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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
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.
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Local food pantries often find their stock of non-perishable food items depleted after the holidays. The Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) and AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP will be holding a food drive in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., who once asked, “What are you doing for others?” The goal is to help local food pantries serve the citizens of Citrus County by providing nutritional food for their families.
Non-perishable food donations will be collected December 13, 2021 through January 14, 2022. Collection boxes will be set up at the Citrus County Resource Center (CCRC) in Lecanto, all Citrus County libraries, and four community centers, as well as the Citrus County Tax Collector’s offices.
A special drive-thru drop-off location for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Healthy Food Drive will be located at the CCRC at 2804 W Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto, on Friday, January 14, 2022. Volunteers will be on hand to collect non-perishables that will go out to our local pantries.
Martin Luther King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice, and opportunity for all and voiced that everyone has a role to play making America what it ought to be. By serving on this day and throughout the year we honor Dr. King and help realize his dream of equality and opportunity for all. NCVC is encouraging residents to gather friends, neighbors, church groups, clubs and civic organizations to join us in supporting these projects by registering to volunteer.
The public is welcome to join NCVC from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Friday, January 14, 2022 at the CCRC in Lecanto to sort, count and pack the non-perishables that will go out to local pantries. There will be light refreshments at the event, and volunteers are encouraged to register ahead of time.
For more information or to register for the event, please contact the Nature Coast Volunteer Center
at (352)527-5959 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
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.