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...

PACE Center for Girls, Inc Girls Going Places Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The mission of Pace Center for Girls (Pace) is to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training, and advocacy. Pace programs serve girls ages 11 to 17 with three or more adverse childhood experiences, who are at high-risk for delinquent behavior. Pace employs gender-responsive, trauma-informed, prevention and early intervention programs for girls with multiple risk factors. Pace was established as an alternative to institutionalization or incarceration for adolescent girls at-risk of high school dropout and involvement in the justice system. Pace opened its doors locally in 1994, serving more than 3,000 girls with a focus on providing academic, social services, and transition services. These are delivered via three distinct programs, the Pace Day Program, the Pace GED Program, and...

Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Rally Resource Room Powered by IMPACT 100 Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research empowers volunteers across the country to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research to find better treatments with fewer long-term side effects and, ultimately, cures. Through donors, community partners, and special events, Rally Pensacola (RP) works to raise awareness, support families with kids fighting cancer, and raise funds for childhood cancer research. This allows for additional resources to stay local, providing families with the ability to receive assisted funding through the Rally Pensacola Family Emergency Fund. RP also organizes memorable and joyous opportunities for children with cancer and their families through special events and activities. The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Ascension Sacred Heart is a member of the Children's Oncology Group. This gives local children the...

Vineyard Family House Caring for Families in Crisis Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Family | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The Vineyard Family House (VFH) is a faith-based respite house offering a home away from home where critical care families can come for rest, meals, support and friendship. Similar to the way Ronald McDonald House takes in immediate family members of hospitalized children 21 years and younger, out of town families with adult patients are offered a place to stay at VFH so they can focus on their injured or ill loved ones. VFH welcomes all types of families in need, without regard to religion, race, gender, or financial ability, so the patient may recover faster when not feeling the wilting effects of the situation on their loved ones. In addition to traditional lodging rooms, VFH offers “isolation” rooms, specifically designed for those with immune-suppressed systems and their caregivers....

The Arc Gateway The Arc Gateway SHRED WORKS Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The Arc Gateway has been opening doors for people with developmental disabilities since 1954, but the parents who made Arc what it is today actually began their work back in 1947. A small, dedicated group of local parents wanted their children to have every opportunity to learn and grow, so they opened a one-room schoolhouse. Programs for children continued to expand as experts realized that early intervention was critical to development in children with or at risk of developmental delays. In 1974, the Infant Stimulation Program began; and in 1977, the Pearl Nelson Center became the Pearl Nelson Preschool, serving children ages two to five. Aging parents began to see a need for residential support programs. As a result, The Arc Gateway's first group home, the...

Bream Fishermen Association and PYC Satori Foundation Taking the Coast to the Kids - Improving our Waterways through Science & Recreation Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The Bream Fishermen Association (BFA) is a well-known and highly respected organization that has assisted the city, county, state, and region as environmental stewards in protecting northwest Florida and south Alabama waters for over 40 years. Loosely organized in the mid 1960s by local fishermen who were concerned about the deterioration of regional water quality conditions, the BFA was officially chartered as a nonprofit organization in January 1970, the same year that the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created as an outgrowth of the burgeoning environmental movement. The BFA is dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and recreational opportunities for fishermen, hunters, campers and related outdoorsmen. The BFA supports water quality sampling; watershed...

Pensacola Children's Chorus Pump Up the Volume: Building Confidence with Reliable Sound Equipment Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Arts, Culture & History | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The Pensacola Children's Chorus began in 1990 when Susan and Allen Pote were appointed as leaders of the children's chorus of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Interest to participate grew quickly, and over the past 30 years, what was once just one choir has expanded to ten choirs. Presently, Pensacola Children’s Chorus typically serves nearly 300 singers annually in grades 1-12. In recent years, the Pensacola Children’s Chorus has produced many notable alumni and performed for sitting presidents and in illustrious concert halls across the United States and around the world. For over 30 years, the Pensacola Children's Chorus (PCC) has used the performing arts to equip young people with the tools and skills they need to realize their potential and...

Pensacola Lighthouse & Maritime Museum Shining Light on Buried History Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Arts, Culture & History | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress The mission of the organization is “Preserving the Past to Enlighten Our Future.” In 2006, Dianne Levi, a local historian, gathered a small group of Naval Air Station Historical Society members and formed the Pensacola Lighthouse Association (PLA). By the end of 2010 the lighthouse and gift shop were open full time. With support coming in from admissions, sales, and donations, the PLA set a plan for restoration, and restoration of the lighthouse tower began in 2012 with an IMPACT 100 grant. PLA successfully completed four additional project phases. The multiple projects include stabilizing the historic filigree staircase and other interior repairs, recasting and replacing 110 of the tower’s stairs, repairing the iron work at the top of the tower and reinstalling a central...

United Methodist Children's Home A Higher Education Home: Wrap-Around Support for Vulnerable Youth for Collegiate Success Grant Year: 2021 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $101,820 | Grant Status: In Progress What started as an orphanage in 1890 in Summerfield, Alabama, with the name United Methodist Children's Home, has grown to serve thousands of children and families across two states. The ministry offers services across Alabama and four counties in Northwest Florida through group homes, foster care and adoption programs, family preservation services, transitional living programs, school readiness programs, scholarship homes, and homes for mothers and their children. Now known as Embrace Florida Kids, a ministry of the United Methodist Children's Home, Embrace Florida Kids (EFK) provides services to vulnerable children who cannot live with their biological parents due to possible neglect, abuse, or abandonment. With children and youth as the priority, EFK also helps broken families address harmful behavior, giving them...