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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:



United Way of Escambia County is issuing a call for nominations for the Annual United Way Distinguished Service and Partner Awards, which will be held Thursday, August 21, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Pensacola, located at 500 North Palafox Street. Each year, United Way honors outstanding individuals, businesses and agency partners who have made significant contributions in core focus areas of education, health and financial stability in the Pensacola area. Nominations will be accepted until close of business on Monday, July 21, 2014 in the following categories:

United Way Partner Agency of the Year: Awarded to an agency that demonstrates innovation and commitment to the community and United Way. The candidate will demonstrate successful organizational planning and collaborative partnerships that effectively and efficiently create positive impacts on the community.

*United Way Service Award:  Awarded to a community-minded individual who has distinguished him/herself through diligent and exceptional service given through United Way. The award honors those who have given unselfishly of their time and efforts in order to further essential community impacts with little or no public recognition.

*Distinguished Community Service:  Awarded to an individual or group who has demonstrated dedicated service to the community as exemplified by significant leadership and activity in relation to United Way; Health and Human Service Agencies; and civic activity furthering the health and well-being of the community.  The award represents the highest honor the United Way Board of Directors can bestow.

Distinguished Business Partner of the Year: Awarded to a deserving business partner who works tirelessly in support of the community in tandem with United Way and the community at large. The candidate will represent outstanding corporate responsibility or conscience through meaningful contributions to the local health and human service community.

Rayell Irish - “Color a Brighter World”:  Awarded to a special individual who exemplifies a commitment to the poor that was evidenced by Rayell Irish, a social worker whose spirit of caring for those less fortunate elevated those serving around her. The award is given to a nominee who has practiced the art of social work for a sustained period; who exhibits an understanding of a broad spectrum of community needs; who is actively involved with those in critical need; and who is committed to meeting individual needs with a genuine understanding and acceptance of the those he/she serves, and his/her personal environment.

To nominate a member of the community, please download the nomination form here and send to

Summer has arrived and it's time to start thinking about our annual school supply drive. Are you ready to Cram the Van?

From June 21-August 5, United Way of Escambia County will accept school supply donations at our office, located at 1301 West Government Street. We are asking businesses, individuals, associations, and organizations that are interested in collecting supplies through an organized drive to please register with Sarah Green by calling 850.434.3157 or emailing

Interested in dropping off school supply donations? Here is a list of public drop-off location sites:

All Sandy Sansing Dealerships

     WEAR TV Studio on Mobile Highway

     United Way of Escambia County
     - 1301 W. Government St., Pensacola, FL 32501

     Central Credit Union
     - Cordova Branch: 4964 Bayou Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32503
     - Fox Run Branch: 9470 Fox Run Rd., Pensacola, FL 32514
     - Downtown Branch: 308 North Spring Street, Pensacola, FL 32501
     - Main Office Branch: 6200 North W Street, Pensacola, FL 32505

     Beach Community Bank:
     - Cordova Office: 4465 Bayou Blvd., Pensacola FL 32503
     - Garden St Office: 33 West Garden Street, Pensacola, FL 32502
     - Gulf Breeze Office: 60 Northcliff Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
     - Nine-Mile Office: 9329 Palafox St., Pensacola, FL 32534
     - Davis Office: 7828 N Davis Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32514

We would also like to give a big "thank you" to the following businesses and organizations for holding Cram the Van supply drives: Northwest Florida Paralegal Association, Pensacola Legal Support Specialists Association, Azalea Trace, Coca-Cola, Mary Kay, Gulf Power Company, Pensacola State College, Rodney, Rich, & Company, Covenant Hospice, and Anthem Crossfit.

United Way of Escambia County will work with the Escambia County School District to distribute the supplies to schools prior to the first day of school. Parents must register for the school supplies through their child's school. United Way of Escambia County will not register children or parents to receive supplies.

Additionally, the annual Cram-A-Thon event will take place on Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm at the Creighton and Mobile Highway Wal-Mart locations. If you are interested in volunteering with Cram the Van, call Sarah Green at 850.434.3157 or email her at      

Thank you to our Cram the Van Sponsors:














The Small Business Administration (SBA) is assisting homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private non-profit organizations recover from damage caused by the storms and flooding occurring from April 28 to May 6, 2014.

The SBA offers low interest loans to repair or replace damaged real estate and personal property including vehicles. Rates are as low as 2.188% for homeowners and renters, and 2.625% for non-profits with up to 30 years to repay. The SBA also offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help small businesses and most private non-profit organizations to meet their ordinary and necessary working capital obligations that can’t be met as a direct result of the disaster, regardless of physical damage.

Applicants can apply in person at a Disaster Recovery Center, online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at  or by returning a completed application by mail.

Click here to view the SBA Disaster Loan Fact Sheet.

For more information, call toll free (800) 659-2955 or visit 

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 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


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

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.