2021 Guide to Better Giving

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2021 Guide to Better Giving

Indian River Community Foundation / Vero Beach Magazine

• CAPITAL CAMPAIGNS BUILD HOPE FOR A BETTER FUTURE •

• WHAT SPARKS YOUR GENEROSITY? • THRIFT & GIFT SHOPS •

INFORMATION ON OVER 100 LOCAL CHARITIES SERVING INDIAN RIVER COUNTY • LEGACY GIFTS LIVE ON

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY • HOW YOUR HELP HAS ALREADY CHANGED LIVES

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Be Part of Something Better INDIAN RIVER COMMUNIT Y FOUNDATION is proud to continue a partnership with Vero Beach Magazine to publish the 2021 “Guide to Better Giving.” Since publication of last year’s edition, our community has overcome several significant challenges, beginning with a busy hurricane season in 2019 and continuing with the ongoing effects of a global pandemic that will likely last until 2021. Much of the good work done to respond to these challenges has come from the nonprofit charitable organizations listed in the following pages. In normal years, Indian River County’s charities do the work that makes our community a good place to live, work and visit. Over the past year, however, this sector of the local economy has gone above and beyond. Each organization’s unique mission is an integral part of what makes living in Indian River County better. I encourage you to be part of something better by giving some thought to how you might practice better giving in the year to come. Better giving happens

when you use this guide and other resources, such as Indian River Community Foundation’s online Nonprofit Search, to make more informed decisions about the charities you support. Learn about the volunteer leaders who make up the governing board of your favorite charities. Meet with management to understand what is being done to achieve results. Read financial information to know exactly what your donation is paying for. Better giving happens when you align your donations with the findings of a recently completed Community Needs Assessment. Progress is being made, but more work needs to be done. In our community, there are individual charities and collaborations working to improve the lives of children, generate economic opportunities for vulnerable individuals, provide health care or affordable housing to families, or care for seniors. Some operate proven programs that merit long-term support, and others need venture philanthropy to generate ideas that lead

to innovations that receive national recognition. Better giving happens when you are thoughtful about creating and leaving a charitable legacy for a cause you love. This year, our community lost several noted philanthropists, including the namesake of the Community Foundation’s legacy society, Alma Lee Loy. Talk to your trusted advisor or use the resources available at ircflegacy.org to make a planned gift from your estate. There are many good places to live, but you have chosen this special community. Give generously and be part of something better.

JEFFREY R. PICKERING

President and CEO Indian River Community Foundation

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A Generous Community Transforms Lives by Ann Taylor

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L AST YEAR AT THIS time there was no COVID-19, no need for a lockdown, masks or social distancing. When the global pandemic hit early this spring, it hit hard, affecting everyone and everything, including charitable organizations. Having to cancel their annual fundraising events left many without the financial resources needed to provide programs and services as the light begins to appear at the end of a very dark sixmonth tunnel. If a local charity you have supported in the past needs financial support during this unprecedented time, consider increasing the amount you plan to give this year. If you’re looking for information regarding area nonprofits, their missions, needs and ways you can help, turn to the following pages, where you will find listings and contact information. On these pages you will also read success stories about the impact generosity has made on our community. You will visit the new United Against Poverty (UP) Center, a onestop resource center where clients have direct access to fresh, nutritious food;

employment support; crisis care; medical and mental health services; housing support; and transportation solutions. Next, take a tour of the Gifford Youth Achievement Center’s new 14,000-squarefoot Cis and Bill Glavin Educational Center, made possible by a capital campaign that garnered generous community support. Gone are wait lists due to lack of space. Here, students attending GYAC academic programs gather in multipurpose classrooms after school to learn that they are capable of success. And just for downright fun, visit McKee Botanical Garden’s recently completed Children’s Garden, a magical fairy forest where imagination and adventure go hand in hand. Skip along a trail lined by giant blue mushrooms, be charmed watching a play in the Nautilus Shell Amphitheatre and explore the Scorpion Shipwreck. You will also meet two couples whose giving stems from personal experience and relationships. Dick and Sally Brickman’s lifelong love of nature and commitment to protecting the environment

led them to the Indian River Land Trust, where their quiet acts of generosity have helped preserve acres of riverfront property. Ever since Adam and Sarah Logemann were introduced to Camp Haven and met the homeless men there, they have supported the nonprofit organization that works to rebuild lives. As Adam says, “Better one person’s life or a group of people, and you’re going to feel better yourself.” Those are not just empty words, but ones that come straight from the heart. There has never been a better time to support the work our local charities do. Be your best generous self. It matters now more than ever.

ANN TAYLOR

Senior Writer Vero Beach Magazine

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Contents 8 Capital Campaigns Build for the Future by Ann Taylor

18 Paying It Forward With Charitable Legacies

by Ann Taylor

24 What Sparks Your Generosity?

by Ann Taylor

28 Thrift and Gift

30 The List

Local Nonprofit Organizations

32 Animal Welfare

36 Arts & Culture

42 Children & Youth

50 Community Service

56 Education

62 Environment & Conservation

66 Food & Nutrition

68 Health & Wellness

76 History

78 Home & Family 82 Human Services 86 Senior Services

88 Sports & Recreation

90 A–Z Quick Reference

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C O N T E N T S

2021 Guide To Better Giving

INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Jeffrey R. Pickering President & CEO jeff.pickering@ircommunityfoundation.org Chiaka Nwosu Foundation Assistant Yamilet Cendejas Foundation Coordinator Jaci Ruppert Accountant

Robin Hesse Senior Account Executive Teri Amey-Arnold Senior Account Executive Cathy Hart Executive Office Manager Ann Taylor Senior Writer Heather O’Shea Editor in Chief

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Elizabeth Moulton Founder & CEO ceo@verobeachmagazine.com

Teresa Lee Rushworth Senior Editor Megan Hyde Community Engagement Editor Betsy Whisman Proofreader Heather Botto Creative Director

Tiffany Faria Graphic Designer Martina Tannery Feature Photographer Nonprofit Organizations: For inclusion in next year’s issue, please complete your profile at www.guidestar.org and contact the community engagement editor at mynews@verobeachmagazine.com.

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WHAT DO THE BOYS & Girls Clubs, Camp Haven, the Gifford Youth Achievement Center, the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation, Vero Beach Rowing, United Against Poverty and McKee Botanical Garden have in common? They all held capital campaigns that raised the funds needed to expand facilities, provide additional programming and enhance support services. One even created an enchanted garden that is home to fairies, pirates and a monkey bridge that only the bravest little ones dare cross. By definition, a capital campaign is a targeted fundraising effort that takes place during a defined period of time. In order to be successful, a campaign needs a plan, strong leadership, effective communications and donors who support the

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cause. The seven local nonprofits had it all; here are some of their stories. A good place to start is with a visit to United Against Poverty (UP). In January, the nonprofit that serves families who live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level opened the doors to its sparkling new 46,000square-foot UP Center on 27th Street in Vero Beach. What had been a vacant citrus packinghouse has been transformed into a community hub where multiple social service partners, including the Department of Children and Families Access Florida and St. Helen Outreach, have satellite locations. Treasure Coast Community Health even operates a clinic on-site, offering basic medical care, including mental health counseling services. The center is also home to UP’s Member Share Grocery Program, educational and training programs, crisis stabilization services and a small business development program. But that’s not all. There’s a pervasive sense of optimism and hope, as everywhere you look you see colorful art and encouraging words.

Since the nonprofit was founded 17 years ago, its purpose has been to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency. The goal of serving over 1,000 families a day has not been fully realized since mid-March, when COVID-19 protocols were put in place; however, the 650 families that have benefited daily from the center’s umbrella of services couldn’t be more grateful. UP Development Director Franklin “Trip” Snelson, who oversaw fundraising efforts, is quick to credit the many volunteers who served on committees and reached out to friends and colleagues in the community to garner support. The campaign raised a total of $5.9 million: $2 million for the purchase of the warehouse and the remainder for the transformation of the interior. “Campaign volunteers dedicated their time, talent and treasures,” says Snelson. “It was through their relationships that we assembled the funding that helped make the new UP Center a reality and broaden

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A successful capital campaign allowed United Against Poverty to open a new multipurpose center in Vero Beach. The 46,000-square-foot facility, a former citrus packinghouse, offers a multitude of valuable services to the community.

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our base of financial support in the community.” Executive Director Annabel Robertson agrees enthusiastically. “I’m so proud of our volunteers and supporters. They shared our vision to create a community center where services and partners come together under one roof. By combining our resources and strengths, we are better able to provide a continuum of services beyond the scope of each single agency. “With the opening of our new center, we have made a commitment to help more of those members of our community that need a hand up in a big way. I’m amazed at what was accomplished, and I’m so grateful to the people of Indian River County for making it possible.” The people of Indian River County

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Carrie Williams, Freddie Woolfork, Ronald Hudson, Joan Woodhouse, Bill Glavin and Angelia Perry gather at the new building named in honor of Glavin and his late wife.

also helped build the Gifford Youth Achievement Center’s new 14,000square-foot Educational Center. Named for GYAC Foundation board of trustees Vice Chair Bill Glavin and his late wife, Cis, the addition designed by Edlund Dritenbas Binkley Architects and Associates and built by Proctor Construction has eight multipurpose learning rooms, including a specially equipped computer lab and a room geared toward teenagers — all very much needed. As Executive Director Angelia Perry explains, “Over the past several years, more and more families had come asking for our help and we didn’t have the room, so we ended up with a long waiting list. Despite adding a number of modular classrooms to the campus, we were forced to turn away more than 60 children each year. That’s when the board decided we needed to launch a capital campaign with the goal of raising $7.4 million; $3 million was for construction, $4 million for GYAC’s endowment fund and the remainder for increased operating expenses. “Prior to embarking on the campaign, we consulted with the Carter group to see if having one was even possible. After looking at everything we showed them, they came back saying it was definitely something we could achieve. Lenora Ritchie and Steve Higgins were the ones at Carter we worked with, and we couldn’t have done it without them,” says Perry. “Our board members were very motivated and involved in the campaign, reaching out to their friends, bringing them here for tours and explaining why GYAC even exists.” Since the nonprofit opened 22 years ago, its sole purpose has been to enhance the academic achievement

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of Indian River County children by providing the necessary support to ensure that they graduate from high school and have the opportunity and ability to attend college or a vocational program. To turn away even one child because there wasn’t enough classroom space had become unacceptable. That message was shared throughout the community and hit home. “The campaign was an absolute success, first and foremost for the children who attend our educational

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The pirate ship Scorpion in the Children’s Garden at McKee Botanical Garden became a reality through a donation from Bob and Connie Wood of The Moorings.

after-school program and summer camps. The new facility makes it possible to accommodate those 60-some students who were wait-listed plus an additional 75 students.” Perry smiles every time she talks about the impact the new facility has had on eager-to-learn students. “GYAC’s academic programs are a game changer for many. We instill in our students that they are capable of success — no exceptions!” Now it’s time to talk about fairies, pirates and the monkey bridge. McKee Botanical Garden, a tropical treasure in our backyard, opened its long-anticipated Children’s Garden early this year. “Imaginative,” “whimsical” and “delightful” barely tip the iceberg of adjectives used to describe what has become a magnet for children of all ages. It’s been said there’s a child in all of us, and the Children’s Garden proves the adage to be true. Many a father has been seen sitting on a giant blue mushroom reading to a pigtailed toddler on his lap, while her mother and an older sibling skip off to explore the pirate ship. Exploring is the operative word in a garden where children discover the powerful bond they have with nature through interaction and education. Besides, the Children’s Garden, with its Water Lily Fountain, Music Maze and Nautilus Shell Amphitheater, is just plain fun. And it’s all thanks to funds raised during a $7.5 million capital campaign, with $5 million needed to design and develop the Children’s Garden and $2.5 million earmarked for McKee’s endowment fund. “It was so amazing to see the garden take shape,” says Executive Director Christine Hobart. “This

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Jean and Jim Ueltschi visit the Children’s Garden’s Fairy Hollow, made possible by their generosity.

what you see here. Our thinking about creating an area for children evolved as we saw how technology had become more inherent in their lives. We knew how important it is for children to spend time outside, and we were fortunate to have found the right designer in Emmanuel Didier, who designed the Childhood’s Gate Children’s Garden at the Arboretum at Penn State.” Didier drew on his own experiences while growing up, as well as his children’s ideas of what makes a kids’ area fun. For McKee’s Children’s Garden, he created a fairy forest where little ones can experience magical moments they will long remember. As a smiling Hobart says, “There’s nothing like McKee, and when you add a children’s garden on top of that, it makes everything so much better!” ◆

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Paying It Forward With Charitable Legacies by Ann Taylor

WHEN SUSAN CHENAULT HEARS THE name Alma Lee Loy, she thinks back to the times she and the woman affectionately called the “First Lady of Vero Beach” would run into each other. No matter the reason or topic of conversation, Chenault remembers Loy’s optimism, wisdom and love for the community where she was born and raised, worked and chaired various committees and councils. “I’ve known Alma Lee since I was a kid. I used to shop in her store, and it amazed me how later on she always remembered my name. She remembered everyone’s name and I could never figure out how she did that,” says Chenault, who is the senior vice president and trust advisor at Northern Trust Corporation.

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Shown here in our November 2003 issue, Alma Lee Loy embodied the spirit of philanthropy.

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Susan Chenault, senior vice president and trust advisor at Northern Trust Corporation

“Establishing a charitable legacy is the most tax-efficient manner (of giving back).”

