We are blessed with a caring and giving community, and during these difficult times, local organizations need our help more than ever. The SoWal List below has up to date info about our local groups and organizations, but be sure to check in with them to see if procedures, times, and needs have changed due to COVID-19. And as always, monetary donations are always needed and welcome!
The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating impact on America's arts sector. Since the first U.S. case was reported, cancellations have taken place at virtually every arts organization in the country and artists/creative workers are among the most severely affected segment of the nation’s workforce.
The Witches of South Walton are set to ride in the 17th Annual Witch Ride this October with changes in place for 2020. The Witches will again be riding to support the mission of Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN); providing Dental, Vision & Mental Health services for children in Walton & Okaloosa Counties. The Witches are excited to announce a ride in the Bluewater Bay/Niceville area of Okaloosa County furthering the awareness of their cause.
The Seaside Half Marathon & 5K will look different in Februrary 2021! In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and prioritize the health and safety of our community and our participants, the Seaside School, Inc. and Seaside School Foundation have decided to move forward with a Virtual Half Marathon + 5K for the 19th annual event February 14 through 28, 2021. Registration is open!
The Annual Coastal Cleanup is a great way to get out to the beach AND help the beach at the same time! See details below for a couple of ways to participate this year.
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), one of the nation’s premier fundraising organizations, is pleased to announce a newly structured schedule of events for the annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival.
Update 7/2/20: The CAA is accepting applications for the second round of grants from its Emergency Relief Fund for Artists (ERFA). The Fund was established in April to address the immediate economic needs of local, professional artists who have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications will be accepted weekly through August 28th through the CAA’s website, and grant awards will be available within one week of approval.
Food For Thought Outreach and St. Joe Community Foundation are excited to announce their multi-year partnership with Food For Thought receiving a $105,000 grant over the next three years to support their efforts in fighting food insecurity and childhood hunger.
Point Washington Medical clinic is a donation-based clinic serving the SoWal community and has been overwhelmed with people seeking medical care and testing for COVID-19. Volunteers are needed NOW for a rewarding experience helping with all types of duties on clinic days - parking assistance, front desk, interpreters, health educators, nurses and health providers. You can also volunteer to help with special events or projects. Contact Shannon Kramolis by email or phone 850-213-1133.