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United Way of N W Florida Receives $125,000 from Gulf Power Foundation

As communities around the world grapple with the lasting economic and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, community support organizations like the United Way are in need more than ever. The United Way of Northwest Florida is honored to be the recipient of $125,000 donation from the Gulf Power Foundation to help members of our communities impacted by COVID-19.

“We are excited by the initiative that Gulf Power has taken to advocate on behalf of their local non-profit communities by reaching out to their partners and vendors and encouraging them to contribute to this COVID-19 relief effort,” said Bryan Taylor, President, United Way of Northwest Florida. “With so much uncertainty in our lives right now, it is truly a blessing to be able to be certain that Gulf Power is always going to step up and do the very best they can to support our local non-profit community.”

The money will be used to address increased demand for services as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The assistance will focus on human services such as

    • Support for families to include: Preschool and after-school programs, back pack programs for children, childcare services
    • Social service providers
    • Senior services
    • People with disabilities

“As with their immediate charitable response to Hurricane Michael, Gulf Power continues to be quick to lend support to its non-profit community,” said Darren Haiman, owner of Nation’s Real Estate and chairman of the Board of Directors of United Way of Northwest Florida. “We are very grateful for their generous stewardship.”

Gulf Power is committing $500,000 to United Way organizations across Northwest Florida to help members of the communities impacted by COVID-19. The emergency assistance is part of a larger $1.5 million commitment from NextEra Energy, the world leader in wind and solar energy, and its family of companies.

“As part of the fabric of Northwest Florida, Gulf Power has a long history of helping our customers and our communities during difficult times. This crisis is different from anything we have ever experienced before and we must pull together as a community to lend help to those most impacted,” said Gulf Power President Marlene Santos. “We are committed to working with the United Way to assist those most vulnerable and hope that other companies will join us in this effort.”

For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, Gulf Power has resources available at, or we can connect customers with resources available from federal, state and local authorities. To further assist customers, Gulf Power is also suspending disconnections and providing payment extensions for customers in a hardship situation.

About United Way of Northwest Florida
United Way of Northwest Florida fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our communities. United Way of Northwest Florida raises money for local programs benefiting local people. United Way promotes a unified host of local human service agencies by advocating the strategic development of programs and direct service resources vital to the public. The 47 United Way partner agencies offer a gamut of services ranging from assistance for expectant mothers who need pre-natal care to people with a terminal disease and everything in-between.