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People’s Choice Award
This award is driven by an online poll with votes from the general public in the WEDU PBS viewing area. This prestigious award exhibits the connection and relationship the organization has with the community and the people it serves by allowing area citizens to honor the nonprofit that they feel most exemplifies the spirit of the community. Please invite your supporters to vote!
Read the mission statements for each applicant, then cast your vote for this category below.
To inspire and empower students qualifying for need-based scholarships to become future community leaders through a rigorous middle school program coupled with ongoing graduate support.
ACTS mission is to apply the best of contemporary physical and behavioral health interventions and social support services available to assist individuals and families to engage and succeed in recovery.
Gracepoint Mission: Educating, advocating for and giving hope to all people touched by behavioral health, substance abuse, and developmental challenges.
We seek to reinforce the power of live theatre with high quality productions of compelling plays that excite and challenge a diverse audience. We are passionate about the telling of meaningful stories that inspire audiences to lean forward and engage.
American Stage’s vision is to be a vital arts leader, connecting our community to world-class productions that celebrate the most powerful stories of the moment and the most defining stories from our past.
The mission of The Arc Tampa Bay Foundation is to secure the financial future of The Arc Tampa Bay by fostering community awareness and involvement.
Beat Nb drives neuroblastoma cancer research and raises awareness, making a difference in kid’s survival today. We want to change the story for the next family by finding viable treatments and ultimately, a cure for neuroblastoma.
The Children’s Cancer Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving families of children who have cancer or chronic blood disorders with emotional, financial, and educational support necessary to cope with their life-threatening illness.
To create a learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect with the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders.
To raise our voices against violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.
The Community Food Pantry offers supplemental groceries through “client choice”, to include meat, milk and dairy, pre-made foods, non-perishable groceries, fresh produce and baked goods. But more importantly, we strive to end the physical and emotional hunger of families in a dignified manner by also offering support services such as health screenings and counseling, social services information, and nutritional education for the whole person.
The Community Food Pantry helped feed over 21,000 of your friends and neighbors in 2016, and expect to provide groceries to over 30,000 this year. These are seniors on fixed incomes deciding between medicine and groceries, individuals who have lost a job or are underemployed, or families who received an unexpected expense and need a hand up to get through the month. A third of the people we feed are children. With the help of our partners Feeding Tampa Bay, Publix, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Target, and generous business, agency and individual donors, we can meet the increasing demand of families who have trouble making ends meet. Together we make the community stronger.
Our mission is to help people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives through access to the arts by providing expressive, educational and vocational experiences
To ensure that no one in our community has to face crisis alone.
The mission of Dress for Success Tampa Bay is to promote the economic independence of women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Worldwide is an I5SIOfl international not-for-profit 501 (c)(3)organization that oversees and supports individual, locally-based Dress for Success sister affiliate a locations. Each sister affiliate is independently incorporated with a local board of directors and shares the mission of the original Dress for Success providing interview suits and encouragement to women seeking employment.
Our mission at the Dunedin Fine Art Center is to offer creative educational experiences in the visual arts. Our ultimate goal is to stimulate both awareness and appreciation of the arts through changing exhibitions, lectures, studio classes and workshops that can strengthen interpretive ability and interactive creativity for both children and adults. We strive to make the Dunedin Fine Art Center the premier art center in Florida, providing unparalleled educational, cultural and creative experiences through the arts.
To educate health care professionals, patients and communities about dysautonomia.
The Early Learning Coalition of Pasco & Hernando Counties Inc, is dedicated to creating a supportive network to build the necessary foundation for our children to be successful in school and life.
Through the transformative power of the Arts , we educate and inspire to create a better world. We envision a world that embraces diversity, respects differences and actively rejects hatred and prejudice.
The Firehouse Cultural Center provides, quality programming in arts and education for all ages. FCC programs encourage participation, engagement, discovery and learning while offering connections to the unique history, culture and natural environment of the south region of Hilisborough County. The Firehouse Cultural Center goal is to become the hub for community activities, to stimulate, support and encourage economic opportunity, thus contributing to SouthShore re-development.
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching the members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Inspired by Jewish values, we protect the vulnerable and help people achieve fulfilling lives by empowering individuals and strengthening families.
Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, Inc. (Gulf Coast JFCS) is a non-sectarian, community-based, Florida not-for-profit that has been serving Floridians for 57 years. In 1960, the agency began providing counseling and family support services to the Jewish community in Pinellas County. On July 2, 1974, Gulf Coast JFCS was incorporated and began to expand and diversify its array of services offered to the community at-large through public funding. Today, Gulf Coast JFCS has over 5000 employees providing services in 39 Florida counties. We serve over 30,000 individuals annually, with a point-in-time open caseload of about 3,500 individuals. Offices are maintained in Pinellas (HQ), Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Orange, Osceola, Broward, Miami-Dade, Sarasota, Lee, and Alachua Counties.
