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Ensuring Water Safety in Palm Beach County!

The Y’s Water Safety & Drowning Prevention program encourages exploration of water-related activities so that our community can safely enjoy the water-rich environment in which we live. The program serves populations in the county that may not otherwise attend water safety courses or take a swimming lesson due to cultural or financial factors. 

Safety Around the Water Program

The YMCA’s Safety Around the Water Program consists of five half-hour swim lessons offered to qualified groups in the community at no cost. Programming is offered year-round at our YMCAs or at pre-approved swimming sites throughout Palm Beach County. The program is evidence-based and developed on a foundation of “Safety First, Swim Second.” This program is geared for children 3-17 years.

*Please contact local branch for details. 

Adaptive Needs Swim Program

The YMCA’s Adaptive Needs Swim Program consists of eight 1/2 hour, one-on-one ratio swim lessons that are individually tailored for each participant. Individuals enrolled in the Adaptive Needs Swim program will participate in a simple intake process that will assist the Swim Instructors to develop an individualized lesson plan. This program is available to participants ages 2+.

Due to the  generous support from grants and donations this program is offered to families at a greatly reduced cost.

WaterSmart Palm Beach County

As an effort to bring water safety and drowning prevention to the forefront of issues in Palm Beach County, the countywide Drowning Prevention Task Force “WaterSmart Palm Beach County” was created to bring water safety minded individuals from all areas of the community together to solve issues around drowning prevention and provide access to safe and enjoyable water safety program to all. The YMCA of South Palm Beach County is a proud partner of WaterSmart. 

WaterSmart meets the fourth Thursday of every month (except November and December) at the Palm Beach County Children Services Council in Boynton Beach, FL.

For more information, click here.

The Lord’s Place

The Lord’s Place transforms lives by providing solutions that break the cycle of homelessness
for the most vulnerable and neglected in Palm Beach County.
This social impact agency has been serving men, women and families in our community for 40 years.
Our innovative, compassionate, and effective services are constantly evolving to end local homelessness for good.

Who We Are

Our Mission

The Lord’s Place is dedicated to breaking the cycle of homelessness by providing innovative, compassionate and effective services to men, women and children in our community.

We offer comprehensive services designed to end homelessness… once and for all.  Our aim is to provide programs that assist our clients in finding their unique path, which leads to a place called home.

The Lord’s Place is a non-sectarian, social impact 501(c)3 organization that, for 40 years, has been changing the lives of families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

The Lord’s Place has served the homeless in Palm Beach County for more than three decades. In 1979, founder Brother Joe Ranieri slept in a dumpster for 30 days to raise awareness and funds to open the agency’s first homeless shelter. Since then, we have continued to evolve as an agency, keeping the needs of our clients in sharp focus and preserving the integrity of our mission.

For more information, please click here.

I Can Living & Learning Center


To create lasting support and advocacy for people living with disabilities such that they are presented with opportunities to find dignified independence and gainful employment. 


We envision a future where all individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities have:

  • Opportunity to live a healthy, safe and enjoyable life.
  • Full access to services and support that promotes independence and dignity.
  • Active participation in making decisions for their lives.
  • Integration in the communities where they live.
  • Respect for what they contribute to their community.


We believe that:

  • Every person must be treated with respect, compassion, and dignity.
  • People with disabilities must have the right to exercise personal choice and make meaningful decisions in their lives.
  • Ideas and solutions must be developed with the people who have disabilities in partnership their families and the communities in which they live.
  • Services must embody a lifespan approach, and be flexible and responsive to the changing needs of each individual throughout his or her lifetime.
  • Services must be efficiently operated and proven effective for those served.
  • All facilities must be barrier free, accessible and safe.
  • A loyal, fair and equal opportunity work environment that promotes upward mobility and promotional opportunities for all those we serve.
  • System-wide and personal advocacy is essential to the continuation of providing necessary specialized supports to people with disabilities.
  • Recreational opportunities are integral to and essential for the enhancement and quality of life for those we serve.

