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.
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.
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.
CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act Funding
DeSoto County - funds are available for individuals (up to $2K) for rent or mortgage, utilities and more; small businesses can get up to $10K to assist with employee wages, vendor bills and more; and non-profits up to $5K for food distribution.
Hillsborough County's Rapid Response Recovery Assistance Program is available for small businesses to help with working capital, hiring and creating a safer work place (all related to COVID-19 losses) and for individuals to help with housing and utilities. Visit the site for more information and to apply for assistance.
Manatee County - funds are available for individuals for housing assistance (Round 3 applications close Sept. 7), small businesses and non-profits.
Pinellas County - funds are available for individuals for up to $5K for assistance with rent or mortgage and utilities, nonprofits that provide services for food, homelessness, behavioral health and legal aid for housing, and childcare providers. Local business grant will be available soon.
Sarasota County - in the final phase of determining funding details. Up to $5K will be available to individuals to for help with rent/mortgages, childcare, vehicle expenses or rejoining the workforce. Funding will also be available for small businesses and nonprofits. Applications will open in September.
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.
COVID-19 Information by County
See links below for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 for your county including mask ordinances, testing sites, data, CARES funding and more.
United Way Suncoast Resource Centers Now 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)
Tues: Food distribution from 2-4:00 p.m.
Weds and Thur: 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - please call 813-936-3064 to schedule
Campbell Park Resource Center (701 16 St. S St. Petersburg - building on the campus of John Hopkins Middle School)
Tues and Weds: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thur: Food distribution from 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
North Greenwood Resource Center/Operation Graduate (1310 N Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Clearwater)
Tues and Weds: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thur: Food distribution from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - PEHMS-assistance for COVID-19 impact - utilities, rent/mortgage; please call 727-400-6805 to schedule.
VITA Tax Sites
Following recommendations from the CDC and Florida Dept. of Health, United Way Suncoast will continue to offer our VITA services at limited capacity.
- In-Person Tax Assistance (By Appt. Only) - 2 locations in Hillsborough,1 in Pinellas and 1 in Sarasota
- Free Remote Tax Prep Assistance (By Appt. Only) - one-on-one assistance for those needing additional support
- File with the Help of a Tax Expert - Select Get Started, Select File Taxes with Help
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.
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:
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 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.
Visit apply for benefits to the state of FL reemployment assistance page and to file a claim.
Benefits.gov connects you to a variety of benefits available through the federal government.
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 coronavirus. 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.
The Humane Society is offering free pet food every Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information, visit food assistance or call 813-876-7138 x0.
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.