2012-2013 Partner Agencies
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The purpose of 4-H is to develop leadership, character, and good citizenship in America’s youth. By emphasizing the development of the Head, Heart, Hands, and Health, 4-H leads youth to produce their best. Programming in Leon County 4-H ranges from environmental education, area horse shows, summer camps, North Florida Fair and the 4-H/Tropicana Public Speaking program and many more.
Established in 1982 ASHBB’s mission is to feed the hungry in the Big Bend through our network of partner agencies, and to educate and engage the community in the fight against hunger. Their service area includes the eleven counties of the Big Bend where they deliver food to distribute and serve their clients.
Big Bend Homeless Coalition
The Big Bend Homeless Coalition is a nonprofit community-based organization that has served the Tallahassee-Leon County community since 1986. Their mission is to end homelessness in the Big Bend through leadership, education, advocacy, and the provision of quality services. It is the largest source of housing for homeless families in the Tallahassee area.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend
This organization provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported relationships that can change their lives for the better. It is the nation’s largest volunteer based mentoring program for children.
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Big Bend
Since 1992, BGCBB has been serving the needs of hundreds of children and teenagers in Leon and Gadsden counties after school and all day during the summer. This organization aims to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. It provides a safe place for youth to learn, grow and develop.
Damayan Garden Project
Damayan is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 to increase food security for low-income families in the Tallahassee area. Damayan works to enhance the quality of life in our community by teaching people how to grow their own food. They provide schoolyards, community centers, and low-income housing communities with the tools and skills needed to establish gardens.
Emergency Care and Help Organization
ECHO Outreach Ministries has been serving Leon County since April 1981. They offer professional services through programs providing emergency relief and family sustainability to Leon County residents and those experiencing homelessness. ECHO has grown into the largest faith-based human services agency directly assisting more than 20,000 people each year.
Grace Mission Episcopal Church
Grace Mission Episcopal Church is a not-for-profit organization founded in the mid-1990s. As an inner city church located on the outskirts of Frenchtown, it serves many who are experiencing poverty and homelessness. Their outreach ministries include parishioner support, community building, children’s programs and neighborhood outreach.
Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend
Kids Incorporated is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1972 by the late Budd Bell in Tallahassee. They serve children 0-3 years of age and pregnant women with a mission to support and educate families and young children through quality early learning, health & family services. Today, they provide direct services to more than 300 children and their families in Jefferson, Leon and Madison counties.
In January 2012 three of Florida’s independent, not-for-profit blood centers merged to form OneBlood, Inc. OneBlood is an innovative, forward-thinking blood center that strives to lead the industry in providing safe, available and affordable blood to our hospital partners and their patients. OneBlood currently serves more than 200 hospitals and health care facilities.
Panhandle Area Educational Consortium Migrant Education Program
PAEC is Florida's oldest regional educational consortium, founded in 1967. Specifically, the Region I Migrant Education Program works to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy among migrant children by linking migrant families to services and programs that support the well-being and education of their children. They provide an array of programs and services to migrant families in the Big Bend area.
Renaissance Community Center
Opening in April 2012, the RRC is a fairly new organization that serves as a host for local initiatives that work to address the unmet needs of the Frenchtown neighborhood. The RCC collaborates with various agencies to provide assistance in the areas of housing, employment, education, health/mental health care, applying for benefits, and substance abuse.
Special Olympics Florida: Leon County
The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Success Academy at Ghazvini Learning Center
The Success Academy is a Leon County Public School that serves students in grades 6-12. The mission is to remediate and accelerate students who have struggled in traditional mainstreamed schools. Through mixed modeled classrooms, live teaching and computer based instruction students receive instruction that best meets their needs.