Investing in strategies for community change!

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April 10, 2018
Investing in strategies for community change!
We are pleased to report that on March 27, 2018 the United Way of Santa Rosa County (UWSRC)  Board of Directors reviewed the recommendations of the Funds Distribution Team.
Determination of which agencies get funded is conducted by a 100% volunteer committee, made up of a diverse group of Santa Rosa County based donors and representatives from key industries. The Funds Distribution Team recommends which agencies will be funded and how much they will receive. The UWSRC Board of Directors then reviews the team's recommendation; may adjust due to budget availability, and then approves the schedule of investment.
(click here to see this approved list for 2018.)
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on how we are
joining the Fight! 


The United Way of Santa Rosa County is adding a new thrift store to its operation.

The store will be far more than just a place to buy items such as a clothes and furniture. 

The new Milton location will be service center for people in need, such as a single parent who is struggling to get by or a senior citizen facing the choice of buying food or medication, or any of the many other needs in our community. 

The organization will open the new thrift store in the former Whiting Furniture Store at 6447 U.S. 90. The store is targeted to open by mid year 2018. (See full Pensacola News Journal story here)

What to get in on some of the great buys now? We are posting some of the items on our Facebook/Shop page as an introduction to things to come. Feel free to shop and buy now.  (visit us on Facebook)
Have something to donate? Contact Katie at (850) 623-4507
Your local United Way has been conducting resource needs assessments for years to identify and address the issues effecting Health, Education, and Financial Stability in Santa Rosa County. As the host administrator of the First Call for Help Hotline in our community since inclusion of the program, we are able use the local data to identify the areas with greatest needs. It provides us a better assessment of our area, as opposed to random evaluation reports generated outside of our local community. This allows us the ability to be on top of the current needs and to strategically align resources to specifically target and respond accordingly.

In 2017, the First Call for Help saw that income (64%) was the highest focus area of need. As expected, this impacted the ability for our residents to pay utilities and other housing needs. The largest age group effected was between 31-40 years of age. Unfortunately, this also shown the largest impact within the household with children. The disabled population, largely identified as senior citizens, also saw needs in their housing, medication, and food assistance.
With health (25%) being the second greatest need, we were able to target assistance in areas of childcare, dental, medical, and medication programs. In looking at the issues at hand, we were better suited to find the resources in dealing with their problems.

   The employees of the City of Milton, City of Gulf Breeze, and Santa Rosa County shown compassion in giving a share of their own paychecks to help fight the battles in our community which  so many turn away from.  Their generosity will help us be better positioned to respond to the needs of the folks in our county.
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   Our local business are import to us in many ways. Beyond the economic growth and employment opportunities, they are amongst the largest individual supporters in our community.
   If you have or know of a local business who would like to partner with us to contribute to making positive changes, please contact us for details.
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