I Can Living and Learning Center’s Employment Program provides an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to secure suitable employment. The Employment Specialists help participants learn how to do the following: identify an employment goal, properly complete an employment application, prepare a resume, prepare for an interview, utilize appropriate job search methods and, most importantly, help maintain employment. We provide follow-up services and also provide post employment services to those with significant disabilities.

Our approach is to negotiate career/vocational options for vocationally disadvantaged persons. We achieve this by creating a partnership between local employers and I Can Living and Learning Center Vocational Coaches. Partnerships are formed by utilizing methods in the fields of vocational rehabilitation, counseling, marketing and sales. The Employment Specialist is dedicated to meeting the needs of our participants who are looking for meaningful jobs in community settings and the employers who look for trained, reliable, and capable employees.  

Disability discrimination occurs when an employer treats a qualified individual with a disability who is an employee or applicant unfavorably because he/she has a disability.

For more information, please click here.

Cases for Smiles

A hospital experience can be terrifying and traumatic for both a child and their family. While others strive to find a cure, Ryan’s Case for Smiles helps with the stress and emotional impact of illness in the here and now. Our whimsical pillowcases give children an emotional boost, while resources and tools help families better understand and cope with the experience.


A hospital stay can be a terrifying experience for a child – especially those with cancer and other life-changing illnesses. Recent research indicates 20% of children who are hospitalized with cancer and 30% of their mothers suffer full symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These rates are comparable to that experienced by U.S. War Veterans serving since the Vietnam War. The good news is trauma can be minimized and outcomes improved through experiences that reduce stress.

Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) was founded in 2007 to bring comfort and support to young patients and their families in hospitals around the globe. We started with a simple goal: to create and distribute whimsical pillowcases that give children an emotional boost and remind them that they are not defined by their illness. Today, our programs have expanded to include the children’s entire families so they can better navigate and cope with a very difficult experience and avoid long term emotional trauma. To ensure the highest quality care, we have partnered with PTSD experts at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to create valuable web-based information and tools designed for each member of the family’s unique experience.

Ryan Kerr, the inspiration behind ConKerr Cancer, was a remarkable young man. Ryan’s battle with cancer began when he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma at the age of twelve. He fought through five cancer recurrences, 30 months of chemotherapy, 15 surgeries, the amputation of his right leg and over 150 days of physical therapy. Ryan’s sickness never slowed him down from living the active and adventurous life he loved. Ryan constantly challenged himself with new things – skiing, biking, skateboarding, rock climbing, scuba diving, cycling – mastering each new skill with courage, grace and aggressiveness.

His friends and family were always amazed with his energetic attitude through the exhaustion and pain. Many people do not understand the daily difficulties that were a normal part of Ryan’s routine, such as putting on his leg or trying to maintain his lifestyle through chemotherapy. As a student, Ryan’s curiosity and kindness stole the hearts of all his teachers. He was eager to learn, partake in class discussions, improve his photography skills and spend time with his friends. Throughout his battle, he managed to stay engaged in his studies and graduate from high school. Ryan never wanted his cancer to separate him as an inspiration or provide him with special treatment. He loved wearing his red high-top Converses, so now we use them as a symbol of his vibrant energy for life.

Ryan saw beauty in everyone and everything. He was a young man with wisdom and maturity far beyond his age. He learned to be a deeply compassionate, thoughtful young man with a wicked wit, a winning smile and the world’s best hugs. Most of all, he lived his life with such joy and courage that he inspired thousands of people in our community and around the country. His memory, inspiration and light will forever live on in our hearts and in the legacy he leaves through our daily work at Case for Smiles.

For more information, click here.


Open Your Heart

Children right here in Broward and Palm Beach Counties have suffered abuse, neglect, and abandonment, and hundreds need loving foster homes. What hurts these kids today is that they feel forgotten by their community. But you can answer a child’s wish for a loving foster home and provide a healing place of refuge.

