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Gangsta Gardener

Ron Finley knows what it's like to grow-up in a food dessert where walking 45 minutes for a fresh tomato was not uncommon. Determined to change communities from food-desert to food-forest, he inspires others by sharing his story through community education.

When: Tuesday, March 28
Location: United Way's Community Room (1301 W. Government St.)
Time: 3 - 5:30 p.m.

Welcome Aboard

We are excited to welcome new staff to our United Way Family: Cabrella Smith (Campaign Assistant), Trina Burleson (MyFreeTaxes Specialist), and Shani Conoly (MyFreeTaxes Specialist)!


Have you ever wanted to be able to give away a million dollars to support a worthy cause?

Even if you agree with Charles Dickens that “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another,” you may not have a bank account that allows you to give freely. If you have always wanted to give away a million dollars, then volunteering with United Way might be exactly what you need.

LE program offers growth opportunities

As a teenager, I was privileged to have parents who believed I could make a unique contribution to the world. They shared books like "Think and Grow Rich" and stressed optimism and personal growth on a daily basis. Despite this enthusiasm and a daily use of PMA (positive mental attitude — PMA was an acronym I knew well by the age of 13), I still struggled to find my place in the work world after graduating from Florida State University. There are so many books and advice givers that I struggled to manage the ideas and information that could contribute to my success.

Miracles happen in Pensacola

I believe in miracles. They happen when we take a chance and share our hearts with each other. They happen when artists choose to donate their time to raise a little money to support Christmas Wishes for kids who might otherwise go without. They happen when women wear tacky sweaters to laugh a little at themselves and smile a lot as they fill s

Tax assistance helps poor children

Can those who volunteer for free tax assistance programs help lift children out of poverty? According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the answer to that question is yes. For volunteers dedicated to strengthening our community, a recent CBPP-recommended priority for policy makers details research demonstrating the benefits the earned income tax credit (EITC) and child tax credit (CTC) have on the education, health and future earnings of our community’s youngest children.