Here is the full list of charities that participated in the 2015 Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments®
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Listed in Alphabetical order
The mission of Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches Inc., founded in 1983 and incorporated in 1984 as a 501 (c)(3) organization serving Palm Beach County residents, is to strengthen families with children in their efforts to become stable and self-sufficient by providing access to all-encompassing services. 1,742 families were served last year through agency core programs promoting focus areas of homeless prevention/intervention and homeless housing programs – agency services include providing physical housing units, rental assistance, youth educational programming and supportive services identified through extensive case management. Adopt-A-Family is certified by Nonprofits First, was voted one of the ten most fiscally responsible nonprofit agencies in America by Worth magazine, and has received an eighth consecutive 4-Star rating by Charity Navigator.
Alzheimer’s Community Care
The mission of Alzheimer’s Community Care is to promote and provide specialized, quality and compassionate care within a community-based environment for patients and caregivers living with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Through its 18 years of service, the organization has grown to include a comprehensive safety net of community-based services and resources for Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. Programs and services now include nine Specialized Alzheimer’s Care and Service Centers, seven Family Nurse Consultants, 24-Hour Alzheimer’s Crisis Line, ten Weekly Caregiver Support Groups, Case Management, Professional and Community Education and Specialized Disaster Preparedness. We are recognized as a leader in providing dementia-specific, community-based services and are the only community-based organization in the State of Florida addressing the needs of both Alzheimer’s patients and family caregivers. As stated in our strategic vision, “We place a safety net around patients and caregivers every day.”
The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY)
The American Association of Caregiving Youth® (AACY) is the first and only
organization in the United States dedicated solely to improve the lives of
child caregivers. It is the national resource for the support of youth who
sacrifice their education, health, well-being and childhood to provide care
for ill, injured, elderly or disabled family members. The Mission of AACY
is to increase awareness about youth caregiving and foster the replication
of the successful Caregiving Youth Project within Florida and the US; to
provide direct and indirect support services for youth caregivers and their
families; and to develop the Caregiving Youth Institute through C.A.R.E.
(Connect, Advocate, Research, Educate). AACY’s Core Values are:
Compassion, Innovation, Responsiveness, Collaboration and Empowerment so that one day no child in the US has to drop out of school because of family
caregiving responsibilities and that benefits for them, beyond what can be
dreamed today, will be achieved.
Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBS PBMC)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties is a donor supported, volunteer driven organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Our mission, at Big Brothers Big Sisters, is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We provide professionally supported mentors to children and youth in our community through one of our three proven programs: Community Based mentoring, School Based Mentoring and Career Skills Mentoring. Being a mentor, or Big, can have an incredible impact on the life of a child. All one has to do is be there!
Blue Sky Foundation
Blue Sky Foundation was created in January 2008. At first, the Foundation’s efforts concerned the creation of after-school tennis opportunities for underprivileged children in Palm Beach County. This led to the creation of summer sports camps, as well. For the last two years, we have been concentrating our efforts on a new initiative that we created. It is called T3, which stands for Thanking our Troops through Tennis. The basic idea is to travel to various military bases and to offer a fun, stress-free afternoon of tennis clinics and other on-court games and activities to active personnel, spouses, children and Veterans. We plan to offer a separate component for Wounded Warriors at those bases that have a sufficient Warriors population and that express an interest in such a program. We held two very successful test events in 2013 and another five events in 2014. The program has been very well-received; we have averaged 125 participants per
event, ranging in age from three to eighty-seven! The staff at each event consists of a few former tour pros, local certified teaching pros and volunteers. We are proud to say that the USO has been a partner in the program since Day One. We hope to be able to continue to grow the program, possibly holding as many as six to eight events in 2015. We have been invited to make appearances in the Far East and in Europe and hope to be able to make those trips in 2016.
Breaking the Chains, Inc.
Our mission has grown and evolved to become a resourcing relationship for local and international needs and charities in order to help improve the lives of the disadvantaged and less fortunate. We do this by funding domestic and international circumstances, through direct financial giving, mission’s trips, mentoring programs, disaster relief preventative/restorative health care, and training of medical professionals. We also focus on improving and restoring the futures of orphans and victims of sexual crimes by providing living arrangements, educational opportunities and any other care they may need. In summary, our goal is to find and help hurting people by direct assistance or by building bridges to connect victims with healing resources.
Christopher Aguirre Memorial Foundation
It is our mission to give back to our community through educational and athletic opportunities to children through the Foundation. In order to meet our mission and provide services in our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we would not be able to serve those in our area such as the Compassionate Friends Wellington Chapter, The Miracle League, U12 Palm Beach Shockers Travel Baseball, American Legion Post 12 Baseball, The Shoes for School event partnering with Lake Worth Scottish Rite and Payless Shoes, Annual distribution of Christmas Toys for Children in Need and the Annual Christopher Aguirre Memorial Scholarship awarded through Wellington Community High School.