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“Alma Lee had her charitable trust here with Northern Trust, and at her death the Indian River Community Foundation became the beneficiary of her generosity. She wanted to make sure her giving kept on going, and she had worked with Jeff (Pickering, IRCF president and CEO) who knew where her heart lay.” Others she inspired knew as well. Several years ago, the Community Foundation established the Alma Lee Loy Legacy Society to honor donors who entrust a portion of their philanthropic legacy plans to be administered by IRCF. Since then, the number of donors has increased significantly. “Philanthropy is huge here in Vero Beach. We have so many clients like Alma Lee who are such good people and have a heart for giving,” says Chenault, who credits her father, Ted, with teaching her the importance of giving back. “He always told my sister and me that the world is a wonderful place, and it’s made better when you get to participate in it and help other people.” Chenault has taken her father’s advice to heart. She has twice co-chaired the United Way of Indian River County’s annual campaign and continues to contribute her expertise and energies to various nonprofit organizations that address a multitude of community needs. She currently chairs the board of directors of the Scholarship Foundation of Indian River County. When Chenault meets with philanthropically minded individuals, she emphasizes the importance of supporting agencies during one’s lifetime and beyond, also citing certain tax advantages. “When I talk to people about creating a charitable legacy, my first question is usually, ‘Is Uncle Sam your favorite charity? ’ I find that’s sort of a good way to start a conversation,” she says. “We have clients who know which charities they want to support. For those who don’t, I ask, ‘What’s your area of interest? Is it education, hunger, seniors? ’ There’s no shortage of great places to donate, and the United Way, with its many partner agencies, is a good place to start.” So how does one go about creating a charitable legacy that will continue to benefit future generations? That’s where the Community Foundation can help by providing the names of professional advisors like Chenault who can facilitate the process. Will Schlitt, CPA and managing partner at Offutt Barton Schlitt LLC, is one. He knows what it means to “pay it forward.” He’s been doing it since he was a young boy, growing up in a family well known for passing the blessings

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they have received on to others. Helping those in need is part of the Schlitt DNA. “If an individual is charitably inclined and wants to give something back, there are many different ways to do that. Establishing a charitable legacy is the most tax-efficient manner,” says Schlitt, who as a teenager worked for his father, Richard, painting houses during the summer. He was 16 when the bookkeeper for his father’s company passed away. Without hesitating, he raised his hand and said he wanted the job. “Working inside in air conditioning was a lot better than painting outside in all the heat,” says Schlitt, who found he not only liked working with numbers and balance sheets, he was good at it. By the time he walked onto the University of Florida campus, Schlitt knew he wanted to be a certified public accountant. Four years later he earned a B.A. in accounting; three years after that he had a master’s degree in taxation. Since returning to his hometown and establishing his practice, Schlitt has been involved with a number of local nonprofit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, United Way and the Indian River Community Foundation, where he is a member of the board of directors. Schlitt feels fortunate to be in a position where he can advise clients who wish to make a positive and lasting

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“People who make their charitable legacy a focus of their planning inspire others.”

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difference in the lives of others. “A lot of time people have great intentions, but they really don’t know how to implement them. Being able to help them achieve their objectives is one of the most enjoyable parts of my job.” William Stewart represents nonprofit organizations at Rossway Swan and advises clients in the firm’s charitable giving practice. His long involvement with local nonprofits has included the VNA, Harbor Branch, the Environmental Learning Center and others. One of the benefits of giving locally, he explains, is that it’s possible to see exactly what your money is doing in the community. “You can also get involved,” he adds. “You can put on a pair of shorts and go help.” He explains that there are as many ways to create a charitable legacy as there are reasons for doing it. “It all boils down, though, to being motivated to help other people,” he says. He stresses that smaller gifts are as important as larger ones. “You don’t have to give a lot to make a dent in a problem and feel satisfaction.” Stewart finds the work highly rewarding. He describes how he has seen family foundations provide wonderful moments that bring grandparents, parents and grandchildren together to make plans for the coming year. “It’s a nice way to get three generations together in a room, talking about how they can make things better.” Anthony Guettler, an attorney with Gould Cooksey Fennell, feels the same way. Well versed in the legal aspects involved with establishing a charitable legacy, when he meets with a new client Guettler typically begins the conversation by asking a few get-to-know-you questions. Then he listens. “Understanding a client’s goals and motivations is so important. I ask clients to tell me, in their own words, what they want done and why. I also ask them to identify others they feel should be involved in their planning; a team approach can be very beneficial,” says Guettler. “I encourage clients to come up with a plan, to be thoughtful and do their homework, while being open to new ideas and different perspectives. As tax lawyers, we’re trained to help clients save taxes and meet their goals.” When Guettler is asked to give an example of how a charitable legacy can benefit others, he tells the story of a client who had a strong desire to protect Florida’s ecology and wildlife and educate children in a unique outdoor classroom setting. Since the client passed away a few years ago, more than 10,000 acres of “Old Florida” have been preserved, and the organization that was the beneficiary of the client’s

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generosity has educated thousands of school-aged children through field trips, summer camps and other naturerelated events and activities. That type of generosity resonates with Guettler, who has a deep appreciation for the environment and the role models who helped shape his future. “When I was growing up I was just a kid doing kid things. My family went to church and I always had people around me who set good examples. I hope I can do the same for my children.” Even at a young age, Guettler knew he wanted to do something that related to finance, so when he went to the University of Florida he enrolled in economics and business courses. He also signed up for a law class, and what he learned piqued his interest, prompting him to earn degrees in finance, law and taxation. That was 15 years ago, and since then Guettler, who serves on the United Way’s board of directors, has worked with and advised numerous individuals and family members on how to establish a charitable legacy. “People who make their charitable legacy a focus of their planning inspire others,” says Guettler. “Being part of a plan to establish a charitable legacy for a client is extremely rewarding, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help people make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others.” ◆

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The Lagoon Greenway is one of the properties owned by the Indian River Land Trust. Dick and Sally Brickman are strong proponents of IRLT’s mission of “protecting the land that protects the lagoon.”

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AT L AST COUNT, THERE ARE more than 600 charitable organizations in Indian River County. While their missions may vary, they all strive to fill a humanitarian or environmental need. Most importantly, they all depend on financial support and helping hands to accomplish their goals. Fortunately, our community is blessed with a large number of caring individuals whose generous nature often stems from a family tradition coupled with the desire to support a cause they care deeply about. They are an inspiration to those around them, encouraging others to give however and whatever they can. When you ask Dick Brickman why he is so passionate about supporting the Indian River Land Trust and

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“The most generous persons are those who give silently without hope of praise or reward.” – CAROL RYRIE BRINK

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Ken Grudens, executive director of the Indian River Land Trust

as the Hoffman property for years, in order to keep it from being developed. “Besides that, the Trust is also working on the 220-acre Coastal Oaks Preserve, where we’re partnering with various nonprofits to create a place for research and education. We’ve also got a project called the Oyster Bar Trail, which is being constructed right now in partnership with the county. It’s scheduled for completion next year,” Brickman adds. “The Land Trust has a lot going on.” Land Trust Executive Director Ken Grudens couldn’t agree more and credits the couple’s commitment and

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its efforts to preserve the county’s natural resources and special places, his response hearkens back to his formative years as a graduate landscape architect working with his father as they grew and expanded the family landscaping business. It is a passion Brickman shares with his wife, Sally. Over the years, their deep appreciation for nurturing and preserving the land has led to an active commitment to environmental stewardship. It was a friend who introduced the Brickmans to McKee Botanical Garden (then known as McKee Jungle Gardens) and the Indian River Land Trust, a nonprofit organization that had been formed in 1990 to save the treasured historical site from being developed. Thanks to an outpouring of community support, early restoration work had just begun. “The energy and spirit that was being built for the Land Trust was magnetic, and over the years has led to the purchase and preservation of over 1,200 acres of environmentally sensitive land, water resources and coastline areas, providing access for public recreation and educational opportunities,” Brickman points out. The latest and perhaps most significant was the Land Trust’s purchase of 65 coastline acres north of the Merrill P. Barber Bridge last December. A third of the land is estuarine wetland, with mangroves and a saltwater pond — a natural wildlife habitat. “That was a real miracle,” Brickman exclaims. “The Trust had been trying to buy what had been known

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Linda and Gordon Stewart are committed to Camp Haven’s mission of helping homeless men rebuild their lives.

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”

they supported, so I said sure,” says Adam Logemann, whose introduction to the transitional home for homeless men in Indian River County was an eye-opener. “I knew homelessness was a problem, but I had no idea how much. I learned that Camp Haven is doing something about it by providing temporary housing as well as psychological and personal counseling to help homeless men rebuild their lives. The success rate is high. “The most touching thing for me was when we took a tour,” Logemann continues. “Several of the men were outside and we talked with them. They told us about employment opportunities and reconnecting with their families. They took us into their rooms, where everything was clean and neat. They were so proud of what they had. I can relate to the men who live there. They took one wrong turn that derailed them. It can happen to anybody.” The Logemanns also learned that

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leadership for making good things happen. “The Brickmans have been the backbone of this organization for years. Dick’s expertise and wisdom along with Sally’s strong support have been invaluable.” Hearing that, Brickman is quick to credit others. “There’s a group of people that has a real passion about preservation, and Sally and I are thrilled to be involved with what’s happening at the Land Trust. We believe the Lord gave us these resources, and we try to use them in the best way we can. “It’s not about us. It’s about the land,” he adds. When Adam and Sarah Logemann arrived in Vero Beach, they had no idea where Camp Haven was, let alone what went on there. They were about to find out. “Sarah’s parents, Gordon and Linda Stewart, have lived in Vero Beach for years. One day her father, whom I’m close to, asked me to take a drive with him over to Camp Haven, a nonprofit

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“When you drop a pebble into a pond, it has a rippling effect. One person can make a difference. By telling another, then another — but better yet, by showing them.” – ANONYMOUS

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Sarah and Adam Logemann follow her parents’ lead in supporting Camp Haven.

more than ever we’re looking to pass those blessings along. It’s a family tradition. Sarah grew up in a family of generous givers who believe after you have enough, give it to someone who needs it. “I tell people to take the time to go and investigate any nonprofit you may want to get involved with. Better one person’s life or a group of people and you’re going to feel better yourself — that’s what Camp Haven does for us. Every time we leave there we feel better knowing we had a hand in making it a better place.” ◆

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Camp Haven receives no federal assistance, instead depending solely on private funding. That’s why Executive Director Chuck Bradley counts on people like the Logemanns and the Stewarts. “They’re very generous people. Through giving of their treasure, time and talent, they’ve enabled us to continue providing program needs for men, teaching them personal financial information, establishing a savings account and taking responsibility for debt, which includes paying child support,” says Bradley. “The Stewarts and Logemanns were instrumental in getting funding for our new building, which is where we will have our meetings, program-related activities, computer labs and dining. “We also received a $100,000 grant from Impact 100 and $50,000 each from the Community Foundation and John’s Island Foundation. The new building is going to make a big difference.” The Logemanns, who met while attending Syracuse University, are happy they’ve been able to play a part in making that difference happen. As Adam tells it, it took an act of nature to bring them together. “There was a tornado that ripped through Syracuse and forced all of the students down into the shelter, where I looked over and standing next to me was this cute little redhead,” he says in a happy voice. “We’ve been married for 17 years and blessed with the ability to have a home and three children. Now

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Local Thrift Stores and Nonprofit Gift Shops Offer Something for Everyone

You never know what fun and functional treasures you’ll discover when you browse the nonprofit shops of Indian River County, but you’re sure to find an exciting variety of items, from household necessities to clothing to exotic decor pieces. And with every purchase comes the joy of knowing that you are supporting a nonprofit organization in its mission.

Thrift Stores

FOR THE LOVE OF PAWS THRIFT STORE

HUMANE SOCIETY THRIFT SHOP

THE SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE

For the Love of Paws 931 12th St. 772-539-2417 pawspetsanctuary.org

Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County 4445 20th St. 772-567-2044

The Salvation Army 1551 U.S. Hwy. 1 772-563-0560 salvationarmyflorida.org

GOODWILL STORE & DONATION CENTER

441 Sebastian Blvd., Sebastian 772-589-0323 hsvb.org

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL THRIFT SHOP

Gulfstream Goodwill Industries 1066 U.S. Hwy. 1 772-770-3330 3535 Oslo Road 772-564-8668 13415 U.S. Hwy. 1, Sebastian 772-228-9222 gulfstreamgoodwill.org HOSPITAL AUXILIARY THRIFT SHOP

H.A.L.O.’S RESCUED TREASURES THRIFTIQUE

H.A.L.O. (Helping Animals Live and Overcome) 911 U.S. Hwy. 1, Sebastian 772-571-6725 halorescuefl.org

Indian River Habitat for Humanity 4580 U.S. Hwy. 1 772-257-0222 irchabitat.org JICSL TAMBOURINE SHOP

John’s Island Community Service League 1619 10th Ave. 772-562-0017 jiserviceleague.com KIDZ CLOSET

Kidz Closet Charities 812 21st St. 772-794-1543 kidzclosetvero.com THE REFUGE RESALE SHOP

Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach 1609 10th Ave. 772-770-4424 womensrefugevb.org

TO EVERY NATION THRIFT STORE FOR MISSIONS

To Every Nation 3300 43rd Ave. 772-584-3461 USED BOOK DEPOT

Friends of the Indian River County Library 492 Old Dixie Hwy. 772-562-2047 irclibrary.org/friends.php VNA HIDDEN TREASURES

Visiting Nurse Association 656 21st St. 772-563-0010 11646 U.S. Hwy. 1, Sebastian 772-581-5828 vnatc.com

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Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital 1855 14th Ave. 772-567-4442

INDIAN RIVER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RESTORE

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 1745 14th Ave. 772-567-6774 svdpusa.org

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THE MUSEUM STORE

Vero Beach Museum of Art 3001 Riverside Park Drive 772-231-0707, ext. 129 vbmuseum.org THE NATURE NOOK

INDIAN RIVER CITRUS MUSEUM

The Heritage Center 2140 14th Ave. 772-770-2263 veroheritage.org LIBRARY FRIENDS GIFT SHOP

