With a proud tradition of independent and forward-thinking local leadership and volunteerism dating back to 1943, combined with the national power of the world’s largest nonprofit brand, United Way of Manatee County is uniquely suited to understand the needs of our community and rally our community resources together to maximize long-term impact.

United Way works to ensure everyone has access to affordable and quality care. United Way of Manatee County focus areas in Health are:

  • Safety – programs and services that provide interventions including counseling, temporary housing, and legal assistance for victims of:
    • Sexual assault and sex trafficking
    • Domestic violence, including child abuse
  • Provides access to quality dental care and/or education for children at school or at an OST program.
  • Healthy meals for seniors and families
    • Nutrition education
    • Home-delivered meals


  • 1,703 Manatee County families and seniors received nutritious meals.
  • 770 Manatee County families received emergency family and baby baskets that included nutritious food, including fresh produce, dairy products and shelf staple foods to families who do not have access to food from the local food bank.
  • 84 families or family assisted caregivers were able to continue working or were provided respite while their loved one enjoyed fun, appropriate, supervised activities.
  • 396 victims of domestic violence were provided emergency shelter and/or counseling.
  • 423 children were counseled in developing a greater sense of control after witnessing or being the victim of domestic violence.
  • 145 individuals and small businesses completed their Health Insurance applications on the Federal Marketplace.
  • More than $400,000 in prescription savings for Manatee County families.
  • 130 abused and neglected children received emergency shelter and child advocacy services that provided them an increased sense of security and stability.

Community members have access to:

  • Affordable health care through Health Care Navigators
  • FamilyWize prescription drug discount cards

We know that:

  • Children with health coverage are better prepared to learn in school and succeed in life.
  • The number of Americans without health insurance has decreased due to the Affordable Care Act.  However, there were still 33 million uninsured Americans in 2014; many of them are working families.
  • 8.7 million children live without health insurance – more than the total number enrolled in the first and second grades in U.S. public schools.


The United Way of Manatee County supports hygiene literacy because a healthy child is less likely to miss school. These skills are crucial to creating thrivability in our children. UWMC supports the Dental Van that brings dental care to elementary children in Manatee County. The United Way, in partnership between the School District of Manatee County and Manatee County Rural Health Services, provides volunteers to read to children while they wait to be seen by the doctor.

The School District of Manatee County has also produced a music video discussing the importance of hygiene in a way designed to interest the children.

Health Care Navigators

United Way of Manatee County partnered with United Way Suncoast to engage a Health Navigator to provide assistance to Manatee County individuals and small businesses in searching for options and completing health care applications online.


United Way is pleased to offer the FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount card. This card is free, with no enrollment, activation, or fees, and there are no age or income restrictions. The card can be used by the whole family and is for people with no insurance or for medicine not covered by insurance, Medicare or other benefit plans. Average discounts equal approximately 30 percent or more and the card is accepted at most pharmacies nationwide, including all major chains.