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Small businesses are challenged with many requests to support a variety of important causes. Philanthropy is made easy for Small Business Circle (SBC)Members who donate $100 a month ($1,200/year) to United Way of Escambia.


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34% of Escambia County children fail kindergarten readiness tests. ReadingPals is a school-based mentoring program that helps prekindergarten students build the strong literacy skills necessary for success. Trained volunteers use themed literacy kits that include books, manipulatives, puzzles and games that they share with their 4-year-old reading "pal". 

United Way and Every Child a Reader in Escambia (ECARE) are partnering to recruit 200 volunteers who serve one hour per week with a student. If you
  can give 25 hours to help a child during the coming school year, please call 850-434-3157 to register for an informational session. All sessions will be held at United Way, 1301 W Government Street. For more information, click here

Giving to United Way of Escambia County

is More Rewarding Than Ever!



Sponsored by: 


Official Rules for 2017 CAMPAIGN KIA SOUL GIVE-A-WAY:

The 2016-2017 Campaign KIA Soul Give-A-Way (the “Event”) is sponsored by United Way of Escambia County, Inc. (UWEC), which has a principal place of business at 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.  The Grand Prize, a 2017 KIA Soul, has been donated to UWEC for this Event by Pensacola’s KIA AutoSport, Inc. No campaign contributions were used to purchase the automobile. The grand prize winner will be selected from among all valid entries by random drawing at 5 pm CDT on June 1, 2017 and announced  at the UWEC  June 2017 Campaign and Community Investment Annual Celebration, and need not be present to win. UWEC will attempt to notify the prize winner by telephone by 5:00 pm CDT no later than June 30, 2017. Three entries per person will be permitted, and persons must meet Event eligibility requirements and comply with the Official Rules in order to enter. No monetary donation is necessary in order to enter or to win. Suggested minimum annual voluntary donation to sponsor of 1 entry for $130 ($2.50 per week); 2 entries for $520 ($10 per week); and 3 entries for $1,040 ($20 per week).

UWEC is not affiliated with Pensacola’s KIA AutoSport and all terms and conditions governing the Grand Prize are at the discretion of Pensacola’s KIA AutoSport. Prize winners are responsible for any state or federal income taxes that may be imposed as a result of winning a prize and the Grand Prize Winner will also be responsible for tax, tag, title and any other fees associated with taking possession of the vehicle, as well as insurance requirements at the level mandated by law.  All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply.  Void where prohibited.


1.  This incentive promotion begins on July 1, 2016 and ends at 5 pm CDT on May 31, 2017. Participants must be legal residents of Florida, at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license. Employees of UWEC, Pensacola’s KIA AutoSport and affiliated dealerships, and the immediate family members of, and any persons domiciled with, any such employees are not eligible to enter or to win. The term “immediate family members” includes spouses, parents, grandparents, siblings, children and grandchildren.

No purchase or donation is necessary in order to enter or to win. Up to three entries without a donation can be made by completing three original entry forms which can be found and downloaded at and mailed to United Way of Escambia County, Attn: Campaign Drawing, 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.  Each original entry form must contain name, address and phone number.

Pledges and Original Entry Forms must be turned in to the UWEC office by 5 p.m. CDT on May 31, 2017. UWEC will not be responsible for companies that fail to submit their employees’ pledge forms or employees’ names by this date. UWEC will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries.  Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted shall be determined by UWEC in its sole discretion, and UWEC reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with, or abusing, any aspect of the Event, or failing to comply with these Official Rules. All entries become property of UWEC and none will be returned. By participating in the Event, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of UWEC, which shall be final in all respects.

Ensuring the Integrity of the 2017 KIA Soul Drawing Entries

Those individuals that qualify for the 2017 KIA Soul are automatically and systematically (not manually) entered into the drawing as their pledges are processed. Participating public sector campaigns do provide individual donor information, which is reviewed by management, so public sector qualifiers can be assured they will be included and there is little room for human error. Companies, who do not typically provide individual pledge information, may submit a list of those employees who have qualified. Those names are added to the data base of automatic qualifiers. Additionally, those people who submitted an entry outside the automatic qualification process are also entered into the data base. Although we cannot publish the list of all those who qualify, if a workplace campaign requests a list of qualifiers from their own company, United Way of the Escambia County can provide it prior to the drawing, but after all pledges received  by May 31, 2017 have been posted. Please call 850-434.3157 for more information.

3. Winner Selection. One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded to an eligible entrant by a random selection from among all entries submitted during the Event Period in compliance with these Official Rules. The selection will take place at UWEC office, 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 at 5 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, June 1, 2017.

4. Prize.  One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a 2017 KIA Soul vehicle valued at approximately $15,700.00, donated by Pensacola’s KIA Autosport. The Grand Prize has no cash value and may not be redeemed for cash.  Vehicle color may vary and is at the discretion of Pensacola’s KIA Autosport. Winner is responsible for tax, tag, title and any other fees associated with taking possession of the vehicle, as well as for obtaining any required insurance. Vehicles displayed in the showrooms of Pensacola’s KIA Autosport-affiliated dealerships, UWEC facilities or other venues, or in any advertising or promotional materials, are for display purposes only and are not representative of any specific Grand Prize vehicle. Odds of winning are dependent on the total number of valid entries received.

