to individuals and families with current year and prior year tax returns. Information is available in English, Spanish, and Creole. To find a VITA site or a local agency that offers year-round financial coaching, visit miamitaxpros.com or call 211.

NEW Day in the Dirt

Date: Saturday, 2/4/23
Time: 9 AM – 11 AM
Location: The Underline Sound Stage and Plaza, Intersection of SW 1st Ave and 8th Street, Miami, FL 33130
Join The Underline for this special Day in the Dirt as they welcome the Youth Institute, United Way Miami’s premier high school leadership program, for their Green Walls installation project on The Underline! Green Walls is a multi-faceted solution to air pollution, it provides beautification, and addresses what research tells us: that lower income neighborhoods are statistically hotter than higher income neighborhoods. Volunteers will also conduct garden and planting bed maintenance led by The Underline’s Urban Horticulture Intern. Gardening tools will be provided but volunteers must bring their own gardening gloves. Please wear comfortable clothes, sunscreen, and a hat. For more information and to volunteer click here to register.

NEW Capitol Days 2023

Date: 2/21-22/2023
Join United Ways from across the state for Capitol Days 2023 an exciting two-day advocacy event featuring a full agenda with updates on priority issues, insights from policymakers and experts about Florida’s upcoming session, and opportunities to encourage legislators to support our 2023 United Way Consensus Legislative Agenda. CEOs, staff and volunteers will gain the information and tools needed to be advocate best for United Way.  For more information and to register, visit United Way of Florida.

NEW ALICE Summit

Date: 2/28/2023
Time: 8 AM – 3 PM
Location: Signature Grand, 6900 W. State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317
Join United Ways across the State of Florida for the Inaugural ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Summit.  Bringing together Florida business leaders, funders and human service providers to implement data-driven solutions to lift up our ALICE families. Following four focused areas during our one-day conference: Employers – Focus on major employment sectors in Florida that have creatively changed their internal practices to help their employees achieve financial stability. Policymakers – Focus on the legislative landscape, workforce development and how policymakers are implementing changes to empower ALICE at the state level. Housing – Focus on access to attainable housing, housing justice and how Florida communities are successfully addressing the housing crisis. Data in Action – Focus on innovations in research methodologies and targeted interventions by zip code. To register click here.

NEW Age-Friendly Community Survey

Healthy West Kendall, an initiative by West Kendall Baptist Hospital, has embarked on a journey with the AARP to create an Age-Friendly Community! An “Age-Friendly Community” is a community that is designed for people to stay active, engaged, and healthy with dignity and enjoyment as they age. As part of this initiative, we are surveying the preferences and needs of our community members ages 50 and up. We will use the results of this 5-minute survey to come up with an action plan and implement strategies that will make our community even stronger! To complete to survey click here.

NEW United Way Miami Workforce Project

Limited Space! Sign up Now!

United Way Miami Workforce Project offers education and training designed to give individuals career opportunities and economic mobility. The project has been structured as a Pay it Forward Fund to create a sustainable cycle of job training. For those that qualify, all upfront costs of training are waived with in-person and remote plans available. The flexibility of full-time or part-time enrollment and additional services to support student success is also available. Take advantage of this program to learn new skills and embark on a new career. To learn more about this Pay it Forward Fund and repayment plan guidelines, visit the United Way Workforce Project at miamiworkforce.org.

Community Announcements & Events

NEW Miami-Dade County Public Schools Job Fair

Date: Friday, 2/3/2023
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Robert Morgan Educational Center and Technical College, 18180 SW 122 Ave, Miami, Fl 33177

Join Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Department of Transportation & Food and Nutrition Hiring Fair 2023. For more information and to register click here.

NEW Scholarships for Greater Miami students

The Miami Foundation in partnership with donors and local organizations, provided over 690 scholarships to unlock the future for students in our community. The Miami Foundation’s scholarship programs help students gain access to higher education. Increasing young people’s educational attainment is a critical factor for Greater Miami’s growth. Thanks to generous donors, we have helped thousands of students develop and contribute their passions and talents to our community. Scholarships are awarded based on various criteria, including overcoming life’s obstacles and academic achievement. Applications are now open. For more information on programs and application process, please visit The Miami Foundation website.

