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COAD works to help Charlotte County residents during times of hardship and disaster.  Agencies and organizations work together all across Charlotte County to keep our community safe and healthy.

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Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County COVID-19 vaccine appointments: Appointments may now be made online at or by calling 866-200-9160 (or 833-990-3549 for TTY users).

About COAD

Community Organizations Active in a Disaster (COAD)

COAD is a group of Charlotte County community organizations, working together during a disaster to provide coordination of services to ensure that unmet needs are addressed, provide financial assistance and supplies, and to share knowledge and resources with Charlotte County residents during a disaster.  COAD members include faith-based, non-profits, volunteer groups, and government agencies.

The goal of COAD is to expedite information and assistance between the partnering agencies and those in need of assistance.  For specific information regarding how to protect yourself from COVID-19 or what to do if you think you are sick, visit the CDC's COVID-19 website.  For Florida specific information regarding COVID-19, visit Florida Health's website.

Recent News

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

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:
1. 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:
2. 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.

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Food Distributions in Charlotte County


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.

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Charlotte County Publix Locations Offer Vaccine Appointments

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Jan. 19, 2021) – Seven Charlotte County Publix supermarket locations will begin offering vaccinations by appointment Thursday, Jan. 21. The company will begin taking appointments at 6 a.m., Jan. 20 via its website, Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharamacy, the company said. No walk-ups will be accepted.

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Sign Up for Charlotte County COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (Jan. 7, 2021) – The Charlotte County Emergency Management Office established the CharCoCares text system to provide local updates related to COVID-19, area resources and opportunities as they become available. This system will also be used to share updates and announcements about vaccine availability.

Simply text CharCoCares to 888-777 on your smartphone to opt in. The service is free; message and data rates may apply.

In addition to CharCoCares text messaging, residents and visitors can find COVID-19 testing and vaccine updates on our social media channels and online at and

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Website Statistics

These statistics represent website traffic for COAD Florida.  To view up to date statistics regarding COVID-19, visit The Florida Department of Health's COVID-19 dashboard.

Assistance Applications

Number of times the COVID-19 Application Assistance page has been accessed.

COVID-19 Testing

Number of visits to the COVID-19 test scheduling page.

COVID-19 Screening

Number of times the COVID-19 screening page has been accessed.


New and returning visitors that have had at least one engagement with our website.


Engagement is measured by the number of times a user actively engaged with our site.


Interactions are measured by counting the total number of pages that people visit.

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