MCKEE BOTANICAL GARDEN GIFT SHOP

McKee Botanical Garden 350 U.S. Hwy. 1 772-794-0601, ext. 4 mckeegarden.org

NAVY SEAL MUSEUM GIFT SHOP

National Navy UDT-Seal Museum 3300 N. Hwy. A1A, Fort Pierce 772-595-5845 navysealmuseum.org PINK CORNER GIFT SHOP

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital 1000 36th St. 772-567-4311, ext. 1131 indianrivermedicalcenter.com

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Indian River County Main Library 1600 21st St. 772-770-9184 irclibrary.org/friends.php

Environmental Learning Center 255 Live Oak Drive 772-589-5050 discoverelc.org

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Local Nonprofit Organizations

32 Animal Welfare

36 Arts & Culture

42 Children & Youth

50 Community Service

56 Education

62 Environment & Conservation

66 Food & Nutrition

68 Health & Wellness

76 History

78 Home & Family

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90 A-Z Quick Reference

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The Hope for Families Center

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Animal Welfare BLUEJAY ANIMAL SANCTUARY

321-243-9618 MISSION: To aid in rescuing, re-homing due to bad situations, and helping farm animals that no longer have a home in order to give the animals a cruelty free environment to live out their lives Founded: 2019 EQUINE WELFARE NETWORK

772-559-4094 equinewelfarenetwork.org MISSION: To develop a network of resources to assist struggling owners and their horses, to complement the efforts of local law enforcement agencies and equine rescue organizations and to raise awareness and address challenges within equine communities VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Board members, advisory committee members and sanctuary volunteers Founded: 2019

FOR THE LOVE OF PAWS SENIOR PET SANCTUARY

772-539-2417 pawspetsanctuary.org MISSION: To provide peace of mind to senior citizens, veterans and people who need help or can no longer care for their beloved pets due to changes in living arrangements or medical issues by providing pet food and supplies, lifetime sanctuary or new “furever” homes

FRIENDS OF THE CARR REFUGE

321-872-8856 carrrefuge.org MISSION: To promote the conservation of marine turtles and natural resources of the Archie Carr Wildlife Refuge and engage in such educational, scientific partnership and civic activities as will support the mission of the refuge MAIN EVENT: Annual Spring March into Turtle Season

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Repackage pet food, deliver to homebound individuals and food pantries Founded: 2014

Attend turtle walks and turtle digs and help with other refuge projects Founded: 2012

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FLORIDA RESCUE RANCH

772-766-9854 floridarescueranch.org MISSION: To rescue, rehabilitate, train and find happy forever homes for animals in need and to provide a sanctuary for at-risk animals VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Help with animal care Founded: 2020

H.A.L.O.

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Indian River Animal Advocates

FISH Fish was just 12 weeks old when he was taken off the streets and brought to Dr. Dan’s Animal Hospital as part of the TNVR (Trap, Neuter, Vaccinate and Return) program, which strives to control the population of feral cats. The staff at Dr. Dan’s fell in love with Fish and hoped to find him a forever home. However, the staff discovered that Fish suffered from a severe heart murmur, so they made him an appointment with the cardiologist, who diagnosed him with a congenital heart defect. Fish would need a risky surgery to prevent heart failure.

Throughout his adventure, Fish was fostered by a family that ended up deciding to keep him. Such a circumstance is warmly referred to as a “foster failure,” but neither 1-year-old Fish nor his new family would have it any other way!

772-589-7297 halorescuefl.org MISSION: To provide a no-kill safe haven where extraordinary measures are taken to save homeless pets and protect them from abuse and neglect and to engage in the community by providing resources, education and programs to do the same MAIN EVENT: Faux Fur Ball Dec. 12, 2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Dog Pack Pal, Underdog Shy Dog, Vero Beach Adoption Center, dog walker, main shelter caretaker, H.A.L.O.’s Rescued Treasures, event liaison, Ambassador Foster, Bottle Baby Foster, Sugar Faces Foster Founded: 2006

THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF VERO BEACH AND INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-388-3331 hsvb.org MISSION: To improve our community by providing humane care and shelter for homeless animals; placing adoptable pets in permanent, loving homes; promoting spaying and neutering; encouraging responsible and humane pet ownership and respect for life through education; protecting animals from cruelty; and advocating for animal protection MAIN EVENT: Cause for Paws VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Direct animal contact or administrative work in the main shelter, retail assistance in thrift stores in Vero Beach and Sebastian Founded: 1953

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Dr. Dan’s Animal Hospital’s nonprofit, Indian River Animal Advocates, marshaled some generous patrons, its staff worked closely with a specialist, and Fish underwent his lifesaving surgery on Dec. 9, 2019.

H.A.L.O. (HELPING ANIMALS LIVE AND OVERCOME)

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INDIAN RIVER ANIMAL ADVOCATES

772-567-8468 indianriveranimaladvocates.com MISSION: To encourage spay and neuter for animals in Indian River County VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Available for high school students and needed at special events Founded: 2019

772-913-3333 indianrivercommunitycats.org MISSION: To prevent future generations of community cats through the humane practice of TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return) VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Foster care for kittens pending adoptions and other opportunities Founded: 2016

PIGS & PALS FARM RESCUE

772-633-3512 pigsandpals.org MISSION: To provide a permanent home with long-term medical care and healthy diets to all rescues, as well as to raise awareness and correct misconceptions and falsehoods promoted by unscrupulous breeders that lead to farm animal abandonment Founded: 2010 TIBETAN TERRIER HEALTH AND WELFARE FOUNDATION

954-257-2077 tibetanterriersfoundation.org MISSION: To fund canine research on medical and genetic investigations conducted by universities, veterinary schools and other institutions to ensure a healthy future for the breed Founded: 2007

“How wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to improve the world.” – ANNE FRANK

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Arts & Culture ATLANTIC CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA

772-460-0850 atlanticclassicalorchestra.com MISSION: To present musical performances at the highest possible artistic level; to broaden the outreach of the ACO as a primary cultural resource; and to encourage and cultivate the appreciation of classical symphonic music by offering enriching, educational and accessible musical experiences for Treasure Coast and Palm Beach County residents VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Call for information Founded: 1990 BALLET VERO BEACH

772-905-2651 balletverobeach.org MISSION: To promote the art of dance as a universal language in our community and beyond MAIN EVENT: Various events throughout the year VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Various opportunities at performances and community events Founded: 2013

772-360-8577 veroclassicalballet.org MISSION: To preserve the art form of traditional classical ballet through the education of children and adults by providing scholarships to low-income dancers to attend the classical ballet program Founded: 2014

CULTURAL COUNCIL OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

DOWNTOWN VERO BEACH MURAL PROJECT

772-770-4857 cultural-council.org MISSION: To promote the cultural arts in Indian River County through education, collaboration, marketing and advocacy as well as promoting cultural tourism MAIN EVENT: Laurel Awards celebration VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Serve on event committees and help with other projects Founded: 1995

772-501-4363 veromuralproject.org MISSION: To create beautiful, vibrant art throughout the Downtown Vero Beach area to support community economic development through public art Founded: 2018

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Ballet Vero Beach

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Success Stories PAT DRAPER

Pat Draper is a busy health care professional who manages the Heart Failure Management Clinic at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital; nevertheless, she has found time to branch out into poetry. It began in 2015 when she participated in a writing workshop offered by the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation. The following April, she attended LRJF’s annual Poetry and BBQ event, where she found motivation in the words of the featured poets. Pat joined the Porch Poets, a group that meets on the front porch of the historic Laura (Riding) Jackson home to help one another as they craft their writing. The Porch Poets quickly became in important part of Pat’s life, and encouragement from the group led her to submit a collection of her poems to an online contest. She won a publishing package from Rebel Magic Books, and her poetry book “The Tao of Hibiscus” was published in December 2019. “The Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation has been central to my writing experience by offering programs and supporting the Porch Poets,” Pat says. “I believe that LRJF is a reflection of the cultural heritage available in our community. It’s here for us all, students and adults alike.”

Vero Beach Opera

GIFFORD YOUTH ORCHESTRA

772-778-5118 gyotigers.org MISSION: To prepare at-risk children ages 3–18 for better tomorrows by giving them music education and performance training, which includes teaching them violin, viola, cello, piano and performance etiquette MAIN EVENT: Annual concert, Nov. 7, 2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Serve as teacher’s aide, student chaperone, violin tutor or receptionist; interior decorating; instrument supply monitor; join the newsletter team; transcribe emails to Spanish; make phone calls Founded: 2003

LAURA (RIDING) JACKSON FOUNDATION

772-569-6718 lauraridingjackson.org MISSION: To preserve and interpret the home of the late poet and to promote literary programs that nurture a passion for the written word MAIN EVENT: Annual Poetry BBQ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Work as docent at historic house, assist with workshops or in the office, help with fundraising Founded: 1993

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RIVERSIDE THEATRE

772-410-0481 (Development)Â riversidetheatre.com MISSION: To provide a total theater arts experience that entertains, challenges and educates both adults and children by producing quality works from Broadway, offBroadway and regional theaters VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Front of house, usher, costume shop, administrative office and other Founded: 1973 I N D I A N R I V E R C O M M U N I T Y FO U N DAT I O N / V E R O B E AC H M AG A Z I N E

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“If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.” – EDWARD HOPPER

TREASURE COAST CHORALE

VERO BEACH ART CLUB

772-231-3498 treasurecoastchorale.org MISSION: To share the love and enjoyment of choral music with the community MAIN EVENT: Various concerts

772-231-0303 verobeachartclub.org MISSION: To foster appreciation of art and artistic growth in the community at large through exhibitions in various public venues and to provide educational opportunities by providing financial support to local art programs and offering scholarships to students who wish to study art in college MAIN EVENT: Under the Oaks Fine Arts & Crafts Show VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Event volunteers, administrative support, art show management, advertising and marketing, grant writing and fundraising Founded: 1936

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All volunteer chorus seeking experienced singers, fundraisers and concert support Founded: 2001

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VERO BEACH MUSEUM OF ART

VERO BEACH OPERA

VERO BEACH THEATRE GUILD

772-231-0707 vbmuseum.org MISSION: To provide cultural leadership and enrichment for the public through a wide variety of educational, studio art and humanities programs; a diversity of quality exhibitions; and the collection, preservation, and presentation of important American and international works of art MAIN EVENT: Viva Italia! Gala, Jan. 29, 2021

772-569-6993, Box Office: 772-564-5537 verobeachopera.org MISSION: To enrich the cultural life of our community through fully staged professional opera productions, concerts and international vocal competitions of the highest quality, which promote an increased awareness and deeper appreciation of opera to expanding and diverse audiences of all ages MAIN EVENT: “La Boheme,” March 27, 2021

772-562-8300 verobeachtheatreguild.com MISSION: Live community theater MAIN EVENT: 10 productions for 90 performances each year

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Administrative and marketing helpers Founded: 1981

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Acting; set building; lighting; ushering; or assisting backstage, in the box office, or with props, costumes, sound or concessions Founded: 1958

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Various opportunities through the AMICI Society Founded: 1988

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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF ST. LUCIE, INDIAN RIVER & OKEECHOBEE COUNTIES

772-466-8535 bbbsbigs.org MISSION: To create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

One-to-one mentoring programs between a “Big” and “Little” through shared experiences in the community; school-based mentoring once a week for K–third grade; or tutoring 25 hours a week in the schools for VPK–third grade in the BBBS Reads Program Founded: 1984 BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-299-7449 bgcirc.org MISSION: To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens MAIN EVENT: Angels Dinner, March 1, 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

CHILDCARE RESOURCES OF INDIAN RIVER

DASIE BRIDGEWATER HOPE CENTER

772-567-3202 childcareresourcesir.org MISSION: To elevate and promote the highest quality early childhood development and education in Indian River County, focusing on economically challenged children and families MAIN EVENT: Starfest, ​ Feb. 1 & 2, 2021

772-589-3535 dasiehope.org MISSION: To empower students to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals in a safe and nurturing environment

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Engage with children through reading, art projects, music, serving lunch, gardening or simply taking a walk or rocking babies Founded: 1994 CROSSOVER MISSION

772-257-5400 crossovermission.com MISSION: To help the kids who need us most to become successful adults through yearround basketball training and one-to-one academic mentoring

CASTLE

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

772-465-6011 castletc.org MISSION: Preventing child abuse and neglect through education and awareness

Academic mentoring with an at-risk student for one hour per week during the school year; helping in the office; and working on the annual gala, parades and basketball tournaments Founded: 2014

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Special event, office and program volunteers Founded: 1981

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Business speakers and mentors, culinary arts teachers, and helpers at the STEM lab Founded: 2004 EPIC MISSIONS

772-618-5777 epicmissions.org MISSION: To personally volunteer alongside the needy, poor and dependent individuals within the community VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Call for details Founded: 2011 FEED THE LAMBS ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

772-501-2617 feedthelambsep.com MISSION: To serve unprivileged youth with education, recreation and mentorship VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Tutoring, summer camp and mentorship Founded: 1996

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Tutoring and homework help during homework time Founded: 2000

Boys and Girls Clubs of Indian River County

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Gifford Youth Achievement Center

ALICIA

Alicia has been a fixture at the Gifford Youth Achievement Center for about as far back as she can remember. At age 5, she began studying violin with the Gifford Youth Orchestra and eventually added the cello. Now a freshman at Indian River State College, she still plays both instruments.

FOUNDATIONS FOR LEADERSHIP

GIRLS ON THE RUN OF THE TREASURE COAST

772-202-5105 www.foundationsforleadership. org MISSION: To equip young people for success in education, career and civic life using Model UN as a cornerstone to promote experiential learning that develops a collaborative approach to solving problems Founded: 2014

772-202-3776 girlsontheruntc.org MISSION: To inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: 5K volunteers, team coaches, running buddies, fund development, coach and 5K materials preparation Founded: 2011

GIFFORD YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT CENTER

772-794-1005 gyac.net MISSION: To offer quality programs for children of all ages that will develop self-esteem, teach character and encourage each individual to reach his or her ultimate potential; to nurture partnerships with various community entities in Gifford and the surrounding municipalities of Indian River County

GUARDIANS FOR NEW FUTURES

772-807-3868 www.gfnf4kids.org MISSION: To support the unfunded needs of maltreated and underserved youth, while increasing community awareness and education to further protect children VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Call for details Founded: 1991

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Classroom volunteers, one-onone tutors, recreation volunteers and office/clerical support Founded: 1998

Throughout her teen years, Alicia remained faithful in attending GYAC’s programs, no matter how busy she was with school, work and extracurricular activities. “I was brought up here, so I feel like I’m missing out if I don’t come,” she says. “They have helped me so much over the years.”

