United Way of Santa Rosa County (UWSRC) invests in strategies for community change.
We fund partnerships in impact programs focused on Education, Health, and Financial Stability. The agencies we fund specialize in direct services consistent with our United Way's local mission. Consequently, our service to agency partners also includes in-kind services, promotion, and client referrals. Agencies apply for funding each February/March and reports on the use of the previous allocation of funds and on community impact; meaning, successes. When partnership goals are met funding allocations sometimes change to address other unfunded needs.
Determination of which agencies get funded is by a 100% volunteer Funds Distribution Team, 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 United Way of Santa Rosa County Board of Directors then reviews the team's recommendation; may adjust due to budget availability, and then approves the schedule of investment. The team is supplied with call data collected by our local United Way staff which helps them identify critical community needs for the current year.
We are pleased to report that on March 27, 2018 the UWSRC Board of Directors reviewed the recommendations of the Funds Development Team.
2018 Funded Partner Agencies
The ARC of the Emerald Coast, Santa Rosa (850) 623-9320 Adult day training
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (850) 433-5437 Youth mentoring
Bridges out of Poverty, Santa Rosa County (850) 232-8231 Education
Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County (850) 983-5313 School readiness and childcare
Family Resource Program of Santa Rosa (850) 626-2054 Family support
FavorHouse of Northwest Florida (850) 434-1177 Domestic violence counseling, education, and shelter
Feeding the Gulf Coast (850) 626-1332 Food bank services
Good Samaritan Clinic (Founded by Interfaith Ministries) (850) 934-0064 Healthcare
Independent for the Blind (850) 477-2663 Healthcare, Blind Program Services
Santa Rosa County Community Clinic (850) 981-9433 Healthcare
Santa Rosa Kids' House (850) 623-1112 Child abuse investigations, advocacy, counseling
2018 Funded Projects
L.L. Bubba Drinkard & Linda Geiger Scholarship
Gulf Breeze/Navarre/East Milton Weekend Nutrition Program