The need is real, urgent, and local. Make today the day you begin your fostering journey! Foster a Brighter Future by opening your heart and home to a local child. The first life to change will be your own.

The “network” of child welfare services that ChildNet “administers” is actually a uniquely local hybrid constructed of services supported, managed and monitored by several entities and funding sources.

At the core, most closely and directly controlled by ChildNet, are those fundamental child welfare program services which ChildNet pays for and manages through traditional and formal subcontracts. These Subcontracted Services include residential programs, family reunification and strengthening programs, family preservation and prevention programs, assessment services and childcare services.

Parents and their kids meeting with a counselor

A second component of the network consists of those individual services, as opposed to programs, which ChildNet pays for by purchasing them directly from service providers on an individual case by case basis using briefer, less detailed processes and documents such as professional service agreements, rate agreements and purchase orders. These Purchased Services include services offered by both agencies and by individual, private practitioners such as tutoring, legal services and specialized assessments or therapeutic interventions that ChildNet must purchase because they are not supported by other local, state or federal funding.

The third component of the network is comprised of all those services received by the children and families under ChildNet’s supervision which ChildNet does not pay for.  These Coordinated Services include a broad spectrum of health educational and social services funded by:

  • The Children’s Services Council of Broward
  • The Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
  • The Broward County Board of County Commissioners
  • The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners
  • The School Board of Broward County, the Broward Early Learning Coalition
  • The School Board of Palm Beach County
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program of the Department of Children & Families
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
  • The United Way of Broward County
  • The Agency for Persons with Disabilities
  • Career Source, Broward County
  • Career Source, Palm Beach County
  • Florida Medicaid

For more information, please click here.

Ukulele Kids Club

Transforming Lives Through Music

To a child, a hospital can be a scary place. We’re the Ukulele Kids Club, and we’re here to help.

The UKC is an international charity that has helped thousands of children around the world to overcome the stress, anxiety and health challenges of serious health conditions.

Helping hospitalized kids to just be kids

Our Mission

We harness the power of music to improve the well being of children and families around the world. Through ukuleles and the support of music therapy, we give the gift of music for life.

Our Story

Today the UKC is an international charity that has helped thousands of children around the world to overcome the stress, anxiety and health challenges of serious health conditions. But it started out with the simple idea of giving back, through music.

In 2013, Corey Bergman, a life-long musician, began volunteering at local hospitals in Miami, Florida as a way of coping with the tragic loss of his son, Jared. As he played guitar for young patients and their families, he says, “I could plainly see that the act of listening to and playing music, and holding an instrument, has a deep positive effect on a child. All the anxiety and fear of the hospital just fades away and this kid becomes a kid again.”

Then, two developments quickly brought the future UKC sharply into focus. First, Corey connected with music therapists at Miami Children’s Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and others, and gained exposure to the field of music therapy. Through music therapy, certified professionals help patients use music to achieve clinical goals, which in the case of young children might include lowering anxiety and stress, improving vital signs, and a multitude of other results. Second, the simplicity and small size of the ukulele made it seem like the ideal vehicle for music therapy with even the smallest patients.

In 2014, Corey and his wife Edda incorporated the UKC. Its mission was, and remains, to support music therapy for hospitalized children, by giving children a ukulele to use during their hospital stay, and to keep when they go home. Each year, the UKC delivers thousands of ukuleles, to a growing network of more than 200 hospitals in the U.S. and in North America, Europe and Asia.

Giving back, through music – this is the idea behind UKC, past, present and future.

For more information, please click here.

Holistic Education Foundation

Holistic Education Foundation is a  501c3 Non-Profit organization


Our Mission & Purpose

HEF’s mission is to educate the public in a variety of holistic health modalities. Our purpose is to connect a community of like-minded individuals.

