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United Way of West Florida Tax Help

Posted on: January 25th, 2022 by brent

Residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties making $73,000 or less annually are eligible to file their taxes for free with United Way of West Florida’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Eligible participants may visit one of four convenient locations across the community or use limited virtual assistance to utilize this free service and maximize their tax return with the assistance of an IRS-certified volunteer. 

 

VITA sites are operated by IRS partners such as United Way of West Florida and are staffed by volunteers who want to make a difference in their communities.  All VITA volunteers who prepare returns must take and pass tax law training that meets or exceeds IRS standards. This training includes maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of all taxpayer information.  

 

VITA sites will begin in-person returns on February 7th

  

Please see below for a complete list of VITA sites throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, as well as their opening dates and hours. VITA is by appointment only in 2022, to schedule an appointment simply dial 211. For up-to-date information please visitwww.uwwf.org/taxhelp.  

 

Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast
1715 E. Olive Rd., Pensacola, FL 32514
Opening: February 9  

Wednesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday, February 19 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

 

Pensacola State College (Main Campus)
1000 College Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32504 Bldg 98
Opening: February 7
Hours: Monday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday February 26, March 26, and April 9, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 

Pensacola State College (Warrington Campus) 

5555 US-98, Pensacola, FL 32507
Opening: February 8 

Hours: Tuesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday 2:00 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 

Pensacola State College (Milton Campus)
5988 Hwy 90, Milton, FL, 32583 Bldg 400
Opening: February 8
Hours: Tuesday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday March 3, and April 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

 

 

Filers must bring the following documentation with them when filing taxes at one of the VITA sites:  

  • State or federal photo identification 
  • Social Security cards for all members of the household 
  • All W2s, 1095s, 1098s, and 1099s 
  • Childcare provider’s information 
  • Investment statements and other tax forms 
  • Amounts of other income 
  • Bank account information for direct deposit 
  • Last year’s tax return, if available 

 

Promotional materials containing information about United Way of West Florida’s VITA program are available for distribution. To request these materials or any questions concerning the VITA program, contact Financial Stability Manager, Elizabeth Bondurant, at elizabeth.bondurant@uwwf.org.  

 

United Way of West Florida’s VITA Program is sponsored by the University of West Florida, Pensacola State College, Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast, IRS, and Wells Fargo.

Manna Hat 2020-2021 Auction

Posted on: December 11th, 2021 by brent

Manna Hat 2021The 2020-2021 Manna Hat is a beautiful Resistol – George Strait 7 3/8ths

Congrats to Larry and Shotzi Clemons who won this years hat with a bid of $1300, all of which will go to Manna Food Pantries.

Manna Food Pantries began serving the hungry on January 3, 1983, then known as Manna Food Bank. Since then Manna have served over half a million people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida, from Century to Navarre. Manna has given out over 9,000 tons of food to hungry families in our communities. In the last year alone, Manna has served about 23,000 individuals in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.Manna Food Pantries is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to alleviating hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties of Northwest Florida. Manna is nonsectarian, community focused, volunteer supported and committed to the philosophy, “waste not, want not.” Manna believes that every person has a right to live free from hunger and that every person is to be treated with respect and dignity.

This year the need is particularly great. Please know that 100% of the proceeds this auction raises will go to Manna Food Pantries of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties so that those in need in Pensacola, Pace, Milton and the surrounding areas can continue to be taken care of.

Thank you to Pensacola Boot Store for generously providing the 2020-2021 Manna Hat.

Who’s Autograph is on the Hat? 
I will send you a signed certificate saying these are 100% Authentic Signatures.

Artist
Date/Location
Location on the Hat
Parmalee
March 13, 2020 – Wild Gregs
Left Rear Bill
Jimmie Allen November 12, 2020 – Wild Gregs Rear Bill
Riley Green May 28, 2021 – The Wharf Right Rear Bill
Luke Combs July 2, 2021 – The Wharf Front Bill
Brantley Gilbert July 17, 2021 – The Wharf Left Bill
Caylee Hammack July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
Dylan Scott July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
Luke Bryan July 31, 2021 – The Wharf Left Front Bill
Gabby Barrett August 13, 2021 – The Wharf Left Bill
Thomas Rhett August 13, 2021 – The Wharf Front Stack
Carly Pearce August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
Niko Moon August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Bill
Tenille Arts August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
Lady A August 19, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Stack
Elvie Shane October 9, 2021 – The Wharf Right Dimple
Rodney Atkins October 30, 2021-Pensacola Fair Left Dimple
Hardy October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Right Front Bill
John Morgan October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Left Stack
Jason Aldean October 31, 2021 – The Wharf Rear Stack
Mitchell Tenpenny November 6, 2021 – Wild Gregs Rear Right Stack
Jon Langston November 12, 2021 – Wild Gregs Rear Left Stack
Kip Moore November 13, 2021 – The Port, Alabama Left Bill
Larry Fleet November 14, 2021 – Miracle on Palafox Right Stack
Ray Fulcher November 14, 2021 – Miracle on Palafox Right Stack
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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Embrace 2022 – Fishbein Orthodontics

