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COVID-19 Pandemic

Answers About COVID-19

United Way of West Florida is operating remotely until further notice but we remain open to continue to serve our community, to support our nonprofit partners, and to share valuable information on this issue.



If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services, please dial 2-1-1, or visit, to connect with our information and referral hotline, 211 Northwest Florida. 

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately. 



In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic facing our nation and community, United Way of West Florida has launched a response fund to support those affected in our community. As schools, businesses, and public establishments in our community close, we understand that people's ways of life are being significantly impacted. Hours are being cut, services are being eliminated, and wages are being lost.


The UWWF COVID-19 Response Fund will support families within our service area that are struggling to keep their lights on or pay their bills. It will ensure that seniors and veterans have food on their plates and provide relief to households that can't access adequate childcare or fill emergency prescriptions. It will provide support to nonprofit agencies and programs to nonprofit programs that are providing critical services to our community.  


Those able to give may do so by texting 850RESPOND to 41444 or clicking the button below. For more information about our Response Fund, click here.








August 25, 2020 | 12p.m.
Florida SEOC Situation Report COVID-19

August 11, 2020 | 2p.m.
Florida SEOC Situation Report COVID-19

July 31, 2020 | 1 p.m.
Florida SEOC Situation Report COVID-19

July 23, 2020 | 1 p.m.
Florida SEOC Situation Report COVID-19

July 19, 2020 | 12 p.m.
Florida SEOC Situation Report COVID-19

July 12, 2020 | 12 p.m.
Florida SEOC Situation Report COVID-19

July 6, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.
Florida SEOC Situation Report COVID-19

July 1, 2020 | 2:15 p.m.
Governor Ron DeSantis signs executive order extending eviction relief, mortgage foreclosure in Florida. Read more.

June 30, 2020 | 2:30 p.m.
Florida SEOC Situation Report COVID-19

June 29, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.
Florida SEOC Situation Report COVID-19

June 26, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.
Face coverings are required to be worn by employees and patrons inside businesses within Pensacola City limits. Read more.

June 26, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.
Florida SEOC (The State Emergency Operations Center) Situation Report COVID-19

June 11, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.
Escambia County COVID-19 Update #121
Santa Rosa County COVID-19 Update #47

May 20, 2020 | 11:15 a.m.
The City of Pensacola has launched a COVID-19 online dashboard to provide information to the public about the city's status and current phase of recovery, along with data from the Florida Department of Health.

May 1, 2020 | 12:45 p.m.
New Mobile Testing Site at UWF Opening 05/02 at 9 A.M.  More information.

April 23, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.
COVID-19 Scam Alert

April 16, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.
United Way of West Florida distributes $246,266 in phase one of COVID-19 Response Funding. Read the release.

April 15, 2020 | 1:30 p.m.
Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa provides child care financial assistance for first responders and healthcare personnel through the CARES Act. Read the release.

April 15, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.
If you don't usually file a tax return, submit your information here to get the Economic Impact Payment.

April 14, 2020 | 4 p.m.
Recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance will automatically receive Economic Impact Payments without the need to file taxes for 2019 or 2019. More information.

April 13, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.
Escambia County, City of Pensacola Announce Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Grant Program. Read the release.

April 10, 2020 | 12:00 p.m.
Escambia County to Receive over $870,000 in CBDG Funding Through CARES Act.

April 9, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.
Paycheck Protection Program FAQs For Small Businesses.

April 9, 2020 | 10:30 a.m.
The IRS will soon be issuing Economic Impact Payments to all eligible Americans. More information.

April 7, 2020 | 11:15 a.m.
EscaRosa Financial Stability Coalition Offers Virtual Financial Coaching Services. Read the release.

April 6, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.
Escambia County School District Updates List of Sites Offering Free Meals - Pensacola News Journal.

April 3, 2020 | 10:45 a.m.
Florida Blue Community Partner Update.

March 31, 2020 | 3:00 p.m.
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Customer Service and Online Access Update. More information.

March 31, 2020 | 12:45 p.m.
Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) Coordinating Volunteer Response to COVID-19. Release.

