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Nonprofits First

What We Do
For more than 14 years, Nonprofits First, Inc. has been the leading resource for strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of nonprofit organizations in the community. Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants and volunteers, the vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which all nonprofits achieve their highest level of success.
We promote quality and accountability in our nonprofit community through:

Our Vision

A community in which nonprofit organizations achieve their highest level of desired impact.

Our Mission

Empowering nonprofit excellence.

ABOUT US-

Since 2005, Nonprofits First has been the leading resource for strengthening the operational and administrative capacity of nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach County. Comprised of experienced professionals, consultants and volunteers, the vision of Nonprofits First is a community in which all nonprofits achieve their highest level of success.

We promote quality and accountability in our nonprofit community through Accreditation, Education and Professional Development, and Management Support Services.

Nonprofits First exists for the sole purpose of serving and supporting the entire nonprofit community.

Strong, well-run nonprofit organizations have adopted many best practices from the business world. They know that good management and strategically deployed resources help them gain market respect, donor confidence, and public support. We believe that this level of success is attainable for Palm Beach County’s service organizations. We make it possible for nonprofits to deliver the highest level of service to our community.

For more information, please click here.

Center for Trauma Counseling

Center for Trauma Counseling 

Center for Trauma Counseling, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 2012 by Helya Ortiz, LMHC, to serve Palm Beach County, Florida as a community mental health organization.  Her vision was to provide cost-effective and easily accessible community-based mental services to the community, to ensure continued personal, social and professional development and support; for the achievement and maintenance of a fulfilling quality of life.

Our Mission is to ensure the immediate availability of cost-effective mental health interventions to serve most in need Palm Beach County impacted by trauma related experiences.

Our Philosophy is that children, adolescents, adults, elderly and their families have access to evidence-based mental health treatment from trained mental health professionals.

Don’t suffer alone.  Get the help you need.

Provision of High Quality Services Is Our Number One Responsibility

Our community mission fulfills an unmet need in Palm Beach County. Our leadership focuses on delivering high quality trauma counseling to fulfill the mental health needs of our clients. Our center has highly-qualified mental health counselors with extensive training, licensing and in-depth experience. Specifically we are able to treat a number of symptoms, issues and disorders related to traumatic events. These include post-traumatic stress disorders; severe physical illness or disability; death and grief; disasters; mental, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, neglect and abandonment; and a number of other mental and psychological disorders.

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Gilda’s Club South Florida

About Gilda’s Club
Gilda’s Club South Florida, an affiliate of the Cancer Support Community, is dedicated to providing support, education and hope to all people impacted by cancer, family members and friends of those diagnosed, children, and people who have lost someone to cancer.
FREE OF CHARGE TO EVERYONE
Gilda’s Club South Florida provides a gathering place where people with cancer, as well as their families and friends, or people that have lost someone to cancer, can join with others to actively involve themselves in building social and emotional support as a supplement to regular medical care. Our evidence-based programming includes support groups, healthy lifestyle workshops, mind-body classes, social activities, educational lectures and community resource information.
We build community, so we can take on cancer together.
The mission of Gilda’s Club South Florida is to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

OUR HISTORY

Who is Gilda?

Our namesake, Gilda Radner, was one of the original cast members of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Throughout her time on the show, she created several enduring characters, including Roseanne Roseannadanna, Emily Litella and Lisa Loopner.

When Gilda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1986 she quickly realized the importance of emotional and social support. After attending The Wellness Community in Southern California, Gilda envisioned places of participation, education, hope and friendship to be made available to men, women and children with all types of cancer and their families and friends. After her death in May 1989 her husband, Gene Wilder, and Joanna Bull – Gilda’s psychotherapist – founded the flagship Gilda’s Club in New York City.

What We Do

Have you recently been diagnosed with cancer? Are you undergoing treatment or perhaps you know someone – a family member or friend – with cancer? Have you lost someone to cancer?

A cancer diagnosis can bring with it fear, isolation, and anger, and an overwhelming need for information about treatment options, health insurance, financial support and how to manage the daily routine of life. Cancer doesn’t just change the life of the individual diagnosed, but also the lives of those around them.

At Gilda’s Club South Florida we offer professionally-led support and networking groups, healthy lifestyle groups, educational workshops and lectures, social activities, and resources to all those impacted by cancer.

The mission of Gilda’s Club South Florida is to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

Our programs are offered free of charge to members.

For more information, please click here.

