Join now for a full scholarship to the 2021 Imagine Solutions Conference!

By Gaither Stephens

Great opportunity being offered to every First Responder and Essential Service organization serving SW Florida they will underwrite and offer through their organizations – FREE REGISTRATIONS to all their employees! That is 59,600 employees! This program is called OUR HEROES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Register for our conference today to help this program succeed today and in the future! 

Your Tax Refund is Waiting – and You Shouldn’t Have to Pay to Get it!

By Gaither Stephens

United Way of Charlotte County can help you get your taxes prepared for FREE!!!

Did You Earn Less Than $66,000 Last Year?

United Way’s free tax preparation program helps residents who earn a household income of $66,000 or less. You can have your federal tax returns prepared, e-filed and direct deposited for FREE by United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. United Way IRS-certified volunteers who are passionate about taxes will prepare your return and determine if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or Child Tax Credits when you file.

VITA gives you two options to choose from to file your tax return:

Filed for You – FREE Tax Preparation

We offer 3 locations: Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte & Englewood. Contact the United Way of Charlotte County to schedule an appointment and allow an IRS-certified volunteer to prepare and e-file your tax return for FREE! Call us at (941) 627-3539 to schedule your appointment TODAY! Or go online to:

File Online for FREE

If you have access to a computer and would like to file your own taxes free of charge, United Way can help you with that too! Log on to It’s simple, fast and secure. 


UWCC’s VITA program will be following CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 health and safety protocols including wearing face masks.

In addition, we will be offering the following options for tax preparation:

In-Person – Similar to previous years with the addition of health and safety guidelines being followed.  
Low Contact – Volunteers will not have in-person contact with clients. The clients will drop off their tax documents to an intake person. The volunteers will prepare the return at a location with other volunteers present. Volunteers will have the opportunity to call the client with any necessary questions. Clients will return to the drop-off site to pick up their returns.
No Contact – Same as the above process for low contact, but volunteers will work out of the comfort of their homes.

Food Distributions in Charlotte County

By Gaither Stephens



Every Thursday as follows:

Monday, March 2nd

Human Services at 23400 Harold Ave

Every other Thursday, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18

Lunes, Marzo 2
Cada 2 semanas los Jueves 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18

10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart at 211 W Charlotte Ave

Every other Thursday, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25 Cada 2 semanas los Jueves 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25

10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

FEMA-EFSP Local Board Funding Available

By Gaither Stephens

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board has selected Charlotte County to receive $29,319 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county and are not intended as the primary or reoccurring source of funding. This program is administered locally by the Gulf Coast Partnership. Due to a delay in notification of this award, there is an expedited eligible spending period of 3/1/2021 through 5/31/2021.

Emergency Solutions Grant – CV2 (ESG-CV2)

By Gaither Stephens

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) provided for a supplemental appropriation of Homeless Assistance Grants under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. As the legislation states, the CARES Act provides for homeless assistance funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus.

The Gulf Coast Partnership, through the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, has received a letter of intent to award for the second allocation of ESG-CV2 funds – an appropriation of up to $1,491,708. As it is imperative that these additional funds are spent appropriately and efficiently, the Gulf Coast Partnership is seeking proposals for projects/programs in Charlotte County, Florida. Activities should address the Charlotte County CoC (FL-602) CoC Plan and the Department of Children and Families initiatives towards ending homelessness. Interested parties may submit a proposal using the template below to address how your organization and programs will address needs and coordinate services in the community. Complete each section and return to Angela Hogan at [email protected] no later than Monday, February 8, 2021 at 4:00pm all questions relating to this Request for Proposals should be submitted to Angela Hogan via email. Contacting other Gulf Coast Partnership Staff or Board Members specifically regarding this solicitation could result in proposal disqualification.