How has 4Kids of South Florida grown since beginning 15 years ago?
4KIDS of South Florida is celebrating its 15-year anniversary of caring for over 17,000 abused and neglected children and youth. In a relative short period of time, 4KIDS has grown to be one of the largest foster care agencies in Broward County and continues to grow in Palm Beach County.
BFF began as an agency serving 17.5 year olds and providing educational support as they prepared to age-out of the foster care system. In the past few years we have adjusted our program to include students as young as 8th graders, for two main purposes: to have the time necessary to build a relationship that will remain strong through the aging-out process and to avoid commonly seen problems typically encountered by high school students in foster care such as low GPAs and the need for credit recovery.
At a tour of SafePlace 4KIDS recently, representatives from the three nonprofits celebrated the synergy of their connection which will better serve children entering and those already navigating the government foster care system in South Florida.
In a recent interview with the Literary Coalition of Palm Beach County, here is what Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Jeanne Heavilin had to say about the past, present and future of the organization.
The primary focus of the Literacy Coalition in 1989, when it was founded, was on adult literacy. That is always our base as we know the best way to educate children is to ensure that their parents are fluent readers. However, to meet our goal that all adults and children in Palm Beach County read well, we have realized that many diverse programs are needed to reach everyone. Also, in the past twenty years, the need to teach English literacy, in addition to basic reading skills, has increased significantly.
Putting Kids First: Community Back to School Bash
The 2014 Putting Kids First: Community Back to School Bash is back! Please help us prepare more than 12,000 economically disadvantaged students for academic success. This year's Bash will help over 70 non-profit organizations supply their children with much needed school supplies. Your donation will help local children begin their school year with confidence. The Putting Kids First: Community Back to School Bash will provide students with free school supplies, backpacks, free haircuts, vision screenings, healthy snacks and sneakers donated from In Jacob's Shoes.
Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th
400 SW 12th Avenue
Volunteer Opportunities: Sign Up here (Please select Back to School Bash - Delray)
Take The GREAT GIVE Challenge
Spirit of Giving Network is participating in the GREAT GIVE, a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in the allotted time as part of a nation-wide program called Give Local America. We are asking all of our supporters to consider making a donation of $10 and then encourage 10 friends to do the same.
On May 6th 2014, from 12:00am to 11:59:59pm, make your pledge to support Spirit of Giving by visiting greatgivepbc.
Your donation will go a long way in helping us unite local nonprofit organizations for the purpose of building strong vibrant communities. Plus, gifts made that day will receive a portion of bonus funds - making your dollar go even further than it would on any other day.
We are excited to announce that Spirit of Giving has a brand new radio show!
Our very own, Karen Krumholtz will host Forum for Nonprofits every
Sunday on WSBR 740 AM at 6:20am and WWNN 1470 AM at 7:30am.
Don't worry about setting your alarm.
Shows will be available at forumfornonprofits
Krumholtz, Saraco honored for Back to School Bash
At the Back to School Breakfast and Interfaith Prayer Celebration for the American Association of Caregiving Youth were, from left, honorees Karen Krumholtz and Stephanie Saraco; Connie Siskowski, association president and founder, and Mark Hansen, association board chairman.