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United Way appears on The Weather Channel’s ‘FAST: HOME RESCUE’

United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades appears on renovation series FAST: HOME RESCUE, which premiered Sunday, June 18 only on The Weather Channel television network. United Way makes its appearance on the series assisting with home renovations for families who lost their homes during Hurricane Ian. New episodes air every Sunday at 10 p.m. EST.

FAST: HOME RESCUE makes its Summer 2023 return with new hosts Tre Boston – sports commentator and former NFL star – and Tre’s wife Cierra. The series follows the stories of families whose lives have been devastated by severe weather and natural disasters as their homes are transformed and rebuilt stronger than before in just five days.

United Way assisted with three Southwest Florida home renovations for families who were impacted by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers and Harlem Heights. In collaboration with other local organizations, United Way supported these local renovations through its community partnerships and volunteer coordination. In addition, United Way’s Gifts in Kind program provided building supplies, furniture, appliances, food and cleaning supplies.

“We were proud to collaborate with The Weather Channel to help bring together key partners and resources to make these home transformations possible,” said Jeannine Joy, President and CEO of United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades. “Through the extreme generosity of partners like Matter Brothers Furniture & Mattress, Good360, Publix, and LL Flooring, these three families were able to return to warm, welcoming homes that had all the essentials that will support them in their continued recovery after Hurricane Ian.”

Matter Brothers Furniture & Mattress, led by United Way board member Gary Matter, donated new, high-quality furniture like mattresses, headboards, bedframes, dressers, nightstands, tables and more for all of the renovated homes. Good360 provided building materials and appliances like refrigerators and microwaves. Publix brought in volunteers to help rebuild and stocked the homes with pantry essentials ranging from flour to spices to canned foods as well as cleaning supplies. LL Flooring donated over 100,000 square feet of vinyl flooring.

Episodes of FAST: HOME RESCUE will be available to watch on-demand after airing on broadcast via The Weather Channel’s Connected Television (CTV) app. The Weather Channel CTV app is available on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Roku, Samsung, Vizio, and Xfinity Flex.

About United Way

In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies, helping them to work together focusing on issues that continue to improve lives. United Way is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people in our community.  United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades was established in 1957 and over $220 million has been raised and distributed since that time. For more information, please call 239-433-2000 or visit UnitedWayLee.org.

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