Communities in Schools
Over the past 30 years Communities In Schools has served approximately
70,000 students struggling with academics, attendance and behavior. Though
our evidence based program students receive the services needed to help them
become successful in school and achieve in life. Each student has a Site
Coordinator that works one-on-one with them during the school day to meet
the student’s needs. Our services may involve the entire family. An
individualized student plan is created, monitored and changed with input
from the student, the Site Coordinator and school staff. Our mission is to
surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in
school and achieve in life. We are in Title I schools serving their most
Connor Moran Children’s Cancer Foundation
A registered 501C3 non-profit organization serving South Florida since 1992. Our charitable program initiatives provide compassionate services which support the health, healing, and happiness of children and families facing the uncertainty of cancer.
Our mission is to serve the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations. We utilize the talents of more than 3,000 volunteers to help families and individuals from falling into the downward spiral of poverty,
food insecurity, and, in many cases, homelessness. Program services located in Palm Beach County include: six community food pantries; The Caring Kitchen, a hot meal and social services program; summer camps; an after school snack program; a weekend food program for children in Title I Schools (40% of the total student enrollment must come from families living at or below the poverty level); gleaning, a food recovery program; and community advocacy.
Equestrian Aid Foundation
The mission of the Equestrian Aid Foundation is to provide grant-based assistance to horsemen and equine-related professionals suffering from illness or catastrophic injuries. The EAF is dedicated to helping people of all ages and from all backgrounds and disciplines, offering funding for medical, rehabilitation and essential expenses. Our goal is to empower our recipients and provide necessary tools to overcome adversity.
Families First of Palm Beach County
Families First of Palm Beach County assists families seeking to build a better quality of life for themselves and their children. Our seven diverse programs focus on reducing barriers that affect child and family health and stability.
Our mission is to advance the well-being of children and families through high-quality programs in prevention, early intervention, child development, behavioral health, education and advocacy.
Family Promise of South Palm Beach County
Believing that every child deserves a home, our mission is to empower families in making their transition from homelessness to sustainable independence. Family Promise of South Palm Beach County is a local affiliate of a national organization that has 186 affiliates in 41 states. Families of South Palm Beach County who are experiencing homelessness are eligible for services from our organization provided they meet the requirements: have dependent children, be willing and able to work, have the ability to live in a structured environment, and be willing to be embraced and uplifted.
Faulk Center for Counseling (Elizabeth H. Faulk Foundation, Inc.)
Since 1973, the Faulk Center for Counseling (Elizabeth H. Faulk Foundation, Inc.) has provided free and low-cost mental health services to more than 50,000 Palm Beach County, Florida residents who could not afford private treatment. In this atmosphere, children and adults become empowered to solve life’s challenges. Our mission is to provide emotional well-being through a variety of free and low-cost mental health programs and our philosophy is to provide a warm, accepting, and confidential environment where every person has the capacity to grow and develop in constructive ways. The Center serves clients from 3 to 103 at its campus in Boca Raton, and in schools and senior communities, and has won much recognition for its unique mental health delivery system based on a community network of professional staff, graduate students, and trained volunteers.
First Care Women’s Clinic
First Care is a Christ-centered organization providing
education, counseling and women’s medical services to empower individuals to make life-affirming decisions leading to hope, health and healing.
Since 1983 First Care’s has provided support to women facing unexpected
pregnancies. First Care’s services include free pregnancy tests,
ultrasounds, counseling, education, parenting programs, community
referrals, and material and emotional support. Through First Care’s
services, thousands of women have been resourced and empowered to make
healthy decisions regarding their pregnancies, their relationships, and
their sexual health. First Care’s services are provided regardless of a woman’s ability to pay. It is our aim to improve the overall health and quality of life for
individuals in our community by offering these critical services.
At Gratitude House our primary mission is to offer rehabilitation and support services with dignity and respect to females with substance abuse and co-occurring issues in a nurturing, safe and caring environment. We provide top quality individualized programs to women in need of help in a loving, wholesome atmosphere, without regard for race, religion, political preference, or national origin. Our primary purpose is to return such women to society as self-sufficient, productive citizens.
Helping Hands Assistance Program
Launched on January 2, 2004, Helping Hands Assistance Program started as a small outreach program of the Church of the Risen Messiah to address the issue of homelessness and hunger in Palm Beach County. Our mission is to assist homeless, hungry and low-income individuals and to empower families and seniors in Palm Beach County to secure adequate nutrition, financial education and necessities needed to maintain their lives and health as they transition to independent living. We provide fresh food, baby formulas, clothing, baby diapers, household goods, personal hygiene products and referral to other social services and governmental organizations. In 2013, we provided direct services to 5,474 individuals.
Horses Healing Hearts
Horses Healing Hearts (HHH) is a prevention education program which uses horses to help over 50 children from families in Palm Beach County affected by addiction. One fourth of HHH children have lost a parent to suicide, overdose, liver disease or jail. Through weekly 2-hour sessions, participants heal emotionally, improve self-esteem, and learn life-coping skills. HHH is the only program in the nation to help the specific population of children of addiction with horses. The combination of the healthy behavior modeled by HHH staff /volunteers and the loving acceptance offered by the horses allows the children a weekly escape from their problems and the ability to gain hope for their future.
Jeff Industries, Inc.
