Charity Datebook 2018 - 2019
Charity Datebook 2018 - 2019
President: Kevin Enders
2717 W. Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
About Charity: 4KIDS is propelled by the vision of a home for every child. Since 1997, more than 25,000 lives have been impacted through hope, homes and healing. 4KIDS families in Broward, Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast counties give love and refuge to our community’s most vulnerable children every day. Through the 4KIDS EPIC Therapeutic Approach kids and young adults are learning to break cycles and thrive.
Chairman of the Board: William B. Peterson
1712 Second Ave. N., Lake Worth, FL 33460
About Charity: Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches’ mission is to strengthen families with children in their effort to achieve stability and self-sufficiency by providing access to all-encompassing services.
President and CEO: Pam O’Brien
P.O. Box 6161, Delray Beach, FL 33482
About Charity: AVDA promotes violence-free relationships and social change by offering alternative choices to end violence and domestic abuse.
CEO and Founder: Johanna Kandel
1649 Forum Place, Ste. 2, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About Charity: The Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness (The Alliance) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and activities aimed at outreach, education, early intervention and advocacy for all eating disorders. The Alliance works tirelessly to raise awareness; eliminate secrecy and stigma; promote access to care; and support those susceptible to, currently struggling with, and recovered from eating disorders. We created findedhelp.com connecting people with resources to those needing and seeking help.
President: Michael A. Lampert
5841 Corporate Way, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
About Charity: Since 1974, our caring professionals at Alpert Jewish Service have strengthened our community by improving the lives of men, women and children. Our mission is helping people during challenging times in their lives with programs ranging from mental health services and domestic abuse counseling to mentoring, Holocaust survivor support and services for older adults. Our agency is a trusted source of professional care.
President and CEO: Mary M. Barnes
800 Northpoint Parkway, Ste. 101B, FL 33407
About Charity: Alzheimer’s Community Care is dedicated to promoting and providing community-based, family-centered care for patients and their caregivers living with neurocognitive disorders, through the belief, that where there is help, there is hope.
Board Chair: Melissa Mickle
2300 Centrepark W. Drive, FL 33409
About Charity: Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
Board Chairman: Frances Fisher
253 Barcelona Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About Charity: The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a recognized 501c3 organization, established in 1977 by Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982) to preserve the nationally registered house and surrounding gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she lived from 1948. The rare palm and sculpture gardens, exhibition galleries and artist’s studio offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the sculptor’s holistic vision in its original setting.
President and CEO: Keith W. Muniz
2001 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: Empowering children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential through residential, vocational, educational, behavioral and other related healthcare services. Looking to make an impact in your community? The ARC of Martin County wants to make the best use of your time and talents by offering rewarding opportunities for volunteers who want to enhance the lives and opportunities of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Come visit us!
Artistic Director: Colleen Smith
10357 Ironwood Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
About Charity: Ballet Palm Beach is dedicated to preserving the art of classical ballet, cultivating new visions in choreography, impacting new generations through the discipline and power of dance, and enriching the community in the timeless aesthetics of a universal art form. Founded in 2001, Ballet Palm Beach is the professional ballet company of the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast. The company strives to enrich the community through its numerous outreach programs and community performances. The associated ballet academy offers classes to students beginning at 3 years old. Volunteer opportunities include fundraising, sewing and crafting, grant writing, mailings and more.
CEO: Yvette Flores-Acevedo
101 SE Central Parkway, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties is a mentoring organization founded in 1986, expanding into the Palm Beaches in 2010. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable and most fulfilling things someone will ever do. For just a few hours a month, mentors (volunteers) will have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future (ages 6 to 18) for the better.
President and Founder: Lauree Simmons
14444 Okeechobee Road, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
About Charity: Big Dog Ranch Rescue is a step beyond state of the art. We completely reimagined the “rescue facility” as a campus-centered rescue “community.” Big Dog Ranch Rescue is the largest cage-free, no-kill dog rescue in the country. Our 33-acre campus is designed to rescue, rehabilitate and re-home the animals that rely on us for their very existence. Every day we receive hundreds of requests from high-kill shelters about the dogs that are literally on their last day. Over the past 13 years, Big Dog Ranch Rescue has saved more than 26,000 dogs. Thank you for supporting our mission to save 5,000 dogs and educate 100,000 people every year.
President of the Board of Directors: Gary Peters
1500 NW First Court, Boca Raton, FL 33432
About Charity: Boca Helping Hands (BHH) provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency. BHH offers Job Training Programs including Hospitality, Home Health Aide, CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) and IT Help Desk Technician; Serves lunch six days a week and a Thursday night family dinner; Helps 1,100 elementary students in nine schools through BHH Backpacks and distributes 5,000 pantry bags monthly to qualified Palm Beach County residents. If interested in volunteering, please email Melissa Keklik, Volunteer Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEO and Scout Executive: Terrence Hamilton
8335 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
About Charity: Boy Scouts of America prepares young people to make ethical, moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Scouting is an educational program designed to engage character development, citizenship and personal fitness through adventure, service, achievement and leadership training. Scouting builds character and community through a variety of activities including camping, sailing, community service projects and more. Not only do the programs reinforce the positive development cultivated in home and school, but they also bring opportunity to at-risk youth. The Gulf Stream Council currently serves more than 7,250 Scouts in a seven-county area.
President and CEO: Keith “Fletch” Fletcher
11954 SE Dixie Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
About Charity: Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Boys & Girls Clubs alumni have gone on to do great things, such as pursue a career, serve their country and raise a family. We are proud of our alumni and their noteworthy accomplishments. Were you a Club kid? Please share your story with us at bcgmartin.org.
CEO: Stanton Collemer
P.O. Box 3292, Palm Beach, FL 33480
About Charity: The Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope, Inc., is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of local children, women, men and their families, who are touched by cancer, by providing need-based financial assistance, information resources and access to services and support groups in our community. CAHH seeks to provide respite to those receiving a devastating cancer diagnosis. The organization has helped more than 2,500 cancer patients and their families who live and/or receive treatment in Palm Beach County and dispersed over $2.5 million. CAHH focuses on assisting patients with their ordinary living expenses such as rent and mortgage, auto and health insurance, car payments and food. We use volunteers in a variety of ways, from office assistance to fundraising, event planning and support.
