Publix Appreciation Week 2021

Thank YOU Publix Associates

Publix Appreciation Week: March 1st-March 5th

United Way of Hernando County is thankful for Publix

Your support not only helps local residents but also strengthens United Way's mission to bridge gaps in services. In a time of uncertainty, United Way was able to mobilize resources for food distribution, child care, mental health services, shelter, employment, and distribution of PPE and essential supplies to areas experiencing shortages. At United Way, we are proud to live our mission every day. This wouldn't be possible without the support of Publix Super Market Charities and the hard-working Publix Associates. We are grateful and appreciative for donors like you. 

We heart Publix

Click below to see why United Way and their Partner Agencies love Publix:

"To Our Friends at Publix,
Oh behalf of our Board of Directors & staff, United Way Partner Programs, and the thousands of Hernando residents and families you impact every year by investing in United Way, we THANK YOU! This Publix Appreciation Day may not consist of our usual in-store visits, positive picketing or flash-mobs due to safety precautions, but know that our team recognizes just how hard you fought for our community throughout 2020. From collecting over 9,000 rolls of toilet paper for us, or advocating for food insecurities and collecting over 10,700 lbs of food the week before Thanksgiving…. We see you, we love you, and we appreciate your partnership more than you will ever know. Thank you for being a part of our United Way Family, and thank you for LIVING UNITED!
-Angie B. Walasek, Executive Director/CEO

"Dear Publix Associates,
Year after year, I am astonished by the impact you have made in Hernando County. Seeing your dollars at work and what they’re able to accomplish is life changing. From helping a homeless veteran regain employment and stable housing to feeding a family of four for the month when both adults in the household were temporarily furloughed due to COVID-19. Your investment not only addresses the need at hand but also makes lasting change through United Way and our Partner Programs by focusing on long term solutions. Hernando County is thriving and people are receiving the help and services they need because of the caring individuals that you are. We appreciate you and thank you so much for all of your love and support. You truly make the difference."

-Dominique, Community Outreach Director

"The Dalai Lama once said, 'Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving kindness'. Every year, Publix associates prove to be the embodiment of compassion and kindness by selflessly giving to those in need in their community. Your overwhelming generosity is inspirational, meaningful, and helps make Hernando County a better place to live. Thank you for all that you do."
-Melissa, Finance Director

"Growing up in Florida, my family has shopped at Publix exclusively for my entire life. The stores are always clean, and the staff is always friendly and helpful. As a child, I can remember being so excited to go every week because of the free cookie! In college, the BOGOs helped me stock up on dorm essentials when I was on a budget. And now, as an adult working for United Way of Hernando County, I can fully appreciate how much Publix gives back to its community. Without you, there would be no United Way. Your generosity and selflessness touch the lives of every single person in Hernando County in some way, shape, or form. Thank you for continuing to define what it means to truly #LIVEUNITED!"
- Sam, Community Outreach Coordinator

United Way of Hernando County and its Board of Directors would like to thank both the managers and associates of Publix for their selflessness. Below are comments shared by Board Members expressing their gratitude and thanks.

"When we needed necessary items, we knew we could count on Publix, because we can always count on Publix. The stores are always neat, clean, and adequately stocked and the associates are consistently professional, helpful, and friendly. Aside from being a store I choose to shop at, I admire the time, effort, and funds that Publix puts into their community. Publix is one of a kind. It's recognized and appreciated by many! Thank you."

"As a former Publix Associate, thank you! I know it has been harder than usual to get out there and 'bleed green', but know how much you are appreciated in your community!"

"I want to say a big THANK YOU to Publix and all of their employees. Not only do they run a grocery store that is clean and full of friendly staff but everyone in their organization looks for ways to give back. I personally have seen this through their participation with Hernando County's United Way and donations for building homes through Hernando's Habitat for Humanity. I love how they are always giving back to their local community and it is just one of the reasons why I love Publix and shopping there!"

"I don't think that we can do everything that we are doing for our community without your constant support. Also, Thank you for the great quality and service that your company provides."

"I always find Publix Super Markets to be friendly, efficient, and supportive of their community members. Thank you for all that you do."

"Where would we be without Publix? Hernando County is a better place because of dedicated Publix associates. Thank you."

"THANK YOU for consistently supporting United Way!"