She credits GYAC for many positive experiences in her life, including the Miss Hibiscus Pageant, the TRIO Upward Bound college prep program, the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership program, and her National Philanthropy Day designation as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy. One thing is certain: Alicia isn’t finished with GYAC. “I feel it’s my purpose to return and give back to other kids so that they can have the same opportunities I did.” Guardians for New Futures

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HIBISCUS CHILDREN’S CENTER

772-299-6011 hibiscuschildrenscenter.org MISSION: 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 MAIN EVENT: Hibiscus Winter Gala, Dec. 5, 2020

772-532-1139 hcfirc.com MISSION: To coordinate and fund programs for homeless children to enable their healthy development and long-term success while guiding their families to self-sufficiency VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: File, organize, transport furniture to families moving into permanent housing, or take pictures and videos for fundraising purposes Founded: 2015

Little Birthday Angels

COME SAIL AWAY THIS FALL!

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Group classes ♦ Private lessons ♦ Boat rentals ♦ Memberships

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Fundraising; assisting youth with homework, tutoring or mentoring (background screening required) Founded: 1985

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INDIAN RIVER YOUTH FOR CHRIST

772-226-0489 yfcirc.com MISSION: To raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement

SAMANTHA*

KINDERGARTEN READINESS COLLABORATIVE

Little Birthday Angels has celebrated hundreds of 1st through 18th birthdays for homeless children on the Treasure Coast, bringing a bit of joy during difficult times. Helping each child to feel loved and honored on his or her special day is always a meaningful experience, but some stories are particularly memorable. Recently, Little Birthday Angels learned that Samantha was turning 16. For privacy reasons, the volunteers sometimes provide gifts through liaisons and counselors. In Samantha’s case, they were touched to learn that there had been many tears of joy at the birthday party. The counselors had been very worried about Samantha, who was extremely depressed. She’d been on her own since age 11, “couch surfing” for five years. The gifts she received from Little Birthday Angels were the first birthday presents of her life.

772-617-4350 krcirc.org MISSION: Through collaboration, to convene and support our partners in developing a highquality early childhood system that is family centered VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Help at Round-Up and at monthly parent training sessions in Fellsmere and Gifford Founded: 2015

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Helping at birthday parties, administrative assistance, managing donations, giftwrapping, fundraising events and preparing birthday bags of hope Founded: 2014 MARDY FISH CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

866-633-4070 mardyfishchildrensfoundation.org MISSION: In partnership with the School District of Indian River County and multiple nonprofit organizations, to provide children opportunities to participate in fitness, nutritional and enrichment programs to prepare them to live healthy and productive lives VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Registration table, ball boys and girls, sponsorships, ticket sales, facility and court maintenance, and administrative support at our annual fundraising Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament Founded: 2006

Samantha’s 16th birthday became a turning point; she was so moved by the fact that total strangers cared enough to do something special for her that she began to feel better about herself and even applied for a paying internship for the following summer. Samantha’s story is an inspiring reminder that a small gesture can make a big difference. *Name and image changed for privacy

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Committee members, event volunteers, youth ministry leaders, mentors and prayer partners Founded: 2002

LITTLE BIRTHDAY ANGELS

772-925-9352 littlebirthdayangels.org MISSION: To celebrate the birthday of every homeless child on the Treasure Coast MAIN EVENT: The Battle of the Realtors Oct. 8, 2020

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MUSIC ANGELS EDUCATION FUND

484-885-7492 musicangelsusa.org MISSION: To support talented children with a financial need in achieving their dreams VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Music teachers, marketing help, child performers, volunteers with nonprofit experience Founded: 2016 I N D I A N R I V E R C O M M U N I T Y FO U N DAT I O N / V E R O B E AC H M AG A Z I N E

Childcare Resources of Indian River County

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Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation

LILA* The Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation fully sponsors an equine program that partners with the Homeless Children’s Foundation to recruit and register middle and high school students. When the spring 2019 group arrived, Lila stood out, and not in a good way. She was distracting everyone and refusing to listen to the instructors. Since horses respond to people based on how they treat them, it wasn’t long before the animals taught Lila that her behavior was only hurting herself. With the honesty of the horses and the guidance of the staff, Lila began to participate in a positive way.

VICTORY KIDS

772-559-8255 victory-kids.org MISSION: To help young student athletes develop a philosophy for living an honorable, highcharacter life by promoting faith in God, good citizenship, character, education, teamwork, physical health and nutrition; to foster growth in faith, education and athletics as the fundamental building blocks to personal excellence Founded: 2009

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On the last day, Lila’s mother and elder sister attended the mock horse show the students had been preparing for. They cheered her on as she earned the highest score of the day for her riding pattern. Even sweeter than the victory was Lila’s heartfelt participation.

Tutoring and mentoring children, preparing meals for family cottages and helping with events of all sizes Founded: 1998

Lila returned to the spring 2020 program as a different person. She hopped off the bus and took some firsttimers under her wing, showing them how to groom and tack the horses. Even her grades and overall school performance had improved.

772-388-2491 stepupamericaprogram.org MISSION: To overcome the problem of lack of civic awareness and history of our founding fathers and to apply these guiding principles to maintain a certain quality of life and become better citizens Founded: 2019

*Name changed for privacy

STEP UP AMERICA FOUNDATION

YOUTH GUIDANCE MENTORING ACADEMY

772-492-3933 youthguidanceprogram.org MISSION: To enrich the lives of Indian River County youth through mentoring relationships that inspire trust, self-esteem and positive futures VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Group or one-to-one mentor, activities chaperone and 12-passenger van driver for activities Founded: 1973

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Then one week she was absent. It turned out that Lila’s mother would not let her return to the horses until she improved her behavior at school. Lila never missed another session.

PLACE OF HOPE

561-775-7195 placeofhope.com MISSION: To provide stable and loving family environments for children and youth who are hurting and their families MAIN EVENT: Paradise Meets Peninsula, Nov. 13, 2020; Hope Bash Treasure Coast, March 6, 2021

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YOUTH SAILING FOUNDATION OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-492-3243 ysfirc.org MISSION: To provide Indian River County with educational, recreational and competitive sailing programs for all ages in a fun and safe environment MAIN EVENT: Rock the Boat, Spring 2021

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Indian River Youth for Christ

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211 HELPLINE OF THE PALM BEACHES & TREASURE COAST

561-383-1112 211palmbeach.org MISSION: To connect people to services 24 hours a day by understanding their individual emotional, financial and community needs and to support the health and human service system as a whole

The Moorings Habitat Partnership

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Serve as a liaison between 211 HelpLine and the community to help educate individuals on the importance 211 plays for those in need Founded: 1973 AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN, VERO BEACH

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Youth mentoring; adult English tutoring; STEM events and camps; Members Helping Members; Start Smart and Work Smart salary negotiation programs; book review breakfasts Founded: 1964

GIVE AND SURF

772-234-8277 giveandsurf.org MISSION: To provide sustainable empowerment to indigenous communities in Bocas del Toro, Panama, through education and community development Founded: 2011

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Program and reception hospitality, meditation garden maintenance, library organization and updating, event support, bookkeeping, computer and graphic expertise Founded: 2000 EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLE OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-233-0566 execroundtableirc.org MISSION: To identify solutions that will protect and enhance the lives of Indian River County children, adults, families and seniors by bringing together community leaders to address challenges Founded: 2014

GRAND HARBOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM

ghcop.org MISSION: To work with Grand Harbor and Oak Harbor residents to solicit corporate sponsorships and host events to raise funds to distribute to local charities in Indian River County’s five pockets of poverty, with a focus on the Gifford community VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Serve on the board; serve on the philanthropy committee to review grant requests and conduct site visits Founded: 2001

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verobeach-fl.aauw.net MISSION: To advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research; locally, to support scholarships, grants and programs for women and girls in Indian River County MAIN EVENT: A play in February and Senior Expo in March

CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL CARE

772-567-1233 centerforspiritualcare.org MISSION: Providing individual and small-group spiritual and holistic growth experiences leading to personal clarity, empowerment and authenticity MAIN EVENT: Call for details

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Success Stories Military Moms Prayer Group

The ladies of the Military Moms Prayer Group not only meet to share support and to pray for their sons and daughters who are deployed in the United States armed forces, they are responsible for a steady flow of care packages to the troops, especially at Christmastime. In addition to the generous community members who stock the boxes with such morale boosters as snacks, socks, hand warmers, toiletries and reading material, the Military Moms have some “secret weapons” overseas who help distribute the packages to their grateful colleagues. One such ally is 27-year-old Vero Beach High School graduate Bryce Saint-Vincent, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Based in Germany, he has also served in Afghanistan and has forwarded many of the care packages to troops serving in more remote areas. In addition to thanking the Military Moms for the hand warmers that were most welcome in the cold aircraft in winter, Saint-Vincent writes, “Even though everyone complained that I was making them fat because of the snacks you sent, they always crowded around the box as soon as I brought it in from the mailroom. So you were successful in boosting morale with all the boxes.”

Impact 100 of Indian River County

HEAD, HEART AND HANDS OF INDIAN RIVER CLUB

INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

772-770-0733 indianriverclub.com MISSION: To support the Treasure Coast community and improve the quality of life in the areas of health, education, youth activities, homelessness, environmental challenges, cultural programs and scientific research Founded: 2013

772-492-1407 ircommunityfoundation.org MISSION: To build a better community through donor-driven philanthropy Founded: 2008

IMPACT 100 OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-207-1001 impact100ir.com MISSION: To improve the lives of individuals and our community through transformational giving MAIN EVENT: Virtual Kickoff Brunch, Nov. 18, 2020 MEMBER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Serve on various

committees or participate directly in the annual grants review and selection process Founded: 2008

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY 4-H FOUNDATION MISSION: To serve 4-H by raising funds and public support for 4-H programs that support local youth VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: New members to assist on the board as well as volunteers to help with events and fundraisers Founded: 2015

JIMMY RYCE CENTER FOR VICTIMS OF PREDATORY ABDUCTION

954-790-9889 jimmyryce.org MISSION: To help prevent the sexual exploitation and predatory abduction of children, to provide resources to parents and law enforcement in case of an abduction, and to assist in bringing abducted children home safely Founded: 1996

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JOHN’S ISLAND FOUNDATION

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

For John’s Island community members: participate in the foundation’s grant review process by joining a site review team Founded: 1999

JUNIOR LEAGUE OF INDIAN RIVER

772-226-0799 jlir.org MISSION: To promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers

United Way of Indian River County

EMILY

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Community impact projects Founded: 1992

“My story is not unique,” says Emily. “Many working Americans rely on their tax refunds to save for the future or pay off debt.” As a young mother and working professional, Emily had always thought of herself as self-sufficient when it came to filing her taxes. But to her horror, her calculations for the 2019 tax year showed that she actually owed money — a situation that would cause her significant hardship. “I realized I must be doing something wrong, and I needed some advice to ensure everything was processed correctly.”

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772-234-0992 johnsislandfoundation.org MISSION: To raise funds from the John’s Island community for the purpose of making grants to fund capital requirements to agencies serving the economically disadvantaged in Indian River County, primarily in the area of supporting basic human needs such as food, shelter, assistance with disabilities/health issues, safety from abuse, and children’s education

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Enter the United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Greg, an IRS-certified VITA volunteer, walked Emily through her tax forms, claimed all the credits she was eligible for and maximized her refund. “When I learned I would receive $1,800, I was shocked,” Emily says. “Can you imagine how much money I missed out on because I was filing on my own?”

“I am so thankful to Greg and the United Way for offering such a great program to our community,” Emily says. Childcare Resources of Indian River

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772-473-0288 militarymomsprayergroup.com MISSION: To support U.S. troops through weekly prayer and outreach programs, including an annual Holidays for Heroes drive MAIN EVENT: Annual Holidays for Heroes Drive, Oct. 15–Dec. 15, 2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Send a personal package to the troops or organize a gift box outreach to the troops from your business, church, or community group; mailing kits are available yearround at Postal Connections in 12th Street Plaza and I’ll Never Tell jewelry store on Ocean Drive Founded: 2011 THE MOORINGS HABITAT PARTNERSHIP

AMANDA COX The local chapter of the American Association of University Women recently had an interesting opportunity to help disseminate a message of self-love to the middle school-aged girls of Indian River County. In 2016, Amanda Cox, an alumna of Indian River Charter High School who studied dance in college, created a stage performance called “Let Go,” geared toward encouraging self-acceptance in adolescents. In 2018, AAUW Vero Beach awarded Amanda a grant to bring the dance production to hundreds of local middle schoolers. In order to reach such a large audience, “Let Go” would be reimagined as an educational video, “Let Go 4 Schools,” instead of a live performance and presented at schools, mental health programs and other vehicles that reach young people. “By using the video format, we were able to touch so many more humans with our message,” Amanda says. “This alone has opened my eyes and my confidence to continue navigating new ways to reach more students for the sake of promoting self-love through the lens of movement.”