Executive Director: Gigi Suntum
7985 SW Jack James Drive, Stuart, FL 34997
About Charity: Founded in 1997, the mission of Caring Children Clothing Children is to provide clothing, new socks, underwear and shoes, as well as reading and math intervention and literacy materials, at no cost to children in need in Martin County. The clothing that we distribute is “gently-used” and given to children who qualify as living at or below the poverty level. Sixty-five local schools and social service agencies refer children to our 4Cs store, located in Stuart. Our reading and math tutoring programs take place in five Martin County elementary schools. Volunteers are utilized in our store to assist families with shopping and in our store library, as well as for tutoring in the schools. Donations are always accepted.
President: Janice Norman
P.O. Box 1409, Palm City, FL 34991
About Charity: Catch the Wave of Hope Charitable Organization is leading the way to bring awareness, healing and action to abolish human trafficking. Human Trafficking is a local issue that impacts our children and grandchildren. We work with law enforcement and currently do awareness presentations for civic groups, churches, synagogues, media and businesses to educate and mobilize communities in South Florida. We offer healing programs for survivors and awareness programs that can be used locally, nationally and internationally. Our ultimate goal is to open a home locally for survivors of sex trafficking. We need your help.
Executive Director: Francisco Chevere
9995 N. Military Trail, FL 33410
About Charity: Catholic Charities of the five-county Diocese of Palm Beach respects life in all of its stages. In living our faith, we create hope for people in need, without regard to religion. Through our programs and ministries, we empower individuals, deliver social services and collaborate with others in building just and compassionate communities. Catholic Charities continually seeks generous and dedicated volunteers to work in the 15 various programs and ministries.
CEO: Renée Layman
7731 N. Military Trail, Ste. 4, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
About Charity: The Center for Child Counseling is building the foundation for playful, healthful and hopeful living for children and families in Palm Beach County through prevention, early intervention and mental health services throughout the community. We focus on the youngest, most vulnerable children because research shows this period of life is one of critical importance and provides the foundation for a lifetime of health and happiness. Volunteer opportunities include service on advisory boards and as administrative support.
CEO and Founder: Carly Asher Yoost
4530 Conference Way S., Boca Raton, FL 33431
About Charity: Child Rescue Coalition (CRC), a south Florida-based non-profit organization with global reach, has spent the past decade building the world’s most sophisticated technology to hunt online predators. Through proactive partnerships with law enforcement, the non-profit’s system has tracked 54 million offenders around the world in order to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. With a mission of protecting innocence through technology, the technology developed by CRC has aided in the arrest of more than 10,000 online predators and rescued over 2,300 abused children in the past four years.
President and CEO: Karen Ripper
900 SE Salerno Road, Stuart, FL 34997
About Charity: The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County at the Kane Center is to be the primary provider of comprehensive life-saving and life-improving services and programs for seniors in Martin County. The Council’s vision is seniors living well at any age, remaining independent and living in a home-like environment. Volunteer opportunities at the Kane Center include Meals on Wheels, the Adult Day Club, Kane Town Center, Kane Bistro, clerical/office assistance, Kane Kitchen and special events.
Board President: Suzanne Malamala
700 S. Dixie Highway, Ste. 100, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About Charity: The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. Volunteers and participants are needed for Great Strides in Stuart and West Palm Beach.
Chairs: Vicki and Arthur Loring
220 Sunrise Ave., Ste. 204, Palm Beach, FL 33480
About Charity: From achieving the first remissions in cancer with chemotherapy in 1948 to developing the very latest new therapies, Dana-Farber is renowned for using its discoveries to improve cancer treatment for children and adults in Palm Beach County and around the world. It is the only cancer center ranked in the top four of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals for both adult and pediatric cancer care.
Bishop of Palm Beach: Most Reverend Gerald M. Barbarito
9995 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
About Charity: The Lumen Christi Scholarship Gala is the bishop’s annual black-tie dinner dance benefiting and celebrating diocesan Catholic schools, both elementary and secondary. The Catholic schools in the Diocese of Palm Beach provide for the education and formation of more than 6,000 students throughout the diocese’s five counties, including Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee and Indian River. The Diocese of Palm Beach allocates 100 percent of the net proceeds of the Lumen Christi Gala to tuition scholarships, shared equally among the schools, enabling hundreds of students to attend Catholic schools.
Co-founder and Board Director: Allen Merrell
11211 Prosperity Farms Road, Ste. D-223, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
About Charity: The foundation’s mission is to support Dr. John E. Upledger’s vision and passion to ensure that CranioSacral Therapy and other manual therapies are available worldwide to anyone who can benefit from these modalities. The Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation supports and develops therapeutic programs, education, research and treatment to relieve symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, autism, cancer treatment, chronic pain, concussion and traumatic brain injury, PTSD, stress and tension-related disorders.
Executive Director: Mary Hart
118 E. Ocean Ave., Lantana, FL 33462
About Charity: The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. We provide women with one full outfit when they are interviewing and a full week’s worth of clothing once they are hired. We also offer several job readiness programs to help further ensure employability. Volunteer opportunities include personal shoppers, administrative assistance, coaching and mentoring and inventory control assistance. Group volunteer opportunities are available upon request. Donations of work appropriate purses and shoes are most appreciated.
Executive Director: Lisa Rhodes
1650 S. Kanner Highway, Ste. 212, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: For more than 25 years, the Education Foundation of Martin County has been recognized for facilitating private investment in public education while creating, supporting and promoting world-class innovation and excellence in all of Martin County’s public schools. Signature programs include Literacy Initiatives; Elementary Book Bowl; Innovative Project Grants; Robotics; Artist Residencies; STEAM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math); Re-Engineering Algebra; Professional Development; and Martin County Teacher of the Year. The foundation’s “Your Classroom Connection” campaign is aimed at connecting our community to local classrooms. The campaign highlights the foundation’s original online modules: Adopt-a-Class, Fund-a-Project and Bulletin Board.
