Coronavirus Assistance Center

Important Information and Resources

Together, We Can

Building a strong community that takes care of everyone who lives here depends on your generous support.

To our United Way Suncoast community

We know that many of you are still concerned about the health of yourselves and your families and many are still struggling financially as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus). United Way Suncoast will be here to help our community through this crisis and beyond. 


We will continue providing up-to-date resources to help guide you through this crisis. 


COVID-19 Vaccine

Eligibility:

  • Floridians 18+ years old can now get the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Janssen (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Floridians 16 and 17 years old can now get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

For the most up-to-date information on the vaccine rollout, including current eligibility and how to sign up for a waiting list, please visit the site of the county in which you live: 

Other COVID-19 vaccine providers such as CVSPublix, WinnDixie, and Wal-Mart/Sam's Club are now taking vaccine appointments as well.

More information on current approved COVID-19 vaccines:

**Keep in mind that no one should be charging you for a COVID-19 vaccine.

**Please continue to wear face masks and coverings after becoming vaccinated.


Evictions

Are you facing eviction proceedings due to financial hardships caused by COVID-19? If so, free legal assistance is available. The FACE (Florida Attorneys Counseling on Evictions) Project is working with individuals to keep them in their homes. Call 800-625-2257 or get more information here


CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act Funding 


COVID-19 TESTING

COVID-19 testing is now widely available at a variety of sites across the Suncoast. For county information, please visit your county link below to find locations, times, and other important information. 


Rental Assistance

Click below for more information based on your county of residence. Funding for each county works differently.

Rental Assistance for all Floridians


United Way Suncoast Resource Centers are Open

Our Resource Centers - Campbell Park, North Greenwood, and Sulphur Springs - are now open with limited hours. All resource centers provide fax, notary, copies, job search, resume help, and computers. In accordance with local ordinances and for the safety of our neighbors and resource center employees, all visitors will be required to wear a mask. Masks will be available for those who don't have their own. 


Sulphur Springs Resource Center (8412 N. 12 St. Tampa)

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - please call 813-936-3064 to schedule

  • Wednesdays 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
  • Thursdays 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Food Distributions:

  • Meat Market (1302 E Waters Ave): 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
  • Sulphur Springs Resource Center: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm

Campbell Park Resource Center (701 16 St. S St. Petersburg - building on the campus of John Hopkins Middle School)

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - please call 727-280-6703 to schedule

  • Monday - Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Food Distributions:

  • Every Thursday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

North Greenwood Resource Center/Operation Graduate (1310 N Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Clearwater)

Appointments not required

  • Monday - Thursday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Food Distributions:

  • Every Thursday from 11:00 am until supplies last


VITA Tax Sites

The IRS filing and payment deadlines have been moved to May 17, 2021.

Following recommendations from the CDC and Florida Dept. of Health, United Way Suncoast will continue to offer our VITA services at a limited capacity. 

We offer:

We also have information about getting your stimulus check and have a handy FAQs section for your most common tax questions. Click here for more information on all our VITA tax options or visit https://unitedwaysuncoast.org/what-we-do/income/free-tax-help/.


How Can I Get Help?

We work with a variety of community partners who provide assistance for those experiencing financial hardships. 

2-1-1

Our entire 5-county region is served by 2-1-1 which helps those in crisis access the community resources they need. You can dial 2-1-1 from any phone to be connected in your area.

To access their websites:


Food Resources

All Faiths Food Bank (serving DeSoto and Sarasota)

Provides access to food pantries, the DeSoto Food and Resource Center, and more through the Food Finder section of their website. 

Feeding Tampa Bay (serving Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas)

Provides access to mobile food pantries, mobile markets, a community market, and more through the Find Food section of their website.

The Food Bank of Manatee (serving Manatee)

Operated by Meals on Wheels Plus, The Food Bank of Manatee provides food through food pantries, soup kitchens, and home-delivered meals to qualifying individuals. For a list of food pantries and soup kitchens, click here. To find out if you qualify for home-delivered meals and to register for the program, please click here.

United Way Suncoast Resource Centers Food Distribution

See the Resource Center section above for days and times of weekly food distributions.

Seminole Heights Elementary Food Distribution

In conjunction with Feeding Tampa Bay, we will have a weekly food distribution at Seminole Heights Elementary, beginning August 26. Each Wednesday from 3-4:00 p.m., 1200 meals will be distributed to the community on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Unemployment Benefits

Benefits.gov connects you to a variety of benefits available through the federal government. 


Job Links

  • Job Focus - jobs available in Manatee and Sarasota 
  • Employ Florida - links all of Florida’s state and local workforce services and resources 
  • CareerSource Florida - connects Floridians with jobs and career development opportunities through a network of 100 career centers
  • Tampa Bay Business Journal - article listing companies hiring in Tampa Bay
  • Floridajobs.com - a job aggregator site with links to jobs available on a variety of job search sites


Coronavirus Information Sources

The Florida Department of Health contains detailed information about coronavirus cases across the state as well as a COVID-19 toolkit with tip sheets including identifying your symptoms, how to limit exposure and prevent coronavirus and when to get tested.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working to protect Americans from health, safety, and security risks. The CDC is a valuable resource for coronavirus information including tracking cases across the U.S. and globally.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has useful tips and information to help you avoid any coronavirus-related scams.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has information on protecting your finances from COVID-19 including protecting your credit and dealing with debt. 


Mental Health Resources

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a Disaster Distress Helpline available 24/7, 365 for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Please call 1-800-985-5990 or visit SAMHSA

Florida Blue has set up a free bilingual support line staffed by trained behavioral health counselors. They are available to help all Floridians deal with stress, anxiety, trauma, and grief caused by COVID-19. Please call 1-833-848-1762, 24/7.

Directions For Living has an emotional support line set up to help those having a hard time dealing with the pandemic. Please call (727) 524-4464 x1001, M-F from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Leave your name and number and someone will call you back within two hours. 


Additional COVID-19 Resources

The Tampa Recovery Hotline is open M-F, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. for information on social services and business relief related to COVID-19. Call 1-833-TPA-INFO.   

Monthly delivery is available for homebound and elderly citizens through Animeals delivery. Call 904-894-0139.


How Can I Help?

For those interested in volunteering, United Way Suncoast is receiving requests from community partners to respond to current needs in our region. Please visit this page to view the current list of opportunities.

If you are not in need of assistance, we hope that you will consider making a donation to United Way Suncoast to help us continue providing the educational and financial stability resources that are so vital to our community.

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