Barber gives back to Havana Community
Mr. Davis, a Barber from Quincy, gives haircuts to male children and adults at the Havana Learning Center for free! He said that he wanted to give back to the community and met with the director of the Havana learning Center and she put his skills to work!
University of Florida Athletes Spend Quality Time with Foster Youth
In Circuit 3&8, DCF worked collaboratively with Partnership for Strong Families - the local CBC - to develop a 2013 Camp for Champions. Focusing on academics, athletics, and teamwork, the camp initiated with a tour of the University of Florida and Ben Hill Griffin Football Stadium, including the President's Box with its bird's eye view of the field. Spending time with Gator athletes, cheerleaders, and coaches afforded youth the opportunity to ask questions of the athletes about their background and university experience. From UF, participating youth headed to the Florida Sheriff Youth Ranch in Inglis for a weekend of activities designed to demonstrate their ability to shine, both individually and as part of the group.
Presence of God Ministries Lends a Hand to Tallahassee Families
Presence of God Ministries is a partner in Tallahassee. They provide Anger Management, Pre-marital, financial and credit report seminars for free. They do free movie and game nights for families. When funds are available, they provide medical and prescription assistance and education support services. A touching story of their ministry is just helping when they see the need. They saw a local family in Wal-Mart, buying items for a newborn baby, the started talking with the family, found out where they lived and went and paid their next month's rent for them so they could focus on the needs of the baby. Pastor Buie and his church members are excited to be a Partner for Promise!
Foster Youth Receives the Trip of a Lifetime
One of Florida's foster youth really, really likes SpongeBob. So, Sachs Media Group, Nickelodeon Family Suites Resort and SEAWORLD ORLANDO sent him on a trip of a lifetime. The young man was able to stay at Nickelodeon Family Suites Resort, attend the SpongeBob 4D launch, visit SeaWorld and go to a character breakfast! This meant the world to this youth in foster care. We are thankful for all who made this happen!
Dress for Success Assists Women Seeking Employment
Dress for Success, provides work clothes, shoes, accessories and purses to women who work and need clothing assistance to women who have interviews set or currently working and need professional attire. Their mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire to help them thrive in the work place. Each client works one on one with a trained volunteer personal shopper who helps her select professional attire. The client also receives support and encouragement as she prepares for upcoming interviews. Each client receives a suit, cosmetics, footwear and accessories. Learn more at dressforsuccess.org
Boy Scouts Make Over a Home in Lee County
Jimmy Holdgrafer, an Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop #110, along with other Boy Scouts in the area participated in The Eagle Scout Project. The project was completed after 20 Boy Scouts and parents worked on the home for five hours. This project included painting, installing adequate storage racks and plastic bins, sorting and organizing the donated clothing, toys, and supplies, and returning the items to the rooms in a neat organized manner that would be easy to maintain for the home owner. Jimmy worked with Girl Scout Troop #421 to provide some artwork for the home.
Florida State Parks Foster Family Fun
Florida State Parks has partnered with the Department of Children and Families and its community based care agencies to celebrate Florida's Foster families. Florida's States Parks is donating 15,000 One Day Passes to foster families across Florida. These passes will allow free admission to most of Florida's 160 state parks for one vehicle, up to eight people. Learn more about Florida's state parks at floridastateparks.org
Tallahassee Hair Company Supports Veterans
Randazzles Hair Company in Tallahassee enjoys giving back to the community by closing their shop four
times a year, and the stylists donate their services. This year, Randazzles' team also volunteered their time at the inaugural Tallahassee Stand Down. At this veterans event, they provided over 110 free hair cuts to veterans
and also bathed 2 of the veterans dogs for them! They really were humbled by the whole event and have already started collecting items to give to veterans next year and will be giving hair cuts again too! Randazzles is also going to have local Independent Living Youth interested in the hair styling business shadow them a day!
Mosaic and DCF Partner to Give Foster Youth a Unique Learning Experience
On May 24 foster kids from the Tampa Bay area participated in a special camp hosted by Mosaic's Coastal Education Center at Fiddler's Cove. Through hands-on experiences, our foster kids developed an appreciation and understanding of why Tampa Bay is important and how we can protect it. The kids spent the day along the shoreline identifying different classes of shells, checking out mangroves, digging for fiddler crabs and exploring the water with nets to catch different kinds of fish and other sea life.