NEW Florida’s Medicaid Redetermination Plan

Medicaid is health coverage option for low-income individuals and families. Due to the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE), the Department of Children and Families (Department), as required by the federal government, implemented processes to maintain Medicaid coverage for individuals, regardless of their financial eligibility.  This resulted in the number of Medicaid recipients growing from 3.8 million to 5.5 million. In Florida, the Department determines eligibility for Medicaid, while the Agency for Health Care Administration administers the Medicaid program. As a result of legislative changes in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, the continuous coverage provision will end on March 31, 2023, and is untied from the end of the PHE. The Department will follow federal guidance to restore Medicaid eligibility through normal processing while working to ensure eligible recipients remain enrolled. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allows state agencies up to 12 months to complete Medicaid reviews once the continuous coverage period ends. Florida will undertake this task by scheduling and conducting redeterminations in a manner that will meet federal regulatory requirements while minimizing the impact on families. Over the next 12 months, the Department will work to notify and communicate to all current Medicaid recipients their redetermination timeframes and next steps. If you are a Medicaid recipient, please make sure to update all of your contact information in order for the department to notify you if there will be a change in your coverage eligibility.

For more information and updates on the upcoming end of the continuous Medicaid provision, please visit the Florida Health Justice Project webpage: https://www.floridahealthjustice.org/public-health-emergency.html. You can also visit Florida Department of Children and Families.

NEW Mission-Driven Planned Giving Strategy and Why Have Planned Giving Program at Your Organization

Date: Wednesday, 3/1/23 and 3/8/23
Time: 10 AM – Noon
Location: FIU Foundation, 11200 SW 8 Street, MARC 531, Miami, FL 33199
PhilanthropyMiami is pleased to introduce this practical approach to building, integrating, and sustaining a successful Planned Giving “PG” fundraising program whatever the size and composition of your organization. This 2-session course will help you understand: The variety of planned giving techniques and how they benefit your organization, donors, and the community. How Planned Giving can successfully scale into your existing annual giving, events, grants, and major gifts fundraising? How to identify the Planned Giving technique(s) that best fit donor circumstances, needs and interests? Burst the myths about Planned Giving complexity and limited organizational and donor usefulness. Illustrating how to achieve successful donor solicitations through actual conversational models and role-plays. Best practices for marketing, record-keeping, documentation, and stewardship. How to convert difficult conversations into successful outcomes within your organization, donors, and their professional advisors? And answer questions unique to your organization. To register click here.

NEW The South Florida Suicide Prevention Awareness Conference

Date: Saturday, 3/4/23
Time: 9 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: University of Miami Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
NAMI Miami-Dade will like to invite you to The South Florida Suicide Prevention Awareness Conference. Hones talk about suicide and messages of hope. You will hear practical information and learn resources available on mental health challenges and suicide prevention. This conference is free, but registration is required. To register click here.

NEW Center for Minority Veterans

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.  The PACT Act adds to the list of health conditions that we assume (or “presume”) are caused by exposure to these substances. This law helps us provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.  For more information You can also call 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711). And you can file a claim for PACT Act-related disability compensation or apply for VA health care now. For more information, click here.

NEW Veterans Affairs Life Insurance

Veterans Affairs Life Insurance (VALife) provides low-cost coverage to Veterans with service-connected disabilities. You can get these benefits: Up to $40,000 in whole life insurance coverage (in $10,000 increments), and cash value that starts to add up 2 years after we approve your application VALife is guaranteed acceptance whole life insurance. This means that if you meet the eligibility requirements for VALife, we’ll automatically approve your application. You won’t need to prove you’re in good health and you can keep your coverage for the rest of your life. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible and how to apply click here.

Free Homework Help and Tutoring Available at the Library

Help your child have a successful school year with the Miami‑Dade Public Library System’s Homework Help & Tutoring Program! Free tutoring by certified teachers is available in reading, math and science to all K-12 students who live in Miami-Dade County. Online tutoring in reading and math will be available on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm In-person tutoring in reading, math and science will be offered at 29 library locations on Saturdays from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Visit www.mdpls.org/tutor for more information. Additional Tutoring Resources Need homework help or tutoring on your own schedule? Tutor.com can help! Access personalized, virtual tutoring sessions in a variety of subjects from expert tutors who are available seven days a week from 9:00am to midnight – free with your library card. Click here to get started.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

988 is now active across the United States. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary. Learn more.

Project L.E.A.D. (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade)

The Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Project L.E.A.D. offers free, one-on-one confidential tutoring both in-person and online to help improve the reading and writing skills of adults with low literacy.  Join us for this information session if you are interested in becoming an adult learner or volunteer tutor for the Project L.E.A.D. program. For more information, e-mail projectlead@mdpls.org or call 305-375-5323. To register for the information session, visit Miami-Dade Public Library System.

