Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies (BRACE) is Escambia County’s lead organization for disaster volunteers and donations. BRACE urges residents who are willing to volunteer for COVID-19 emergency, and future disasters, to register to assist with the response by navigating through the BRACE website - www.bereadyalliance.org. On the home page of the website, residents can click on the Volunteer Connect button.
Organizations can register on Volunteer Connect to post volunteer needs in response to COVID- 19 through https://volunteer.volunteerflorida.org/new-organization-registration
Opening Doors Northwest Florida
Opening Doors Northwest Florida is Escambia and Santa Rosa County’s lead continuum of care agency designed to promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.The lack of stable shelter, access to proper hygiene, and basic food supplies makes them a particularly vulnerable group during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Support for the homeless during the COVID-19 crisis doesn’t just entail helping those who are already on the streets. It also includes protecting people who are at high risk of losing their homes because of the economic impacts of the virus.
For those who have not been impacted economically by the effects of COVID-19, we ask that you give money to provide a safe place for the most vulnerable in our community. Funds raised during this effort will directly support those recovering or most at risk from COVID-19 to shelter-in-place in hotels or other safe, separated locations.
To donate to this fund, text I-CARE to 850-427-5780 or visit https://openingdoorsnwfl.org. For client assistance please call 850-439-3009 x 110.
United Way of West Florida
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic facing our community and nation, United Way of West Florida has launched its relief fund to support those affected in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
As schools, businesses, and public establishments close, United Way of West Florida understands that people’s ways of life are being significantly affected. Hours are being cut, services are being eliminated, and wages are being lost.
United Way of West Florida’s COVID-19 Response Fund will support families within our service area that have been economically impacted by the pandemic and will provide support to nonprofit agencies that are providing critical services to those in need.
To donate to this fund, text 850Respond to 41444 or visit uwwf.org/covid19fund. Gifts of all sizes will improve our community’s ability to respond during this unprecedented time.
Individuals in need of immediate assistance accessing food, paying housing or utility bills, or other essential services are urged to dial 211 from their phones or visit uwwf.org/211nwfl 211 Northwest Florida provides information and referral services to the following counties: Escambia, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Santa Rosa, and Washington.
211 Northwest Florida also provides support services for veterans in need of assistance through the Florida Veteran’s Support Line. By dialing 1-844-MYFLVET (693-5838), or 211 and disclosing that the caller is a veteran, they may speak directly with a fellow veteran trained to provide emotional support and links to community resources.
For more information and updates regarding COVID-19, please visit uwwf.org/COVID19, follow United Way of West Florida on Facebook (@UWWFL), as well as 211 Northwest Florida (@211nwfl).