Junior Achievement of South Florida

With the help of over 7,000 trained corporate and community volunteers and mentors, JA delivers over 20 unique programs to 50,000 students in classrooms throughout Broward and south Palm Beach counties and at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion on the Broward College North Campus, a first-class facility housing two JA BizTowns and JA Finance Park.

Junior Achievement of South Florida is preparing today’s youth for tomorrow’s careers.

Junior Achievement empowers young people to own their economic success. Our volunteer-delivered, K-12 programs foster work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. JA’s experiential learning inspires kids to dream big and reach their potential.

JA helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. Junior Achievement sparks students to develop competitive skills and confidence.

HISTORY

Junior Achievement of South Florida has served almost 1,000,000 students since its inception in 1959.

Junior Achievement of South Florida was founded locally in 1959 by the Fort Lauderdale Rotary Club and served just 373 high school students during its first year. Programs now span grades K-12, with age-appropriate curricula designed to teach elementary students about their roles as individuals, workers, and consumers and to prepare middle grade and high school students for key economic and workforce issues they will face. In 2009, our impact greatly expanded with the opening of JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion, and we now serve 50,000 students each year.

JA USA

Junior Achievement of South Florida is part of the JA USA network. Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic & economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, & provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge & skills in financial literacy, work readiness & entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 109 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.2 million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Click here for more information.

Living Hungry

WE CHANGE WHAT HUNGRY CHILDREN HUNGER FOR. WELCOME TO LIVING HUNGRY.

5,141,000 MEALS / 20,000 FUEL UP PACKS/ 81,000 CHILDREN+

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Every Child Has Potential.

The Fact is 1 out of 5 American students are failing to thrive due to malnourishment. Hunger plagues our American children living in poverty, right here at home.  Food is the #1 social determinant of health .Many endure 68 hours of hunger over the weekend away from school meals.  Malnourishment robs our young  students of their brightest futures, from elementary school to high school. This problem is solvable. We solve it. 

Maura Plante founded Living Hungry to nourish children well to realize their full potential.  Her dedication is total, her passion is infectious.

Worth Nourishing

Living Hungry is a  new charity born of the belief every child has a potential worth nourishing. Poverty setbacks and malnutrition plague our at-risk teens and homeless youth worst. Living Hungry is created to provide nutrition products and logistical solutions by teaming with our fiscal agent South Florida Hunger Coalition and funding partners to feed the children to change the storyline and unleash hidden genius in the next generation.   

Currently Feeding Students, Youth & People in Palm Beach County, Collier County, Okeechobee County, St. Lucie County, Martin County, Hendry County, Broward County and expanding fast. Be next.

Innovating Superheroes

Our vision is big. Not to fuel children to overcome poverty barriers, but to unleash wild success stories! We want to see young Americans come from behind, tap into their “hunger” to realize their dreams, imagine their brightest futures, and then live out their best lives. 

How do we do this? We innovate solutions to today’s problems. We use  iterative product development, R&D, efficient supply chain logistics, and build maverick  collaboratives. We partner well. We build to scale, to integrate local collaborators, to automate systems. Net effect results in dynamic and sustainable platforms. All to fuel up the most at-risk students for peak performance:

  • Homeless Students: Operation “Not One Hungry Homeless Student in Palm Beach County”  weekend feeding program 
  • “Food is Medicine” combats Diabetes with Food, Cooking, Classes & love.
  • At-Risk Teenagers: “WHOLE TEEN HEALTHY” program
  • New program concept percolating next. Stay tuned.

For more information, click here.

Autism Society

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.

While there is currently no known single cause of autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive the support and services that they need, which can lead to a quality life filled with opportunity.

The Autism Society of America has been improving the lives of all affected by autism for over 50 years and envisions a world where individuals and families living with autism are able to maximize their quality of life, are treated with the highest level of dignity, and live in a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued. We provide advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and community at national, state and local levels through our strong nationwide network of Affiliates.

Founded in 1965 by Dr. Bernard Rimland, Dr. Ruth Sullivan and many other parents of children with autism, the Autism Society is the leading source of trusted and reliable information about autism. Through its national network, the Autism Society has spearheaded numerous pieces of federal, state and local legislation, including the 2006 Combating Autism Act, the first federal autism-specific law. The Autism Society’s website is one of the most visited websites on autism in the world and our on-line resource database, Autism Source™, and National Contact Center (800-3-AUTISM) provide information and service referrals to thousands of people each year.

The Autism Society also hosts the most comprehensive national conference on autism, on average attended by a thousand people each year. Our Information and Referral team, our program staff and our strong affiliate presence in states and communities throughout the country serve thousands of families each year who are searching for help in their journey with autism.