5.  Winner Notification and Acceptance. UWEC will attempt to notify the winner by telephone by 5:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, June 30, 2017.  Prize winners need not be present to win. If UWEC is unable to contact a selected winner within a reasonable period of time, as reasonably determined by UWEC, then UWEC may select an alternate winner from among the remaining valid entries.

Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. All prizes are non-assignable, non-transferable and have no cash value. No prize substitutions will be allowed. Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability, and UWEC reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes, and winner of the Grand Prize may be subject to income tax liability in connection with the receipt of such prizes. Winners may be required to complete an affidavit of eligibility and a liability and publicity release upon receipt of a prize. Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release, or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in a winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner selected by UWEC from among the remaining valid entries. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes the winner’s consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, including without limitation on the Internet, without further compensation. Prize not claimed by eligible winner in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of UWEC. The Grand Prize winner must show proof of insurance, proof of application for tag and registration, and a valid driver’s license.

6. Construction. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein. The Event shall be governed by the laws of the State of Florida, without regard to the conflict of law’s provisions thereof.

7.   The 2015/2016 KIA Campaign Give-A-Way is sponsored by United Way of Escambia County. The decisions of UWEC regarding the winner selection, the interpretation of these Official Rules and all other aspects of the Event shall be final and binding in all respects. UWEC will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the Event. If you have any questions regarding this Special Campaign Event, please contact United Way of Escambia County, 1301 W. Government Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.  – Phone: 850.434-3157.

8.  Pensacola’s KIA Autosport, Inc. shall be responsible only to fulfill its obligation of providing one (1) Grand Prize and shall not be responsible, or held liable, for anything else in connection with the 2016-16 United Way Campaign. 





VISTA ALIGNS is a group of nonprofit partner agencies in Escambia County (Achieve Escambia,  Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Every Child A Reader in Escambia, Gulf Coast Kid's House, Legal Services of North Florida, Manna Food Pantries, and United Way of Escambia County)  committed to identifying and implementing capacity building measures that improve the lives of those in poverty. 

The mission of VISTA ALIGNS is to stabilize the health and financial stability of families in our community who struggle to overcome deficits in education and opportunity. United Way works directly with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to place AmeriCorps VISTA members at VISTA ALIGNS partner agencies to fulfill this mission. 

United Way is recruiting 11 VISTAs for 7 partner agencies across the community. VISTAs dedicate one year to serving in a capacity building role with a nonprofit organization. For more information on how to apply, visit 

The United Way workplace campaign has been called one of the greatest social inventions in American history. Working together with employers and local volunteers each year, United Way invites people to advance the common good and create opportunities for a better life for all by helping to fund the local programs that provide assistance.

United Way donors can feel confident that their gifts are truly helping those who need our help most in our local communities. United Way’s local Board of Directors is focused on ensuring that our donors’ funds are efficiently and effectively used to bring about positive change at the community level. The funds are distributed by volunteers who choose the programs that are making a difference. Because of you, the United Way of Escambia County is able to help all of us enjoy a better place to raise our families and conduct our businesses. (Click here to go to our Workplace Campaign Download Center.)


"Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." ­- Mattie Stepanek

Nearly 200 partner agencies, donors and friends joined United Way of Escambia County at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Center to celebrate the results of the 2014-15 Workplace Campaign and announce of United Way grant recipients.  Thanks to the generosity of 10,000 United Way donors, United Way awarded one and three-year grants totaling $1,692,593 to 43 programs from 30 local agencies.  Check out the Workplace Campaign award winners below!  



• Gulf Power ($263,755)

• Publix Supermarkets ($232,194)

• Ascend Performance Materials ($210,049) 

• Navy Federal Credit Union ($96,122)

• Armstrong World Industries ($84,691)

• United Parcel Service ($68,381)

• ExxonMobil ($64,577)

• Escambia County School District ($56,683)

• Regions Bank ($54,972)

• International Paper ($52,611)

• ARC Gateway
• Summit Bank


Agency Division
Kelly Jasen, Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging

Small Business Division

Steve Mitchell, Massey Services

Financial Division
Jamie Peaden and Kerry Langley, Warren Averett

Government Division
Erik Wortendyke and Rebecca McLellan, City of Pensacola

Professional Division
Jim Stolhanske, Clark Partington Hart

Retail Division

Kelly Scharer, Publix University Store # 1317

Corporation Division
Campaign Team, ExxonMobil

SPIRIT OF GIVING AWARDS School District Recognition

Elementary: Navy Point Elementary
Middle: Woodham Middle

High: Pensacola High School

Department: Title 1
Centers: George Stone


SPIRIT OF GIVING AWARDS Business Recognition by Company Size


1-399 employees: Federal Express

400+ employees: Gulf Power Company



There are 204 workplaces and 67 schools and departments that live and give the united way by participating in a workplace campaign. During our 2015-2016 campaign year, twelve companies will participate as Pacesetter campaigns, meaning they start and complete their campaigns prior to the annual kick-off luncheon on September 17, 2015.