Our Local Chapters

HEF encourages our community members to attend meetings, be involved, and build relationships. By creating local chapters, we can help the community connect with like-minded individuals in a non-judgmental environment. Creating a space where everyone can respect and honor their lifestyle choices.

Our Vision

 HEF hopes to create a national organization that is widely recognized.

HEF hopes to become a resource, and bridge the gap between conventional living & holistic living. Educating the community, in a non-judgmental environment, giving them natural choices, so they can make the best decisions for themselves & for their families.

HEF hopes to create a supportive place for our Leaders and Members to work together to fulfill our vision, pursue our purpose, and help educate the public in holistic health.

Our Values

We are passionate about educating the public, so they can make informed decisions.

We value and appreciate diversity.

We share the belief that we, as individuals, have the right to make the choices that best suite our needs.

We encourage everyone to educate themselves, and advocate for what is best for them.

We encourage people to follow their instincts, and trust their own judgement.

We welcome everyone in a non-judgement environment.

We are dedicated to serving with respect and professionalism

For more information, please click here.

FAU Foundation


The most exciting and crucial years in FAU’s history are upon us. The need for private support is at an all-time high. With the help of dedicated TRUE BLUE alumni and friends like you, FAU can successfully enter this new era of growth and advancement.


The Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc. unbridles access to excellence for thousands of the University’s promising people and programs. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Foundation connects private philanthropy with giving opportunities that advance the University’s mission and strategic plan. Operating under the auspices of the Division of Institutional Advancement, the Foundation also serves as fiduciary, caring for and distributing gift assets in accordance with our donors’ wishes.

For more information, please click here.

Wheels from the Heart

Our Mission

A significant challenge faced by single-mothers-in-need, and their children, is transportation. Wheels From The Heart gives the gift of a reliable vehicle to single moms with children and helps them drive to a better life.

Owning a car is often the first step to financial independence for single mothers and their families. The Wheels from the Heart Foundation works to help make this happen.

If you know a single mother in need please contact your local charity, we donate the cars to approved clients from authorized charities.


In 2016, our founder Steve Muschlitz, was one of the men nominated for the Men with Caring Hearts (MWCH) Award. The luncheon honored 22 outstanding male volunteers as well as 4 fantastic young men of character and caring spirit.


Wheels From the Heart is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit organization. Please click here to view our 501(c)(3) Exemption Certificate

For more information, please click here.

Encore Palm Beach County

The Encore movement seeks to engage millions of people in later life as a vital source of talent to benefit society.  Its ultimate goal is to create a better future for young people and future generations. Those in, and beyond midlife, represent a powerful source of talent with the accumulated skills, experience and wisdom to tackle some of society’s most urgent challenges…we are the solution. Join us to help people over 50 find new work and volunteer opportunities.

Referrals of people to resources to help find work
Placement of volunteers looking to use skills and experience
Monthly Meet-ups to socialize and hear interesting speakers
Community education programs in communities, clubs, libraries and churches
Weekly emails and monthly newsletter to over 800 people

FREE admission to the monthly Encore Meet-ups
Discounted (50% minimum) admission to our Encore major events
VIP admission to pre-parties, private events and book signings for major events
Entry into contests to win special prizes including a resume revision or a one-hour session with a career coach, or a signed copy of Purpose and a Paycheck by Chris Farrell, nationally recognized author on work and retirement
Complimentary copy of the Discovery Journey, a questionnaire to help you figure our your next steps

Become a Member of
Encore PBC!

Sign up to become part of the Encore movement to connect people over 50 with new opportunities for work and volunteering to make a difference in our communities.  And get great benefits, too!The annual membership fee is $20.

Simply click on the PayPal link below and you will receive a copy of the Discovery Journey, the first of your benefits.  The Discovery Journey will help you learn more about what you want for the next stage of your life.  (Hint:  there’s always a next stage!)

For more information, please click here.

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