Pensacola Opera, Inc IMPACT Opera: In Perfect Harmony - $106,000 Grant Year: 2020 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of the Pensacola Opera is to enrich the culture of Northwest Florida by producing professional opera performances, educational programs, and other opera-related community events for people of all ages, interests and backgrounds. Founded in 1983 by a group of community volunteers (some of whom remain active Trustees), Pensacola Opera is the only opera company in Northwest Florida and one of only five professional opera companies in Florida affiliated with OPERA America. Pensacola Opera’s mainstage productions feature acclaimed artists who regularly appear throughout our nation and the world. In 2003, the company established the Artists in Residence program to continue its commitment to the identification, training, and nurturing of promising young singers. More than 200 singers audition each year for the five coveted residencies. Annually...

Gulf Coast Kid's House, Inc. Protecting Our Children During a Time of Uncertainty Grant Year: 2020 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: In Progress The mission of Gulf Coast Kid’s House (GCKH) is to end child abuse and heal families through collaborative intervention, family support and prevention education. GCKH is the only child advocacy center and child abuse prevention center in Escambia County. Timely, effective assistance designed to address the specific trauma each child has experienced is provided. They provide a place where child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution, medical, and mental health professionals work together under one roof to provide comprehensive services to child victims of abuse. Through this coordinated effort, children and families experience reduced trauma and better case coordination, leading to better outcomes for children and families. GCKH sees the most egregious physical abuse cases, sexual abuse cases and medical neglect cases in Escambia County....

Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful, Inc. Panhandle Butterfly House & Nature Center Grant Year: 2020 | Focus Area: Environment, Recreation & Preservation | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: In Progress Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful, Inc. is the official affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Florida Beautiful. Incorporated by the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce in 1994, the organization operated as Santa Rosa Clean Community System, Inc. until 2016 when the name was changed to Keep Santa Rosa Beautiful (KSRB). KSRB is dedicated to its mission of protecting and enhancing the environment through awareness, education, and action. KSRB’s programs “Drive it Home,” “Adopt-A-Spot,” and “Adopt-A-Highway” promote litter clean-ups for the Santa Rosa County area. Other programs include Rivers and Beach Clean-up and Recycle/Reuse. The organization provides a community garden, and for 21 years has operated the Panhandle Butterfly House. Originally located in Navarre, the Panhandle Butterfly House averaged about 14,000 visitors...

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....

EHS Band Boosters Association, Inc. EHS Band Equipment Upgrades for Young Gifted Students Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Arts & Culture | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The proposed project is to advance the band curriculum at Escambia High School with upgraded instruments and equipment. EHS Band Boosters and the band directors know there are many students who do not have access to a variety of musical instruments, equipment, and concert attire due to their economic status. IMPACT 100 funds will be used to purchase a variety of band instruments, associated equipment, an enclosed cargo trailer for instrument transport, and dresses and tuxedoes for performances. These resources will support instrumental ensemble music education opportunities at Escambia High School, including Jazz Band, Marching Band and Concert Band. Additionally, non-ensemble music education classes including Guitar, Piano, Music Technology, and Sound Engineering will be supported. These are specifically designed and targeted for general...

Manna Food Pantries Generating Hope to End Hunger Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The mission of Manna Food Pantries (Manna) is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food-related needs of vulnerable populations, and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. In 1982, a local study concluded that there was a need for a centralized clearinghouse for the collection, storage and distribution of non-perishable food items to individuals and families in emergency situations. Community leaders responded by incorporating the Manna Food Bank. A Board of Directors was established, start-up monies were raised, inventories amassed, and an operations staff was hired. The Manna Food Pantries opened its doors to serve clients on January 3, 1983 as a local, grassroots 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. All services are offered free of charge, and...

Health and Hope Clinic, Inc. IMPACT100: How to Save a Life Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Health & Wellness | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed Founded in 2003, the Health and Hope Clinic is a volunteer and donor driven free medical and dental clinic established by the Pensacola Bay Baptist Association to help meet the needs of the medically uninsured and under-served populations in the greater Pensacola and Escambia County area. Additionally, Health and Hope is supported by community individuals, groups and organizations. The Clinic incorporated in 2009, and tax-exempt status was granted by the Internal Revenue Service in July 2009. In January of 2014, the Clinic moved into a newly constructed building on East Olive Road. Currently, the Clinic has 200 volunteers, 900 active patients, and recorded 7,100 patient visits last year, providing over 1.8 million dollars in medical services. Numerous primary and specialty care providers offer services including...

Santa Rosa County 4-H Association, Inc. 4-H Field Education Facility Grant Year: 2019 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $106,000 | Grant Status: Completed The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension 4-H Youth Development Program uses a learn-by-doing approach to help youth gain the knowledge and skills they need to be responsible, productive citizens. This mission is accomplished by creating safe and inclusive learning environments, involving caring adults, and utilizing the expertise and resources of the University of Florida and the nationwide land-grant university system. Through the years, the overall objective of 4-H has remained the same: the development of youth as individuals and as responsible and productive citizens. Learning opportunities include, but are not limited to, astronomy, beekeeping, earth sciences, electronics, fisheries and aquaculture, livestock sciences, wildlife ecology, debating and presentation skills, and government sciences. Santa Rosa County 4-H serves all youth ages 5-18 residing in Santa...