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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SUMMER.
BUILD YOUR RESUME AND HAVE FUN TOO!

United Way of Escambia County is offering Summer Associate positions starting June 9, 2014. Don't miss out on this opportunity to gain professional experience and learn more about our community's most pressing needs!

These positions are AmeriCorps VISTA positions sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Associates will serve 40 hours per week for 10 weeks and receive a $427 bi-weekly living stipend. Upon successful completion of service, associates will also receive a $1,174 education award OR a $312 cash stipend.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and a high school graduate by June 9. Employment outside of the associate position is not permissible as required by CNCS AmeriCorps regulations. Additional requirements for each position can be viewed below.

Click to View Job Descriptions:
Community Outreach Associate
2-1-1 Associate

Interested applicants must apply by April 30, 2014. Please send resume and cover letter to
lyndi@unitedwayescambia.org.

FALL INTERNSHIPS ALSO AVAILABLE!

Fall internships will start September 8, 2014. Fall internships are not paid positions and follow the academic calendars of post-secondary institutions. Hours per week are dependent upon course requirements and/or position descriptions.

Click to View Job Descriptions:
Community Engagement Intern
2-1-1 Intern
Campaign Development Intern

Interested applicants must apply by August 29, 2014. Please send resume and cover letter to l
yndi@unitedwayescambia.org

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 laura@unitedwayescambia.org.

United Way of Escambia County is kicking off our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on January 20. VITA volunteers will offer free tax preparation help at Pensacola State College (PSC) from 10am to 4pm in building 96 through tax season.

United Way will also offer MyFreeTaxes, a free online tax tool for self-preparation. Eligible residents, with a household adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less, can utilize the free step-by-step online tool at www.myfreetaxes.com/unitedwayESCAROSA. Starting January 20, IRS-certified specialists will be available to answer tax-related questions at 1-855-698-9435, Monday-Saturday, 8am-9pm.

Financial literacy and VITA programs help alleviate future shortfalls in family budgets. Last year, VITA volunteers assisted 2,040 local families in returning $2,800,000 in refunds. If these families had used payday lenders, refund anticipation loans, or refund anticipation checks they would have lost an estimated $280,000 from their refunds.

Tax returns processed prior to January 31 using MyFreeTaxes or a VITA site will be automatically sent to the IRS on the January 31 open file date.

United Way will launch five additional VITA sites around Escambia and Santa Rosa counties beginning February 3.For VITA site times and locations, or questions about the VITA or MyFreeTaxes programs, dial 2-1-1 or call United Way of Escambia County at 850-434-3157.

VITA Volunteers are still needed and are encouraged to sign up today. VITA volunteers receive IRS training and certification and are asked to commit a minimum of one hour per week through April 15. For more information, please contact Lyndi Smith at
lyndi@unitedwayescambia.org or 850-434-3157.

VITA is generously funded through grants awarded to United Way of Escambia County from United Way Worldwide, Wal-Mart, Bank of America, and Regions.

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. 
 
DOWNLOAD CENTER
All of our campaign materials in one place
 
RUN YOUR CAMPAIGN
The Campaign Checklist is your guide to running an effective campaign.
 
LEARN ABOUT UNITED WAY OF ESCAMBIA COUNTY
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
 
QUICK LINKS
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 www.FamilyWize.org, 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

www.211nwfl.org.

 

Help 2-1-1 serve you better! Visit

www.211nwfl.org and let us know what you think about the Web site by clicking "Tell Us What You Think" button on the homepage.