305 Partners (305 Phones) – Free Connectivity Program for Low Income USA Households

305 Partners is an ISO (independent sales organization) focusing on serving underprivileged communities with free or low-cost solutions in the telecom sector. Through the US Government’s LifeLine program, we are able to provide a FREE smartphone with unlimited talk and text, plus 25GB of data to qualifying applicants. To find out if you are eligible or for more information, visit 305 Phones.

NAMI Peer to Peer (Free)

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm EST
Location: Via Zoom

NAMI Miami-Dade County is offering 8 session program for adults (18+) with a mental health condition, who are looking to understand their condition and find a path to recovery.  The program will help participants; create a personal relapse prevention plan, learn how to interact with health care professional, development confidence for making decisions and reduce stress, understand the impact of symptoms on your life, and access Miami-Dade area resources to help maintain wellness. To register click here.

Free Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Assistance for Haitians

Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center is offering free Temporary Protected Status (TPS) assistance for Haitians. To find out if you are eligible, contact Sant La at (305) 573-4871.

Health Care for Our Nation’s Heroes and Their Families

Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Health Veterans Access Clinic once again is proud to offer many of their services to qualifying veterans and their family members for little or no cost. Those who served our country deserve nothing but the best. NSU Health is dedicated to supporting the needs of veterans and their families through the NSU Veterans Access Clinic. We offer 360° health care services with specialized staff experienced in caring for veterans.  For more information visit Nova Southeastern University Health.

Corporate-Level Health Benefits – Small Businesses

The Greater Miami Chamber and AvMed have partnered to bring Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce members, with two to 50 eligible employees, corporate-level health benefits at prices a small business can afford. For more information, visit Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.

FREE Mental Health Wellness support groups

Date: Mondays –  Fridays
Time:  Times varies
Location: Virtual
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Miami-Dade Support Groups are available online and by phone. Groups are available in English, Spanish and Creole for individuals with mental health conditions and/or for their family members. In addition, bilingual parents/caregivers will be available on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.  For more information, including wellness support group schedules, please visit NAMI Miami.

 

Children’s Bereavement Center grief support groups

Date: Monday through Friday
Time: Times vary
Location: Virtual

Children’s Bereavement Center (CBC) is providing FREE virtual grief support groups for all ages. Studies show that 25 percent of children will experience the death of a significant loved one by high school graduation, and for 1 in 5, their loss will be a parent. After a loss, children and teens are vulnerable to suffer symptoms such as suicidal thoughts, social isolation, strained peer interaction, physical complaints, sleep disturbances/nightmares, and school difficulties. Groups meet virtually weekly and are facilitated by masters level mental health professionals. These services are open to anyone who has suffered a loss as a result of illness, accident, suicide or homicide. To find a location throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach call (888) 988-5438 and you will be linked to a group. Registration is required via phone. For more information, visit Children’s Bereavement Center.

Florida KidCare Coalition

The Florida KidCare Coalition of Miami-Dade is offering enrollment assistance for families who have recently lost health coverage or have had a change of income. Assistance is available in English, Spanish and Creole.  For more information, visit Florida KidCare Coalition.

Funding & In-Kind Resources

NEW Community Grant 2023

Deadline Date: Friday, 3/10/23
Info Session: Thursday, 2/2/23, 1pm – Virtual
The Miami Foundation is grateful to invest in a stronger, more equitable Greater Miami every year through our Community Grants program.  A permanent resource for Greater Miami, Community Grants is made possible by generous donors who trust the Foundation to address our community’s most pressing needs and greatest opportunities. Funding areas include Access to Health and Wellness, Inclusion of People with Diverse Abilities, Economic Stability, and Thriving Youth and Families. For more information and to apply click here.

NEW Mom and Pop Small Business Grant

Deadline Date: Tuesday, 2/28/23
Information Sessions, 2/6/23 & 2/7/23

The Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program offers funding opportunities for small owned and operated businesses to purchase equipment, supplies, advertising/marketing, inventory, building liability insurance, security systems and to make minor renovations. Only for-profit businesses within District 7 that have been open for more than two years can apply. Register to attend a short information session to review the application and learn more about the process. For more information and to apply click here.

NEW Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nutrition Training Program

Application Deadline Date: Thursday, 2/23/23

This program aims to promote the healthy nutrition of mothers, children, and families by establishing and enhancing nutrition centers of excellence to train future and current MCH nutrition professionals. MCH Nutrition Training Programs provide interdisciplinary graduate-level training in MCH nutrition and collaborate with the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program and other MCH programs to provide continuing education (CE) and technical assistance (TA) to local, state, and national organizations serving MCH populations. The program provides training in nutrition science, social determinants of health, primary prevention, population-based environmental and policy interventions, life course initiatives, program planning, and links between epidemiology and public health practice. The program develops a well-trained, diverse workforce that can effectively design, manage, and deliver nutrition interventions that address population health goals and objectives; provide care in diverse clinical, community, and public health settings; and meet the emerging needs of the MCH population. Eligible applicants include domestic public and nonprofit private institutions of higher learning.   For more information, apply here.

