United Way makes cuts to provide for agencies


Published: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 1:40 a.m.

The United Way of North Central Florida has laid off four people and made other cuts to move $174,000 from its operating budget to provide to member agencies already faced with increased demand for services and slowing donations.

The agency twice lowered its fundraising goal for the year, from an original goal of $4.2 million to $3.625 million, and extended its deadline for pledges and donations.

With donations down $450,000 11 percent the agency's board of directors cut 13 percent from the nearly $1.3 million budget for operations and programs. The layoffs were announced Monday. Other cuts include a fifth position going unfilled, "drastic" cuts to the marketing budget and "any kinds of conferences and awards," said Mindy Underberger, vice president of marketing and communications.

The agency now employs 13 people. The savings will go back into spring grants to 36 programs and organizations in Alachua, Bradford, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties.

Underberger said the United Way would be meeting with its member organizations in the next few weeks to see if there are other resources besides money for which the agency can help campaign.

TOOTHPASTE FOR GATORS: Even a local toothpaste maker is showing its Gator colors.

Oravive has come out with an orange and blue toothpaste to honor the Florida Gators' quest a third national championship.

Normally coming in a white mint-flavored paste, the new toothpaste has two flavors citrus mint for orange and arctic mint for blue. It is available at www.oravive.com.

The toothpaste is made buy Alachua-based NovaMin Technology, which also supplies ingredients to other toothpaste makers. The ingredient is made of Bioactive Glass, which was invented by UF professor Larry Hench in the 1970s.

Contact Anthony Clark at anthony.clark@gvillesun.com or 352-374-5094.

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