Launched in 2012 through a grant from Grantmakers In Aging to the Health Foundation of South Florida, the efforts have expanded and catalyzed into a collaborative, collective impact initiative. Today, the Initiative is being led by a diverse group of partners including AARP Florida, the Alliance for Aging, Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization, United Way of Miami-Dade, and Urban Health Partnerships along with an advisory committee of key stakeholders and community members.
Aging / Older Adults
The Friendship Centers, a nonprofit organization serving older adults in Southwest Florida for more than 40 years, has received a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County Elderly Human Services Fund, a program of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The funding will be used to purchase multi-purpose, convertible conference tables for use in training programs and meetings at the Friendship Centers.
This first-of-its-kind gathering for Florida built community connections while providing learning and sharing opportunities
Patricia Robbins, Farm Share Inc. CEO, received the 2016 Quality Senior Living Award (QSLA) on Aug. 9 at the Florida Conference on Aging in Orlando. QSLA is an annual Florida Power and Light (FPL)–sponsored awards program designed to recognize professionals and volunteers who significantly impact the lives of Florida seniors.
The convergence of senior housing and medical office buildings can be seen first-hand at the Spring Lake Health and Living Campus in Dr. Phillips, Florida, which is currently under development and expected to open in January 2017.
South St. Petersburg entrepreneurs launching new businesses. A mobile community resource clinic that travels to impoverished neighborhoods by bus. An initiative that educates Pinellas County students about the benefits of staying active and eating healthy foods.
Those are just a few samples of dream projects that will soon be underway, thanks to $3.9 million in grants from the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg to 19 local organizations.
The Bentley Village Foundation Inc. announced the launch of its website. The new informational hub provides organizational details, scholarship requirements, and giving opportunities. It also includes a fundraising feature which allows for immediate donations.
Under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Collier County, the Bentley Village Foundation’s principal initiative is a competitive scholarship program called “Bentley Wings” which will offer tuition assistance exclusively to Vi at Bentley Village employees and their dependents. In addition, the foundation will provide support to local programs aimed at healthy aging and community connections. The organization plans to award its inaugural round of “Bentley Wings” scholarships in December of this year.
The organization’s new website is accessible at bentleyvillagefoundation.org.
Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation awards $600,000 to CareerSource Palm Beach County to help provide unemployed and underemployed county residents with healthcare career opportunities while addressing the local shortage of geriatric healthcare professionals.
The Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) Older Adults Work Group has awarded a planning grant of $25,410 to Central Florida Community Arts, Inc. (CFCA). This six-month grant will provide resources for CFCA to gather information from successful performing arts programs operating across the nation for well elders.
The Pines of Sarasota, a nonprofit elder care center, launched its Education Institute as a way to share what its own staff members have learned -- and are continually learning -- about the daily challenges of dealing with frailty and dementia. Also part of its mission is creating a revenue stream that helps underwrite services for those who cannot afford them. Director JoAnn Westbrook is also excited about a recent grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County that allowed the institute to distribute five training videos each to 24 area agencies, including public libraries, hospitals, universities and service organizations like the Friendship Centers and Neuro Challenge Foundation.