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The United Way Kick Off Breakfast of Champions and Pacesetter Recognition, hosted by Pensacola Bay Center & SMG, is Thursday, September 18th from 7:45am to 8:45am. Breakfast is provided.

You don't want to miss out! The campaign goals will be announced and there is a BIG announcement that will made at this event which is free and open to the public.

United Way will recognize the Pacesetters who have "set the pace" and built momentum for this campaign year by announcing funding raised by Gulf Power, Hancock Bank, Regions Bank, Target and United Way of Escambia County. If you are interested in how you can combine your giving and impact with 10,000 other generous donors from 375 workplaces, join us for an informative and fun event! You'll hear how United Way donors support measured impacts that resulted in a $10 million impact that serves two out of every three Escambia County citizens.

Please RSVP by close of business Tuesday, September 16 to  or call 850.434.3157. 



Throughout United Way of Escambia’s 90 years of service to the local community, hundreds of compassionate citizens have played vital roles in the success of United Way efforts.  As our current poverty index indicates that over 17 percent of our local citizens live without the resources necessary for daily living, there is concern for children, aged and vulnerable populations.

In order to continue the good work that United Way has accomplished through the support of a compassionate community, we are hoping that you will share your voice and opinions with us so that we can continue to adjust to meet local needs while constantly evaluating our performance.   

In our most recent year, 10,000 donors and partners joined United Way by gifting $3.65 million that was leveraged to create a $8.7 million impact by United Way.  Another $1.55 million was leveraged through matches community partners were able to receive for the donations they obtained through the community investment process. 

We always hope to do more and welcome your feedback through the survey link below:



With the help of our generous community, $58,295 in school supplies was collected and distributed to 55 area schools as part of this year’s Cram the Van school supply drive. The 22,842 students on Free and Reduce Lunch will be provided supplies by the teachers who can quickly identify their needs.

“It was a privilege to be part of such a large community-wide effort, and to be able to bear witness to the schools’ gratitude,” said Lyndi Smith Warner, Community Engagement Director. Many schools mentioned how much their students needed supplies and how thankful they were for the efforts of Cram the Van.”

United Way of Escambia County, in partnership with WEAR ABC 3, Sandy Sansing Dealerships and Papa Johns Pizza, distributed the supplies to area schools based on the number of students on free and reduced lunch.

Cram the Van’s success is shared by 182 volunteers who donated 872 hours to help collect 49,331 school supplies at all day Cram-A-Thons, and then organize and distribute supplies to schools.

The support of Northwest Florida Paralegal Association, Covenant Hospice, Central Credit Union, Azalea Trace, Pensacola State College, Anthem Crossfit, Mary Kay, Gulf Power Company, Rodney Rich & Co and Pensacola Legal Specialists Association as collection drives; and that of financial and large supply gifts from Beach Community Bank, Beulah Volunteer Firefighters, EmCare, Auburn Club and Walgreens, International Paper, Escambia County Public Schools Foundation, Two Men and a Truck and Wal-Mart Stores was essential to success.

Cat Country 98.7, Soft Rock 94.1 and Nash Radio 102.7 also donated media support throughout the Cram-A-Thons and the collection period. They encouraged and invited the community to drop off supplies that would help students in need.

The Cram the Van drive, which began on June 21, ended on August 5. United Way and our partners are grateful for the commitment of hundreds of individuals in our community who chose to LIVE UNITED through their support of area kids in need.

For more information on Cram the Van, please contact Lyndi Warner at 850.434.3157 or email
















United Way of Escambia County Board of Directors has released $150,000 from United Way’s reserve funds that will be distributed to non-profit agencies impacted by last week’s devastating flood. Non-profits in Northwest Florida can download the application for funding here. For more information about the application process, please contact Melissa Lewis at 850-444-7120 or email

United Way has also launched a donation page to help relief efforts. Donations secured through will be divided using the level of impact determined by Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) assessment of loss and impact. Funds will be disbursed by Northwest Florida’s United Ways to their local communities.

Individuals seeking recovery assistance are asked to dial 2-1-1 for information and resource referrals. United Way’s 2-1-1 specialists are capturing victim needs in a database that is being shared with the Emergency Operations Center and local providers who are serving victims. This confidential collection of victim information is shared with FEMA to create an accurate reflection of victim needs and the flood’s impact.  It is also shared with organizations that are helping to serve victims.

