Foster Youth get a History Lesson from King Arthur's Tools
King Arthur's Tools, a family owned business in Tallahassee, provided a tour of their shop to 12 foster youth on March 20. King Arthur’s Tools® offer a unique range of saw chain products developed to cut and shape a variety of different materials. The owners brought in their local craftsman to show the youth how their use their tools to make bowls and other products. The youth also got to dress in some traditional medieval costumes and hold swords from that time period. The youth had a great time and the owners are willing to provide slots to two of the older boys in their next wood working workshop.
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.
Project Night Night Comforts Vulnerable Children
Project Night Night is a national organization that donates over 25,000 free “Night Night Packages” to eligible children every year. Each package contains a blanket, a book, a stuffed animal, and is age and gender appropriate. These items were chosen to meet the education and emotional needs during a time of crisis for a child. In Tallahassee, three child advocates donated more than 60 bags of supplies to DCF Child Protective Investigations Unit for children who have been removed from their homes. This is the first project in the NW part of Florida - there are 13 other projects state wide.
The Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge Benefits Gainesville Camps for Champions
The Emmitt Smith Charity Golf Challenge being held in Gainesville on April 14th, 2014 selected the Circuit 3 & 8 Camp for Champions at Camp Anderson as the local partner charity. We will receive 20% of the proceeds raised by this event to support our Camp for Champions at Camp Anderson this summer. We are excited to partner with such a tremendous foundation, and hope the event will raise enough to give many of our kids in care the chance to experience a camp reinforcing the theme of Dream, Believe, Achieve. More information on the Emmitt Smith Golf Challenge can be found at emmittsmithgolfchallenge.com.
Lamar Advertising Helps Promote Safe Sleep Campaign
Locally Lamar Advertising runs digital billboards for free for Boys Town, Ronald McDonald House and recently ran one for Zonta on a Just say NO to Domestic Violence International Campaign. When the local sales manager found out about our Safe Sleep Campaign, she wanted to share this message on their digital billboards. They do over $262,400 in donated digital billboard space for non-profits/public service announcements a year. They will be sharing these ads with their Pensacola and Panama City offices.
Walmart Makes Safe Sleep Environments Affordable
On Dec. 18, 2013, the Naples Walmart Supercenter at 11225 Tamiami Trail North announced a safe sleep effort with many Southwest Florida organizations, including DCF, Safe and Healthy Children's Coalition, NCH Healthcare, local first-responders and child welfare advocates. As a part of the initiative, the store has offered to match the $49.88 internet price of pack n plays (portable cribs) in order to make safe sleep environments affordable for Florida families. We are very thankful for their generosity!
El Dorado Donates Furniture to South Florida Families
Through their foundation, El Dorado Furniture will pledge up to $10,000 in retail vouchers for sets of either twin, full, or queen mattress and bed frames.
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.