Florida Power & Light donates $45,000 to Council on Aging of West Florida

Florida Power & Light Company supports Council on Aging with $45,000 donation.
Florida Power & Light Company supports Council on Aging with $45,000 donation.

Florida Power & Light Company donated $45,000 to Council on Aging of West Florida to support seniors in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The donation will help fund programs for the roughly 2,200 vulnerable elders served by the agency.

Council on Aging is a nonprofit organization that provides home and community-based services like Meals on Wheels, congregate dining sites, case management, and caregiver respite for older adults. The services aim to keep seniors living safely and independently in their homes where they are most comfortable.

The agency also focuses on seasonal community needs by collecting air conditioners and fans in the summer and heaters in the cooler months. Currently, Council on Aging is collecting and distributing heater donations to keep area seniors warm and comfortable through the coming freezing temperatures.

Visit coawfla.org for details.

CareSource Foundation opens new $400,000 funding competition

The CareSource Foundation recently announced that nonprofit organizations in Florida will soon be eligible for funding through the CareSource Foundation Grant Challenge.

More:IP’s Pensacola Mill awards $63,000 in grants to support 21 local nonprofit projects

More:Sandy Sansing makes $100,000 contribution to mission of Gulf Coast Kid’s House

The Grant Challenge will award a total of $400,000 to Florida community-based organizations and nonprofits focused on demonstrating effective, practical solutions to address the needs of children and youth in medically complex care.

It will roll out across the state by region, with the northwest nominations window currently open through the CareSource Foundation website at caresourcefoundation.com, which also includes nomination eligibility, selection criteria and deadlines by county.

The state-specific competition invites the community to nominate and vote for nonprofits. Organizations are encouraged to rally their supporters for votes to increase their chances of winning.

Organizations interested in applying should consult the website for entry and nomination deadlines. The CareSource Foundation will roll out the challenge in three phases and will award at least 30 winners from three separate regions throughout Florida, for a total of $400,000.

Visit caresourcefoundation.com for details.

United Way of West Florida names Certified Partner agencies for 2022-23

United Way of West Florida approved 45 local nonprofit agencies as Certified Partners for the next year. Those agencies are now eligible to apply for funding from United Way of West Florida.

Certified Partner Agencies for 2022-23:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Inc.; Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast Inc.; Bright Bridge Ministries; Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers Inc.; Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida Inc.; CDAC Behavioral Healthcare Inc.; Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida Inc.; Central Gulf Coast CDF Freedom Schools; Children in Crisis; Children’s Home Society of Florida; Community Organizations Active in Disaster Inc.; Council on Aging of West Florida Inc.; Covenant Hospice Foundation Inc.; E-Comfort Inc.; Embrace Florida Kids; Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Inc.; Epilepsy Florida Inc.; Early Learning Coalition of Escambia County; Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County; Family Promise of Escambia County; FavorHouse of Northwest Florida Inc.; Feeding the Gulf Coast; Goodwill Industries of the Gulf Coast Inc.; Gulf Coast Kid’s House Inc.; Harvest Community Outreach; Health and Hope Clinic Inc.; Horizons of Okaloosa County Inc.; James B Washington Education and Sports Inc.; Lakeview Center Inc.; Legal Services of North Florida Inc.; Lutheran Services Florida Inc.; Manna Food Bank Inc.; Pace Center for Girls Inc.; Pensacola Children's Chorus; Pensacola Habitat for Humanity Inc.; Pregnancy Resource Center Navarre; ReadyKidsFL; Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola Inc.; Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida Inc.; Santa Rosa Kids’ House Inc.; The Arc Gateway Inc.; United Ministries Inc.; Valerie's House Inc.; Waterfront Rescue Mission Inc.; and YMCA of Northwest Florida.

Agencies must reapply for certification every year. Certification does not guarantee funding for an agency. Visit uwwf.org/certified-agencies for details.

Mayor's Neighborhood Cleanup set for Saturday

The first Mayor's Neighborhood Cleanup for 2023 will take place Jan. 28 in the downtown area and portions of surrounding neighborhoods. This event allows city of Pensacola sanitation customers in the cleanup area to leave eligible items at the curb for pickup. Sanitation Services will pick up the items free of charge.

More:Operation Santa brings joy of Christmas to more than 1,400 children in welfare system

More:Hollinger Award recipients honored for contributions to Baptist Health Care Foundation

Sanitation customers in the cleanup area must place items curbside by 7 a.m. on the day of the cleanup. Note that items left curbside outside of the cleanup area will not be collected. The cleanup includes bulk items only. Yard waste or garbage will not be collected.

Through the Mayor's Neighborhood Cleanup program, all city neighborhoods have a cleanup once a year during the months of January through October. In addition to Sanitation Services collecting items left at the curb, Code Enforcement conducts a sweep of the cleanup area and addresses any code violations.

Visit cityofpensacola.com for details.

Take part: To make a Causes submission, email giving@pnj.com.

Never miss a story: Subscribe to the Pensacola News Journal using the link at the bottom of the page under Stay Connected.

This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Florida Power donates $45,000 to Council on Aging of West Florida