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.
Assistance with rent bills necessities employment business living food health safety
The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County launched a call center for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Appointments may now be made by calling 866-200-9160 (or 833-990-3549 for TTY users).
Appointments are based on vaccine availability.
*Please note that due to the high volume of financial assistance applications you may not be assigned a staff member for 2-3 weeks.
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.
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: www.unitedwayccfl.org/free-tax-prep
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 www.myfreetaxes.com. 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
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.
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, www.publix.com/covid-vaccine. Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharamacy, the company said. No walk-ups will be accepted.
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 tinyurl.com/VaccineFAQ and tinyurl.com/CharlotteVaccine.
Gulf Coast Partnership and COAD Recognized for Helping Charlotte County Residents by Bite Squad and Pioneers Pizza
The Gulf Coast Partnership and COAD were honored to be given an amazing lunch by @Bitesquad and @Pioneerspizza. The staff appreciated the recognition and enjoyed hot pizza and wings!
Fresh produce, dairy, and meats available free to the community.