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  • United Way Notes: Lots of Volunteer Opportunities for You!

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    May 19, 2023
    Plus other news and updates from UWWF
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    More than 82,000 households in our community can't afford all of the basic necessities, according to new data from our research partner United for ALICE.
    ALICE stands for "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed." These hard-working individuals and families live on a "survival budget." Despite working one or more jobs, they do not make enough to save for retirement or emergencies but make too much to qualify for financial assistance that could help them cover their basic needs.
    To afford basic necessities in Escambia County, it costs $27,744 for a single adult and $64,440 for a family of four. In Santa Rosa County, it is $29,904 for a single adult and $69,168 for a family of four.
    Those numbers are well above the Federal Poverty Level of $12,880 for a single adult and $26,500 for a family of four, which is the income the federal government utilizes to identify who receives benefits and assistance,
    See the Complete Report
    Be An Ambassador!
    We are looking for dedicated individuals to serve United Way of West Florida as Ambassadors.
    Being an Ambassador for United Way means sharpening your leadership skills, forging strong community connections, and being part of something much larger than any one person or one organization.
    Ambassadors volunteer approximately 10 hours per month from June through December to help raise funds to meet critical needs in our community.
    Learn More!
    Help Stuff the Bus!
    Stuff the Bus is July 20!
    UWWF and its community partners will collect school supplies for students in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties at several Walmart locations from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is the only school supply drive supported by both school districts.
    Stuff the Bus is coordinated by United Way of West Florida, in partnership with Escambia County Schools, Santa Rosa County Schools, Cat Country 98.7, NewsRadio 92.3, the Pensacola News Journal, and 3 Cares WEAR.
    Help Stuff the Bus
    Sign Up for Day of Caring!
    Sign your volunteer team or agency up for Day of Caring today.
    Day of Caring will be October 20. On that day volunteers will complete service projects at agencies and schools across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
    Day of Caring is one of the largest single-day volunteer events in our community!
    Fill out an interest form on our website to let us know you want to participate. The deadline to sign up is
    August 16.
    Sign Up Today
    United Way of West Florida’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program processed more than 700 tax returns during this tax season.
    VITA volunteers dedicated more than 530 hours, saving taxpayers $154,000 in filing fees and securing almost $700,000 in refunds.
    Help Still Available
    UWWF’s VITA program is offering free tax help through September. Families and individuals making less than $60,000 or less a year are eligible for the program.
    Volunteers will be manning VITA sites on certain dates, beginning May 31 through September 20, at Florida Blue and Goodwill Gulf Coast. No appointment is necessary. These sites will be walk-ins only.
    See VITA Dates & Times
    Time is running out to win this brand-new Kia! If you make a gift of $300 or more to United Way of West Florida before June 1 you are eligible to win.
    Learn More!
    211 Northwest Florida is an information and referral service that provides one-stop connections to community resources and services.
    Dial 211 to get connected
    The Florida Veterans Support Line provides veterans and their loved ones the opportunity to speak with fellow veterans.
    Call 1-844-MYFLVET (693-5838)
    988 is a suicide and crisis lifeline. This helpline provides 24-hour-a-day, confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress.
    Call 988 to get help today
    United Way of West Florida | uwwf.org