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2022 Share Your Story Video Challenge

The Community Foundation of North Florida believes that when we invest in our nonprofit community, that investment can reap huge dividends. The Share Your Story Video Challenge will provide grant funding to organizations serving Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) members of our community.

The Community Foundation of North Florida partnered with Prime Meridian Bank to offer ten $1,000 unrestricted operations grants to organizations who are serving LMI members of our community.

Below you can read a summary of all the 2022 grant recipients:

Bond Community Health Center: Bond works to increase access and improve health for members in the community with a team of people who are dedicated to understanding who they are, what they need, and how to get quality health care to them. The Bond Mobile Unit is always on the road offering health screenings and primary care at community events and designated locations.

Connecting Everyone with Second Chances (CESC) – The Kearney Center: The Kearney Center is a 24-hour comprehensive emergency service center that serves as a point of entry into assistance by coordinating services and responding to immediate needs of individuals and families until appropriate permanent housing can be arranged. CESC opened in April 2015 as a one-stop-shop for individuals experiencing homelessness or economic hardship in the North Florida region. The Kearney Center provides overnight shelter and daytime services that connect clients with social service providers, case management, and housing-focused programs. The most basic needs (such as a warm shower, hot meal, and clean clothes) are provided alongside information and referrals to a variety of social service agencies in our community.

Elder Care Services, Inc. (ECS): Through its nutrition programs, ECS aims to reduce food insecurity among homebound seniors in the area. In 2021, ECS served over 100,000 meals to seniors in the Big Bend. 28% of its clients last year reported no monthly income, while 49% were Extremely Low Income, and 21% were either Very Low Income or Low Income. Only 6 of ECS clients last year reported making over 80% the local Annual Median Income.

Girls on the Run of the Panhandle: Girls on the Run is an after-school program for girls to learn critical life skills and healthy living behaviors that they can use at home, school and with friends once the program concludes. The organization has a whole-person approach to elevate the social, emotional, and physical well-being of girls. To identify and reach its target population, Girls on the Run partners with schools in the community. The organization serves all girls and provides the program to Leon County’s Title I schools at no cost. With over 55% of its sites being Title I schools, Girls on the Run works to directly impact those areas to allow girls to participate in a positive youth development program.

The Junior League of Tallahassee: The Junior League of Tallahassee believes no child should go hungry during school breaks – and no family should have to choose between food and utilities, transportation, rent, or medical care. One in three children in the Big Bend doesn’t know when they will receive their next meal. Through their Mighty Meal program they provide food to families of 4 that last for 7 days.

Kids, Incorporated.: Kids Inc. of the Big bend offers Early Head Start services to families at five locations. The organization continues to demonstrate through its leadership and services that it is a provider of high-quality early childhood and family services. Kids Incorporated is the only community-based organization providing quality, comprehensive services and addressing the issues of at-risk families with children ages 0-3 and pregnant women in Leon County.

Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF): LSNF’s Elder Justice Project helps our community’s seniors achieve or remain financially stable, housed, and with access to health care by providing civil legal representation to meet their needs. LSNF also provides outreach and education to help them avoid legal issues or identify them sooner.

LeMoyne Arts Foundation: LeMoyne Arts provides art camp scholarships to young artists who may not otherwise be able to attend due to financial constraints. LeMoyne awards both full ride and partial scholarships based on need, demonstrated by either the completion of an application, or proof of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or the Free or Reduced-Price School Meals Program.

Leon County Humane Society (LCHS): Low to moderate income pet owners can receive pet food support at no charge. Those who agree to spay/neuter their pets and meet local vaccine requirements can benefit from this service on an on-going basis. LCHS partners with local organizations and businesses to extend its reach for better pet living conditions for all.

She Academy: She Academy programs are designed to help young women gain the tools and confidence they need to chase their dreams. The organization has served over 20 families and impacted over 300 residents in Leon County through its winter coat and toy give aways, our back-to-school drive, summer and Thanksgiving food donations, college prep workshops, fitness events, educational and safety seminars as well as its mental health check-ins.