United Way of West Florida announced $480,000 in grants to 25 agencies

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United Way of West Florida recently awarded $480,000 in grants to 25 local nonprofit agencies in support of 29 programs 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 education, financial stability, and health.

Grants are awarded through a competitive process. Community volunteers spend months reviewing applications and listening to presentations from applying agencies before making recommendations to United Way of West Florida’s Board of Directors for final approval.

From left, Rhea Spaar, 11, who lost her mother Kayla Crocker, chats with chapter founder Crista Brandt while taking a break from chalk drawing with volunteer Chandler Spencer prior to the Valerie's House group night “What I Hate About Death” activity hosted at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida building in Pensacola on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.
From left, Rhea Spaar, 11, who lost her mother Kayla Crocker, chats with chapter founder Crista Brandt while taking a break from chalk drawing with volunteer Chandler Spencer prior to the Valerie's House group night “What I Hate About Death” activity hosted at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida building in Pensacola on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021.

“I appreciate all the volunteers who worked so hard during this process,” said Todd Phillips, chair of the Community Impact Committee and manager of Mortgage Loan Operations and Real Estate Lending at Navy Federal Credit Union, in a press release. “While we wish we had the funding to give grants to all the programs, we have to make tough decisions every year. Our community is fortunate to have so many incredible nonprofits.”

The year was especially tough with a decline in fundraising revenue made worse by the pandemic, according to United Way of West Florida President and CEO Laura Gilliam.

Grant awards by focus area are listed below.

EDUCATION AWARDS - $163,563

  • Autism Pensacola: Kids for Camp Summer Learning Lab, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida: Beyond Walls, serving Escambia County

  • Boys and Girls Club of the Emerald Coast: Academic Success, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Capstone Adaptive Learning & Therapy Centers: Behavioral ABCs, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Children's Home Society of Florida: teenspace, serving Escambia County

  • Council on Aging West Florida: Foster Grandparent Program, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • James B. Washington: Tutoring Towards Tomorrow, serving Escambia County

  • Pace Center for Girls: Girls Earning Diplomas (GED) Program, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • ReadyKids!: ReadingPals, serving Escambia County

  • YMCA: Yreads, serving Escambia County

FINANCIAL STABILITY AWARDS - $101,106

  • Bright Bridge Ministries: His Place Shelter, serving Escambia County

  • Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida: Emergency Assistance Program, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • FavorHouse of Northwest Florida: Financial Stability Program for Domestic Violence Victims, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Feeding the Gulf Coast: Mobile Pantry Program, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Legal Services of North Florida: Independence for Dependent and Homeless Youth, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Legal Services of North Florida: Veterans Legal Assistance, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

Olivia Silvaong restocks the pharmacy shelves at the Health and Hope Clinic on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Olive Road medical clinic is a recipient of the  United Way of West Florida's COVID-19 Response Funding Grant.
Olivia Silvaong restocks the pharmacy shelves at the Health and Hope Clinic on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Olive Road medical clinic is a recipient of the United Way of West Florida's COVID-19 Response Funding Grant.

HEALTH AWARDS - $215,331

  • The ARC Gateway: Pearl Nelson Center Early Intervention, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Bright Bridge Ministries: Hot, Healthy Meals, serving Escambia County

  • Capstone Adaptive Learning & Therapy Centers: Essential Health Access, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Council on Aging of West Florida: Nutrition Program, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Council on Aging of West Florida: Senior Companion Program, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Ecomfort Inc.: Soup Kitchen, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Gulf Coast Kid’s House: Advocacy for Victims of Abuse, serving Escambia County

  • Health and Hope Clinic: Access to Care, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Lutheran Services Florida: Sexual/Physical Abuse Treatment Program, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Northwest Florida Community Outreach: Supporting Our Seniors (SOS), serving Escambia County

  • OASIS Florida: Mobile Outreach Program, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

  • Santa Rosa Kid’s House: Trauma-Focused Therapy, serving Santa Rosa County

  • Valerie’s House: No Child Grieves Alone, serving Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: United Way of West Florida announced $480,000 in grants to 25 agencies