"I have served many years on the UW Board and continue to be impressed with the generous support from Publix. Countless Hernando Co. residents have benefited from the services YOU have funded! Please know our community appreciates your concern for others and your wonderful stores!! Yes, always a pleasure!! Many Thanks- Francine Ward"

"I have been shopping at Publix for over 27 years and have always enjoyed the experience of shopping in one of your stores. Staff is always professional, and helpful in every way. You all go above and beyond in supporting the community and do it with enthusiasm! Your support for the United Way is greatly appreciated, thank you all for making Publix a great part of our community, you guys are the best!! Valerie Ciaccio, Board of Director at United Way of Hernando County"

Thank You Publix!!

On behalf of 211 Hernando, I would like to thank Publix for all you do to support the community as well as the United Way. Your contributions to both help many people who are in desperate need.

Publix is a blessing to this community.

The Arc Nature Coast has enjoyed our partnership with Publix over the years.

We purchase groceries for our 9 group homes at Publix and it truly is a pleasure to shop at your stores! We also appreciate that Publix supports inclusion by employing individuals with disabilities-we agree that employing individuals with disabilities brings value to the culture of the store and to the community! Thank you, Publix- for all that you do to support us, our community and United Way!

Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center thanks Publix Associates for helping us helping our neighbors in Hernando County! Your support allows us to educate parents on healthy pregnancy practices empowering them to have healthy children and families while supporting them with material items.

We truly are all in this together and Publix makes our community a much better place!

On behalf of Dawn Center of Hernando County, I’d like to express my sincere appreciation to Publix and their long-standing commitment to #LivingUnited!

Publix is the kind of place where not only shopping is a pleasure, but everything is a pleasure! They always have great products, wonderful prices (who doesn’t love a good BOGO), and the most friendly people. Each year, I look forward to visiting Publix when I have the opportunity to speak briefly with the associates about the ways their contributions impact survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault who seek refuge at Dawn Center, receive counseling and support here, legal advocacy, or help in meeting their long term economic self-sufficiency goals. Inevitably, there is always an associate who comes to me afterward and tells me how their friend, family member, or even themselves sought help from us and they were so proud to give back in this way. It warms my heart to know how our community wraps around each other in our hour(s) of need! United Way and Publix are such valued partners for us that it isn’t a stretch to say that we simply would not be the organization we are today if it wasn’t for this partnership. Every single dollar given by every single associate helps to change a life. What’s more, it changes lives right here in Hernando County.

Thank you, Publix!

Shannon Sokolowski, Executive Director


To Publix Employees, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Inc. would like to thank you for your continued support of United Way of Hernando County. Your generous donations have enabled us to impact our community in so many important areas.

Because of your support of United Way of Hernando County we have assisted our clients in many ways:
• Getting interpreters for students
• Coordinating IEPs for students’ educational needs
• Educating hearing people about the deaf community
• Assisting deaf and hard of hearing individuals obtain free telephones and other assistive living devices
• Helping the deaf and hard of hearing to advocate for themselves
• Structuring classes to teach sign language to people of all ages and degrees of need
• Training individuals in management and supervisory positions to carry on the lessons taught in the classes
• Training employers of the deaf and hard of hearing
• Conducting employment services for the deaf and hard of hearing
• Legal advocating and hospital stay
• Meeting transportation needs for appointments
• Helping deaf and hard of hearing to find a job

We shop at Publix and witness your continued support of the deaf and hard of hearing, both with your customers and employees. We are truly amazed at how you have been there for everyone during this pandemic. Your employees are an inspiration for all of us.

We greatly appreciate Publix and United Way for bringing our community together. We love Publix.

Sincerely, The Board of Directors and Staff of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc.

PS: We love the BOGOS! Employees who know sign language so willing to help customers.

The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. would like to thank Publix and their employees for supporting early learning.

The funds through United Way of Hernando County has assisted us with placement of children in our School Readiness program. The Florida School Readiness Program offers financial assistance for early education and care to low-income families. The goal for this financial assistance is to encourage and aid families in becoming financially self-sufficient so their young children can be successful.

