As communities around the world grapple with the lasting economic and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, community support organizations like United Way are in need more than ever. United Way Emerald Coast is honored to be the recipient of a $125,000 donation from the Gulf Power Foundation to help members of our communities impacted by COVID-19.
“I am constantly inspired by the Gulf Power team and we feel incredibly grateful for this gift from Gulf Power Foundation. They have so much compassion for the communities they serve; it really is no surprise to see them step up first and make such a significant investment in our region,” said United Way Emerald Coast CEO Kelly Jasen. “Their generous gift will support many hard-working households who might otherwise be unable to meet their basic needs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We cannot thank Gulf Power enough for sharing their hearts, their talents, and their resources with our 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
o Support for families to include: Preschool and after-school programs, food programs for children, childcare services
o Social service providers
o Senior services
o People with disabilities
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 www.GulfPower.com/Help
, 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.