Posted on: November 9th, 2021 by brent

The Fishbein Embraces Initiative

 

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Autism Pensacola – June 25-26

Posted on: June 16th, 2021 by brent

Autism WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF SENSORY STREET!
PRESENTED BY REGIONS BANK

JUNE 25-26, 2021  ~  9am-2pm
historic pensacola museum of commerce
201 east zaragoza street . downtown pensacola
free & family-friendly ~ reservations required (*see below)

Learn about basic finances.
Visit a 3D lab.
Make a calming jar.
Organize a warehouse.
Visit a doctor’s office.
Understand electricity.
“Shop” in a marketplace.

Walk through the doors of Sensory Street and enter the world of autism, right here in Downtown Pensacola’s Museum of Commerce. Travel along the Museum’s indoor streetscape through the various sensory stations, each one offering an activity related to behaviors associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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BENEFITS OF SENSORY STREET PARTNERSHIP

  • Be recognized as a community leader in supporting people with autism by helping them fully participate in the community
  • Help provide inclusivity training, not only to those affected by autism, but to the community as a whole
  • Bring awareness and understanding to our community
  • Develop an environment of inclusivity in the local area and beyond
  • Create future opportunities for employment, housing, education, and financial independence for those affected by autism

Donut Strike for Manna – June 23-25

Posted on: June 16th, 2021 by brent

mannaLocal law enforcement and fire departments — known for fighting crime and fires — are teaming up again this year to fight hunger.

 These fierce first responders are going on strike against the portable breakfast treat beginning Wednesday, June 23 through Friday, June 25 to encourage the community to fight local hunger by supporting Manna. During the Donut Strike, they’ve promised not to eat a single donut until the community has donated 30,000 healthy meals to fight hunger in Northwest Florida.

 Each day of the Donut Strike, officers and fire fighters man their posts from 3 to 6 p.m. at grocery store locations across Escambia and Santa Rosa counties to collect food and monetary donations from the public. For participating grocery locations in your area, please visit www.mannahelps.org. Food donations and financial gifts to Manna may also be dropped off at their hunger headquarters, 3030 North E Street, Pensacola, any day during the Strike, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Childhood hunger has worsened — one in three children in our community will go to bed hungry tonight,” said DeDe Flounlacker, Executive Director of Manna. “We so appreciate the support of our local first responders during these critical summer months, when children are out of school and the need for help increases.”   

 The success of Donut Strike is critically important this year, as Manna faces a second year of devastating food donation losses due to the cancellation of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. That food drive typically yields 60,000-80,000 pounds of food each year for Manna leading into the busier summer season, when children can no longer count on the free meals at school for nutrition.

 This is the fourth year of the Donut Strike and so far, the pastry protest has raised more than 80,000 pounds of food to help fight hunger in our communities. The Donut Strike wrap party will be held at J’s Bakery and Café — the event’s donut sponsor — on June 29 at 8 a.m. to announce and celebrate the total meal count and of course to eat dozens and dozens of donuts and have coffee with our heroes. All are welcome.

 Participating agencies include the Escambia County Fire Department, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Gulf Breeze Police Department, Midway Fire District, Pace Fire Rescue District, Pensacola Fire Department, and Pensacola Police Department.

 Manna is a local, grassroots non-profit dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. To learn more about Manna, the Donut Strike or to make a donation, visit the Manna Facebook page or www.mannahelps.org.

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The Monument to Women Ground Breaking April 23

Posted on: April 20th, 2021 by brent

Womens MonumentMonument to Women Veterans announces a groundbreaking event for a museum and monument to women veterans, and the announcement of a state-of-the-art national training center in construction for veterans. The museum and monument site is being developed to honor all women, past, present, and future, who served in the United States military and to provide o en unmet critical resources for female veteran care. Founded in 2011 by Navy Veteran Michelle Caldwell, Monument to Women Veterans has been granted a 30-year lease (with extension options) by the City of Pensacola to restore and remodel the Amtrak depot on Heinberg Street. The location will provide space for a museum and the first monument dedicated to the 25% of active-duty military women plus 2.8 million women veterans who have honorably served in combat since 1948.

Get more at https://monumenttowomenveterans.info

The public is invited to join in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebratory festivities at 980 E Heinberg St. in Pensacola on Friday, April 23rd from 3:00 pm–6:00 pm CST.
 