The Autism Society’s national office is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. We are proud to be one of the few organizations to have members on the autism spectrum serving as active members of our board directors as well as in other leadership positions throughout the organization. Temple Grandin was the first member-elected person with autism to serve on the Autism Society Board of Directors, in 1988.

The Autism Society’s Panel of Professional Advisors (PPA) sets the standards for our Options Policy that governs our practices, and we are proud to count the top professional autism experts on our PPA. The Autism Society’s Advisory Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism (PSA) is a first-of-its-kind advisory panel comprised solely of individuals with autism who help Autism Society staff create programs and services that will advocate for the right of all people with autism to live fulfilling, interdependent lives.

Each year, people with autism, families and professionals volunteer thousands of hours to help the Autism Society achieve its mission of improving the lives of all those affected by autism. To each and every one of you, thank you.

The Autism Society engages in fair hiring practices and is an equal opportunity employer that also strongly encourages people with developmental disabilities to apply for vacant positions. It is the Society’s policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, sex, age, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, familial status or the presence of disabilities.

For more information, please click here.

Women in Distress

OUR MISSION:

To stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy.

OUR HISTORY:

Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. was founded by Edee Greene and a group of concerned citizens in July of 1974. Initially, Women In Distress served as Broward County’s first refuge for homeless women in a modest four-bedroom home until a local tragedy brought light to the need for shelter for women and children in danger. Shortly thereafter, the agency’s founders were able to purchase a 54-bed shelter with generous contributions from Dr. Kona and Ruth Simon, and Walter and Peg Griffith, later expanding to 62 beds with a gift of a second 8-bed shelter from Lorraine Thomas. Women In Distress was now able to offer crisis shelter and support to victims of domestic violence and their children. In November 1995, the doors of the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Family Center instantly increased our visibility, accessibility and capacity to serve more families. In 1999, Janet A. Boyle established a $1 million endowment for Women In Distress in an effort to help ensure the future operations of the organization. Mrs. Boyle’s generosity has established a legacy benefiting Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc., its participants and employees for future generations. Today, Women In Distress has expanded again in order to meet the increased needs for emergency shelter and services. In the Summer of 2011, the new Women In Distress Jim & Jan Moran Family Center opened its doors to the community. The new center allowed for the agency to double its emergency shelter and outreach services as well as offer new enhancements including a special population wing for families with special needs and a Broward Sheriff’s Substation.

COA ACCREDITATION

Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. This means that The Council on Accreditation (COA) has verified that Women In Distress consistently operates with integrity, credibility and the utmost level of quality. The accreditation process takes place every four years. Women In Distress participates in a detailed review and analysis of the administrative operations and service delivery against national standards of best practice. COA is an independent accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada, and is one of the three leading accreditors of such service providers. COA is widely recognized by states and national organizations as an accrediting body with the capacity, scope, and ability to contribute significantly to the improvement of the behavioral health and social service delivery systems. Originally known as an accrediting body for family and children’s agencies, COA has earned public recognition from mental health and substance abuse organizations as well.

For more information, click here.

GL HOMES Philanthropy

Making A Difference

Every day GL Homes makes a difference in the communities where we live and work.

GL Homes supports many worthwhile causes throughout Florida, with a particular emphasis on those charities that work to break the cycle of homelessness.

Our GL Connects and Good Night’s Sleep initiatives are two of the many ways we dedicate our time, energy, and resources to help those who are homeless get back on their feet.

CHARITIES

Through the spirit of giving, GL Homes supports many organizations throughout Florida.
Here is just a sample of those we proudly support through our time and resources:

211 Palm Beach/Treasure Coast • American Red Cross • Best Foot Forward • Boys & Girls Club of Collier County • Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County • Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County • The Broward Partnership • Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches • Epilepsy Foundation of Florida • Forum Club of the Palm Beaches • Friends of the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens, Inc. • Greater Miami Jewish Federation • Gulfstream Goodwill Industries • Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties • Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach • Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County • In the Pines • Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO) • Jewish Federation of Broward County • Leadership Florida® • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County • Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County • The Lord’s Place • Norton Museum of Art • Pace Center for Girls of Collier County • The Pap Corps Champions for Cancer Research • Place of Hope • Ranger Good Works • St. Matthew’s House, Naples • The Senator Philip D. Lewis Center • Young At Art Museum • Youth Haven, Inc.

For more information, please click here.

YMCA WATER SAFETY PROGRAM

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.

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