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In the wake of devastating tornadoes in Century last week and Pensacola earlier this week, many people are asking how they can help. Here’s the latest information.

Donations

Financial contributions to recovery efforts can be made via United Way of Escambia County at www.helpnwflrecover.org. All donated funds stay in Escambia County and support local relief efforts.

In-kind donations of items should be delivered to United Way of Escambia County (1301 W. Government St. Pensacola, FL 32502) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. United Way will collect and distribute these donations to agencies working directly with impacted residents. Items needed include water, non-perishable food, household supplies, toiletries (soap, dental care items, etc.; baby items-diapers, baby wipes, baby blankets, etc.; blankets; towels) and clothing. Clothing will be sent to St. Vincent de Paul Society, and they will distribute those items to victims through their Century and Pensacola locations.

Offer services (such as tree removal, etc.) by emailing your business’s contact information and how you can help to Melissa Lewis at [email protected].

Two donation drives will take place on Friday:

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos are collecting donations for the United Way of Escambia County to aid recovery efforts in Northern Escambia and Pensacola.

Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine will have a coach bus in front of Blue Wahoos Stadium from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 26 to collect donations before being delivered to the United Way of Escambia County.

The following donations are requested:

  • Non-perishable canned goods
  • Clothing
  • Bottled water
  • Gift cards
  • Toiletries – such as soap, dental care items, diapers, baby wipes
  • Household supplies – such as new and/or gently used toasters, coffee pots, dishes, silverware, towels, etc.

United Way will distribute these donations to agencies working directly with impacted residents.

Cat Country 98.7/NewsRadio 1620 will also conduct a donation drive on Friday at Cordova Mall, also in conjunction with United Way.

Voyage Real Estate has also been accepting donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their office, located at 714 North de Villiers Street.

Volunteers

Hillcrest Baptist Church has opened a Volunteer Registration Center (VRC) and Volunteer Team Assignment Center (VTAC) at the request of BRACE. Located at 800 E. Nine Mile Road, the VRC will provide adult volunteers an opportunity to register to assist in addressing disaster caused needs. Volunteers will be assigned to work with trained and experienced volunteer teams as requests for assistance are received from disaster response organizations.

Prospective volunteers should be aware of the following:

  • Volunteers wishing to help must register at Hillcrest Baptist Church, no phone calls will be accepted
  • Volunteers that have previously contacted United Way, 2-1-1, BRACE or another helping agency to volunteer may now proceed to Hillcrest Baptist Church to register for disaster positions as they become available
  • Volunteers that do NOT wish to be connected with volunteer disaster teams should not register at the VRC
  • Volunteers will be given specific job site assignments only after they are connected with a trained and experienced disaster relief team
  • The assignment of volunteers to teams will be dependent upon the needs of survivors that have been identified through a responding agency or organization; assignments may not be immediate
  • Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until the VRC demobilizes
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