Executive Director: Albert Simbritz
825 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996
About Charity: The Elliott Museum enriches the community through a wide variety of exhibits, collections, classes, guided tours and lectures, all designed to serve the interests of the people who live in and visit the Treasure Coast. We are the treasure of the Treasure Coast. You will find a significant collection of classic cars, trucks, bicycles and boats; baseball memorabilia; local history, Americana; a variety of art, a tribute to actress Frances Langford; and even a Foucault Pendulum. Volunteers help with almost every aspect of the museum and are a valued part of our team.
President: Kim Waser Nash
2900 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
About Charity: The Environmental Studies Council was established to support, protect and enhance the unique environmental education programs of the Environmental Studies Center. The council promotes and extends environmental awareness through community education and supports the center’s science-based, hands-on environmental education curriculum to students in Martin County. Throughout the year, the council hosts free open house events for the public interested in touring the aquariums, shark tank, turtle tank, Joey the Alligator and butterfly garden. The council most recently raised funds for a new sea turtle exhibit, mangrove exhibit and renovations to the River Scout, the center’s boat used for exploratory field trips.
President: Denise LeClair Robbins
6400 SW Martin Highway, Palm City, FL 34990
About Charity: The Equine Rescue and Adoption Foundation, Inc. (ERAF) is a non-profit 501c3 organization devoted to the rescue, rehabilitation, re-education and adoption of abused, slaughter-bound, abandoned and neglected horses. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. Volunteer activities include: working in the barn and pastures; grooming and feeding horses; landscaping; helping with special events and fundraising; and office work. Not all jobs require contact with the horses. To learn more, visit our website and complete the form in the About Us section. Orientation is held monthly.
President: Denise W. Valz
2701 N. Australian Ave., Ste. 205, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
About Charity: Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation was founded by Cynthia Allen Gracey and other senior professional and executive women in Palm Beach County to support and advance women in business and community leadership. Today, EWPBF’s membership includes leaders in arts and culture, business, construction, education, government, healthcare, law, publishing, real estate and many other business endeavors. The organization has awarded more than 200 scholarships to deserving young women and more than 40 significant grants to local non-profit programs.
Executive Director: Mark Perry
890 NE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996
About Charity: Florida Oceanographic Society’s mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy. The organization works closely with the community to restore and preserve local ecosystems while advocating to protect the environment. Programming at the Coastal Center on Hutchinson Island seeks to educate and inspire visitors about environmental stewardship. A variety of volunteer opportunities exist at Florida Oceanographic for individuals 15 years and older. Visit our website and click on the volunteer tab for more information and to get started.
Chair of MacBeach Ball: Susan Sachs
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
About Charity: The Friends of MacArthur Beach State Park has a mission of generating supplemental resources to preserve, restore and interpret the natural and cultural assets of the Park for present and future generations.
President: Patricia Deshong
401 Maplewood Drive, Ste. 8, Jupiter, FL 33458
About Charity: The Humane Society of Greater Jupiter/Tequesta, Inc. DBA Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch, and only no-kill shelter open to the public in north Palm Beach County, has been rescuing, rehabilitating, re-homing and providing a safe harbor for homeless animals for more than 30 years. Its full-service Veterinary Clinic offers affordable, quality medical care and choice, with conventional and holistic lifestyle options. Community programs include its Shelter-to-Service and Senior-to-Senior and children’s outreach. Its Jupiter shelter and 27-acre Palm City Ranch are home to hundreds of animals that have not yet found their forever home. We are not affiliated with HSUS.
President: Janie Laemel Copes
729 E. Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: The GFWC Woman’s Club of Stuart is a diverse group of women united by a dedication to community involvement through volunteer service. Our primary purpose is to serve by volunteering to raise funds and awareness through our six programs that include the arts, education, conservation, home life, international outreach and public issues. In addition, we give scholarships to deserving women from our local high schools each year. Our monthly luncheon/meetings are the third Wednesday of each month, September through May.
President of Board of Directors: Debbie Butler
776 SW Munjack Circle, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
About Charity: GFNF is a 501c3 whose mission is to fund the unfunded needs of maltreated children while increasing awareness in the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee. Since 2008, this volunteer group of professionals has provided training to more than 3,500 individuals representing 300 child-focused organizations; holiday gifts to over 5,000 children; and has hosted five Treasure Coast Child Summits. GFNF built and furnished Sanctuary4kids to serve as a temporary shelter for children coming into care due to maltreatment. Sanctuary4kids was gifted to Hibiscus Children’s Center in 2017 to operate.
Executive Director: Margot Graff
2090 NW Federal Highway, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: Our mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County brings people together to build homes, communities and home. Vision: A world where everyone has a decent place to live. Events: Home Dedication Ceremonies in Carter Park, Indiantown and East Stuart, scheduled throughout the year. Visit our website for details.
CEO: Bernard J. Godek
6758 N. Military Trail, Ste. 301, Riviera Beach, FL 33407
About Charity: Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, founded in 1986, is a non-profit organization dedicated to building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Each Habitat partner family is required to invest a minimum of 400 sweat equity hours of their own labor into the construction of homes before being eligible to purchase their home utilizing a 30-year, no-profit, no-interest loan. The affiliate’s service area extends from Hypoluxo Road in the south to the Martin County line in the north and from Palm Beach to Lake Okeechobee.
CEO: Jan Cairnes
Center for Philanthropy 700 S. Dixie Highway, Ste. 103, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About Charity: Established more than 30 years ago by Mary Jane and Jack Hanley, Hanley Foundation is a charitable 501c3 organization with a mission to give hope to individuals, families and communities affected by substance use disorders. The foundation provides programming and grant support throughout Florida for advocacy, prevention, education and access to quality addiction treatment. The organization’s prevention programming is available to schools, churches and community groups through grant funding provided by the Florida Department of Children and Families, office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
President and CEO: Katha Kissman
5600 N. U.S. Highway 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946
About Charity: The mission of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, Inc. is to support Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, a research institute within Florida Atlantic University. The foundation provides funding and support for research and education in marine sciences and ocean engineering. Our goal is to support FAU’s Harbor Branch as it increases understanding of oceans and coastal areas through exploration and scientific investigation.
Executive Director: Diane B. Kimes
210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34982
About Charity: Celebrating more than 32 years, Heathcote provides audiences unspoiled enrichment. Outdoor galleries, workshops, Gardens Gift Shop and volunteer opportunities enhance this treasured urban green space whose mission is to educate and inspire by providing a place of botanical beauty and serve as a resource for conservation.The cornerstone of the 5-acre garden is the James J. Smith Tropical Bonsai Collection. Heathcote is a member of the American Horticultural Society, which provides members with reciprocal admission to 350 gardens and museums in the U.S.