Jeff Industries, Inc. is committed to providing void filling services to persons with chronic and persistent mental illnesses, including those who also have a coexisting secondary disorder, and youth with mental health and emotional disabilities, as well as at-risk persons/families. It is our intent to provide services which add to the stability and integrity of these persons’ lives while allowing them to survive in the environment of choice with the least amount of professional intervention. We strive to continuously monitor, evaluate and improve our services and program structures to meet state-of-the-art standards, core competencies and best practices in the filed of psychosocial rehabilitation.
Kids Cancer Foundation
Our mission is to provide hope and support to local children and families battling childhood cancer and/or blood disorders. We accomplish this by providing compassionate, easily accessible supportive care services. We educate families about their child’s diagnosis and treatment as well as provide the physical, emotional and financial support these children and families need throughout this difficult journey. We work collaboratively with the medical team and coordinate local, state and national resources to ensure the needs of our young patients and families are met. The Foundation currently provides assistance to over 350 children and families battling childhood cancer in our community.
Leadership Palm Beach County
Leadership Palm Beach County (LPBC) is a nonprofit organization that brings together leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to build and steward a vibrant, interconnected community. Since 1983, our unique programs have prepared more than 1,500 adult and youth leaders by deepening their civic commitment and awareness of diverse industries. Through connection and education of our county’s most promising leaders, LPBC creates a lasting impact in our county. LPBC’s mission is to educate and unite leaders to build a better community.
National Wheelchair Sports Fund
The National Wheelchair Sports Fund (NWSF) was founded for the primary purpose of raising funds to finance wheelchair athletes and wheelchair athletic programs. The scope of the NWSF support runs from local grassroots wheelchair sports programs which may be simple rehabilitation and recreational programs to the complex task of equipping, training and sending gifted and deserving wheelchair athletes throughout the world to represent the United States.
Oasis Compassion Agency
Oasis believes in giving families a “step up” by providing for their basic needs through our Food Pantry and Thrift Store while restoring dignity and self worth through the training offered at our Career and Women Center. We empower families that are trapped in the devastating cycle of poverty to”reach new heights” spiritually, physically and intellectually. Through its multifaceted program of providing food, clothing, counseling and job opportunities, Oasis brings hope to families in need.
Paws 4 Liberty
The mission of Paws 4 Liberty is to help returning soldiers with disabilities regain their independence and confidence through the assistance of highly trained service dogs. We envision improved quality of life for veterans who have served so bravely through a loving and enduring relationship with a service dog. With a primary focus on post 9/11 veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Paws 4 Liberty raises, trains, and places highly skilled service dogs. Paws 4 Liberty places service dogs at no cost to the recipient.
Mission: Our mission is to foster the leadership potential, academic and
career success, and healthy living choices of youth (ages 10-24) at-risk of
or already on the fringes of the justice system living in the South Palm
Beach County area by providing after-school programming, community
involvement and enrichment activities, summer camp opportunities, job
placement support and college scholarships.
Restoration Bridge International
The Restoration Bridge International Food Ministry is an ever-growing organization that provides food for many people in our surrounding communities that are in need of benevolence. It has been said that we cannot transform a world except as individuals in the world. Our vision for the future is to increase constructive productivity for individuals in our community. We endeavor to assist those in danger of losing their hope.
Take Stock in Children
The mission of Take Stock in Children Palm Beach County is to passionately promote self-worth, personal responsibility and academic success for qualified, financially at risk students in Palm Beach County by providing a unique set of resources which includes mentors, college readiness, college retention and a guaranteed post-secondary full-tuition college scholarship.
The Arc of the Glades
Founded in 1977, The Arc of The Glades serves adults living in the westernmost Lake Okeechobee communities or ‘Glades’ area of Palm Beach County who have developmental disabilities, which may include autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, spina bifida, and/or Prader-Willi syndrome. Ranging in age from their early twenties to senior citizens, our goal is to reduce their barriers to greater independence, assist in using the resources available in the community and promote skills development that leads to a conventional life of employment and independent living, with self-reliance and contribution in their home communities greater than many thought possible just a few years ago.
Urban Youth Impact
Urban Youth Impact exists to love, equip and empower inner-city youth and
their parents to fulfill their God-given purpose. Founded in 1997, Urban Youth Impact (UYI) serves low-income inner-city children and families in Palm Beach County. UYI delivers three core programs.
Village of Hope
Villages of Hope provides independent living residential support and essential life-skills development for emancipated foster youth and other homeless youth in need. We are dedicated to providing a supportive and proactive living and learning environment for youth who “age out” of the state’s foster care system. We are committed to meeting a desperate need in our community by sharing God’s love, supporting the transition to adulthood, and building hope – one young adult at a time.
Wellington PTA PTO/PTA/PTSA
Wycliffe Charities Foundation
Chartered in 1995 the Foundation’s mission is to provide financial support to local Palm Beach County nonprofit organizations engaged in educational, health and children related programs as well as support for our local EMS – Fire Rescue. What makes Wycliffe Charities unique is the diversity, dedication and experience of our volunteers who bring a lifetime of charitable involvement to our community. Since inception WCF has distributed over 1.4 million dollars to many worthy groups.
Results of the 2015 Charities and Paired Sponsors