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Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Amy MillerAmy is an Ohio native with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.  Following a stint in sales & marketing at the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, she moved to Florida in 2002 to take a position with Port Pensacola. During her tenure with our local port, she worked her way up to Assistant Port Director and was named...
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
You can maximize your money: Online: file taxes anywhere or anytime at www.myfreetaxes.com. In-person: go to a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site and have an IRS-certified volunteer prepare your taxes one-on-one. Dial 2-1-1 or visit www.unitedwayescambia.org/taxhelp for locations and operation hours. Make sure to have the following items...
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
The Escambia County community mobilized a quick response to the two EF3 tornados that devastated more than 580 properties in Northern Escambia and Pensacola. Local nonprofit agencies such as BRACE, American Red Cross, MANNA, St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, Pensacola Bay Baptist Association and The Salvation Army...
Friday, March 4, 2016
Reminders of the privilege of service have come in an avalanche of clothing, toiletries, diapers, water, big checks, tearful smiles and perfectly scripted cards. Responding to two EF3 tornadoes has been a challenge for the thinly stretched partners and team members who make up our compassionate United Way team. Despite that, the rewards outbalance...
Friday, March 4, 2016
The importance of small business to our community intersects with memories of how business ownership impacted my childhood. Living on my father’s military income drove my parents to start a small business that they operated while I was in middle and high school. Their successes later drove me to start a horse boarding business while juggling...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
January has been a wonderful month for our community for more reasons than its status as National Mentoring Month. The tag line for this year’s celebratory month was "Join the movement, Mentor IN REAL LIFE." In our community, this tagline has not always been reason for celebration. Though there are many people who want to make a difference in our...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
In a recent collective action meeting with several community leaders and concerned citizens, the commitment to improving all aspects of our community was obvious. It struck me during planning for a retreat with community leaders that while our community has challenges, we also have a strong legacy of commitment to excellence and overcoming the...
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Why on earth would we make it harder for people to help other people? Essentially, that is the concern many nonprofit professionals have in regards to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Proposed Rule: Substantiation Requirement for Certain Contributions.While this rule is voluntary, it creates the ground work for a mandatory rule. It seems most...
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Taxes… Penalties…Scams… the words do more than frighten taxpayers. They add to the annual stressors that face local low-income families. In some cases, they intimidate a taxpayer to the point that they pay on average $268 to have an accountant or “free” filing service complete an itemized return for them. Unfortunately, many free services come...
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Life touches each of us in different ways and sometime it compels us to give to or support those things that make us cry, laugh or smile. While emotion is important, it is equally important that we look objectively at the needs in our community and invest community donations in programs that demonstrate an ability to change the situation or lives...