United Service Organization, Inc. USO Pop-Up Mobile Initiative Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The USO's mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. This is accomplished by maintaining a constant and significant presence in the lives of those serving our country and their families and by providing a continuum of care at every step of their journey. From the time they swear their oath of service to the time they transition successfully back to civilian life, the USO is by their side. The USO is continuously adapting to the needs of those in uniform and their families so they can focus on their important mission. The scope, scale, presence, reach and knowledge, and close collaboration with the military, give the USO the unparalleled ability to...

United for a Good Cause, Inc. Hope Squad Peer to Peer Suicide Prevention for Schools Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The mission of the organization is to promote the spirit of service, giving, unity and resiliency while instilling hope within the youth. Formed in 2004 by a group of leaders coming together to help unite the diverse youth in the community, an initial organization focus was on youth leadership development through the Youth LEADership Conference and charitable holiday giving to families in need through their Emerald Coast Christmas Miracle Fiesta. In the spring of 2019, the organization added a focus on suicide prevention and bullying. To successfully address this focus, the organization implemented Hope Squad, an evidence-based school peer-to-peer suicide prevention program currently in use in 33 states and Canada, with over 1,000 schools with 30,000+ members worldwide. The program...

Healing Paws for Warriors, INC. Save a Veteran/Rescue a Dog Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Founded in 2015, Healing Paws for Warriors (HP4Ws) is a local, veteran founded/veteran led 501(c)(3) that provides rescue-to-trained Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) service dogs at “no cost” to veterans faced with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Military Sexual Trauma (MST) with continued support, thereby reducing the statistic of veteran suicide and increasing family health and wellness. Initially, the program was established by a handful of community members, all with ties to the military, to help support over 10,000 veterans in the Florida Panhandle who have experienced PTSD. A program that is known throughout the community by its “red shirt” with the “ Save a Veteran/Rescue a Dog” slogan, it continues to grow, graduating 17 veteran/K9 teams and projecting an additional...

Young Men's Christian Association of Northwest Florida, Inc. dba YMCA of Northwest Florida The Wheels on the Bus Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Young Men’s Christian Association is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA (the Y) of Northwest Florida’s local history can be traced back to the early 1880s. The Y developed the first day camp program, first water safety program, first night school, and first gymnasium in the community. Over the past 130 years, the Y has served families through programs such as childcare, aquatics, youth sports, wellness, special events, and community outreach. Through programs at two branches in Escambia County and one in Santa Rosa County, and additional programs at school sites, the Y reaches more than 15,000 men, women and children each year....

Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola, INC. REAP's Women's Re-Entry Portal - Pathways for Success Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed In 2013, United States Federal District Court Judge Casey Rodgers was concerned with the high rate of recidivism reflected by the probationers appearing before her court and formed the Re-Entry Alliance Program, (REAP), as a mentoring program for the recently released federal probationers. Local attorneys volunteered to act as the program's mentors. During the ensuing years local business leaders volunteered to assist more ex-felons with their many post-incarceration needs. In 2017 and 2018, the Florida Legislature appropriated $200,000 to partially fund the Pensacola Re-Entry Portal, with the balance of funding coming from local sources. To date, REAP has provided comprehensive transitional services including housing to more than 400 returning citizens, while maintaining a recidivist rate of less than 15%, far below other re-entry programs....

KlaasKIDS Foundation Missing Child Response & Child Exploitation Prevention Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed Created in 2003, the mission of KlaasKIDS Foundation is to stop crimes against children through the deployment of a professional response team and by offering preventative education and child safety events within our community. The local organization provides professionally trained search managers to assist organizing a comprehensive community response to a missing child case as well as provides professionally certified search and rescue technicians and specially trained canines to search for the lost, missing and abducted. As a protection initiative, the organization deploys intelligence analysts to assist federal, state and local law enforcement agencies during child trafficking sting operations. Immediate counseling, transportation, and services are provided to rescued victims. Free digital fingerprinting, DNA kits and child safety information is given to families in Escambia and Santa Rosa...

Opening Doors Northwest Florida, INC. Opening Doors on a Mission to Reach, Respond, Restore Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed In 1987, the Escambia Coalition on the Homeless was formed to promote and coordinate community efforts to reduce homelessness as well as to establish an alliance of organizations and individuals interested in assuring the availability of shelter, healthcare, and related services for the homeless in Escambia County. In March 2000, the organization expanded its outreach and services to include Santa Rosa County and changed its name to the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH). In April 2018, ECOH launched a major rebrand initiative to reintroduce the agency as Opening Doors Northwest Florida, Inc (Opening Doors). The new name represents the organization's new, centralized multi-organization system called "Coordinated Entry" that is changing the way homelessness is addressed in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties....

Sacred Heart Foundation, INC. "Paw"erful Medicine - Using Animal-Assisted Therapy to Make "Ruff" Days a Little Brighter Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Sacred Heart Foundation (the Foundation) is to be a philanthropic advocate in support of Sacred Heart Health System actively encouraging contributions and volunteer participation to support the work of Sacred Heart hospitals to improve health care and social services for the sick and poor of all ages in our region. In 1984, Sacred Heart Foundation was formed as a nonprofit, philanthropic organization committed to enhancing the current and future healthcare needs of the Gulf Coast by supporting Sacred Heart Health System’s programs, capital building and equipment needs. The original Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital facilities, built in 1959 to better serve the very distinct needs of a growing community, no longer accommodate the technologies and level of expertise...

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, INC. There's No Place Like Home Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor-supported and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles). Big Brothers Big Sisters partners with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community and holds themselves accountable for each child in the program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success. Current programs include Community Based Mentoring,...

 Veterans Memorial Park Foundation of Pensacola, INC.  Veterans Memorials Lighting Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Veterans Memorial Park Foundation (the Foundation) is to collaborate with the City of Pensacola and work as Advocate, Provider, Steward and Protector for the Park. The Park exists to honor the sacrifice of all those killed in service of their country to all the residents of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, as well as visitors to our area. Areas of support provided by the Foundation include but are not limited to assisting the City in developing and advancing a unifying theme, providing for the ongoing maintenance, preservation, and improvement of the Park, educating the community about the Park and its mission and holding the sacrifice of those memorialized there as worthy of their gratitude, respect and emulation. Additionally, the Foundation promotes...

Miracle League of Santa Rosa County Miracle Field of Dreams Grant Year: 2018 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $100,300 | Grant Status: Completed The Miracle League of Santa Rosa County (Miracle League) was formed in July 2017 for charitable purposes to provide a safe and organized baseball league for the mentally and physically challenged members of the community, to promote community support and sponsorship, and to construct and maintain special facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their families. This models the national Miracle League motto: “Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball”. The all-volunteer board is comprised of many of the organizers of the extremely successful Night to Shine, which provides an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs. Additionally, there are currently 450 background-checked volunteers and Miracle League is actively recruiting more. The current focus of Miracle League is...