617-803-0576 MISSION: In partnership with Indian River Habitat, The Moorings community and The Moorings Yacht and Country Club raise funds and volunteer thousands of hours to support Habitat in providing affordable homeownership and furthering education, helping families become stronger, fully participating members of the Indian River community MAIN EVENT: The Moorings Habitat Classic Weekend, Feb. 12–15, 2021

UNITED WAY OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-567-8900 unitedwayirc.org MISSION: To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities

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Serve on The Moorings Habitat Classic Weekend Committee, help organize and run Classic Weekend events, build and paint Habitat homes, and/or serve at the Habitat ReStore Founded: 1999

Year-round opportunities through United Way partner organizations and United Way Day of Caring community-wide volunteer event Founded: 1961

QUAIL VALLEY CHARITIES

vbcba.org MISSION: To provide education and encouragement to Christian business leaders and give back to local ministries through outreach drives, monetary contributions and ministry spotlights MAIN EVENT: Celebration of Giving, Dec. 17, 2020 Founded: 2005

772-492-2069 quailvalleygolfclub.com MISSION: To support nonprofit programs in Indian River County that benefit children and education MAIN EVENT: Quail Valley Charity Events, Jan. 6-16, 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

VERO BEACH CHRISTIAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Helpers with 5K Walk/Run and Kids’ 1-mile Fun Run Founded: 2001

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VERO BEACH LIFEGUARD ASSOCIATION

908-797-8725 vbla.org MISSION: To promote lifeguarding and water safety in Vero Beach and the surrounding communities VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Staff at each card table, player registration, u-pick-it raffle table, card dealer (Poker Stroll); help install buoys (Race to the Wreck) Founded: 2011 WINDSOR CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

Fourteen-year-old Genese is one of those students. She has blossomed into a leader and broadened her horizons, learning valuable skills such as cooking, robotics, sewing and 3D printing. In the process, she discovered her passion for science and the environment. Genese used to struggle in science class, but now she finds it much easier to connect what she is learning to the real world. The program has also made a striking impact on her self-esteem. Genese plans to study microbiology in college and specialize in the study of viruses and infectious diseases. “The program helped me so much mentally and physically,” Genese reports. “It gave me a clearer direction of what path I want to take in life.”

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772-388-8377 windsorflorida.com/ the-windsor-charitable-foundation MISSION: To improve our community by making grants to fund nonprofit programs, primarily those that support basic human needs such as food, shelter, assistance with disabilities/health issues, children’s education, medical research and animal advocacy VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: At beneficiary charities Founded: 2015

Impact 100 Indian River, a women’s philanthropy organization established in 2008 to improve lives in our community, focuses on making high-impact grants to local nonprofits. In 2018, Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy’s STEAM Magnet program received such a grant. It’s a life-changing project reaching 200 students ages 5–18 each year, providing tools they need to become positive and productive citizens.

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EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF INDIAN RIVER, MARTIN AND OKEECHOBEE COUNTIES

772-567-7480 elcirmo.org MISSION: To partner with parents, providers and communities to ensure quality early learning experiences through programmatic and financial support Founded: 2001 THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-564-0034 edfoundationirc.org MISSION: To fund school programs and services that support opportunities for students to achieve academic success pre-K through 12th grades MAIN EVENT: Stand-Up for Education VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

HAITI PARTNERS

772-539-8521 haitipartners.org MISSION: Helping Haitians change Haiti through education Main Event: Educate & Celebrate VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Tell us how you would like to help! Weekly office and special event volunteers welcome Founded: 2009

INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION

772-462-4786, 1-866-792-4772 ext. 4786 irscfoundation.org MISSION: To receive, hold, invest and administer property and to make expenditures to, or for the benefit of, Indian River State College by providing scholarships, high-technology equipment, faculty chairs, support of capital projects and improvements to enhance student accessibility and improve the learning environment VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Serve as mentors for Take Stock in Children scholarship recipients and as peer leaders to share knowledge with lifelong learning peers through the Fielden Institute for Lifelong Learning Founded: 1965

“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” – PLATO

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Website design/management, event planning/support, social media/communications, marketing/graphic design, classroom volunteer, fundraising, clerical/mailings, photographer/ videographer, financial/inkind donation, publicity/public relations, computer/software skills/technology, science fair judge/volunteer Founded: 1991

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Haiti Partners, a local nonprofit organization, is working with the Children’s Academy, a school it founded near Port-au-Prince, on an initiative known as “Jaden Lakay” (“Home Gardens” in Haitian Creole) to give families the tools to fight hunger. Eleven-year-old Herdes is a student at the Children’s Academy, where he and his classmates have been learning all about gardening so that they can play an active role in feeding their families. Thanks to the generosity of Haiti Partners’ supporters, Children’s Academy families and staff are being equipped with seeds, technical assistance and 125-gallon rain catchment systems to collect rainwater. Herdes is excited to bring his newfound knowledge home, where he tends to his family’s bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, spinach, beets, breadfruit and citrus trees, potatoes and beans. Herdes’ family considers the progress made by the Jaden Lakay project to be a miracle. The community is being strengthened, the children are learning a valuable work ethic, and a new spirit of hope is blossoming.

“Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.” – MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

Through the work of Haiti Partners, Herdes and his siblings and friends will build a brighter future for their country.

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THE LEARNING ALLIANCE

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Provide one-on-one tutoring to struggling kindergarten readers and serve as a caring adult in their lives Founded: 2009

MASTER’S ACADEMY OF VERO BEACH

772-794-4655 mastersvb.org MISSION: To spiritually develop and academically challenge each student to impact the world for Christ

MISS B’S LEARNING BEES

772-713-4130 missbslearningbees.org MISSION: Assist children from deep pockets of poverty in reaching and maintaining proficiency in the areas of reading, math and science

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Many! Working directly with students (requires a background check), helping on campus with maintenance and landscaping/ yardwork, helping with fundraising events Founded: 1998

Become a Learning Buddy to build relationships with students while they learn Founded: 2014

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877-548-7323 thelearningalliance.org MISSION: To transform our community’s future and become the model for the nation by creating a culture in which 90% of our children are reading on grade level by the end of third grade; to give every child the opportunity to become a literate, compassionate, creative citizen prepared to improve our community and beyond

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LEARNING KITS

In spring 2020, The Learning Alliance’s Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative came up with a plan to make sure our community’s lowincome families had the supplies they needed to close the reading achievement gap while students were learning from home due to the COVID-19 situation. TLA delivered 55 learning kits containing books and 275 educational activities to families in Fellsmere and Gifford. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that a campaign was held to raise additional funds and provide the kits to more families. Thanks to the community’s generosity, 50 more learning kits were delivered.

A Gifford parent echoes the success report: “The activities are great! They are a really big help to keep my son working on his skills while he’s at home.”

REDLANDS CHRISTIAN MIGRANT ASSOCIATION

SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

239-658-3560 rcma.org MISSION: RCMA opens doors to opportunities through quality child care and education from crib to high school and beyond MAIN EVENT: Lipman Family Farms Golf Classic

772-569-9869 sfindianriver.org MISSION: To offer hope, encouragement and scholarship opportunities to Indian River County students with financial need who demonstrate the desire and academic ability to succeed in pursuing a post-secondary education MAIN EVENT: Dan K. Richardson & William L. Marine Scholarship Foundation Golf Classic

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Reading to children and assistance with facility maintenance Founded: 1965

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SAINT EDWARD’S SCHOOL

772-231-4136 steds.org MISSION: To provide a community and culture that promotes lifelong learning by developing critical thinking, collaboration and thorough preparation for college and the future with a focus on the whole child, led by a strong faculty who work to help all students reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond and founded upon the Episcopal tradition MAIN EVENT: The Pirate Ball, Spring 2021

Various events Founded: 1965 SEBASTIAN CHARTER JUNIOR HIGH

772-388-8838 scjh.org MISSION: To provide an educational environment where students will have learning opportunities that set high expectations for academic growth, foster individual achievement and stress character development Founded: 2000

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Various school helper opportunities available, pending background check confirmation Founded: 1965

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One Fellsmere parent says, “I am so happy with the materials and activities that came in the April kit. My two children enjoy the kits so much that they get up in the morning and tell me that they want to work on their homework!”

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation

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ST. HELEN CATHOLIC SCHOOL

772-567-5457 sthelenschoolvero.org MISSION: To provide a quality Catholic education that incorporates faith, academics, service and leadership and to encourage students to become confident and productive learners who are “making good things happen” MAIN EVENT: Annual Gala VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: I N D I A N R I V E R C O M M U N I T Y FO U N DAT I O N / V E R O B E AC H M AG A Z I N E

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River & Okeechobee Counties

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS

214-676-0011 coastal-connections.org MISSION: To protect coastal habitats by educating and connecting people with the environment Founded: 2018

GARDEN CLUB OF IRC

772-567-4602 gardenclubofirc.org MISSION: To further the education of our members and the public in gardening, horticulture, floral arrangement and landscape design; to beautify our county through various civic projects and to study and assist in the protection and conservation of native plants and natural resources VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTER

772-589-5050 discoverelc.org MISSION: To educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Assist with education programs, greet visitors, special events fundraising, photography and video creation; serve on “green team,” event committees, or as docents or boating guides Founded: 1988 FRIENDS OF ST. SEBASTIAN RIVER

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Invasive plant removal, newsletter and website production, river cleanups; develop and lead walking tours; assist with St. Sebastian River research project Founded: 1989

HARBOR BRANCH OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTE FOUNDATION

772-466-9876 hboifoundation.org MISSION: To provide funding and support for research and education of marine sciences and ocean engineering MAIN EVENT: Love Your Lagoon Gala, Feb. 5, 2021 Founded: 1977

The ELC has long offered excursions in the Indian River Lagoon, and a new addition to the lineup offers exciting possibilities. Through a generous donation by local philanthropist Ann Tharpe, the ELC has replaced several of its well-used, somewhat worse-for-wear canoes with six new ones from See Through Canoe. As the name indicates, these canoes are clear, allowing occupants to enjoy a full view of surrounding wildlife while paddling the waters of the lagoon. The donation also allowed for the purchase of eight adult and six youth personal flotation devices to be used with the canoes, as well as two Bimini tops to provide paddlers a bit of sun protection.

INDIAN RIVER LAND TRUST

772-794-0701 irlt.org MISSION: To promote the preservation, conservation and improvement of natural resources and special places in Indian River County for the benefit of the general public and future generations MAIN EVENT: Picnic to Protect the Lagoon, Nov. 5, 2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Cleaning up trails, leading walking tours (free to the public) and helping at events Founded: 1989

The ELC has already seen an increase in canoe rentals and is grateful to Ann Tharpe for helping provide residents and visitors new opportunities to grow in knowledge and appreciation of the complex and important ecosystem in our midst.

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772-202-0501 fssr.org MISSION: To help maintain and improve the health and beauty of the St. Sebastian River and its watershed MAIN EVENT: Five public lecture presentations each year

Maintenance of the Garden Center and the beautiful garden located behind the building and assist in projects to improve our community Founded: 1928

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McKee Botanical Garden

Most nonprofit “success stories” relate the achievements of those who have benefited from the organization’s services. But McKee Botanical Garden considers one of its greatest success stories to be that of someone who always seemed to be on the giving end of the equation: Alma Lee Loy. In 2004, Alma Lee served as the first president of McKee, after having been instrumental in saving the property from development. It was Alma Lee who created the annual Community Appreciation Day, offering $1 admission so everyone can enjoy the garden. One of McKee’s greatest ambassadors, she helped raise money for the new Children’s Garden, the addition of which brought her great joy. Alma Lee was a founding member of McKee’s Legacy Society, which helps ensure that the garden will continue to thrive for generations to come. On second thought, Alma Lee’s story really is one of a recipient, because her altruism was rooted in her gratitude to God and the community for all the blessings she received.

KEEP INDIAN RIVER BEAUTIFUL

772-226-7738 keepindianriverbeautiful.org MISSION: To unite our community through environmental responsibility MAIN EVENT: International Coastal Cleanup VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Beach, lagoon and neighborhood cleanups, Upcycle It! thrift store, planting projects, recycling/waste reduction initiatives Founded: 1996 MCKEE BOTANICAL GARDEN

772-794-0601 mckeegarden.org MISSION: To nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all. The new Children’s Garden at McKee is a whimsical outdoor destination that inspires imagination and curiosity through interaction, education, and exploration MAIN EVENT: Sean Kenney’s “Nature Connects” exhibit made with Lego bricks, Jan. 15– April 24, 2021 Founded: 1932

OCEAN RESEARCH AND CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION

772-467-1600 teamorca.org MISSION: To protect and restore aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action and community education and outreach MAIN EVENT: ORCA @ Triton Subs, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: ORCA Citizen Scientist, volunteer@ teamorca.org Founded: 2005 PELICAN ISLAND AUDUBON SOCIETY

772-567-3520 pelicanislandaudubon.org MISSION: Preserve and protect the animals, plants and natural communities, and the land and water on which they depend, in Indian River County through advocacy, education and public awareness MAIN EVENT: Twice monthly public lectures and 40 free birding field trips each year VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Lagoon-friendly gardens at Audubon House, Plants for Birds, Trees for Life, Plants for Ponds, native plants and tree nursery; library; fifth grade students in the Audubon Advocates lagoon science program; fundraising; office tasks, birding field trips, and art and nature courses Founded: 1964

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Environmental Learning Center

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“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship.”

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Treasure Coast Food Bank

Food & Nutrition THE FOOD PANTRY OF IRC

772-770-2068 foodpantryirc.org MISSION: Providing emergency food provisions to disadvantaged residents of Indian River County VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Sorting food donations; filling boxes of food, unloading trucks; secretarial, website and online profile assistance Founded: 1987

772-562-6268 foodpantries.org MISSION: To display the basic Christian principles by feeding the elderly and providing food and comfort to those in need VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Help serve meals, clean, cook and drive the delivery van Founded: 2013

772-539-3752 shininglightgarden.com MISSION: To grow fresh vegetables to feed the homeless, hungry and forgotten people in our community MAIN EVENT: Annual spring fundraising dinner, March 9, 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Work in the garden Founded: 2008

Annette learned of Treasure Coast Food Bank’s mobile distribution centers and joined thousands of others who were in financial straits due to COVID-related job loss. She received milk, fresh vegetables and pantry staples in such generous portions that she was able to share the food with her son, grandchildren and a neighbor. “This food helps me survive during these trying times,” Annette says.

TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK

772-489-3034 stophunger.org MISSION: To alleviate hunger by obtaining and distributing food and other essentials in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Food sorting, event and administrative assistance and food distribution Founded: 1988

Treasure Coast Food Bank has seen the local need for food assistance increase by 200%, with many, like Annette, seeking help for the first time in their lives. Through the generosity of the community, TCFB has been able to provide 10 million meals to residents affected financially by the pandemic.

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SHINING LIGHT GARDEN FOUNDATION

Annette had never needed assistance with food before. But after six months on disability as a result of a herniated disc and subsequent surgery, she was finally cleared to return to work when she was told that her position in the food and beverage division of a retirement community had been eliminated as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. After nine years on the job, the news came as quite a blow.

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Success Stories ALZHEIMER & PARKINSON ASSOCIATION OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-563-0505 alzpark.org MISSION: To serve community residents with disorders affecting memory and movement by promoting quality of life and choice through advocacy, support, empowerment, education and research connections MAIN EVENT: Walk to Remember, November 14, 2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Working on fundraising and awareness events; daily, weekly, or monthly commitments to assist with mailings, social respite programs, facilitation of support groups, assistance with the dementia experience and memory screenings, and year-round Walk to Remember planning and team recruitment. Founded: 1982 AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

CLEVELAND CLINIC INDIAN RIVER FOUNDATION

772-226-4960 clevelandclinicirfoundation.org MISSION: To develop and sustain relationships with individuals and organizations to enroll them in the mission of Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital and encourage their financial support MAIN EVENT: May Pops Season Finale Concert, May 2, 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital Auxiliary Founded: 1985 (Hospital founded 1932)

MARIA

Maria had never fully realized the severity of the childhood trauma she had experienced. She had also underestimated the impact of the emotional neglect and manipulation she had experienced throughout her life. Then she recognized that fear and pain were dominating her life. She was “lifeless, too hurt to feel,” and was suffering debilitating panic attacks. She just couldn’t live this way any longer. Maria entered the residential program at the Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach and, over several months, saw drastic positive changes in her life. “I now understand my worth and security in Christ and have gone through a liberating healing experience,” she explains. “I forgave those who hurt me and learned healthy boundaries so that I may have relationships that are pleasing to God. My faith has grown. I am so grateful for all that I have gone through because it led me to the Women’s Refuge, where I have gained a deeper understanding of God and developed a more intimate relationship with Christ.” Maria now has a hope for the future that she couldn’t have imagined just one year ago.

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800-227-2345 cancer.org MISSION: Dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives and leading the fight for a world without cancer by providing breakthrough research, free rides to and lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact MAIN EVENT: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Assist at various events including Road to Recovery, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Relay for Life and ACS CAN Founded: 1913

772-569-7939 carenetchampions.org MISSION: To provide compassionate help and practical support for those facing unplanned pregnancies and post-abortion stress as a Christcentered ministry that builds upon the biblical principles of the sanctity of human life, sexual purity and adoption MAIN EVENT: More Than We Can Imagine, Oct. 8–9, 2020; Walk for Life, Spring 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Client advocate, receptionist, special events committee member, baby boutique volunteer, bulk mailings and grounds maintenance Founded: 1984

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Health & Wellness

Women’s Refuge CARE NET PREGNANCY CENTER OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

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Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River County

CHRISTY

In 2019, Christy was struggling to navigate services in the community for herself and her three children. The Hope for Families Center referred her to the Mental Health Collaborative, whose McCabe Connections Center helps people gain access to mental health and substance abuse services. After an initial screening, staff members are able to make appointments, help clients overcome barriers that may be preventing them from making the most of available services, and follow up in order to help ensure a positive outcome.

Through her efforts, Christy has acquired a car and is now preparing to become a property owner for the first time. “The McCabe Connections Center is great and always helpful,” Christy says. “I can rely on them for anything and everything.”

772-334-2233 dhhstc.org MISSION: To enable communication, advocate for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, provide affordable amplification and assistive devices resulting in an improved quality of life, and to promote equal opportunities for all individuals in this unique population MAIN EVENT: Annual Golf Tournament VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Help at fundraising events and in the office Founded: 1988 DOGS FOR LIFE

772-567-8969 dogsforlifevb.org MISSION: To improve the quality of life for veterans and nonveterans by training service and hearing dogs MAIN EVENT: Annual Howl-O-Ween Dog Costume Pawrade & Pet Expo, Oct. 24, 2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Help with reception, special events and fundraisers, and service and hearing dog training; become a foster dog family; assist in Veterans Training Veterans program Founded: 2002 FRIENDS AFTER DIAGNOSIS

772-978-7700 friendsafterdiagnosis.com MISSION: To support women with all forms of cancer and men with breast cancer, as well as their loved ones and caregivers, through regular support meetings, education, wellness programming, celebration and networking. MAIN EVENT: International Women’s Day Celebration, March 6, 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Clerical assistance, represent the organization at health fairs and other public events. Founded: 2010

FRIENDS IN PINK

772-785-8730 friendsin.pink MISSION: To provide financial assistance to individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are uninsured or underinsured VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Soliciting auction items and sponsors for the fundraising event Founded: 2005 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE SQUAD

772-231-1230 volunteerambulancesquad.org MISSION: To provide free nonemergency transportation for ambulatory and wheelchair passengers from their places of residence to and from medical facilities in Indian River County VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Data input for annual fundraising drive in February Founded: 1966 MARCH OF DIMES FOUNDATION

772-410-5460 marchofdimes.org MISSION: To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, infant mortality and premature birth VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Signature Chef’s Auction, March for Babies Founded: 1950 MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-569-9788 mhairc.org MISSION: To provide immediate access with no barriers to mental health care MAIN EVENT: MHA Rocks! Surf’s Up, Feb. 20, 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Administrative and basic clerical duties, helping with events, recruiting attendees and sponsors, securing silent and live auction items, planning, decorating, in-kind donations and photography/videography Founded: 1958

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Since first approaching the McCabe Center nearly two years ago, Christy has learned budgeting techniques, gotten her finances in order and obtained access to multiple programs in the community to serve her children’s needs.

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MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATIVE OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-217-3663 mhcollaborative.org MISSION: To establish a continuum of care for mental health made up of private and public funders, mental health providers and individuals who work in collaboration to increase access, decrease duplication and facilitate community-wide support of mental health issues MAIN EVENT: Mental health awareness event

SPECIAL EQUESTRIANS OF THE TREASURE COAST

772-571-1586 specialequestrianstreasurecoast. org MISSION: To foster personal achievement for individuals with special needs through equineassisted therapeutic activities in a safe and stimulating environment MAIN EVENT: Denim and Diamonds Gala, February 2021

407-478-8882 nationalmssociety.org/flc MISSION: To stop multiple sclerosis in its tracks, restore what has been lost and end multiple sclerosis forever VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Event awareness and planning, committee membership, event setup, registration, food, greeting and tear-down Founded: 1949

SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNCIL OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-770-4811 sacirc.org MISSION: To lead the community toward a healthy lifestyle by reducing the incidence of substance abuse in Indian River County through education, prevention, treatment and recovery support VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Mentors for women in early recovery Founded: 1991

Primary Care ◆ Pediatric Care Behavioral Health ◆ Pharmacy Services

Vero Beach Office – 981 37th Place Vero Beach, FL 32960 Fort Pierce Office – 725 N. US 1 Fort Pierce, FL 32950 1-877-345WFHC(9342)

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NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY

Through your generous support of our mission we are able to help close the gap to access to healthcare on the Treasure Coast!

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Assisting with riding lessons, fundraising Founded: 1992

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Special projects, event planning as needed Founded: 2004

Providing access to affordable quality healthcare to the Treasure Coast since 2013! No one is turned away due to their inability to pay!

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Mental Health Association in Indian River County

HAILEY* Though still in her 20s, Hailey had gone through some difficult times in her life, and these struggles were beginning to take their toll. She decided it was time to go the Mental Health Association in Indian River County for therapy and guidance. “Before my therapy, I was very depressed and very sad,” she says. “I was assigned to a therapist and, after a few sessions, the therapy allowed me to get clarity on the issues at hand.”

“I appreciate the advice and encouragement I received and am thankful for my therapist’s words of wisdom. I want to thank my therapist for listening to my issues and for providing sound guidance that helped me be a happy-go-lucky individual again.” MHIRC wants to remind everyone that “it’s O.K. to get help.” *Name and image changed for privacy

SUNSHINE CENTER OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

VNA & HOSPICE FOUNDATION

Board members, gala fundraising committee and clerical support Founded: 1953

772-567-5551 vnatc.org/donate MISSION: To provide compassionate, innovative care of the highest quality, setting the standard for patients and caregivers needing private care, home health, hospice and community health services MAIN EVENT: Golf-A-Thon VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Help in our thrift stores, help hospice patients’ families at home or at the VNA Hospice House or help staff at the office Founded: 1975

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WHOLE FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

772-571-1986 tcchinc.org MISSION: To provide accessible cost-effective, quality, comprehensive health care to all persons regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances MAIN EVENT: Duck Derby, Oct. 25, 2020

772-257-5785 wholefamilyhealthcenter.org MISSION: To provide high-quality, caring, accessible health care services, including medical, mental and oral health, to every adult and child Founded: 2013

772-562-6877 sunshineptc.org MISSION: To provide personalized care to improve function and health through physical, occupational, speech and massage therapies; personal fitness programs; and community education and to enhance quality of life and give each child a brighter future VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

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Patient escort/ambassador, clerical assistant, clinical assistant, foundation and event committee member or resource connection assistant Founded: 1993

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The improvement in Hailey’s quality of life was palpable. “I was able to see the light and find a way out of the darkness. The therapy gave me a new perspective, and I was able to overcome my fears and able to open up and talk things out. This allowed me to remove a huge weight off my shoulders.

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After serving as a forward observer in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, Bill was experiencing nightmares, trouble sleeping, flashbacks, survivor’s guilt and anxiety. He also realized that he was being uncharacteristically argumentative with the people in his life. We now know that all of these symptoms are consistent with PTSD. In the 1970s, however, knowledge of post-traumatic stress disorder was still very rudimentary, even in the medical community, so the Veterans Affairs hospital wasn’t able to offer Bill much help.

Remi performs both mobility- and PTSD-related tasks for Bill, who reports that having a service dog has made a big difference in his life. When he begins to feel depressed, Remi is there to break the flow of negative thoughts. When he has difficulty standing, Remi helps brace and support him. “I would recommend any veteran who has problems and needs a service dog to contact Dogs for Life,” Bill says.

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WOMEN’S CARE CENTER OF IRC

772-257-5390 womenscarecenter.org/ verobeach MISSION: To love and serve women who find themselves in unplanned pregnancies by offering support and education throughout their pregnancies and beyond with parenting classes, personal goal setting, counseling and any referrals necessary MAIN EVENT: Celebrate Life! March 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Bundle clothing, stack diapers and help keep the Crib Club boutique stocked and up to date Founded: 2013

WOMEN’S REFUGE OF VERO BEACH

772-770-4424 womensrefugevb.org MISSION: To provide a live-in Christian program where hurting women can find sanctuary in a healing environment, and to provide healing and wholeness to emotionally and spiritually wounded men, women and families in our community through biblical counseling; to train people to disciple others VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Office help such as answering phones or making phone calls, monthly newsletter mailing and yard maintenance, resale shop Founded: 1997

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Fast-forward to the 21st century. Still suffering the effects of PTSD, Bill tried the VA again and received a diagnosis. Later, he applied to Dogs for Life and began a year of intensive training with his new service dog, a Doberman pinscher named Remington.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

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Vero Heritage

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

772-778-3435 irchistorical.org MISSION: To establish and promote educational programs and experiences; preserve, protect, enhance, maintain, restore and interpret historical artifacts, documents, structures and sites relating to the cultural and natural history of the Indian River County area, the surrounding region and the state of Florida VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Board of directors and advisory members; docents at exhibit center and house museum; standing committees; outreach and educational presentations; school programs; training for teachers, staff and senior citizens; yearly events; fundraising, membership programs and grant writing Founded: 1984

772-595-5845 navysealmuseum.org MISSION: To preserve the history of the Navy SEALs and their predecessors, while honoring the fallen at our Memorial Wall and providing support for the families of those warriors through our Trident House Charities Program MAIN EVENT: Muster with the SEALs, Nov. 7, 2020 Founded: 1985

772-234-5032 oviasc.org MISSION: Dedicated to the excavation and preservation of important Ice Age archaeological and paleontological sites in Vero Beach and Indian River County; to promote, in partnership with scientific and academic institutions, the analysis of the findings to deepen the understanding of early human history and to create a public forum for further educational and research purposes MAIN EVENT: Dig Old Vero Dinner VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Educational outreach, excavationrelated activities during periods of active excavation, benefit committee Founded: 2011 VERO HERITAGE (HERITAGE CENTER AND INDIAN RIVER CITRUS MUSEUM)

772-770-2263 veroheritage.org MISSION: To preserve, educate and celebrate Vero heritage MAIN EVENT: The Pioneer Dinner, July 10, 2021 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Tour guides at Citrus Museum and Heritage Center, help at special events Founded: 1993

HERITAGE CENTER

If the Heritage Center were a person, it would be an elderly pioneer resident who has held a variety of jobs, seen some hard times, and continues to be a cherished member of the community. It was constructed in 1935 as the Community Building. During World War II, when thousands of military personnel were posted at Naval Air Station Vero Beach, it became the Servicemen’s Center, where many local young ladies mingled with the uniformed sailors at wholesome dances. A few even found husbands, and some locals tell stories about their grandparents meeting at those dances! Over the years, the building took on different names and functions and eventually fell into disuse and disrepair. Now restored, it even graces the National Register of Historic Places. The nonprofit Vero Heritage Inc. is now steward of the venue, which hosts family gatherings such as weddings and funeral repasts, as well as nonprofit events. Recently, a close-knit family from all over the country was coming together in Vero Beach to celebrate the “baby” of the family’s 50th birthday. The venue they had booked fell through at the last minute, and the clan was left heartbroken. But the Heritage Center came through, and the family was able to create a once-in-alifetime memory.

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“It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.”

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Success Stories Children’s Home Society’s Transitional Living Program

Home & Family 772-562-6854 arcir.org MISSION: To support and empower individuals with special needs to achieve their life goals MAIN EVENT: Starlight & Sneakers

772-562-4177 eocofirc.net MISSION: To be a community action agency working to empower low-income families and strengthen our community VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Board of directors, fundraising advisory council, Head Start program Founded: 1965

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EVERY DREAM HAS A PRICE

Helping at the center Founded: 1978

772-713-6883 everydreamhasaprice.com MISSION: To ensure the availability of high-quality affordable housing to income-eligible residents and provide assistance to families in need of shelter

THE BUGGY BUNCH

772-226-0066 thebuggybunch.com MISSION: To build relationships and meet the needs of Indian River County moms and their families; to share the love of Jesus Christ through programming, outreach and discipleship MAIN EVENT: The Buggy Bunch Pumpkin Patch, Oct. 17–30, 2020; Pies for a Purpose (fall); The Buggy Bunch Discount Card (ongoing) VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Mentoring, Bible study leaders, Diaper Closet help, assisting with events throughout the year Founded: 2009 CHILDREN’S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA

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Foster parenting, adoption or volunteering Founded: 1902

THE HOPE FOR FAMILIES CENTER

772-567-5537 hopeforfamiliescenter.org MISSION: To provide safe shelter, food and employment services for homeless families and act as an avenue to self-sufficiency MAIN EVENT: The Annual Dinner, Grateful Hearts, Nov. 2, 2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Tutoring and educational assistance for multiple subjects and all ages, assisting with fundraising activities throughout the year. Founded: 1991

The ages of 18–22 are usually full of excitement. For young adults who are homeless or aging out of foster care, this period is fraught with challenges, and the Children’s Home Society’s Transitional Living Program helps them prepare for adult life. Joshua came to TLP from a crisis shelter just as he was turning 18. Thanks to the unrelenting support and lifelong advice he has received there, he feels ready for “the adult real world” and looks forward to achieving his goals, beginning with attending the University of Central Florida. “The staff here at TLP have constantly been supportive and helping me every step of the way,” Josh says. “In a way they have been a family to me when at times I didn’t feel I had one.” He continues, “Because of TLP I now see a future for me that is no longer dark and hopeless, but bright and filled with so much potential. If there is one thing I will always cherish and never forget about TLP, it is that they gave me a second chance. I’m truly blessed and so thankful to be a part of this program, and hope to see it grow as much as possible here and around the world.”

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772-342-5091 chsfl.org MISSION: To build bridges to success for children and families by serving the Vero Beach community for over 30 years with programs such as Teen Life Choices, as well as Transitional Living, foster care/ adoptions, case management, and the Dodgertown Elementary Community Partnership School.

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Skilled subcontractors to supervise or perform community volunteer projects and/or to conduct housing rehabilitation projects Founded: 2006

JOSHUA

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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES COUNCIL OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

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Roseline is a home health aide — a rewarding profession, but one that has at times left her spending more than 30% of her income on housing costs alone. When she began caring for Bob and Audrey Samuels, little did any of them expect the particular bond that would develop between the caregiver and the elderly couple. In the course of their conversations, Roseline mentioned her dream of homeownership and her thoughts of applying to Habitat for Humanity. As it turned out, the Samuels were longtime Habitat donors and supporters, and they encouraged Roseline to apply, develop a personal savings account and complete the “sweat equity” required by Habitat, which can take many forms.

Roseline’s new home was dedicated on Jan. 5, 2019. She is delighted with the house, its location and the process. “It’s been a great journey for me,” she says.

RA HOME LIFE SERVICES (S.L.A.M.)

772-562-9860 irchabitat.org MISSION: To put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope MAIN EVENT: Habitat’s Island Gala, Nov. 14, 2020

772-213-3037 MISSION: To serve children, youth and families through a caring, accepting, safe and trusted community and to provide sober homes for transitional housing to mental health and substanceabuse consumers VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Life skills training along with other community-based programs Founded: 2017

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Construction build site, Habitat ReStore, home repairs program, no experience required; scholarship program and event committees; “Food Angel” volunteers Founded: 1991 INDIAN RIVER COUNTY HEALTHY START COALITION

772-563-9118 irchealthystartcoalition.org MISSION: To develop and support a local system of care to optimize the health of moms, babies and their families living in Indian River County MAIN EVENT: Dancing with Vero’s Stars VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Assistance, support and setup at fundraising events; administrative and clerical duties in office Founded: 1992

SAFESPACE

772-223-2399 safespacefl.org MISSION: To offer victims of domestic violence safety, support and education, empowering them to create an independent life free from violence MAIN EVENT: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Shelter volunteer advocates; clerical and administrative support; fundraising and special events volunteers; health resource booth staffers at community events Founded: 1979

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Roseline persisted through the program over many months, during which Audrey Samuels passed away. Roseline continued to care for Bob, who considers her a godsend, and he continued to motivate her. “I really have learned through Roseline what it takes to get a home,” says Bob. “It’s not an easy process.”

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SAMARITAN CENTER CATHOLIC CHARITIES

772-770-3039 ccdpb.org MISSION: To offer transitional housing and guidance to homeless families in Indian River County while preparing them to live independently

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The Arc of Indian River County

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Advisory board members, tutors; childcare, maintenance and preparing meals Founded: 1992 THE SOURCE

772-564-0202 iamthesource.org MISSION: To support and serve the community and lead individuals to a saving faith in Jesus Christ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: 2 0 2 1 G U I D E TO B E T T E R G I V I N G

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Human Services

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Disaster relief efforts, board members, instructors, caseworkers and logistics Founded: 1881 CAMP HAVEN

772-999-3625 camphaven.net MISSION: To rebuild the lives of homeless men in Indian River County by providing temporary residency along with employment, psychological and personal counseling MAIN EVENT: Diamonds in the Rough Gala VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Teach a class to our residents, provide clerical support, perform facilities maintenance projects Founded: 2012 CAREER SOURCE RESEARCH COAST

KRISTINA CONN FOUNDATION

772-473-7400 mykcf.org MISSION: To assist families who experience life challenges due to a sudden and/or unexpected crisis and to reassure them there is always love and hope Founded: 2017

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Annual fundraising event, application processing, client communications and office support Founded: 2009 LITERACY SERVICES OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-778-2223 literacyservicesirc.org MISSION: To provide quality literacy tutoring to local adults so they and their families can better contribute to the community through improved literacy skills MAIN EVENT: November Author Series, Spring Love of Literacy Lunch VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Tutoring tutors, office support, serving on committees Founded: 1971

WILLIAM FEARN

The American Red Cross has taught millions of people to perform CPR. Many will never be called upon to apply that knowledge in an actual emergency. Not so in the case of William Fearn, who has administered lifesaving CPR on three separate occasions — twice in the past four years! The first time a shaky-armed William put his CPR training into practice was in 1998. By the time EMTs arrived on the scene a few minutes later, the victim had begun coughing and breathing on his own. Then, in 2016, when a coworker collapsed, William once again sprang into action, performing chest compressions and rescue breaths and clearing the man’s airway before the ambulance arrived. In 2018, a young coworker stopped breathing. “Unresponsive, not breathing, start chest compressions,” William thought, hearkening back to his trusty Red Cross CPR training. “I started chest compressions, which made her cough, and she regained consciousness in the ambulance.” The young woman was diagnosed with syncope, a fainting episode that can result from a variety of causes, and treated. Using training he received from the Red Cross, William has saved three lives. Actually, the coworker was pregnant and went on to give birth to a healthy baby, so make that four!

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866-482-4473 careersourcerc.com MISSION: To provide opportunities and improve lives by providing work-readiness training and internships Founded: 1988

772-462-2381 lifebuilderstc.com MISSION: To change lives and build strong communities; to reduce crime and recidivism and to assist low-income individuals and families whose lives have been affected by the 19th Judicial Circuit Courts due to criminal behavior or a dependency action; to empower those who are striving to overcome poverty’s barriers and move forward on the path to success; to help offenders re-enter society as productive citizens, restore victims’ circumstances, and reunify families MAIN EVENT: 8th Annual Golf Tournament and Cocktail Par-Tee, April 30–May 1, 2021

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AMERICAN RED CROSS

561-307-2929 redcross.org/local/florida/ south-florida MISSION: To prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors MAIN EVENT: Hangar Party

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It’s people like Bertel who inspire the Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program to support the work of United Against Poverty. Bertel had built a successful career as an overthe-road truck driver before becoming gripped in a downward spiral. An unhealthy relationship and some poor choices led to the suspension of his commercial driver’s license and the loss of his job, home and car. Bertel then experienced a medical crisis. When he heard about the new UP Center, Bertel made his way there and slept on a bench outside, praying he was in the right place. Indeed he was!

Bertel worked his way from homeless and unwell to happy, healthy and employed in less than 10 days. When he thanked the UP staff before leaving to pick up his first load, he confided that he had arrived with no hope, but now he plans to return to UP to donate his time and resources to help others.

RIVERFUND

772-589-5076 riverfund.org MISSION: To provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to people living with or affected by HIV and AIDS and other lifethreatening illnesses Founded: 1994 THE SALVATION ARMY

772-978-0265 salvationarmyverobeach.org MISSION: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination MAIN EVENT: Red Kettle Campaign November–December 2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Food pantry, thrift store, mobile feeding, emergency disaster services, youth character building, summer camp Founded: 1865

UNITED AGAINST POVERTY OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

772-770-0740 upirc.org MISSION: To inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency through supportive crisis care, transformative education, employment training and food assistance programs VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Hands-on work at the campus, family volunteer night, supervised community service program, committee and board membership Founded: 2003

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The next morning, UP staff immediately escorted Bertel to the on-site Treasure Coast Community Health clinic, where he received the critical care he needed. Then, through the efforts of UP’s crisis stabilization manager, workforce development team, STEP program and nonprofit partners, Bertel was able to recuperate in a motel for five days and then restore his CDL and reconnect with his previous employer, who was delighted to get him back.

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Treasure Coast Technical College, providing training in collaboration wtih Career Source Research Coast

VETERANS COUNCIL OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

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Public affairs, emergency aid to veterans, student scholarships, fundraising, community outreach and assistance to veteran homeowners with home repairs, event committee participation, clerical support Founded: 1987

to our neighbors in Indian River County for over 15 years with food assistance, job training, crisis stabilization and education. OUR MISSION is to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.

UP INDIAN RIVER 1400 27th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-564-9365 • upirc.org

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772-410-5820 veteranscouncilirc.org MISSION: To support all Indian River County veterans through the collective effort of veteran organizations, civic associations and the local community, thereby raising awareness of veteran needs and of their contributions to society MAIN EVENT: Stars and Stripes Spectacular Gala

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Senior Services SENIOR RESOURCE ASSOCIATION

772-569-0760 seniorresourceassociation.org MISSION: To promote independence and dignity in our community by providing services to older adults and transportation to all VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Meals on Wheels delivery drivers, adult day care entertainment and activities, Silver Tones Chorus singers, clerical support, travel trainer Founded: 1974 ST. FRANCIS MANOR OF VERO BEACH

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Office, lunch program servers, birthday dinners, bingo dinners, fundraisers, bus drivers, crafts, social activities and holiday parties Founded: 1974

Venice and her husband, Kenneth, have lived with several family members in their retirement years. When a relative suggested they check with St. Francis Manor, which offers affordable independent apartments for seniors in an attractive, safe and socially supportive environment, the couple jumped at the chance. They filled out an application and then waited an entire year for an apartment to become available. St. Francis Manor was the answer to their prayers for a place to live. Venice and Ken are enjoying an active life at St. Francis Manor. Both grew up farming and gardening, so they were quick to support a new community garden growing fruits and vegetables. Venice is a dedicated volunteer at the manor. “We have lived at SFM for five years and never want to move,” she says. “SFM is very affordable, and we were able to pay off all our doctor bills. “SFM is very good to us, and we are so thankful for the donations and assistance that come from the Vero Beach community. SFM is the nicest place we have ever lived, and we are so grateful to live here.”