President and CEO: Suzy Hutcheson
1601 NE Braille Place, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
About Charity: We provide opportunities and choices that help children, families and adults improve their quality of life through education, counseling, training and employment. Programs include Baby Steps, Healthy Families, Behavioral Health Services, Community Connections, Employment Options and our Language & Literacy Connection Initiative. The goal of each program is to provide the resources to those in need to ensure a healthy, productive and successful future. Helping People Succeed serves more than 5,300 children and families on an annual basis. Volunteers are both needed and welcomed.
CEO: Matt Markley
2920 S. 25th St., Fort Pierce, FL 34981
About Charity: The mission of Hibiscus Children’s Center is to maintain a safe shelter for children who are abused, abandoned and neglected by providing prevention, early intervention and advocacy in quality residential, assessment and recovery programs. Hibiscus Children’s Center is grateful to our generous community for helping to ensure abused children have a safe and loving home. Volunteers are needed to help the children with homework, tutoring/mentoring, field trips and more.
CEO: Matthew Ladika
2840 Sixth Ave. S., Lake Worth, FL 33461
About Charity: HomeSafe’s continuum of care starts with the Healthy Beginnings program, where our team screens children ages 0 to 5 for developmental delays or behavior concerns, and helps parents provide their children a healthy start. For children ages 9 to 17, our five group homes are a safe haven from abuse, and provide needed therapeutic services. Our SafetyNet Program works to break the cycle of abuse through immediate intervention and prevention services to domestic violence victims. Our Pond Place program provides a bridge to self-sufficiency and affordable housing for youth who have “aged out”of foster care.
CEO: Robert Ranieri
2484 SE Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997
About Charity: As Charity Navigator’s No.1 rated charity on the Treasure Coast, House of Hope touches the lives of up to 6,000 people monthly with services that include food, clothing, furniture, financial assistance and case management to help people build life skills for a more self-sufficient future. Service centers and thrift stores are located in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown and Jensen Beach. Several nutrition gardens and the Agricultural and Vocational Production Farm provide a sustainable source of fresh produce for clients as well as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to the community. The agency’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment offers free programs, technology and workshops designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health and overall well-being.
President and CEO: Frank Valente
4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave., Palm City, FL 34990
About Charity: The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast is the area’s leading advocate for homeless, abused and abandoned animals. The HSTC provides the most progressive spay-neuter and adoption programs, dynamic humane education services, partnerships with like-minded organizations and dozens of volunteer opportunities at its shelter and thrift stores. The HSTC does not euthanize to make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how long animals stay in its care, and no animal is ever turned away. Since 1955, the HSTC has remained true to its mission: To Provide Compassionate Care and Nurture the Bond Between People and Pets.
Co-Founder: Deborah Johnson
P.O. Box 31717, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420
About Charity: Impact the Palm Beaches is a unique organization of dynamic women who make transformational change in their local community through collective philanthropy. Impact members each contribute $1,000 annually and award at least one $100,000 Impact grant to a local non-profit organization. Impact grants fund the following areas: arts and culture, education, environment, family, and health and wellness. Impact the Palm Beaches serves the northern portion of the county from Lake Worth to Jupiter and is a charitable fund of the Community Foundation Palm Beach and Martin counties.
Executive Director: Sarah Franco
4200 N. University Drive, Sunrise, FL 33351
About Charity: JAFCO’s mission is to care for abused and neglected children and those with disabilities in the Jewish community and to work in partnership with families and the entire community. We believe that the care of children in our community is our responsibility, one we accept with joy, pride and love, giving every child a place to belong.
Board President: Rebecca DiStefano
1641 Worthington Road, Ste. 340, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
About Charity: JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus and singular influence on the worldwide effort to end T1D. The mission is accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults suddenly. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure.
Board Chair: Ira M. Gerstein
1 Harvard Circle, Ste. 100, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
About Charity: Through the generosity and leadership of dedicated community members, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County leads a powerful response to causes that affect the Jewish people locally, in Israel and 70 countries across the globe. Jewish Federation empowers community members to address the causes they care about and transform thousands of lives while building a more active, vibrant and impactful Jewish community.
Chairwoman: Dena Kennedy
6903 Vista Parkway N., Ste. 10, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
About Charity: Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship through experiential, hands-on programs. JA’s unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our classroom volunteers transform the key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing them that they can make a difference in the world and achieve their own dream. For a list of current volunteer opportunities please visit our website.
President: Rosi M. Shepard
759 S. Federal Highway, Ste. 200E, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: The Junior League of Martin County, Inc. (JLMC) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLMC has provided more than 8,000 books to Martin County teachers through our Books for Kids program that began in 2015. Our community partners are numerous and include The Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, House of Hope, Hibiscus Children’s Center and many other various non-profits geared to women and children in Martin, Saint Lucie and Eastern Okeechobee counties.
President: Liv E. Vesely, MA, MPH
1210 S. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, FL 33458
About Charity: Since its founding in 1989, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, through philanthropic gifts, has empowered Jupiter Medical Center with the financial resources to reimagine the delivery of health and wellness to the region. JMCF, together with JMC, is committed to transforming regional health care through leading-edge technology, patient-centered care and enhanced facilities. The foundation has funded the De George Pediatric Unit in partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital; the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center; The Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Center; the Frank E. and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program; and the Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department.
President: Debra M. Tornaben
700 S. Dixie Highway, Ste. 100, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About Charity: KidSanctuary Campus is a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Visionary and Chairmen of the Board, Connie Frankino with a mission to ensure a sense of belonging and permanency in a caring, positive environment that nurtures self-esteem and hope for at-risk children in our foster care system. Today the 10-acre campus has four cottages that are built on a strong foundation of support from the local community and decorated by top designers and vendors from South Florida. Become an Ambassador of KidSanctuary Campus and join us for our 2018-2019 events in support of our new Enrichment Center that will serve as a nucleus for the children living on campus.
