Category Archives: Education

Ep. 17 – Making the Grade

Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd joins us this week for Talk United. She and Alan H. Turner, II, President and CEO of United Way of Central Florida, discuss the upcoming Community Partnership School at Crystal Lake Elementary School, UWCF’s ReadingPals program and other initiatives in our schools to help students made the grade.

Ep. 15 – Women Who Lead

This week on Talk United we are discussing the great work that is being done by the women of United Way of Central Florida and our group Women United, a powerful group of women who address key issues affecting women and children in our community. To talk about that, we are joined by Stephanie Colon and Lynn Noris.

Build United is a food drive with a twist. After you and your group register to collect non-perishable food items at, we want you to build something. Turn your collected items into a castle, a pirate ship or anything else you can think of.

Register by March 29th and have your creation judged by local community leaders as well as be a part of a public vote on the UWCF Facebook Page!

For more details or to register, visit

Ep. 8 – Combating Dyslexia

This week on Talk United we have Dr. Pam Craven, executive director of the Learning Resource Center (LRC), one of five recipients of our 2017 Star Award grants.

She and Alan discuss how LRC is using the Barton System to teach people how to overcome their Dyslexia.

Also, The Polk County Sheriff’s Office’s annual Haunted Jail Tour starts this weekend at 455 N. Broadway Ave. in Bartow. The Haunted Jail Tours are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on October 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th. Tickets are $6 and all proceeds benefit United Way of Central Florida.


Ep. 4 – Paying it Forward and Doing Cartwheels

We took a break from recording this week because of Labor Day so please enjoy this classic episode of Talk United!

Originally published 07/18/17

Danielle Baker, Director of Resource Development, talks about her new position with UWCF as well as when her family needed a hand up from her future employers. Alan and Director of Community Resources Jessica Vecchio also discuss how 211 can help you when preparing for hurricane season and how United Way is there for you in the aftermath.