Gulf Coast JFCS programs serve diverse populations including all ages, faiths, cultures and lifestyles, including: Individuals with Behavioral Health Challenges with the tools necessary to function well in society; Unemployed Non-Custodial Parents with the employment skills to find jobs, support their families and be better parents; Refugees and Survivors of Torture with basic services that support them to successfully adapt to life in America; Elderly and Disabled citizens with support services enabling them to live independently, safely and with dignity; Jewish Families with services that connect them to the Jewish community and improve their lives; and Children in need with intensive support to ensure stability, safety and well-being. Each individualized service is based on researched, evidence-based/best practices, and trauma-informed care principles for a positive impact on the social determinants of health in the com unities served.
The mission of the Heart Gallery of Tampa is to raise awareness of Tampa’s waiting foster children, engage the community in their welfare and secure permanent, loving adoptive families.
To strengthen the bonds between pets and people by offering an enriching environment for our animals, providing learning opportunities for our community, and matching the right animal to the right forever home. The Humane Society of Pinellas (HSP) is the largest no-kill animal shelter in Tampa Bay, Florida. Located in Clearwater, Florida, HSP has been caring for the homeless pets in our county since 1949. Our ultimate goal is to create a humane community and end pet homelessness through education, outreach, and community services.
Founded in 1926, The Junior League of Tampa, Inc. is an organization of 1,900 women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Our mission is to promote a culture of environmental stewardship through volunteer and educational opportunities.
Lake Wales Care Center is a faith based community service organization which demonstrates Christ’s love by building bridges between people in need and people with a desire to serve.
PACE Center for Girls mission is to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.
Our mission is to enhance and improve educational opportunities in Pinellas County Schools. We accomplish our mission by addressing the key issues and e needs within the public education arena and presenting positive effective, efficient, accountable and results-oriented opportunities for the private sector to support quality public education.
Founded in 1986 by Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Gus A. Stavros, the Pinellas Education Foundation has raised more than $140 million to support the students and teachers of Pinellas County Schools and is consistently ranked among the top public school education foundations in the United States.
The Pinellas Education Foundation is passionately committed to providing all students with the opportunity to be successful. It is our belief that we must have a superior educational system to ensure that our school children remain competitive in an increasingly global marketplace. Involving the private sector in our efforts to improve education is vital to our success.
The Pinellas Education Foundation is a not-for-profit, 501 © 3 organization.
To provide financial integration services and resources that empower recent immigrants and refugees in our community to achieve financial stability.
We exist to meet the needs of people who are developmentally disabled.
We care about the people we serve, our employees and each other.
We provide uncompromised service.
We believe in what we do.
We make a difference.
The mission of the Ritchie Hockey Foundation is “to empower kids on and off the ice.” The Foundation was established by the Ritchie family in memory of Jason Ritchie, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2009, and aims to provide resources and mentoring to youth who share in Jason’s drive and dedication. The foundation helps shape the lives of tomorrow’s leaders by investing in deserving youth and youth hockey initiatives, recognizing that hockey builds character, commitment, teamwork, persistence, selflessness, academic excellence, and sportsmanship. The Foundation also provides scholarships to aspiring youth hockey players who otherwise would not have the opportunity to excel scholarly, and athletically, and has given away over $550,000 in scholarship funding.
Seniors in Service engages people in volunteerism, particularly those ages 55+, to help children succeed and elders remain independent by recruiting and training devoted and skillful volunteers.
Starting Right Now (SRN) ends the cycle of homelessness for unaccompanied youth. Our program provides each at-risk student with consistent, one-on-one mentoring, encourages future and long-term perspectives, and teaches enduring skills for self-sufficiency. In addition to housing and other basic needs, students access a wealth of life-changing resources, attend after-school enrichment classes and encounter positive role models, all of which equip them to meet academic and social demands.
Through every step of every journey, we offer compassion through extraordinary care, hope through innovative services, and inspiration through endless encouragement.
The UACDC serves the University Area Community, where high crime, poverty and a lack of basic resources has plagued the area for decades. Of those served, 95% are below poverty level. We work to improve the economic, educational and social levels of the community through youth programs, adult education and resource assistance. Funds provided through grants, private contributions and public appropriations help residents participate in most programs free of charge.
To inspire scholars to lead lives of impact.
USF St. Petersburg will shine. USF St. Petersburg faculty and administrators will work shoulder-to- shoulder with students and community partners to build a better world. We will challenge ourselves to excel in research, teaching and service.
At USFSP, we know that students will learn in an environment which provides a highly-engaging, content rich curriculum. Our Faculty are nationally recognized for their research in STEM, Literacy, Exceptional Student Education and Leadership. We offer a variety of experiential learning for all needs through our online and face to face programs. WE are reflective, collative, and professional practitioners; we develop individuals who will embody excellence and innovation. Our focus is on potential, possibility and promise.
until the 2018 WEDU Be More Awards Luncheon & Ceremony
Thursday, February 22, 2018
The 2018 WEDU Be More Awards are made possible by: