Give 2 the Center of Community; Give to FORT LAUDERDALE COMMUNITY CENTER!
This is a thank-you letter to all of our family, friends, partners and supporters who stood by our work! We could not have made it without you! Truly from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
OUR 2015 ACCOMPLISHMENTS
With your help in February 2015, we pulled off one of the largest race relations conferences in South Florida with over 1,000 attendees. The theme of the Conference was “Healing the Racial Divide,” in addition we held a “Black Empowerment Summit” and it proved to be just what the people wanted.
This year we partnered with CEO, Sharon Major-Hughes of Prince2Kings with community events like, Bridging the Gap Basketball Tournament, Shop with A Cop, and Football on the Beach with Ft Lauderdale Police. Much needed events like these provides kids and police with a healthy, and positive interaction.
Unfortunately this year our Back to School Giveaway had to turn away some 200 children and families because of lack of resources. We were only able to provide #250 students and families with school appropriate supplies, uniforms, shoes, backpacks, haircuts and braiding. To receive the allotment of supplies we required mandatory participation from kids ages 12 and older on the dangers of FLAKA and HIV in our prevention sessions. Our Elementary Spelling Bee winners received gift cards with a laptop going to the final winner.
Our partnership with Infinite Scholars Scholarship Fair, helped over 2,000 students walk away with $3 Million in scholarships. Our events like our Literacy Contest and our “Make A Wish Giveaway” really helped, our kids in need throughout the 33311.
This summer we were able to begin our pilot program Inspire2Hire which provides partnerships for Black student advancement in internships, apprenticeships and jobs for college students across South Florida; like Broward –North – South & Central, Barry University, Miami – Dade College, Nova Southeastern University and Palm Beach College. This infused our second part of the program for middle to high school students through our Summer Jobs Program I2H-YSJP. Providing jobs to 25 students and 5 college students as staff. Helping over 50 college students and 30 pre-teens/teens with access to job opportunities.
Thanks to your donations, you helped us fight hunger and homelessness through our program Helping Hands which helps shelter transitional families, homeless vets, aged out of foster care youth and many more; this year 10 families were provided temporary to permanent housing, in room and board. Helping them find jobs, taking them to doctors’ appointments, and helping them connect with resources to start their own business.
ARTS & EXPRESSION
Our CEO, Hope Gary sings professionally and leads the Hope Band. Her talents bring the best in live entertainment to South Florida as one of the hottest bands in Jazz-Soul-Rock-Funk. Working private events throughout 2015 and being invited to the 2015 MLK Celebration at the Sunrise Stadium in the City of Sunrise, FL. And starting the monthly Fort Lauderdale Newsletter in March 2015, right after the conference with a growth of over #8,000 subscribers!
OUR 2016 GOALS
This year the Conference theme is “Empowerment.” Your support is requested! Starting Feb 9th, lasting to the 24th; spanning 3 weeks, devoting 1 week to each topic dealing with the political, social, and economic philosophy.
No more shortfalls! Help us and our partner Prince2Kings get the resources needed to take care of those in need. Budget $12,000.
This summer provide our students on-the-job training! This program is priority! Your Support Is requested! Providing jobs to 25 students and 5 college students as staff. Budget $60,000.
*Our “Wish List” open an IT Tech store, creating jobs for our students.
Forced to downsize we lost three rooms for the Hope House Home Shelter used for our homeless in Broward County. Help us buy foreclosed housings to keep our program alive. Budget $150,000++++.
ARTS & EXPRESSION
Working on making our monthly Fort Lauderdale Community News into a weekly online News Channel! Budget $60,000.
This year, all we need is $342,000.
Uniting South Florida through Arts, Education and Social Services.
To facilitate community needs for job training and job placement by
empowering and teaching vocational and essential social skills that
will allow individuals to set attainable goals for a successful life
and enhance their community.
5 people donated a total of $450.00