Helping Those in Need

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative employees recently participated in the annual United Way campaign. Each year, employees can contribute to United Way via payroll deduction. The cooperative also gives a corporate gift to United Way each year.

Brittany Tucker of the United Way of Northwest Florida explains the mission of the organization and how donations are used to help those in need of assistance during a meeting with Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative employees.

To kick off the campaign, Brittany Tucker of the United Way of Northwest Florida and Susan Bravo of the Family Service Agency came and spoke to employees. Family Service Agency benefits from United Way contributions. Susan explained how funds are used in our communities.

In addition to an overview of what the United Way does, Brittany also provided information about 211 Northwest Florida— a program of the United Way of West Florida and United Way of Northwest Florida. When someone dials 211, they connect to a live person, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The information and referral service points callers to resources related to taxes; health and dental; food; housing and shelter; transportation; utilities; mental health; substance use disorders; employment, education and income assistance; child and youth; veterans; domestic violence/sexual assault; legal and law enforcement; ex-offender programs; clothing and household goods; and aging and disability services.

211 Northwest Florida serves Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties. In addition to calling 211 for available services, other options include calling toll-free (855) 420-8689 or texting your ZIP code to 898-211 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.