President: Lois Pope
1720 S. Ocean Blvd., Manalapan, FL 33462
About Charity: Since 1993, Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE) has been dedicated to helping and improving the lives of the voiceless and vulnerable in our society—those who are disadvantaged, marginalized, or forgotten because of disabilities, socio-economic status, neglect, age, abuse and other barriers. Founded by Lois Pope, one of America’s most committed and creative philanthropists and humanitarians, LIFE provides aid and assistance for disabled veterans, medical research, humanitarian relief and animal welfare.
President and Executive Director: Jonathan Lappin
801 Northpoint Parkway, Ste. 9, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
About Charity: Providing instruments, lessons, scholarships, music camp funding and other opportunities to talented youth between the ages of 6 and 18. Funds are available for those who cannot otherwise afford to pursue their musical aspirations. Applications are available online at our website. Application windows open for 30 days the last Mondays of February and August.
Executive Director: Nancy Politsch
373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469
About Charity: Celebrating 55 years of excellence, the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery & School of Art is a not-for-profit art center dedicated to the visual arts whose mission is to inspire, engage and connect our community through a vibrant school of art, unique exhibitions and diverse special events. Exhibitions this season include September’s “Art of Association,” “Elegant Threads: Wearable Art and Surface Design” in October/November, December’s “Art of the Figure” and “Jupiter Island Lens” in January/February. The nationally recognized sixth annual Plein Air Festival takes place March 9 to 17. Don’t forget to check out the fabulous workshops and classes for adults and children year-round at the School of Art.
Board President: Tom Streit
3651 Quantum Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33426
About Charity: To improve the quality of life in our community by promoting and achieving literacy for adults and children. Community members support literacy by volunteering as reading tutors, making donations, organizing book drives, attending literacy events and participating in literacy initiatives such as “Read for the Record” and the fall “Read Together Palm Beach County” campaign, a one book, one community initiative, September through December.
President: Chip Lubeck
3569 91st St. N., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403
About Charity: Little Smiles helps heal hearts and create little smiles by providing gifts and fun activities to children impacted by serious illness, homelessness or tragedy. Little Smiles is a South Florida non-profit organization that partners with nurses, social workers and staff in hospitals, shelters and other facilities to provide wish fulfillment and celebrations for children in their care. From hospital room pizza parties and visits from Santa to its grand “Stars Ball” gala, Little Smiles gives kids the chance to be kids during difficult times.
President and CEO: Jack E. Lighton
14200 U.S. Highway 1, Juno Beach, FL 33408
About Charity: Loggerhead Marinelife Center is an ocean conservation organization and sea turtle hospital located adjacent to one of the most important sea turtle nesting beaches in the world. Open seven days a week, the center features free admission and hosts more than 300,000 visitors each year. Our mission is to promote conservation of ocean ecosystems with a special focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles.
Board Vice Chair: Robin Sykes, MD
500 Captain Armour’s Way, Jupiter, FL 33469
About Charity: The 1860 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse—our area’s most treasured landmark! Today, the Loxahatchee River Historical Society operates and beautifully preserves the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, providing memorable experiences to families, students and visitors from around the world. The Lighthouse site includes a restored 1940 History Museum; 1892 Tindall Pioneer Homestead; 1920s Keeper’s Workshop; and natural habitat walkways. Educational programs and exhibits showcase a unique 5,000 year-old history. Annual events include Sea Fest for Kids, Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Autism Family Night at the Light. Provides free admission for active-duty US Military & families year round.
Chairman of the Board of Directors: Robert Press
4491 S. State Road 7, Ste. 201, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
About Charity: We create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
Producing Artistic Director and Chief Executive: Andrew Kato
1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter, FL 33477
About Charity: The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is a professional not-for-profit regional theatre dedicated to the performing arts whose mission is to entertain, educate and inspire our community. As Florida’s largest regional theatre (Lort B+), the Theatre produces award-winning Broadway caliber plays and musicals. Serving 100,000 theatergoers annually, the Theatre educates artists of all ages with instruction in dance, voice and acting through its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts.
President and CEO: Elizabeth Barbella
789 SW Federal Highway, Ste. 214, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: Since 1988, the Martin County Community Foundation has inspired philanthropists to establish funds to impact communities in Martin County, throughout Florida, across the United States and around the globe. Martin County Community Foundation is a tax-exempt non-profit organization that enables charitable giving through endowed as well as donor-advised funds established by individuals, families or businesses to support the causes they care about. Martin County Community Foundation manages 54 funds and provided more than $1,000,000 in grants to charitable organizations last year. Martin County Foundation Board members are Ellyn Stevenson (Chair); Joe Paskoski (Treasurer); W. Scott Wade (Secretary); Ken Norman (Immediate Past Chair); Nancy B. Crowder CPA; John Doody; Brian E. Foss; Kathleen M. Freihofer; Michael E. Kelly; and Gytha Von Aldenbruck.
Chairman of the Board: John P. Keller
P.O. Box 9010 2135 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL 34996
About Charity: Martin Health System offers world-class care to nearly 500,000 residents in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Philanthropic support provides 50 percent or more of our health system’s bottom line every year. Martin Health Foundation has raised $176 million since October 1983 and has supplied state-of-the-art equipment, ongoing training for clinical staff, facility renovations and additions, expansion of services and financial assistance to patients in need. Donors like you make it possible to accomplish our mission of providing exceptional health care, hope and compassion to every person, every time.
Executive Director: Gina Thompson
1033 SE 14th St., Stuart, FL 34996
About Charity: Mary’s Shelter saves lives by providing a transitional, caring, educational, spiritual and supportive housing environment for pregnant women and their babies, offering a pathway to self-sufficiency and a life of dignity and respect.
CEO: Bill West
430 SE Osceola St., Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: Keeping families together during a medical crisis for more than 20 years. Molly’s House provides an affordable home away from home for patients of all ages along with their families as they are receiving medical care on the Treasure Coast. Caregiver Retreat programs are available.
President and CEO: John Romano
4500 W. Midway Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981
About Charity: New Horizons of the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee delivers accessible behavioral and primary health care services to children, adults and families to achieve mental and physical wellness, thereby improving the quality of life in our community. New Horizons is the most comprehensive mental health and substance abuse agency in the region, with nine offices in four counties serving 14,000 children and adults annually, regardless of their ability to pay. In fact, 57 percent of its clients have no source of income or insurance, yet as a 501c3 non-profit organization, no one is turned away due to lack of financial resources. New Horizons offers hope, help and healing.
