If it seems like we are behind other states in our criminal justice and prison system, it's because we are. One of the reasons we are is because we need help educating the public and spreading the word about our broken system and how we can make it better.
Florida Cares would like to thank everyone who helped to make the 5th Annual Holiday Toy Drive a success! This year we were able to provide 500 gifts to the children and grandchildren of incarcerated people. Special thanks to our volunteers Elizabeth Buchanan, Teresa Haack, and Catherine Ragonese, Andrea Davis, Michele, Patti, and Boy Scout Troop Pack #13!
A HUGE thank you to all of you for your help in providing back to school back packs to 222 children of the incarcerated and making a positive impact on these families and their children. We've also received numerous thank you calls from the guardians. This would not have been possible without all of you!!!
Another HUGE thank you goes to Laurette Philipsen for her tireless efforts on this project and to Catherine Ragonese, Elizabeth Buchanan, the summer interns, and Julie and her family who spent an entire day packing up each backpack and stuffing them with school supplies.
An article was also written about the Back To School Drive, which in return brought in donations from the Hillsborough County Firefighters!
We look forward to doubling the number of children next year as we continue to improve the lives of the incarcerated!
There are many talented artists within the Florida Department of Corrections and we would like to showcase their artwork! If you have a loved one that wants to participate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to have their art featured on our website.
You can view the gallery by clicking the yellow button directly below.
Florida Cares has cause to celebrate! We partnered with The Reentry Center of Rivera Beach, FL to conduct a Basic Computer Skills Class. Our first class of re-entering citizens completed their Basic Computer Skills Class taught by our own Don Stephens II! 16 weeks and they had perfect attendance! We took them to The Melting Pot to celebrate their accomplishments. Congratulations to the inaugural graduating class of '21!!!
MARCH 2021 UPDATE: The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service has announced that the incarcerated are eligible for all three payments of $1,200, $600, and $1,400. To file your taxes for free, Click the button below.
Florida Cares Charity Corp. is a Florida Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to improving the lives of incarcerated individuals.
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let us know! We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our vision a reality. We'll help you find a way to volunteer that best suits you. We're excited to have you join the team!
Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We can't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.