42 Local Nonprofits Receive $850K From United Way

June 14, 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.


  1. Gulf Power Company
  2. Publix Super Markets
  3. Ascend Performance Materials
  4. Navy Federal Credit Union
  5. Armstrong World Industries

HEALTH AWARDS – $377,686

  1. Ashley Offerdahl Counseling Program – Children’s Home Society of Florida
  2. Access to Care – Health and Hope Clinic, Inc.
  3. Family Advocacy – Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Inc.
  4. Healthy Seniors Food Program – Manna Food Bank, Inc.
  5. Tummy Bundles – Manna Food Bank, Inc.
  6. Healthy Start, Century Program – Escambia County Healthy Start Coalition, Inc.
  7. Mobile Outreach Program – OASIS Florida
  8. PUMCM Hot Meal Service – Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries


  1. Child Abuse Prevention Education – Gulf Coast Kid’s House
  2. Epilepsy Services – Epilepsy Florida
  3. Essential Life Skills – Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers, Inc.
  4. Healthy Lifestyles – Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
  5. Nutrition Program – Council on Aging of West Florida
  6. Pearl Nelson Child Development Center, Pediatric Therapy – The ARC Gateway, Inc.
  7. Senior Companion Program – Council on Aging of West Florida
  8. Sexual/Physical Abuse Treatment Program – Lutheran Services of Florida
  9. Victim Services – Lakeview Center
  10. Youth Development – YMCA of Northwest Florida


  1. AMI Pensacola GED and Vocational Program – AMIkids Pensacola, Inc.
  2. Capstone Academy – Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers, Inc.
  3. Girls Earning Diplomas (GED) Program – PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
  4. Kids for Camp Summer Learning Lab – Autism Pensacola, Inc.
  5. ReadingPals – Every Child a Reader in Escambia County
  6. School to Work – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Inc.


  1. Academic Success – Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
  2. Community Based Mentoring – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, Inc.
  3. Heritage Oaks Affordable Housing – Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies
  4. Independence for Dependent and Homeless Youth – Legal Services of North Flroida
  5. Pearl Nelson Child Development Center, Early Intervention Services – The ARC Gateway, Inc.
  6. School Readiness Program – Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County
  7. Service Learning and Leadership Development – Chain Reaction
  8. Teenspace – Children’s Home Society of Florida
  9. Veteran’s Legal Assistance – Legal Services of North Florida


  1. Chadwick House – Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries
  2. Child Care – YMCA of Northwest Florida
  3. Domestic Violence Shelter – FavorHouse of Northwest Florida, Inc.
  4. Emergency Assistance – Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida
  5. Every Adult Achieves Self-Sufficiency – Pathways for Change, Inc.
  6. Feeding Stability – Manna Food Bank, Inc.
  7. His Place Shelter – Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries
  8. The Mobile Pantry Program – Feeding the Gulf Coast
  9. Recovery and Career Development Program: A Path to Self-Sufficiency – Waterfront Rescue Mission, Inc.


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