Executive Director: Alice Eger
1713 Quail Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
About Charity: Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center is Palm Beach’s oldest children’s charity. As Opportunity begins its 80th year of service, the non-profit maintains the founders’ vision of helping low-income families gain economic stability. Opportunity’s preschool programs support children’s intellectual, social and emotional development. Our family services encourage parents to pursue higher education, better careers and good health.
Board Chairman: John C. “Skip” Randolph
139 N. County Road, Ste. 28, Palm Beach, FL 33480
About Charity: We are a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to promoting fellowship, understanding and respect among all religions and cultures; bringing the community together through education, dialogue and interaction; and addressing issues rooted in intolerance, anti-Semitism and unjust discrimination. Our events and programs seek to inspire, enlighten and foster civility and mutual respect among people of all faiths and backgrounds. We also send local educators to “Facing History and Ourselves” summer workshops and sponsor an annual student Essay & Creative Arts contest. Visit our website for membership and sponsor info.
CEO: David Lin
4522 S. Congress Ave., Palm Springs, FL 33461
About Charity: Palm Beach Habilitation Center’s Mission is to ensure that individuals with disabilities have the best environment in which to learn, work and live. We provide vocational training, employment and community job placement, recreational and senior activities, residential services and life skills training. Our vision is a community where individuals with disabilities can realize their full potential. Volunteers are needed for the Thrift Store and special events. For more information reach out to email@example.com.
President: Mark W. Cook
139 N. County Road, Ste. 26, Palm Beach, FL 33480
About Charity: Palm Beach Island Hospice Foundation has been dedicated to the support of Palm Beach County’s hospice care organization for more than 35 years. Through the tireless efforts of its all-volunteer group, the foundation provides essential resources that support patients and the families of those who are facing advanced illnesses. Each year, the foundation hosts one of the signature events of the Palm Beach season. Hospice Evening invites friends and supporters to celebrate the foundation’s work and to raise additional funds for hospice care. This year’s event will feature a cocktail party, a “Bryant Park” style fashion show sponsored by Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach, dinner and dancing.
President and CEO: Beth Kigel
5520 PGA Blvd., Ste. 200, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
About Charity: The Chamber serves 10 municipalities that make up Palm Beach North and is one of the largest and most active business organizations in Southeast Florida. The chamber fosters a partnership of private, public, education and civic organizations working together to ensure Palm Beach North is Florida’s “Prosperity Coast.” The chamber’s four strategic imperatives are A Prosperous Economy, High Quality of Life for all residents, a Smart and Connected Region, and Regional Leadership.
General Director: Daniel Biaggi
1800 S. Australian Ave., Ste. 301, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
About Charity: Palm Beach Opera is dedicated to producing live opera at an international standard of excellence and to enriching the life of the communities it serves with a diverse offering of educational programs. Founded in 1961, the fully professional Palm Beach Opera presents mainstage performances at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and is a proud member of OPERA America and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
Executive Director: David McClymont
44 Cocoanut Row M207B, Palm Beach, FL 33480
About Charity: Palm Beach Symphony’s mission is to engage, educate and entertain through live performances of inspiring orchestral music. Now in its 45th season and under the leadership of Executive Director David McClymont, the symphony has earned a stellar reputation as a world-class orchestra with a mission that includes carefully designed education and community outreach initiatives that bring live classical music programs and concerts to the Palm Beaches. The 2018-19 season offers both masterworks and chamber music series, crafted by Maestro Ramón Tebar, that are performed in venues such as the Kravis Center, Society of the Four Arts and Harriet Himmel Theater.
Chairman of the Board: Lesly Smith
3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
About Charity: The mission of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League is to provide shelter to lost, homeless and unwanted animals; to provide spay and neuter and other medical services for companion animals; to care for, protect and find quality homes for homeless and neglected companion animals; and to advocate animal welfare, community involvement and education to further the bond between people and animals. Peggy Adams provides services to more than 45,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens each year.
Co-Presidents: Karen Miret and Dr. Denise Zollicoffer
1024 NE Jensen Beach Blvd., Jensen Beach, FL 34957
About Charity: The mission of the corporation is to provide financial assistance for treatment to individuals diagnosed with breast cancer who are either uninsured or under-insured, as well as to provide financial support for diagnostic services when breast cancer is suspected.
Founding CEO: Charles L. Bender, III
9078 Isaiah Lane, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418
About Charity: Place of Hope is dedicated to providing stable and loving family environments for children and youth who are hurting and their families. We are committed to meeting desperate needs in our community by sharing God’s love and placing hope in their lives–one child and family at a time.
Founding CEO: Charles L. Bender, III
10250 SW Village Parkway Tradition, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
About Charity: Place of Hope is dedicated to providing stable and loving family environments for children and youth who are hurting and their families. We are committed to meeting desperate needs in our community by sharing God’s love and placing hope in their lives—one child and family at a time.
President: Lillian Tamayo
2300 N. Florida Mango Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
About Charity: The mission of Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida is to provide comprehensive sexual health care through the provision of clinical services, education and advocacy. We do so by understanding and responding to the needs of those seeking our services and by protecting and respecting the essential privacy rights, dignity and culture of each individual.
CEO: Roberta Jurney
987 45th St., West Palm Beach, FL 33407
About Charity: Quantum House is a caring, supportive home that lessens the burden for families whose children are receiving treatment in Palm Beach County for a serious medical condition. The newly expanded 30-suite hospital hospitality house provides lodging, meals, care and compassion to families facing a medical crisis. Since 2001, Quantum House continues to be a place “where hope has a home” for more than 1,000 family members a year. It is the only house of its kind between Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.
Board Chairman: Michael J. Bracci
701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About Charity: The Kravis Center’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of artists and companies of the highest quality, offering comprehensive arts education programs—serving approximately 2.5 million schoolchildren since its inception, providing a home for local and regional arts organizations, providing economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach and supporting efforts to increase tourism to Palm Beach County.
