• United Way Notes: A life saving story you can't miss

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    May 26, 2022
     
     
    FVSL IS SAVING LIVES
     
     
    A recent caller to the Florida Veterans Support Line, powered locally by United Way of West Florida, says he was within "inches" of considering taking his own life.
     
    But the connection and camaraderie he felt from the Veteran Care Coordinator on the other end of the line kept him alive.
     
    It started with family problems that left this Army Veteran living in his truck and alone. He couldn't see a path forward. But the Florida Veterans Support Line team wasn't going to let him give up.
     
     
    Read His Story
     
     
     
     
     
     
    3 WAYS TO HELP US STUFF THE BUS!
     
     
     
     
     
    You can help us make sure students in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are equipped with the tools they need to succeed this school year! This is the only school supply drive supported by both local school districts.
     
    Drop Off School Supplies
    Hold your own school supply drive. Or drop by one of our participating Wal Mart locations on July 21 to purchase or drop off supplies.
     
    Make a Gift
    Can't make it to one of the drop-off spots? Make a gift and let the schools get exactly what their students need. You can give at uwwf.org/school850 or by texting SCHOOL850 to 44321. Every item and dollar donated will go directly to Escambia and Santa Rosa counties' school districts. Monetary gifts will be used strictly by the school districts to purchase supplies. 
     
    Volunteer
    You can volunteer to support Stuff The Bus with various tasks like sorting, packing, and more! Volunteers are essential to Stuff the Bus.
    Volunteer Info
     
    Drop Off Locations
    
    Wal Marts
    • 4965 US-90, Milton
    • 9360 Navarre Pkwy, Navarre
    • 2951 S. Blue Angel Pkwy, Pensacola
    • 2650 Creighton Rd, Pensacola
    • 4600 Mobile Hwy Ste. 122, Pensacola
     
    See Supply List
     
     
     
     
     
     
    GET CONNECTED LEARNING LABS
     
     
    These learning labs are a chance for you to get one-on-one help with United Way of West Florida's virtual volunteer platform, Get Connected.
     
    Whether you are an agency looking for volunteers or a volunteer looking for opportunities, these learning labs will help you use Get Connected to meet your needs.
     
    Learning Labs begin tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. and run through September. These are hybrid events. You can join us in person at the UWWF Community Room (1301 W. Government) or virtually.
     
    Each Learning Lab is a come-and-go event, so you can drop in any time between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 
     
     
    Sign Up for a Learning Lab
     
     
     
    TAX HELP STILL AVAILABLE
     
     
    The economic impact of our VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is nearing $1 million dollars! That includes more than $806,000 in refunds and around $114,000 tax prep savings.
     
    It's not too late to get help! VITA volunteers are still processing returns for free one day a month through September.
     
    Dates
    June 15, July 20, August 17, and September 21
     
    Your annual income must be $60,000 a year or less to qualify for assistance.
     
     
    More Information
     
     
     
     
     
     
    SWITCHING SEATS
     
     
     
    Kate Williams just joined UWWF's Development Team as the Development Specialist!
     
    Kate was previously a 211 Northwest Florida Team member and helped direct our neighbors to community resources and assistance.
     
    Join us in welcoming her into this new role. We can’t wait to see how she will help our neighbors next!
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    OUT & ABOUT
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    BORN LEARNING TRAIL
    RIBBON CUTTING
     
    It was an exciting ribbon cutting at the newest Born Learning Trail at Highland Terrace Park.
     
    The Leadership Pensacola Class of 2022 built three trails- Chimes Way Park, Morris Court Park, and this one.
     
    Find your nearest Born Learning Trail at uwwf.org/born-learning.
    THANKFUL
    THURSDAY
     
    A big thanks to Alga Beer Co. for hosting United Way of West Florida for Thankful Thursday!
     
    There was a great crowd and it was fun to share a little about UWWF during the event.
     
    We appreciate everyone who came out to enjoy the evening with us!
    GULF COAST
    CULTURE FEST
     
    Thanks to Calvin Griffin and the crew at Gulf Coast Culture Fest for choosing United Way of West Florida as the non-profit beneficiary of this fantastic event.
     
    We had a great time meeting people and celebrating the diverse cultures that make up our community!
     
     
     
     
     
    SAVE THE DATE
     
     
    Save the date for these upcoming events! More information to come soon.
     
    Annual Meeting
    August 11, 2022
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    University of West Florida Conference Center
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Campaign Kickoff
    September 15, 2022
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Santa Rosa County Auditorium
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Day of Caring
    October 7, 2022
    uwwf.org/dayofcaring
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    THANK YOU SPONSORS
     
     
     
     
     
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    Contact:
    Laura Gilliam, CEO
    laura.gilliam@uwwf.org, (850) 434-3157