Fort Walton Beach, FL  – In mid-January both Okaloosa and Walton volunteers came together at the Fund Distribution allocations meeting at Northwest Florida State College to determine the amount of funding that would be distributed to each partner agency during the 2015 year.  Those figures were presented to the Board of Directors on January 26 for unanimous approval and distribution.

The Fund Distribution Committee handles one of the most involved processes within the organization, they are responsible for reviewing each agency applying for funding and analyze their individual financials as well as their services offered within both Okaloosa and Walton Counties.  During the allocations meeting the committee volunteers discuss the charities, the community problems and weigh-in on how best to direct the dollars given to the Community Care Fund for distribution.  The 40 non-profits funded fall within three key focus areas:  Children & Education, Financial Stability & Disaster Preparedness and Health & Prevention.

“Another exciting note following this meeting was that for the first time we were able to issue January disbursements. This year our agencies will receive allocation checks during all twelve months of the 2015 calendar year. Previously the disbursement of funds raised began in February, leaving a void in their budgets for January.”  Ken Hinrichs, President/CEO of the United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties, took the position to alter the number of disbursements annually.

United Way of Okaloosa-Walton Counties’ 40 Partner Agencies will receive the following allocations:

2-1-1 Florida Panhandle $3,000
Covenant Alzheimer’s Services $8,525
American Red Cross $25,509
AMI Kids Emerald Coast $10,663
Arc of Walton County $12,484
Bay Area Food Bank $11,576
Big Brothers Big Sisters $10,162
Boy Scouts Gulf Coast $15,074
Boys & Girls Clubs Emerald Coast $32,480
Bridgeway Center $9,105
Catholic Charities NWFL $23,709
Children in Crisis $47,490
Children’s Advocacy Center of Emerald Coast $35,342
Children’s Home Society $19,018
Children’s Volunteer Health Network $13,628
COPE – Chautaqua Therapy & Evaluation $16,430
Council on Aging Okaloosa & Walton $18,606
Covenant Hospice $45,734
Crossroads Medical Center $20,687
Early Learning Coalition of Okaloosa and Walton $22,107
Elder Services Okaloosa $14,783
Eleanor J. Johnson Youth Center $26,982
Emerald Coast Science Center $2,559
Family Life Ministries NWFL $7,642
Fresh Start for Families & Children $17,054
Girl Scouts Florida Panhandle $4,099
Habitat for Humanity – Okaloosa $21,512
Habitat for Humanity – Walton $2,217
Harvest House $11,688
Horizons $28,899
Independence for the Blind $5,229
Judge Gordon / Friends of Families $13,300
Mental Health Association $18,136
OASIS – Okaloosa Aids Support $10,462
Public School Foundation of Okaloosa $1,055
Public School Foundation of Walton $14,432
Ronald McDonald House $16,061
S4P Synergy $20,977
Salvation Army Okaloosa-Walton $16,114
Sharing & Caring Okaloosa $38,277
Shelter House $48,843