Founder and President: Deborah Kann Schwarzberg
2751 S. Dixie Highway, Ste. 2A, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
About Charity: The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation has been working locally and nationally for more than 23 years to promote our mission through educational and programmatic events about life-saving techniques on prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma. The Students Against Melanoma Clubs in middle and high school and the SunSmart America curriculum have educated thousands of students, families and communities on sun safety behaviors and techniques for prevention and early detection of skin cancer. RDK and Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt work daily to build sun smart cities around the country with the distribution of sunscreen dispensers in partnerships with cities, parks, schools and sports venues.
CEO: Jill Borowicz, MSW
612 SE Dixie Highway, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: SafeSpace is a 501c3 non-profit organization that operates programs in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties. SafeSpace offers victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create an independent life free from violence. Emergency shelter, supportive living, 24/7 crisis hotline, extensive outreach programs and services are available for victims. SafeSpace offers services to all victims and their dependents regardless of race, gender, age, religion, political belief, national origin, immigration status, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation or language spoken. Variety of volunteer opportunities; Contact Volunteer Coordinator Janet Farnan-Dyer.
Marketing Director: Jill Burton
1500 SW Capri St., Palm City, FL 34990
About Charity: Sandhill Cove is a Life Plan Retirement Community providing resort-style amenities and services for active adults. At Sandhill Cove, waterfront living is enriched through a personalized approach to holistic wellness with a full continuum of care, offering a progressive and reputable choice in Martin County. Sandhill Cove has a solid reputation in the community that we serve and our commitment to charitable support is ongoing throughout the year. Our staff and resident members participate in fundraising activities such as walks for a cure, on-campus events in which proceeds are donated and many other local charitable campaigns to benefit a diversified group of Martin County residents. Our annual Indoor Art Sale and Show benefits Helping People Succeed and features the work of more than 75 local artists, including a new segment of whimsical décor.
President and CEO: Barbara Nurenberg
3879 Byron Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33404
About Charity: Seagull Services is a private, non-profit dedicated to facilitating improvement in the quality of life of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Seagull offers advocacy and a variety of programs designed to promote achievement, self-reliance and economic independence. Those include vocational training, educational services and supported employment. Volunteer opportunities are available during agency events and at Seagull’s work center and charter school, Seagull Academy for Independent Living. Businesses may partner with Seagull Services to provide job training opportunities for clients and internships for high school students.
President: Jill Keegan
819 S. Federal Highway, Ste. 300, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: A commitment to enhance the lives of others by promoting friendships, providing community service and applying our skills, talents and resources toward the betterment of women and their families.
President: Lew Crampton
4801 Dreher Trail N., West Palm Beach, FL 33405
About Charity: The South Florida Science Center and Aquarium provides an entertaining and educational journey through the latest discoveries in science and technology. Featuring more than 100 interactive exhibits, an immersive fresh and saltwater aquarium, full-dome digital planetarium and a new Florida conservation-themed miniature golf course, the South Florida Science Center offers a mind-opening experience for all. “A Journey Through the Human Brain,” the nation’s most advanced exhibit on the most complex organism in the universe, the human brain, is scheduled to open in 2019.
Rector: The Reverend James B. Cook
3395 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
About Charity: The St. Mark’s Cornerstone Scholarship program assists promising students from neighboring underserved communities to obtain an academically sound education in a nurturing Christian environment where every student is respected, affirmed and loved. Volunteers and donors are encouraged to support the scholarship’s friend-raising and fundraising efforts by contacting St. Mark’s Director of Development, Michaela Kennedy.
Co-founders: Jennifer and Peter Jones
2101 S. Kanner Highway, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: StarStruck Theatre is a non-profit Children’s Performing Arts Center that enhances the lives of children and their families by providing a safe and educational space for growth and performance thereby creating citizens of exemplary character in our community and beyond.
Board President: Jill G. Weiss, P.A.
1309 N. Flagler Drive, Fifth Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About Charity: Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s promise is “to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cures.” This mission is fulfilled locally by making grants to hospitals and clinics to provide breast cancer screenings, diagnostics and education to the underserved in our community.
President and CEO: Kimberly McCarten
1201 Australian Ave., Riviera Beach, FL 33404
About Charity: Since 1958, The Arc of Palm Beach County has provided quality services, education and advocacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Our programs offer a continuum of care from birth throughout a person’s life.
Head of School: Robert S. Goldberg
11000 Ellison Wilson Road, North Palm Beach, FL 33408
About Charity: At The Benjamin School, we see a multitude of talents in each child and join with parents to discover, nurture, apply and celebrate each student’s unique gifts. From Early Childhood through Upper School (grades PK3-12), we offer a wide range of possibilities for students across broad horizons. Our dedicated teachers encourage students to explore an array of experiences, from academics to the visual and performing arts and athletics. Students graduate prepared for a bountiful range of opportunities, including admission to many of our nation’s finest colleges and universities.
Executive Director: Tammy Calabria
1707 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
About Charity: To offer children and families a safe place to explore and learn through hands-on activities, educational programs and cultural experiences. The Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing a safe, state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious environment where curiosity and self-confidence are fostered in children, adolescents and adults.
Board Member and Chair of Benefit: Susan Hemmes
P.O. Box 214 13640 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33475
About Charity: The Hobe Sound Nature Center was created with a mission to educate people of all ages about Florida’s fragile environment. The center enjoys a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which allows it to conduct education and awareness programs on site. Educational programs include turtle walks, field trips, school programs, lectures, live animal exhibits, summer camps and more. Teenage and older volunteers welcome.
Chairwoman: Arlette Gordon
435 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33405
About Charity: The Leeds Endowment, Inc. is committed to helping disabled individuals with the resources they need to live healthy, productive and independent lives. Our fundraising efforts help to raise awareness and makes it possible to donate the resources needed to help disabled individuals in the Palm Beach County area.
Chairman Board of Trustees: Sam Forrest
3230 Commerce Place, Ste. B, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
About Charity: Our organization’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
President: Mary Grace Richardson
P.O. Box 4544, Tequesta, FL 33469
About Charity: The Loxahatchee Guild is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and promote the local history in northern Palm Beach County. Since 1981 the Guild has raised funds for the construction, maintenance, acquisition and restoration of historical structures, as well as educational programs. The Guild’s projects have included Jupiter’s 1915 FEC train station, Palm Beach County’s1896 Dubois House, the 1892 Tindall Pioneer House and the 1860 Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. More than $1 million has been raised by The Loxahatchee Guild in the past 35 years. All work done is on a volunteer basis.
