UNITED WAY OF ESCAMBIA COUNTY AWARDS $850,000 IN GRANT AWARDS THROUGH COMMUNITY INVESTMENT PROCESS
Pensacola, Fla. – June 13, 2019
United Way of Escambia announced on Thursday the 29 nonprofit agencies receiving $850,000 in grant awards through the organization’s Community Investment Process. Programs operated by these agencies provide critical services to individuals and families across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in the areas of health, education, and financial stability.
“We are excited to announce the programs and agencies that will receive grant funding for the 2019-2020 year through our Community Investment Process,” said President and CEO, Laura Gilliam. “Through this process, volunteers, who are also donors, carefully vet the applicants to ensure that we’re being responsible stewards of our donor’s gifts, as well as making the strongest measured impact possible for our community.”
The undesignated gifts of hundreds of businesses, companies, and institutions, in addition to roughly 7,000 individual donors, create this Community Investment Fund. In 2019-20, 23 programs will receive new one-year grants, while 19 programs are in either the second or third year of 2-3 year grant cycles.
United Way of Escambia County also announced their Top 5 Workplace Campaigns, as well as the winner of a new KIA Soul, John J. Tria, Jr., of Ascend Performance Materials. This is the fifth year KIA Autosport of Pensacola has partnered with United Way of Escambia County to give away a new KIA Soul.
TOP 5 WORKPLACE CAMPAIGNS
- Gulf Power Company
- Publix Super Markets
- Ascend Performance Materials
- Navy Federal Credit Union
- Armstrong World Industries
HEALTH AWARDS - $377,686
- Ashley Offerdahl Counseling Program – Children’s Home Society of Florida
- Access to Care – Health and Hope Clinic, Inc.
- Family Advocacy – Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Inc.
- Healthy Seniors Food Program – Manna Food Bank, Inc.
- Tummy Bundles – Manna Food Bank, Inc.
- Healthy Start, Century Program – Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.
- Mobile Outreach Program – OASIS Florida
- PUMCM Hot Meal Service – Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries
2-3 YEAR COMMITTED AWARDS
- Child Abuse Prevention Education – Gulf Coast Kid’s House
- Epilepsy Services – Epilepsy Florida
- Essential Life Skills – Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers, Inc.
- Healthy Lifestyles – Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
- Nutrition Program – Council on Aging of West Florida
- Pearl Nelson Child Development Center, Pediatric Therapy – The ARC Gateway, Inc.
- Senior Companion Program – Council on Aging of West Florida
- Sexual/Physical Abuse Treatment Program – Lutheran Services of Florida
- Victim Services – Lakeview Center
- Youth Development – YMCA of Northwest Florida
EDUCATION AWARDS - $377,008
- AMI Pensacola GED and Vocational Program – AMIkids Pensacola, Inc.
- Capstone Academy – Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers, Inc.
- Girls Earning Diplomas (GED) Program – PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
- Kids for Camp Summer Learning Lab – Autism Pensacola, Inc.
- ReadingPals – Every Child a Reader in Escambia County
- School to Work – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Inc.
2-3 YEAR COMMITTED AWARDS
- Academic Success – Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
- Community Based Mentoring – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Inc.
- Heritage Oaks Affordable Housing – Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies
- Independence for Dependent and Homeless Youth – Legal Services of North Florida
- Pearl Nelson Child Development Center, Early Intervention Services – The ARC Gateway, Inc.
- School Readiness Program – Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County
- Service Learning and Leadership Development – Chain Reaction
- Teenspace – Children’s Home Society of Florida
- Veteran’s Legal Assistance – Legal Services of North Florida
FINANCIAL STABILITY AWARDS - $95,306
- Chadwick House – Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries
- Child Care – YMCA of Northwest Florida
- Domestic Violence Shelter – FavorHouse of Northwest Florida, Inc.
- Emergency Assistance – Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida
- Every Adult Achieves Self-Sufficiency – Pathways for Change, Inc.
- Feeding Stability – Manna Food Bank, Inc.
- His Place Shelter – Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries
- The Mobile Pantry Program – Feeding the Gulf Coast
- Recovery and Career Development Program: A Path to Self-Sufficiency – Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc.
United Way of Escambia County (UWEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every citizen in our community. UWEC has operated locally for 95 years with a vision of a community United to create better opportunities for all. By investing in programs, participating in partnerships, and leveraging resources, UWEC works to meet a mission of Uniting our community to improve lives.