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772-562-8575 stfrancismanor.org MISSION: Providing affordable, independent living to senior citizens on a limited income in an attractive, safe and socially supportive environment

VENICE AND KENNETH

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Sports & Recreation

BIKE WALK INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

804-690-9720 bikewalkirc.org MISSION: To promote safe bicycling and walking as transportation and recreation for a healthier, more vibrant and connected Indian River County; to make our community a safer, more comfortable and more accessible place for people to ride bikes and walk MAIN EVENT: Bicycle Build-a-thon VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Serve on board of directors or advisory committee, bike repair (training provided), assistance with bike distribution events, teach bike safety to kids and adults, donate bikes, assist with fundraising Founded: 2015

772-925-3210 floathopenow.org MISSION: To offer children, adolescents and teenagers in our community without adequate financial means the opportunity to participate on a year-round basis in swimming Founded: 2017

772-713-9593 irgf.org MISSION: To create expanded playing opportunities, promote competition, teach and honor golf traditions and recognize individual performance and contributions to the game; to foster learning, growth in relationships, character building and excellence in player development for an expanded number of golfers in a safe, affordable and enriching environment

772-475-3588 specialolympicsflorida.org/ indian-river MISSION: To help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large by offering them a fair opportunity to develop and demonstrate their skills and talents through sports training and competition and by increasing the public’s awareness of their capabilities and needs by providing year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports MAIN EVENT: Competitions throughout the year

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Player registration at events, photography for Facebook and Instagram, sports media, player mentors, assisting younger players, database entries, fundraising Founded: 2009

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Mentoring, coaching and helping at events Founded: 1968 VERO BEACH ROWING

INDIAN RIVER SOCCER ASSOCIATION

772-696-0807 irsoccer.com MISSION: To provide opportunities for the children of Indian River County to play soccer either recreationally or competitively at the best possible facilities MAIN EVENT: Vero Beach Spring Cup, April 16–18, 2021

772-261-0747 verobeachrowing.org MISSION: To promote and teach the sport of rowing to the community in order to develop physical fitness, personal character and an ethic of cooperation through competitive and recreational opportunities Founded: 2008

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WILLIS SPORTS ASSOCIATION

Soccer coaches and referees, fundraising for scholarships, volunteers for events Founded: 1986

772-370-5858 wsarbi.org MISSION: To broaden the opportunities available to disadvantaged youth through baseball, affording players better exposure and scholarships for educational endeavors

RISK TAKERS FOR CHRIST

772-539-1826 risktakersforchrist.org MISSION: To reach prisoners and at-risk youth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by engaging them in athletic competition and providing positive male role models Founded: 2012

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Baseball coaches, umpires, and registration and concession helpers, volunteers for elementary student after-school programs Founded: 2015 ◆

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FLOAT HOPE OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA – INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

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AERONAUTRIXX

831-776-9811 aeronautrixx.com MISSION: To provide education, guidance, sponsorship and resources to help women pursue their aeronautical dreams in a fun and safe manner VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Social media management, graphic artists and registration helpers at events Founded: 2016

INDIAN RIVER GOLF FOUNDATION

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Success Stories Youth Sailing Foundation Castle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Center for Spiritual Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Childcare Resources of Indian River. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Children’s Home Society of Florida. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Cleveland Clinic Indian River Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Crossover Mission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Cultural Council of Vero Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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Dasie Bridgewater Hope Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Dogs for Life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Downtown Vero Beach Mural Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

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Early Learning Coalition of Indian River, Martin and Okeechobee Counties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Economic Opportunities Council of Indian River County . . . . . . 79 The Education Foundation of Indian River County . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Environmental Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Epic Missions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Equine Welfare Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Every Dream Has a Price. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Executive Roundtable of Indian River County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

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Feed the Lambs Enrichment Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Float Hope of Indian River County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

The Food Pantry of Indian River County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 For the Love of Paws Senior Pet Sanctuary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Foundations for Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Friends After Diagnosis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Friends in Pink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Add the contributions of all the donors to YSF’s scholarship funds, and all barriers were overcome: More than 175 local youngsters, no matter their cultural background or family finances, were given the opportunity to get out onto the water and learn skills that will last a lifetime. And the older, experienced sailors were able to feel the joy of imparting their knowledge to a new generation of sailors. Children can enter the eight-week camp program not knowing the difference between port and starboard and come out as confident sailors, able to rig, launch and helm a boat, trimming the sails deftly and observing proper safety procedures. The confidence they gain when an older sailor trusts them enough to hand over control of the boat is immeasurable, and they will never look at challenges in the same way again.

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Florida Rescue Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought much distress throughout the world, it has, like every adversity, generated opportunities for creative cooperation and problem-solving. When venue closures nearly prevented Youth Sailing Foundation’s summer camp, Vero Beach Rowing saved the day by offering YSF the use of its new rowing center at MacWilliam Park.

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Friends of the Carr Refuge. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 91

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Garden Club of Indian River County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Gifford Youth Achievement Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Gifford Youth Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Girls on the Run of the Treasure Coast. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

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Give and Surf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Grand Harbor Community Outreach Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Guardians for New Futures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

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H.A.L.O. (Helping Animals Live and Overcome) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Haiti Partners. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Head, Heart and Hands of Indian River Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Hibiscus Children’s Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Homeless Children’s Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 The Hope for Families Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 The Humane Society of Vero Beach & Indian River County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

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Impact 100. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Indian River Animal Advocates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Indian River Community Cats. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Indian River Community Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Indian River County 4-H Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 Indian River County Habitat for Humanity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Indian River County Historical Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Indian River County Volunteer Ambulance Squad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Indian River Land Trust .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Indian River Soccer Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Indian River State College Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Indian River Youth for Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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Jimmy Ryce Center for Victims of Predatory Abduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 John’s Island Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

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Indian River Golf Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

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Junior League of Indian River. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Keep Indian River Beautiful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

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Success Stories Literacy Services of Indian River County

Kindergarten Readiness Collaborative of Indian River County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Kristina Conn Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Learning Alliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Lifebuilders of the Treasure Coast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Literacy Services of Indian River County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Little Birthday Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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March of Dimes Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Master’s Academy of Vero Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

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McKee Botanical Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Mental Health Association in Indian River County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Mental Health Collaborative of Indian River . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Military Moms Prayer Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Miss B’s Learning Bees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 The Moorings Habitat Partnership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Music Angels Education Fund. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

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National Multiple Sclerosis Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

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Ocean Research and Conservation Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

Married couple Veruzka and Orlando, relatively recent immigrants to the United States, responded eagerly when their employer offered a program through which they could begin working with a Literacy Services tutor to improve their English. They have made tremendous progress. Both have received job promotions, and Veruzka is now a manager. They have also purchased their first home!

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Veruzka was named Literacy Services’ Student of the Year and spoke at the 2019 National Philanthropy Day. With their tutor’s encouragement, they have become increasingly engaged in the community, joining the Vero Beach Museum of Art and enrolling their daughter in several programs offered in the community.

Our Father’s Table Soup Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

Pelican Island Audubon Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Pigs & Pals Farm Rescue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Place of Hope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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Quail Valley Charities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

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Veruzka and Orlando love their new hometown of Vero Beach and are grateful to Literacy Services and its volunteer tutors for helping them achieve their English language literacy goals, which have served as a springboard for many exciting accomplishments.

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RA Home Life Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Redlands Christian Migrant Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Risk Takers for Christ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Riverfund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Riverside Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

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United Against Poverty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 United Way of Indian River County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

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Vero Beach Art Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Vero Beach Christian Business Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Vero Beach Lifeguard Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Vero Beach Museum of Art . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Vero Beach Opera. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

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Vero Beach Theatre Guild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Vero Heritage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Veterans Council of Indian River County. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Victory Kids. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 VNA & Hospice Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Whole Family Health Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Willis Sports Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Windsor Charitable Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Women’s Care Center of Indian River County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

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Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 When Vero Beach High School freshman Hamad heard about Youth for Christ’s Campus Life Club, he jumped right in, attending the weekly on-campus meetings. The fact that he is a Muslim didn’t deter him in the least. In fact, he “fell in love with what this club entails and its purpose. Each and every one of the leaders that I have met have been some of the most welcoming, heartwarming people.”

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Hamad is a young man who desires meaningful conversations, and he enjoys the dialogue provided by Campus Life. Each week, the club opens up a discussion about a particular topic, and Hamad finds value in hearing the Christian point of view and exploring religion and its meaning.

Youth for Christ has made Hamad, now a junior, feel secure and loved. If it weren’t for the Campus Life Club, he “would not feel nearly as comforted and would miss great conversations.”

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Youth for Christ believes that these discussions are a step toward bridging gaps in our community. Though each of us is unique, we are much more alike than we tend to think — we all share the desire to be known and loved.

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SPONSORS I N D I A N R I V E R C O M M U N I T Y FO U N DAT I O N / V E R O B E AC H M AG A Z I N E

Thank you

The thoughtful support of the following sponsors has made the Guide to Better Giving possible

ALZHEIMER/PARKINSON ASSOCIATION OF IRC 2300 5th Ave., Suite 150, Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-563-0505, alzpark.org......................................................................................... 73

ROSSWAY SWAN 2101 Indian River Blvd., Suite 200, Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-231-4440, rosswayswan.com............................................................................ 17

ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS membership@afpindianriver.com community.afpglobal.org/afpindianriver/home..................................................19

SAINT EDWARD'S SCHOOL 1895 Saint Edward's Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-231-4136, steds.org................................................................................................61

BAER'S FURNITURE CO. 4260 W. New Haven Ave., West Melbourne, FL 32904 321-872-2377, baers.com.............................................................................................. 11

SENIOR RESOURCE ASSOCIATION 694 14th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-569-0760, seniorresourceassociation.org...................................................5

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES FL REALTY 3377 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-231-1270, bhhsfloridarealty.com....................................................................... 21

TREASURE COAST COMMUNITY HEALTH 1545 9th St. SW, Vero Beach, FL 32962 772-257-8224, tcchinc.org ......................................................................................... 75

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF IRC 1729 17th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-299-7449, bgcirc.com..........................................................................................49

TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK 401 Angle Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34947 772-489-3034, stophunger.org ...................................................................................1

GIFFORD YOUTH ORCHESTRA P.O. Box 691166, Vero Beach, FL 32969 772-213-3007, gyotigers.org.........................................................................................3

UNITED AGAINST POVERTY 1400 27th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-564-9365, upirc.org .............................................................................................85

HIBISCUS CHILDREN'S CENTER P.O. Box 12489, Fort Pierce, FL 34979 800-403-9311, hibiscuschildrenscenter.org....................................................... 47

UNITED WAY OF IRC 1836 14th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-567-8900, unitedwayirc.org .............................................................................23

THE HOPE FOR FAMILIES CENTER 715 4th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32962 772-567-5537, hopeforfamiliescenter.org..............................................................9

VERO BEACH MUSEUM OF ART 3001 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-231-0707, vbmuseum.org ................................................................................... 41

INDIAN RIVER COMMUNITY FOUNDATION 5070 Hwy. A1A, Suite 200, Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-492-1407, ircommunityfoundation.org................................... inside covers

VERO BEACH OPERA 2905 Cardinal Drive, Suite A, Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-569-6993, verobeachopera.org ....................................................................39

INDIAN RIVER HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 4568 U.S. Hwy. 1, Vero Beach, FL 32967 772-562-9860, irchabitat.org......................................................................................81

VNA OF THE TREASURE COAST 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-567-5551, vnatc.org ...............................................................................................13

INDIAN RIVER LAND TRUST 80 Royal Palm Pointe, Suite 301, Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-794-0701, irlt.org....................................................................................................65

WHOLE FAMILY HEALTH CENTER 981 37th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-257-5785, wfhcfl.org ............................................................................................. 71

MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION IN IRC 820 37th Place, Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-569-9788, mhairc.org........................................................................................... 75

WINDSOR 3125 Windsor Blvd., Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-388-8400, windsorcharitypolocup.com ..................................................... 15

QUAIL VALLEY CHARITIES 2345 Hwy. A1A, Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-492-2020, quailvalleygolfclub.com/charities...........................................29

WOMEN'S REFUGE OF VERO BEACH 1850 Lemon Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-770-4424, womensrefugevb.org..................................................................... 73

REHMANN 5070 Hwy. A1A, Suite 250, Vero Beach, FL 32963 772-234-8484, rehmann.com.................................................................. back cover

YOUTH SAILING FOUNDATION OF IRC 17 17th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 772-492-3243, ysfirc.org .............................................................................................45

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About the Guide to Better Giving THE ANNUAL GUIDE TO GIVING has been a part of Vero Beach Magazine's mission since its earliest days in the late 1990s. This year we are happy to continue our partnership with the Indian River Community Foundation, making the Guide to Better Giving even more useful to nonprofit organizations and the generous philanthropists, administrators and volunteers who keep them running. There are more than 600 nonprofit

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organizations in Indian River County. We aim to include those organizations that are engaged in significant community outreach and have attained a bronze seal on Guidestar. If you are a nonprofit organization serving residents of Indian River County, the Guide To Better Giving is just one of the ways we can help you help others. Every month, we publish newsworthy updates, calendar announcements of upcoming events, and

photos showcasing participants and sponsors at social, fundraising and outreach gatherings. Our community engagement editor is available to explain our deadlines and outline the information we'll need. We invite you to reach out to her at mynews@verobeachmagazine.com. On behalf of the Indian River Community Foundation and Vero Beach Magazine, we hope you enjoy the 2021 Guide To Better Giving! è

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BE PART OF SOMETHING BETTER HERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO MAKE YOUR CHARITABLE GIVING BETTER Define Your Charitable Giving Priorities What are the charitable causes that are important to you? Animals, Arts and Culture, Children and Youth, Education, Environment, Health, Historic Preservation, or Vulnerable Individuals and Families? Do Your Homework Search online tools, such as Guidestar, for the most complete, up-to-date nonprofit data available. Get to know more about an organization’s governance, management, finances and programs before making a significant gift. Find, learn about and give directly to more than 100 Indian River County charities by visiting www.ircommunityfoundation.org. Consider a Recurring Donation If you are confident in the organization’s mission and the results it is achieving, consider making a multi-year commitment to let the organization know that it can count on your contribution for years to come. Some organizations, such as the United Way, make it easy to give a recurring donation of any amount with a credit card online, and honor recurring donations of $10,000 or more as part of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society.

Give Appreciated Assets Gifts of appreciated assets such as publicly traded securities, real estate or closely-held business interests help you to avoid paying capital gains taxes while helping your favorite charity to use the full fair market value of your gift. In most cases, these transactions are easy to make and provide a win-win for all involved.

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Use the RMD from Your IRA to Give Tax-Free If you or a family member are age 70 ½ or older, contributions to qualified charities of up to $100,000 of the required minimum distribution from your IRA are not reported as taxable income. Many generous donors use this as a way to start or add to permanent endowments that can help sustain the mission and programs of a favorite cause. Make a Planned Gift from Your Estate Whether it is by making a simple bequest through your will or trust, or by using a charitable remainder trust, you can create and leave a charitable legacy to support your favorite cause forever. A free copy of an estate planning guide along with other helpful information about planned giving can be found at www.ircflegacy.org.

BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY THROUGH DONOR-DRIVEN PHILANTHROPY 5070 N. Highway A1A, Suite 200 | Vero Beach, FL 32963 Office: (772) 492-1407 www.ircommunityfoundation.org

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