To our United Way Suncoast community –
Though businesses have reopened and many people are back to work, 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 updating this site on a regular basis to provide you with the most up-to-date information and resources you need to help guide you through this crisis.
FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES
The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota is holding a Back 2 School Bash on Aug. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The first 250 kids will receive a free backpack. There will also be hands-on activities, a scavenger hunt and more.
Testing is available in each of the five counties we serve, but requirements vary. Please visit your county link below to find locations, times and other important information about testing.
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.
Visit apply for benefits to find out if you are eligible for reemployment assistance due to COVID-19 and file a claim.
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
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 from 12-7 p.m. and every Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monthly delivery is available for homebound and elderly citizens. For more information, visit food assistance or call 813-876-7138 x0.
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.