Blogs

Monday, January 23, 2017
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...
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Discover the rewards of volunteering! Whether you commit to serve one hour a week or 20 hours a month, your contribution helps improve our community. Please click the underlined titles for the program flyer.  Empower Citizens as a 2-1-1 Resource Helpline Volunteer 2-1-1 Northwest Florida is a free and confidential information and referral service...
Monday, December 5, 2016
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...
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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...
Friday, September 9, 2016
As we start a new year, we are excited to announce new promotions and welcome new board members, staff, volunteers and interns to our tight-knit team.  New Board Members: Scott Ginnetti, Genevieve Harper, John Hosman, John Isbell and Tim StronkoTeam Members: Sarah Green (National Service Manager), Laura Hill (Vice President), Carlee Hoffmann (...
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Last month, with nearly 300 community members, we celebrated our annual accomplishments that impacted two out of three Escambia County citizens! As part of the celebration, Jennifer Grove, Community Development Manager at Gulf Power Company spoke about the interdependence in our community. The topic was perfect for a meeting that boasted the...
Monday, July 11, 2016
More than 200 agencies, donors and friends joined United Way of Escambia County at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Center on June 9 to celebrate the results of the 2015-16 workplace campaign that made agency designations and funding support of over $2.2 million possible.Thanks to donors giving through 295 workplace campaigns, United Way announced $1...
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
According to Studer Community Institute, 34% of Escambia County children fail kindergarten readiness tests. This deficiency often continues and correlates closely to the 27% of Escambia County students who do not graduate from High School with their peers. ReadingPals is a school-based mentoring program that helps prekindergarten students build...
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
At United Way's recent finale celebration, I was privileged to watch community leaders, partner agencies, volunteers and donors celebrate and honor the true spirit of giving. Though it is normally the client stories of personal tragedy and individual success that cause me to tear up, last Thursday I was honored to witness true grace and giving...
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
There are many in our community who are passionate advocates that gladly volunteer their time in service to others. The warmth this creates for visitors to our sunny shores often entices people to stay. It is certainly one of the reasons my parents decided to return to Pensacola after my father retired from service as a naval flight officer....