At Jericho, we are so grateful for all the ways Publix partners with United Way and gives back to the community. Our mission of helping the hungry, the homeless, and the hurting. This would not be possible without partnering with agencies like United Way. Jericho was able to provide 4,500 boxes of food which fed 8,500 people last year because of the help of United Way and Publix. So thank you Publix and their associates! 

Thank you, Publix Stores & Associates, for being heroes--to people who are visually impaired and blind and to all LVIB staff. We are so appreciative of the grants, sponsorships, and personal pledges we receive from Publix that help the Lighthouse meet its mission of educating, empowering, and employing people who are visually impaired and blind.

Here is a story about one of the clients you have helped:
Nancy reached out because she was alone, her vision was deteriorating, and the pandemic made her feel anxious. She expressed frustrations about how vision loss disrupted her life—she could not read, access phone numbers, struggled to do the basics, and she had become very isolated. We started Nancy in our Independent Living Skills Program. She embraced her training and the resources we provided. She shared her enthusiasm every time she learned something new and was delighted to discover she could read using free audio books. Then she used other Lighthouse services which including technology training and our support group. She has become an inspiration to others living with low vision. Nancy may have lost one of her five senses, but she gained a very important one--a sense of humor that helps her with alleviating depression related to losing her vision loss. We are also grateful for everything Publix does for the community during the pandemic—thank you for keeping us safe!

The Children’s Advocacy Center is so grateful to each and every Publix employee for their contributions to United Way of Hernando County. These funds allow us to provide continued therapy and advocacy to child sexual abuse victims. Every week more children come forward to tell of their abuse and we are so grateful they have this safe space to tell their story and get the help they need to heal. Please know that you are the reason these kids have a safe place to go.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

PUBLIX means:

P - Passionate Community Spirit!
U - Unbelievable Employee Enthusiasm!
B - Best Fried Chicken (wink, wink)!
L - Lasting Value to their Contributions!
I - Incredible Staff Participation!
X - eXtraordinary Generosity!

Dear Publix Associates,

NAMI Hernando's Board, Staff and Volunteers would like to thank you for all you do for our community! Your support of United Way of Hernando County helps NAMI Hernando help an average of 4,500 people per year overcome obstacles through support and education. During this past year we immediately transitioned our program to a virtual platform and expanded the hours of our CARE Line to offer uninterrupted services to residents in need. As a result of social distancing, job losses, school closings and all the uncertainties of COVID-19 the number of people experiencing mental health symptoms in 2020 doubled from 20% to 40% of our community. It is our job to help these individuals and without your generous donations we would not be able to do that. Therefore, it is with our sincerest gratitude that we thank you for continuing to LIVE UNITED! Together we are saving lives and ending the stigma surrounding mental health!

Tina Kinney, Executive Director

People Helping People in Hernando County has benefitted tremendously from the generosity of all Publix employees as well as their customers.

Publix contributions to United Way Hernando from its employees helps to fund our Weekend Blessings program which serves over 700 students EACH week. The support of Publix customers keeps us grateful that ALL of our feeding programs has been enhanced through their generosity. All of our programs have been substantially subsidized through Publix bread and bakery items each week as well as from the Food Drives held at Publix stores throughout the year.

Everyone LOVES shopping at Publix where service, friendliness and attention to detail is always maintained!

To all our partner associates in providing food to the needy in Hernando County -

My wife, Karen, and I make Publix our own local grocer - (Pinehurst store). Everything is just right.... from the food selection and quality to the competitive pricing. But it's the warmth and family relationship we can feel throughout the store that makes it special to both of us.

Way beyond ourselves, however, it's our community's assurance of your supportive food donations and wonderful charitable activity that makes you such a welcome part of their lives and ours at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.

Thank you!

Thank you for all the things you do for our community, from keeping the shelves stocked to the smiles that brighten customer's days! Your dedication and commitment to our community is appreciated and does not go unnoticed. Your contributions help create New Beginnings for our youth.

We appreciate all of you and thank you for helping us grow!

Mobilizing Resources During the Pandemic

Through Publix's partnership, United Way was able to distribute toilet paper to shelters and residents in need, provide food to restock local pantries who were running low on donations, collect thousands of lbs. of supplies for Stuff the Bus, provide holiday assistance with meals and toys to families who were most impacted by the Pandemic.  


Want more fun facts? View United Way's COVID-19 Response Flyer HERE.

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