United Against Poverty celebrates donor support.


L to R: Austin Hunt,Founder, CEO UAP; Ginny Hunt, Founder UAP; Libby King, event host; Bill King, event host; Barbara Lowry, UAP Board Chair; Annabel Robertson – Executive Director.

United Against Poverty (UP) supporters Bill and Libby King opened their home recently to celebrate donors with a Thank You Reception.

“We are blessed in so many ways, and as we make our way through life if we can share some of those blessings it’s a great privilege,” said Bill King. “We’re here tonight to thank donors, each and every one of them. Tonight is a big thank you and a big hug for all they do.”

After mingling with guests over some superb wine and hors d’oeurves, Libby King explained, “We were drawn to United Against Poverty because they don’t just put a band-aid on the problem. They (UP) rehab people back into being part of the community.”

And there was much to celebrate. The nonprofit is currently in the midst of a $3.9 million Lifting Lives out of Poverty Capital Campaign to retrofit their new facility which is scheduled to open in September.

Pam Harmon, Amy Patterson and Cindy Galant

“We as a team could not be more excited,” said Annabel Robertson, UP executive director. “We can only expand to serve more people in the future by moving into this fantastic space that will include our grocery program, our fantastic STEP program, new educational programs, new entrepreneurial program as well as nine agency partners and a medical clinic. It is going to be an amazing addition to this community.”

“One of the great news stories coming out of United Against Poverty is the facility that’s coming on this year,” said Bill King noting that UP will be able to triple the number of clients going through STEP and double the daily capacity of the member share grocery in the nonprofits new 44,000-square-foot, multi-function UP Center campus.

“I want to thank each of you for being here this evening for your ongoing support of the organization. United Against Poverty truly is working to transform lives here in the community, and we could not do that without you,” said Robertson.

On Feb. 9 UP is hosting the 6th annual Valentine Ball at Oak Harbor. For more information, visit upirc.org.

Front: Amy Patterson, Lynn Miller, Carmen Stork, Trude See and Barbara Butts. Rear: Silvia Cancio, Pam Harmon, Cindy Galant and Mary Ryan.

About United Against Poverty

United Against Poverty, founded in 2003, is a 501(c)3 serving those in poverty by providing crisis care, case management, transformative education, food, and household subsidy, employment training and placement, personal empowerment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers. The nonprofit provides a comprehensive approach to fight and reduce long-term, poverty-related hunger so that every family has access to basic needs, nutritional food, crisis care, education and employment training, and where everyone has the opportunity to achieve a future filled with hope and possibilities. UP is the only national organization to provide families with both emergency food supplies and the opportunity to obtain highly subsidized groceries, including hygiene products.

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