United Way of Escambia County: How to help hurricane relief efforts

In the wake of the devastation Hurricane Michael leveled on much of the Florida Panhandle, United Way of Escambia County is announcing a number of ways to provide support to those affected.

Locally, United Way of Escambia County will be receiving monetary donations. 100% of the proceeds will be directed to the United Way of Northwest Florida. You can donate at https://app.mobilecause.com/form/X2ib6Q or by texting MICHAEL850 to 41444.

The United Way of Northwest Florida, located in Panama City, provides services to Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties. You may support them directly by visiting https://app.mobilecause.com/f/21r3/n or texting either NWFLUnited, 850, or 850Strong to 41444. All donations will be applied to local relief efforts in the Northwest Florida area.

United Way of Florida is also receiving monetary donations. All contributions will be used for recovery efforts throughout affected regions of Florida. To make a donation, please visit https://uwof.networkforgood.com/projects/18659-united-way-of-florida-disaster-response-fund.

Individuals interested in offering support may also do so by donating items to local Goodwill Stores and indicating that you would like the proceeds from your donation to be directed to Hurricane Michael support.

It is important to note that the most immediate and useful way to support recovery efforts is through financial assistance. This allows relief organizations to purchase and provide the supplies and resources most needed. Confirm that there is a need before collecting or sending donated items.

While volunteer support is essential to effective recovery efforts, confirm that there is a need for volunteers before traveling to impacted areas. If you would like to volunteer to support those affected by Hurricane Michael, please visit www.volunteerflorida.org.