We would LOVE to help your business GROW!
We would LOVE to help your business GROW!
This purpose of this page is to share information for organizations in our neighborhood that make it their mission to help others within our community who may need a little more support, encouragement and light in their lives. These organization help bring awareness to major societal issues that impact every community, even our own. Some of them extend that arm of philanthropy further by offering direct support services to some of our most vulnerable neighbors. Philanthropy is not just for the recipient of services received through organizations like these, but also those who contribute and help. Private giving has a way to satisfy a deep human need and allows you to belong to something bigger than yourself. It can also open your heart to a happiness that is hard to find elsewhere, that is my experience anyways. If you are so inclined, give it a try!
"IF YOU WANT TO LIFT YOURSELF UP, LIFT UP SOMEONE ELSE"
Booker T. Washington, American Educator
God’s Shed of Love is a local non-profit ministry to bless the local homeless community with basic hygiene items and other supplies to make their journey in this life a little more comfortable. In partnership with Hope for the Homeless, the gathered supplies are then delivered directly to our homeless community.
You can help in this ministry in several ways:
- Monetary donations can be sent to:
Fort Cooper Baptist Church
C/O God’s Shed of Love
4222 S. Florida Ave, Inverness, FL 34450
(Tax deduction forms available upon request)
- You can call Carmon directly at:
- You can purchase items and have them sent directly to “God’s Shed of Love” at the following Amazon link.
Over 67% of children in Citrus County qualify for the free/reduced breakfast and lunch program in our public schools. Many of these children face the weekend not knowing where their next meal will come from. Citrus County Blessings is our local weekend meal program for children in need. We currently serve all 22 public schools, 4 private schools and 2 preschools, reaching over 1900 children each weekend and over holiday breaks. Blessings send home nonperishable easy to open items for the children in the program. This includes any child in the household over the age of one even if they aren’t of school age. We understand that hunger doesn’t take a vacation. To see how you can help please visit our website www.citruscountyblessings.org.
For more information on how you can help with amazing not for profit on their mission, go to their website at Prison Ministry, Human Trafficking, Pregnancy Care - The Priceless Journey
SCORE, “Mentors to America’s Small Business” is a non-profit association that provides FREE small business advice and training to America’s small-business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Under the guidance of our organization, SCORE clients get the assistance they need to transform their lives, build financial wealth, and enhance their communities. Our local Nature Coast Chapter has assisted hundreds of clients in various ways from writing a business plan to obtaining loans. We are currently seeking individuals in Citrus and Levy Counties who want to serve as mentors, as well as those with expertise in social media, digital marketing, subject matter experts, and more. You do NOT have to be retired to volunteer with SCORE!! Perhaps your business background and expertise may be an excellent addition to our local SCORE Chapter!! Being a volunteer offers many benefits that may appeal to you, including the opportunity to: -Develop or enhance your leadership skills and business acumen -Become well-connected within our business community -Feel good knowing YOU helped someone achieve their goals Please call and talk to SCORE about how your volunteer service could not only make a difference in the lives of small-business owners in Citrus County, but also offer you many personal rewards! Please contact us at 352/249-1236 or visit our website at https://naturecoastfl.score.org/.
Citrus County Children Need Your Help
Become an advocate for an abused or neglected child.
Currently, in Citrus County, almost 300 children have been removed from their home due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. No one should simply shake their head and sadly lament the horrific story of child abuse. Instead of passive despair, let these tragic incidents serve as a galvanizing call to action for us all to commit to ending abuse and securing the safety and future of every child in Citrus County.
Yes, we can end child abuse. We can end it when we all become advocates for children.
For some of us, that advocacy comes in a formal role. Teachers, childcare workers, health care providers and others who come into daily contact with children can be vigilant for signs of abuse and neglect. Their actions to report suspected abuse or to offer extra time and attention to fragile children can do more than make a difference. It can save lives.
Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers also put their passion for the well-being of children into action. Assigned to advocate for abused and neglected children, GAL volunteers make sure kids do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in foster homes. Volunteers advocate for the children until their court case is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home.
For many abused children, their GAL volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their lives.
Intense advocacy can break the cycle of abuse and neglect. When children grow up in homes where their only adult role models respond to them with violence and disregard for their needs, they repeat that cycle with their own children. When a GAL volunteer intercedes, it not only changes the course of one child’s life, it makes an impact for generations.
Your advocacy for children not only will help end child abuse, but it will also improve our community for everyone who lives here. Children who are abused and do not get the support they need to heal are more likely than other kids to drop out of school, end up homeless, turn to crime, and rely as adults on social welfare programs. When we work together to protect vulnerable children, it saves lives and tax dollars.
There are many life-threatening and incurable diseases that sadly afflict children. But we have the cure to child abuse. It lies within each of us. Now is the time to act.
If you are interested in learning more about the Guardian ad Litem program, please register by contacting Diana.Gisonni@gal.fl.gov or by calling (352) 812-6971. You can also visit their website at www.guardianadlitem.org.