For more information on United Way’s involvement in flood recovery efforts, please call 850.434.3157 or visit

United Way of Escambia County is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Loaned Executive (LE) Program.  This unique, year-long volunteer opportunity brings together local professionals to coordinate United Way's annual workplace campaign, which raised over $2.2 million for community impact last fiscal year.

Loaned Executives will develop their professional and leadership skills by supporting the United Way workplace campaign, participating in the community investment committee as part of the funds distribution process and attending monthly leadership seminars. The program also offers an exceptional networking experience that helps ensure organizations “loaning” their employees are involved in the philanthropic activity of Escambia County’s nonprofit community.

Jamie Bradley, a Gulf Power Company employee and 2013 LE, summarized her experience saying, "The Loaned Executive program had such a significant impact on both my personal and professional life. While helping make a difference in our community and serving those in need, I have learned a great deal about myself. I’ve made some amazing new friends, gained a greater appreciation for United Way, their mission, and this wonderful community I call home."

United Way is encouraging employers to consider nominating someone from their team for the program. Applications can be downloaded
HERE. For more information, please call Laura Hill at 850.444.7143 or e-mail

Welcome to Campaign Headquarters! We are excited to partner with over 300 workplaces in Escambia County in uniting our community and leveraging resources to improve lives.  We could not accomplish this mission without the incredible investment of time, energy and money through all of our workplace campaign partnerships.  THANK YOU for all of the work you do in our community!

Campaign HQ has all the resources you need to run an effective campaign that fits the needs of your workplace.  We want your campaign to be fun, informative and effective.  As the face of our campaign at your workplace, we hope that you take some time to learn about United Way and its role in Escambia County. 
All of our campaign materials in one place
The Campaign Checklist is your guide to running an effective campaign.
Keep updated with the nonprofit community and the impact of the campaign by following us on facebook and twitter
The Campaign Coordinator Toolkit includes information about United Way and running the campaign
Contact your Loaned Executive for campaign support 
Contact United Way Staff-Laura Hill and Frank Giammaria are your campaign staff
Request United Way speaker/staff for your campaign 


Help is here to lower the cost of medicine, thanks to a free drug discount card provided by the United Way. 

“No one should be forced to choose between paying for food, rent or medicine because of the high cost of prescriptions,” said Andrea Farage, President/CEO of United Way of Escambia County. “That’s why we’ve partnered with FamilyWize to distribute free prescription discount cards to citizens in Escambia County. Locally, this program has helped individuals save more than $683,000 since United Way of Escambia County began participating in the FamilyWize program in 2007.”

FamilyWize cards immediately lower the cost of medicine by an average of 35% or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. Just by presenting the FamilyWize card at their local pharmacy, customers save on the cost of their prescription medicine 80% of the time.

“People are struggling with the high cost of medicine and need help right now. The FamilyWize card provides immediate savings on prescription medicines, with no paperwork or forms to fill out,” said Dan Barnes, Co-chair of The FamilyWize Community Service Partnership.

These cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid or Medicare.

The FamilyWize card is easy to use:
·         It’s Free
·         For immediate and unlimited use
·         Accepted at 95% of pharmacies nationwide
·         No age/income restrictions
·         No enrollment or personal information needed

United Way of Escambia County proudly joins 1,000 United Ways in all 50 states who have already saved more than $225 million as of July 2011 on prescriptions in their communities and distributed more than 20 million cards nationwide.” Farage said.

FamilyWize cards can be found locally at the United Way of Escambia County office located at 1301 W. Government St. in Pensacola.  The card can be printed here or at, where you can also look up drug prices and obtain a list of participating pharmacies.

If you need non-emergency help, call 2-1-1.

If your family were on the verge of homelessness and could not pay the rent or mortgage what resources would you seek and how would you find them? If your elderly neighbor needed a wheelchair or a ramp built, where would you go to find her help?

 United Way 2-1-1 (formerly First Call for Help) is a resource and referral service that provides one-stop referral information to help you when you need it most. 2-1-1 maintains up to date information on emergency food and shelter, services for families and senior citizens, health care, child care services for people with disabilities, counseling and mental health services, and more.

To reach 2-1-1, just dial 2-1-1 from any cell phone or land line (Escambia County only). Help is available 24 hours per day. You can also search the 2-1-1 database by visiting


Help 2-1-1 serve you better! Visit and let us know what you think about the Web site by clicking "Tell Us What You Think" button on the homepage.