March 30, 2020 | 1:15 p.m.
FamilyWize Free Prescription Savings Card. More information.

March 30, 2020 | 11:15 a.m.
Pensacola News Journal - List of Pensacola companies hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 30, 2020 | 11:15 a.m.
Escambia County and Community Health Northwest Florida Partner to Open Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Site in Cantonment. Read more.

March 29, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.
Escambia County COVID-19 Update #24.

March 27, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.
Escambia County School District Feeding Sites beginning March 30. See the information here.

March 26, 2020 | 2:00 p.m.
Gulf Power contributes $250,000 to United Way of West Florida's COVID-19 Relief Fund. Read the release.

March 25, 2020 | 2:45 p.m.
Visit Pensacola has created an online resource with a list of Pensacola area establishments offering takeout options. To view the "Help Out. Take Out." page, visit here.

March 24, 2020 | 9:00 a.m.
The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service has announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Read more.

March 23, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.
We are proud to support digital character education and mental wellness through the Character Playbook. Access this free resource by visiting to select your student's school and receive your digital access code.

March 23, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.
The City of Pensacola is partnering with Feeding the Gulf Coast to offer grab-and-go meals for youth ages 18 and under at several city community centers starting Monday, March 23. See the release.

March 21, 2020 | 10:00 a.m.
Cox Communications and ATT announce low-cost service options and a moratorium on service disconnections in support of FCC's Keep Americans Connected pledge.

March 20, 2020 | 5:00 p.m.
Feeding the Gulf Coast is opening sites to feed children during school closures. Read more.

March 19, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.
A message from Gulf Power: Suspending disconnections at least through the end of March. For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, there are resources from Gulf Power available to help, and to the extent they are available, Gulf Power will continue to connect customers with resources from federal, state, and local authorities. Learn more.

March 19, 2020 | 12:45 p.m.
A message from ECUA: Suspending the Discontinuation of Services for Non-Payment Based on our commitment to and interest in public health, ECUA is immediately suspending the discontinuation of services for non-payment during the COVID-19 pandemic period. This will apply to all residential and commercial accounts and will be in effect until further notice. Read more.

March 19, 2020 | 9:45 a.m.
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service are providing special payment relief to individuals and businesses in response to COVID-19. Read more.

March 18, 2020 | 4:30 p.m.
Contact 211 Northwest Florida for information on local resources and services in response to COVID-19. See the release.

March 18, 2020 | 10:15 a.m.
Please be aware of a widely circulated Facebook post being shared locally regarding a COVID-19 Response Fund to support with bills, rent, and food. This is not a local fund and it is not managed by United Way of West Florida. Local individuals and families in need of assistance are urged to dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained information and referral specialist. They'll be able to connect you with updated information about available resources in our community and new services that arise.

March 17, 2020 | 12:10 p.m.
Florida Governor Ron DeSanti Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. See the release.

March 17, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.
In anticipation of bars and nightclubs closing and decreased capacity of restaurants in both our community and across the state of Florida, we understand that this will affect those working in the service industry - including many who may identify as ALICE. To learn more about the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program, including eligibility and application requirements, please visit


The COVID-19 situation in the United States is evolving rapidly as more becomes known about the virus, how it is spread, and how it affects people. For the most accurate, up-to-date, and reputable information, visit the CDC's website or monitor their social media channels:

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), and growing concerns about public gatherings, we have implemented several changes across our programs, as well as in regard to our internal operating policies and procedures.

  • All VITA sites are closed until further notice. If you have already scheduled an appointment, we will notify you once we reopen. You may also complete your taxes online at
  • Due to the increased vulnerability of at-risk populations, we have pulled our RSVP volunteers from their service sites until further notice and have canceled the March Lunch and Learn.
  • We are working with the host sites of our AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers to facilitate their ability to work remotely.

Changes to United Way of West Florida policies and procedures:

  • For at least the next two weeks, we will not host any volunteers over the age of 60 at our office.
  • Meetings that involve outside participants must be conducted by conference call or video conferencing.
  • Staff will not attend any in-person meetings outside of the United Way office.
  • The staff over the age of 60 are encouraged to work from home, as are others who have personal or health conditions.