Board President: Patty Downing
59 SW Flagler Ave., Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: The Lyric Theatre has been a community-owned, gem in downtown Stuart since 1926. Friends of The Lyric, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit theatre, presents world-class performers, national touring productions and a variety of performances and music genres that engage diverse audiences. As a catalyst for economic growth on the Treasure Coast, The Lyric is dedicated to strengthening our commitment to empower, educate and inspire our youth and to provide the community opportunities to experience professional performances while preserving our historic landmark.
Head Of School: Binney Caffrey
12350 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL 33455
About Charity: The Pine School has served as Martin County’s only independent Kindergarten through Grade 12 college-prep day school. The school’s relationship-based education consistently returns SAT & ACT scores higher than national and state averages with students earning acceptances to some of the nation’s finest colleges and universities. In addition to challenging academics, competitive athletics and inspiring arts are offered. Over half of the faculty have participated in Project Zero workshops at the Harvard School of Education. Our faculty are highly experienced and encourage creative problem solving, public speaking and cooperative development. All of this is provided on a beautiful 142-acre campus.
President and CEO: Judith Cruz
401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, FL 3034
About Charity: To alleviate hunger by obtaining and distributing food and other essentials in Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties
Vice President of Philanthropy: Kenneth “Murray” Fournie
1201 SE Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997
About Charity: Treasure Coast Hospice Foundation is a non-profit, community-based organization that raises funds to support hospice and grief support programs for patients and families in Martin and St. Lucie counties. Since 1982, Treasure Coast Hospice has guided patients and their loved ones through their most difficult stages of life, providing extraordinary end-of-life care to our community.
Chief Executive Officer: Jeff Shearer
3577 SW Corporate Parkway, Palm City, FL 34990
About Charity: Tykes & Teens is dedicated to strengthening Treasure Coast families and preventing suicide, substance use and other dangerous behaviors by ensuring that all children have access to high-quality mental health services, regardless of financial status. Our programming spans four counties and includes General Mental Health Counseling, The Family Abuse Treatment Program, The Alternative to Out of School Suspension, Youth Enrichment Services, Prevention Services, Infant Mental Health, Healthy Families Indian River County and Trauma- Informed Care. We also provide outreach and education, mental health advocacy and on-site counseling in Martin County and Okeechobee schools. Volunteers are utilized in November for our annual Festival of Trees & Lights.
Executive Director: Alan Jenkinson
1955 NE Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, FL 34957
About Charity: The U.S. Sailing Center – Martin County (USSCMC) is committed to broadening the base of the sport of sailing through dedicated, affordable community sailing programs for youth and adults, and providing support for the development of future champions and Olympic racers. If you’d like to make new friends and support our sailing community, please join us. We are looking for sailors, boaters, race committee, organizers, workers, handymen, promoters, teachers, specially trained, uniquely skilled, technology specialists and anyone who wants to help. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
President and CEO: Carol G. Houwaart-Diez
10 SE Central Parkway, Ste. 101, Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: United Way of Martin County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. In order to strengthen the health, education and financial stability of every person in Martin County, United Way is hosting the second annual Tikis on the Terrace. Get ready to party Polynesian-style to raise critical funds for Martin County’s hunger initiatives. The event promises a full evening of sights, sounds and entertainment in the style of retro-tiki revival. Visit our website to learn more.
CEO: Jeff DeMario
2724 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach, FL 33407
About Charity: Since 2005, Vita Nova, Inc. has been the leader in helping young adults age 18 to 25 in Palm Beach County who are homeless or have aged out of foster care transition to independence. Vita Nova provides a stable, nurturing environment that includes services designed to assist youth in completing their education, gaining steady employment and finding suitable housing. Vita Nova is comprised of four main programs: Vita Nova Independent Living Services; the Spot; Vita Nova Village; and the Vita Nova Thrift Store. Vita Nova means “new life” in Latin, and was founded by Father Leo Armbrust, a man who believed that foster youth deserved a better quality of care. Through the efforts of the Vita Nova team members, its volunteers and its benefactors, older foster and homeless youth are given the opportunity to lead lives characterized by independence, self-determination and personal responsibility.
President: Howard Voss, M.D.
417 SE Balboa Ave., Stuart, FL 34994
About Charity: For more than 20 years, VIM’s mission has been to provide free, comprehensive health care to legal, adult residents of Martin County who earn less than 200 percent of the poverty level and are without access to health care. VIM Clinic provided more than $10 million worth of medical care last year. VIM’s volunteer medical professionals practice the art of medicine, not the business of health care, to give patients hope, dignity and a better chance of remaining productive members of our community.
Chairwoman: Natalie M. Alvarez
411 Clematis St., Third Floor, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About Charity: The West Palm Beach Library Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that is independent of the City of West Palm Beach, was formed to support the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. The foundation, free of any political influence, secures financial and in-kind donations to support and enhance programs, services, collections and technology that the city’s reasonable operating budget cannot encompass. Our mission is to seek, advocate for and obtain financial support, which ensures that high-quality services will always be available at the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach. Volunteer with us to give back to the Library you love.
President: Kalinthia Dillard, Esq.
1016 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
About Charity: The YWCA, dedicated to eliminating racism and empowering women, is celebrating its 101st year serving women and their families in Palm Beach County. It operates the Mary Rubloff YWCA Harmony House, a shelter for abused women and children; a 24-hour domestic violence hotline; Rapid Re-Housing for domestic violence victims and their families; two child development centers serving low-income families; Y-Girls and Y-Teens, after-school activities for girls ages 8 to 18 in the Glades; Y-SAV, an anti-violence education program; and several racial justice initiatives.
Founders: Evonn and Bruce Loren
127 Siesta Way, Palm Beach Gardens,, FL 33418
About Charity: The mission of the Zoe Loren Make a Difference Foundation is to celebrate Zoe’s life by providing children in Palm Beach County opportunities for growth and enrichment. Since 2011 we have provided more than $125,000.00 in educational scholarships and funding for programs to support low-income children. We welcome participants and volunteers to our 5K Run/Walk in November.