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TheJessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation provides financial assistance for underprivileged children fighting cancer. As advocates, the Foundation helps raise additional funds through media partnerships to ensure ill children maintain access to basic human necessities during times of crisis. Often these children and their families fall into the Federal Poverty Level which qualifies them to receive government assistance such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income; however, there remains a large gap for financial need. A child diagnosed with cancer requires a full time caregiver in order to increase his/her chances for survival. Children can’t go back to school for a long period of time because of the intense treatment, and the number of days spent in the hospital. Families under these circumstances often lose income because one parent usually resigns from work. For a single parent the only source of income is often lost. As a result, the Foundation is dedicated to providing temporary financial relief to help families pay for everyday needs such as medical, utility, rent, mortgage, car, and groceries. This direct and tangible assistance for access to basic necessities becomes vital to the survival of these children while they receive cancer treatment.
The Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation is a non-profit IRS approved public charity created in memory of Jessica June Eiler Muvdi (1996 - 2003). The Foundation was started in 2004 by Sandra Muvdi shortly after the loss of her only child to cancer. For more information on the Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation visit www.JJCCF.org or call (954)593-5603.
Founded in early 1992, the Young Professionals for Covenant House is a group of individuals, ages 21-45 who attend social and networking events to raise money and awareness for Covenant House Florida. Since its inception, the overall financial contribution that YPFCH has made to Covenant House Florida is over $1.6 million. When you attend our monthly after-work happy hours and quarterly special event parties, all proceeds from your admission go directly to help the homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth under the age of 21 served by Covenant House Florida. Get involved in our Monday night volleyball league at Pompano Community Park, join our Monday night softball team, volunteer for our monthly "Kids Fun" activity nights at the shelter, and vacation with us on our annual cruise! For more info, visit our website at www.youngpros.net or call our hotline at 954-568-7901.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the leading organization devoted to curing and controlling cystic fibrosis. CF is a genetic disease that can lead to life-threatening lung infections and digestive problems. CF affects approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States.
Currently, there is no cure but through aggressive research efforts, the median age of survival has risen to 36.8 years. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., the Foundation funds CF research, has more than 80 chapter and branch offices throughout the country, and supports and accredits a nationwide network of CF care centers, which provide vital treatments and other CF resources to patients and families. For more information, visit www.cff.org or call 954-739-5006
Serves as the catalyst in building and nurturing Riverwalk as a vibrant community connected by the New River and accomplishes this mission through advocacy on behalf of the Riverwalk Park, communication through its Website and Go Riverwalk magazine, its diverse offerings of events and its membership activities.
Riverwalk Trust is currently pursuing projects to enhance and protect the integrity of the Riverwalk community, such as design guidelines for thoughtful development, funding for capital improvements and park enhancements, park programming and sustainability, management and final completion. For more information call 954-468-1541 or visit www.GoRiverwalk.com for more information.
The Broward County Gator Club® is an affiliate of the University of Florida Alumni Association and a 501(c)3 Not For Profit Organization. We exist to support the mission of both the Alumni Association and the University of Florida. Gator Clubs® have similar goals, but each club is unique and strives to meet the needs of members in a particular area. Many clubs offer a wide range of programming that includes cultural, academic, athletic and recreational activities. On a local level, our General Scholarship Fund is the priority. Each year we award $10,000 in Scholarships to outstanding Broward County high school students attending their first year at THE University of Florida. Also in 2008 we proudly supported the Florida Opportunity Scholarship Program with a four year committment of $2,500. Please visit us on the Web at www.browardcountygatorclub.com and join the Gator Nation today at www.ufalumni.ufl.edu! GO GATORS!
Jack & Jill Children's Center was established in 1942 by the Junior League of Fort Lauderdale and is Broward County's oldest non-profit provider of early childhood education. Open year-round, the center provides high quality early childhood education accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The focus is to enable children to grow emotionally, physically and socially in a safe, caring environment using age-appropriate methods for cognitive growth. An equally important component of Jack & Jill's mission is to provide the tools, training and resources that enhance the ability of parents and caregivers to foster their child's healthy growth and development thereby reducing the risk of abuse, neglect, and long term poverty. Through a holistic approach involving quality early childhood education, family support, nutrition, health and preventative services, Jack & Jill reverses the staggering consequences of poverty on children, stabilizing their fragile families and assisting parents in raising children who become productive, welfare-free citizens of our community. To date, Jack & Jill has served more than 13,000 families.
The Delray Beach Public Library is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that serves as an essential community resource. We endeavor to enrich the lives of the individuals of Delray Beach’s diverse communities by creating and sustaining superior public library services through a responsive staff, dynamic collections, leading edge technology and access to global information.
Since 1976, Florida Community Health Centers has provided accessible, cost-effective, high quality and comprehensive primary and preventive health care services to all persons, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information and a listing of our locations, please visit our website at www.fchcinc.org.
The Spirit of Giving Network is a collaborative, nonprofit organization with a focus on children and families in South Palm Beach County. It is a forum where nonprofits and community supporters share information, resources and best practices. Currently, there are more than 50 nonprofit member organizations meeting on a monthly basis. The group’s objective is to streamline the delivery of services to the community by working collaboratively to solve issues and improve operations through internal and external partnerships. To achieve our objective these four Guiding Principles are used:
Purposeful Communication - Deliberately and intentionally creating opportunities to share information & resources.
Relevance - Meetings and group activities must be meaningful and beneficial to members.
Commitment - All members must commit to and fulfill their obligations to the Network in order for it to succeed.
Collaboration/Partnerships - Create formal partnership agreements with local agencies, community partners and individual supporters to maximize the distribution of resources and support among Spirit of Giving Network members.
“Little Smiles” is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides toys, games, DVD’s, computers, VIP outings, celebrity meet and greets, concert, sporting event tickets, theme park tickets, fun food runs, nerf gun wars and much, much more…for children in local hospitals, hospices and shelters. We pride ourselves on being local, immediate, and hands on; and our Board of Directors is comprised of all volunteers.
Why We Are Unique and Distinctive...
We Are Local
We Are Immediate
We Are HANDS-ON
We work side by side with local nurses, childlife staff, and medical personnel who determine the immediate needs for each child and family. Little Smiles views the staff who treat the children not only as our partners but as the 'angels' who know the kids, the parents and each special circumstance. We consult with them directly and therefore are able to provide what is needed most. We also interact directly with the kids. Buying a game for a child is wonderful, but playing the game with that child is priceless!
Our mission is to help children escape their everyday pain and allow them to be a kid again, even if it’s for a short period of time. We respond to the needs of the children and provide whatever we can to make their day a little brighter. We help put a smile back on the faces of children who need it most.