NEW Miami-Dade County Department of Community Grants (CG) Program

Deadline Date: Thursday, 2/13/23

The CG Program is responsive on a quarterly basis to not-for-profit organizations developing small and large-scale community-based cultural (dance, theater, music, visual arts) programs, as well as projects and events, such as fairs, parades, neighborhood festivals and publications that have a strong artistic component. The CG panel considers projects with strong community involvement and/or outreach component. The CG Program is particularly sensitive to the needs of indigenous cultural neighborhood activities and projects encouraging the preservation of heritage, traditions and culture, as well as social service organizations and cultural groups developing collaborative intervention projects using the arts. CG Maximum Request: $7,500 – One-time cultural events/artistic projects and $10,000/$15,000 – Major, annually recurring projects with a two-year minimum track record such as festivals and fairs drawing 1,000 people or more per day to the event. For more information, visit Miami-Dade County Department.

NEW  Special Education Parent Information Centers: Technical Assistance for Parent Centers

Deadline Date: Tuesday, 3/28/23
U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS): Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2023 for Technical Assistance for Parent Centers.  The purpose of the Special Education Parent Information Centers program is to ensure that parents of children with disabilities receive high-quality, relevant, and useful training and information to help improve outcomes for their children. Private nonprofit organizations are eligible. For more information click here.

 

NEW Veterans Florida Request for Qualifications for 2022-23 Entrepreneurship Program

Deadline Date:  Friday, 3/31/23

The Program, established under s. 295.22(3)(e), F.S., connects business leaders in the state with veteran participants seeking to become entrepreneurs. The Program is implemented across a network of Florida-based partner entities throughout the state of Florida. Veterans Florida’s objective is for veterans to learn the skills and confidence to become successful business owners or grow their business. The Program offers a pipeline for veteran entrepreneurs to take a business idea from conception through execution and scalability. The Program does not guarantee participants that an idea will turn into a fully operational business. Program participants can expect to understand the entrepreneurial process and put their newly learned entrepreneurial skills to work. Veterans Florida seeks to contract with multiple entities to administer the Program, and the resulting relationship is intended to last at least three years, but the contract will be renewed on an annual basis. For more information, visit Veterans Florida.

 

NEW Glenn W. Bailey Foundation Grants

Deadline Date: Friday, 7/14/23

The foundation invites letters of inquiry for innovative early childhood STEM education programs in Florida, New York, Connecticut, or Washington, D.C. The foundation aims to fund projects and programs that give students and educators more resources for developing and participating in STEM-based, hands-on learning. Any program or idea supporting students in Pre-K through 12th grade and into college or vocational studies is eligible. To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a monthly rolling basis. For more information, visit Glenn W. Bailey Foundation.

Trainings & Conferences

NEW Parent-to-Parent of Miami Workshops

Workshop dates: Friday, 2/10/23 through Thursday, 12/21/23
Time: Time varies per workshop
Location: Virtual and In-Person
Parent-to-Parent of Miami is a community parent resource center for families of children and adults with all types of disabilities. Parent-to-Parent works to make information, workshops and other resources to help make decisions about early intervention, early childhood, education, vocational training, employment, college opportunities, as well as the laws that protect the rights of children and adults with disabilities, available to parents and professionals. Parent-to-Parent has regular workshops on a variety of topics, including Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), 504 plans, making the right decision about your child’s educational placement and more. Virtual workshops are available in both English and Spanish. For more information, visit Parent-to-Parent of Miami.

NEW Epilepsy Alliance Florida free seizure recognition and first-aid trainings

Epilepsy Alliance Florida is offering free seizure recognition and first-aid trainings to community agencies and organizations as well as the general population throughout Florida. These valuable trainings aim to bring awareness to this chronic condition, help individuals recognize different types of seizures and provide seizure first-aid training to empower individuals to provide support to a person suffering from a seizure or living with the condition. All trainings will be provided virtually via Zoom. To schedule a training for yourself, staff, family or friends, email your request with a date and time that would work for you to prevention&education@epilepsyfl.org. For more information, visit Epilepsy Alliance Florida.

Nonprofit Careers

NEW Learn more about open positions at United Way Miami

Visit United Way Miami to view all of our current openings, including manager, Early Health Start Compliance; infant toddler teacher, Lotus Village; resource teacher II, Ethel Becker.