Guests can reserve a spot at the ribbon-cutting event by visiting MWVets.org/rsvp 
 
About Monument for Women Veterans: The Monument to Women Veterans, Inc. is a 501c3 Charitable Non-Profit Corporation established in 2011 that has been leading the charge in recognizing and empowering our military women through a variety of community outreach and awareness efforts. Join Monument to Women Veterans in their goals to provide recognition of the service and sacrifices of the woman who have proudly donned a United States armed services uniform and to offer resources and services for a myriad of issues currently impacting women veterans to include post-traumatic stress, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain issues, domestic violence, unemployment, homelessness, and countless more that may arise in the future.

Fiesta Pensacola – Children’s Treasure Hunt – April 17

Posted on: April 9th, 2021 by brent

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       Children’s Treasure Hunt, presented by Zaxby’s

Saturday, April 17, 2021 

Downtown Pensacola at Museum Plaza

FREE! FREE! FREE!

The Treasure Hunt is at your leisure for children ages three to ten years old. All registered children will be entered into grand prize drawings, based upon age: 0-2 years old, 3-4 years old, 5-7 years old, and 8-10 years old, with multiple prizes per group. 

Prizes include: bicycles, tricycles, summer camp sessions, water activities, art easels, Sky Zone tickets, and so much more!
 

This FREE event will include fun for the whole family! FREE registration and FREE lunch are from 11:00AM-2PM.

 

The day will include games for children and families, face painting, snow cones, interactive museum scavenger hunt, and visits from various community organizations 

There will be special appearances by the 2021 Fiesta Children’s Court, along with some of our favorite local friends, Lil Zak of Zaxby’s, Kazoo of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Don Tristan DeLuna the 70th!

All families in attendance will receive FREE lunch of Zaxby’s chicken, hot dogs, chips, snow cones,

Pepsi products and water.

Impact 100 Pensacola Bay Area

Posted on: December 31st, 2020 by brent

Who is IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area?

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, Inc. (IMPACT) is an organization of women committed to improving their community by providing substantial grants to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Started in 2003 by four local women, IMPACT has become the largest IMPACT group in the world. The idea behind IMPACT involves recruiting at least 100 women to donate $1,000 each and pooling those resources into one big grant for a qualifying nonprofit. In the 17 years since the Pensacola chapter began, this organization of philanthropic women has donated more than $12 million to charities throughout the Escambia/Santa Rosa area. IMPACT has funded 120 grants totaling $12,830,000 since 2004.

IMPACT has no paid employees or staff, so one hundred percent of each member’s annual contribution of $1,000 is pooled and awarded to nonprofit organizations in increments of at least $100,000 grants.

Click Here to find out more about joining

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Pensacola Eggfest – Good Food Cook Book

Posted on: October 27th, 2020 by brent

The EggFest team is re-imagining its event for 2020. The annual Pensacola foodie event, normally held at Pensacola Blue Wahoos Stadium, raises money for local charities while serving up some of the best barbeque in the South. This year will focus on all of the yummy and unique recipes celebrity chefs and cook teams have shared over the years in a scaled-down format that lets barbeque lovers get their hands on the actual recipes.

“Pensacola EggFest has raised more than $360,000 for local charities like childhood cancer and systemic hunger and has served more than 20,000 meals to those in need,” said Lisa Long, EggFest co-chair. “We have to keep that going — it’s our mission — and the community is depending on it. EggFest will not only survive, but thrive in 2020.”

Today, the charity is launching the pre-sale of Good Food, a collection of stories and recipes from EggFest Award-Winning Pitmasters from across the U.S. That will be followed by a Launch Party where past celebrity chefs and judges will be on hand to sign the Good Food recipe books and dole out bites of their favorite dishes cooked on a Big Green Egg.

“This really is the heart of EggFest,” said co-chair, Jerold Hall. “Good Food is all about harnessing the love of barbeque and camaraderie of cooking to raise money for well-deserving charities. This recipe book will take Pensacola EggFest to the next level, putting the much sought-after recipes right into the hands of barbeque foodies from all over the Pensacola area. And there will be plenty to eat, too!”

Those interested in getting in on the pre-sale of Good Food, the Pensacola EggFest Recipe Book should go to www.PensacolaEggfest.com and watch for the launch. Details to follow on the Celebrity Chef Launch Party date and location. All recommended precautionary health measures will be taken.

Animal Allies of Florida Needs Your Help!

Posted on: October 26th, 2020 by Candy

A fire has left Animal Allies of Pensacola heartbroken. They lost 17 precious cats as well as many supplies for their current and future foster animals.  They are in dire need of cash donations as well as pet food, litter, blankets and cleaning items.  Consider donating online at https://www.ecaafl.org/ or on their Facebook page.