Pacesetters are known for their generosity and community spirit. They lead the way and inspire others to support the United Way's mission of uniting our community and leveraging resources to improve lives. These twelve companies will truly set the pace for this year's campaign. 


Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE)

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida

Every Child A Reader in Escambia (ECARE)

Gulf Power

Hancock Bank

Navy Federal Credit Union

Regions Bank

Summit Bank


United Way of Escambia County 

Summit Bank

Warren Averette O'Sullivan Creel LLP


Thank you for supporting our community.



What is the Loaned Executive Leadership Program?

What specifically do Loaned Executives do?

Benefits of the LE program

What people are saying about their LE experience

2015-2016 Loaned Executives 


Join the Loaned Executive Leadership Program

2015 Application


What is the Loaned Executive Leadership Program?

The Loaned Executive Leadership Program is a highly unique, year-long, volunteering opportunity that brings together a group of local professionals to coordinate United Way’s Annual Workplace Campaign.  Ultimately, Loaned Executives are the face of the campaign, which raised over $1.6 million for nonprofit programming last year.


What specifically do Loaned Executives do?

Loaned Executives will develop professional and leadership skills while improving Escambia County by supporting the Workplace Campaign, participating in the Community Investment Process, and attending monthly leadership seminars.  


Workplace Campaign

Loaned Executives (LEs) support the planning, organization, implementation, and successful completion of all campaigns within an assigned group of local workplaces that run United Way Workplace Campaigns. As an LE, the objective is to achieve an increase in support and contributions to United Way of Escambia County and to foster a greater understanding of United Way’s efforts in the community within the workplace. 


Community Investment Committee
Loaned Executives are asked to participate as a member of the Community Investment Committee. The Community Investment Committee oversees the funds distribution process, United Way’s method of investing dollars raised during the campaign into local nonprofit programming through annual grants. United Way believes it is vital for our LEs to intimately understand how campaign dollars are being used before asking the community to support the Workplace Campaign.


Leadership Seminars

Loaned Executives will also participate in monthly leadership seminars with focused training on the local nonprofit sector and community needs. These seminars also feature presentations from community leaders on topics such as: Confidence, Calmness and Competency – the 3 C’s of Leadership; Consistent and Credible Leaderships; Strengthening Relationships; and Dealing with Difficult People (to name a few).



Benefits of the LE Program


The Loaned Executive Gains

A broader knowledge of the local community

Exposure to key community leaders

A larger community network

Leadership/teamwork skills

Public speaking opportunities and training


The Sponsoring Company Gains

Benefits of a more skilled, knowledgeable and networked employ

Positive brand recognition as a community partner through United Way marketing efforts


The Community Gains

Educated leaders able to respond and advocate for community needs

Stronger, safer and healthier programs that are strengthened to meet our community’s most pressing volunteer and resource needs

Improved fundraising results with lower campaign costs


What People Are Saying About Their LE Experience


Being a Loaned Executive can be very rewarding.  It allows you to make new friends, learn more about the businesses in your community and gain an appreciation for the agencies that provide services to those who need help the most. It will make you a better person.

- Gary Sammons, Gulf Power, Current Board Chair and former LE


Being a part of the Loaned Executive program has made 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 and gained a greater appreciation for the United Way, their mission and this wonderful community I call home. 

- Jamie Bradley, 2014-2015 Loaned Executive of the Year


United Way’s Loaned Executive program gave me the opportunity to connect with area leaders in non-profits and to gain a better understanding of how they effect change in our community. At the end of every seminar, I left a happier and more inspired person.

- Rebecca Cleary, 2013-2015 Loaned Executive


The United Way of Escambia County fulfills an extraordinary need in our community. The Loaned Executive program is an eye opening experience that benefits all involved; United Way, our community and those determined to make a difference. I am thankful for my opportunity to serve as a Loaned Executive and the professional development that I gained through this wonderful program.

-Wes Hudgens, Gulf Power, 2014-2015 LE


Thank you 2015-2016 Loaned Executives

Christina Acosta – University of West Florida

Krystle Aman – Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County

Becky Bromley – Wells Fargo

Kelly Cooke – Gulf Power

Lynn Eiland – Florida Department of Children and Families

Ashley Faulkner – Fortis Institute

Douglas Gardner – Gulf Power

Sara Harlow – Gulf Power

Tori Harris – Gulf Power

Scarlett Henson – US Department of State

Kelly Jasen – Northwest Florida Area Agency on Aging, Inc.

Jason Jones – Gulf Power

Georgia Lee Ketchum – West Florida Hospital

Maegan Leonard – Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce

Kelly MacLeod – Gulf Coast Kid’s House

Becky Matthews – United Health Care

Karen McLendon – Gulf Power

Clinton Retherford – Gulf Power

Jared Rorrer – Gulf Power

Lynsey Stuart – Pensacola State College

Reagan Williams – Gulf Power

Thank you to the following partners for generously sponsoring the Loaned Executive Leadership Program:

With support of Gulf Power Company.



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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


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