NEW Learn more about open positions at PhilanthropyMiami

Visit PhilanthropyMiami to view all of their current openings, including founding executive director. The founding Executive Director (ED), working with an engaged and collaborative Board of Directors will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for PhilanthropyMiami’s programs, growth, and execution of its mission. S/he will be the entrepreneurial face of the organization, with a deep knowledge of the nonprofit field, core programs, operations, and the Miami nonprofit community. Review of applications begins March 1, 2023. Search will remain open until filled; for full consideration, please submit cover letter and CV to glennk@gkollaborative.com by that date.

NEW Learn more about open positions at Overtown Youth Center

Visit Overtown Youth Center to view all of their current openings, including program coordinator, family support specialist, workforce development specialist, grant writer, facility and logistics manager.

NEW Learn more about open positions at YWCA South Florida

Visit YWCA South Florida to view all of our current openings, including preschool teacher assistant, Head Start/Downtown Miami; after school counsels (P/T afternoons), South Miami & Hialeah; senior director, Race Gender Equity, Miami.

NEW Learn more about open positions at NAMI Miami-Dade County

Visit NAMI Miami-Dade County to view all of their current openings, including ending the silence program presenter, peer mentor, family mentor, outreach coordinator, support group facilitator.

NEW Learn more about open positions at Baptist Health

Visit Baptist Health to view all of their current openings, coding specialist – FT, Inpatient, Remote, Health Information Management; clerk FT, Accounts Payable; patient care manager (nurse manager), Surgery.

NEW Learn more about open postions at Easterseals South Florida

Visit Easterseals South Florida to view all of their current openings including licensed practical nurse, Adult Day Care Center-Miami; community outreach coordinator, Miami and Broward County; facilities associate, director of human services, teacher assistant.

NEW Learn more about open positions at Miami VA Healthcare System

Visit Miami VA Healthcare System to view all of their current openings, including motor vehicle operator, acquisition & untilization specialist, cook, food service worker leader, medical technician, secretary, health technician.

NEW Learn more about open positions at University of Miami Health System

Visit University of Miami Health System to view all of their current openings including master scheduler, UHT, Full Time, senior manager, Research Support – Microbiology and immunology, patient access representative 3, certified medical assistant, Sleep Center – Bascom Palmer.

NEW Learn more about open positions at Jewish Community Services

Visit Jewish Community Services to view all of their current openings, including event specialist, director, Case management Program, client services data specialist, North Miami Beach.

NEW Learn more about open positions at Branches

Visit Branches to view all of their current openings, including coordinator, Miami-Dade Community ID Program; grow coach, Student Services; receptionist P/T, ameriCorps member, VITA coordinator, Miami and Florida City.

NEW Learn more about open positions at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami

Visit Catholic Charities of Archdiocese of Miami to view all of their current openings, including teacher associates, Notre Dame; human resource generalist, Central Office.

NEW Learn more about open positions at Chapman Partnership

Visit Chapman Partnership to view all of their current openings, including follow up case manager, child development specialist, Homestead; community housing specialist, community case manager, case manager (SOAR), client relations coordinator, Miami.

 

NEW Learn more about open positions at Goodwill Industries

Visit Goodwill Industries to view all of their current openings, including e-commerce supervisor, marketing coordinator, forklift operator, assistant store manager.

Special Programs & Ongoing Initiatives

United Way Center for Financial Stability FREE Financial Coaching

United Way Center for Financial Stability (CFS) offers FREE  Financial Coaching to United Way Staff, Partners, and their families. Sessions are completely confidential and available virtually at your convenience. To schedule an appointment, just call, email, or scan the QR code! For more information visit United Way Miami Center for Financial Stability.

VolunteerMiami: United Way Miami

Volunteer your time and talent. Take part in creating long-lasting change in our community through a wide range of volunteer opportunities with United Way and our community partners. For more information or to volunteer, visit VolunteerMiami.

United Way MISSION UNITED

United Way MISSION UNITED is a single point of entry for veterans to access the help they need at no cost. Connecting them to a coordinated network of community partners that provide services that include job training and opportunities, affordable housing, legal resources, financial services. MISSION UNITED is dedicated to empowering veterans and their families to lead productive lives in the community.  If you’re one of the thousands of veterans who call Miami home, and you’re in need of a network of free support services to help you get re-acclimated to civilian life, contact MISSION UNITED. For more information, visit United Way MISSION UNITED or call (305) 646-7130.

Grant Opportunities

If you’re an organization in Miami-Dade looking for funding, we’re here to help.

At this time we have no grant opportunities available.