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.
ESPN Boca Raton Bowl
Boca Bowl 14!
In a recent interview with Doug Patton, Spirit of Giving Network Board President, shares the organization's vision, and success in launching Inaugral Boca Bowl 14. Official Charity Partner teamed with ESPN on December 23, 2014 for
2014 Holiday Gift Drive
Show Your Spirit and Make a Wish Come True
It’s that time of the season to show your Spirit of Giving. The 13th Annual Holiday Gift Drive will ensure that the holiday wishes of over 4,500 local children come true. The Spirit of Giving Network, in partnership with the Junior League of Boca Raton, are working with 35 agencies to provide toys to needy children in Palm Beach County.�
The Spirit of Giving Holiday Gift Drive is the leading organization in our community granting holiday wishes to children; it is a grand community-wide project and we cannot do it without your support. This year, you can help make a child’s wish come true in the following ways:
��� Sponsor a child by fulfilling a gift wish on a gift tag
��� Collect new, unwrapped gifts – we will provide the collection box
��� Make a cash or gift certificate donation and we will do the toy shopping for you
The idea of a gift drive began back in 2001 when Barb and Dick Schmidt (Founders of Spirit of Giving Network) asked their friends to bring a gift for a child to their holiday house party. The response was overwhelming and the rest is history. The Schmidt’s were compelled to continue their efforts as the needs were greater and greater each year. The enormity of the work involved with of collecting, sorting, storing and distributing gifts became so great that the Junior League of Boca Raton was asked to partner in the event seven years ago.
We are excited to announce that Spirit of Giving has a brand new radio show!
Wendy Friswell 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