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Chances to do Good

Learn about local opportunities to give back to the community and greater causes in South Florida

Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Broward and Palm Beach)

Though the Alzheimer’s Association cannot host large gatherings this year, the organization is encouraging participants to continue the Walk to End Alzheimer’s (pictured above) tradition by walking as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Broward and Palm Beach counties in two different virtual events.

Boca Raton’s walk takes place Nov. 8 and Broward County’s takes place Nov. 21. Opening ceremonies will include local speakers and a presentation of Promise Flowers to honor the personal reasons participants walk. A small group of Alzheimer’s Association staff and volunteers will create the iconic Promise Garden in a “view only” format on Walk day at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

To enhance their walk, participants can download the Walk to End Alzheimer’s mobile app to access a feature called Walk Mainstage, which allows them to track their steps and distance, follow a virtual path, manage their Facebook fundraisers, and access information and resources from the Association and Walk sponsors to help individuals and families affected by the disease.

“This year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be everywhere,” said Wendy Vizek, vice president of constituent events for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The pandemic is changing how we walk, but it doesn’t change the need to walk. This year, more than ever, we need to come together to support all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia. With the dollars raised, the Alzheimer’s Association can continue to provide care and support to families during these difficult times while also advancing critical research toward methods of treatment and prevention.”

To learn more, click here.


Support for Foster Children

ChildNet’s new campaign raises funds for foster youth and caregivers in South Florida. The community-based care agency, which protects abused, abandoned and neglected children throughout Broward and Palm Beach County, recently launched the Tuesdays of Giving campaign. Every Tuesday in November and December.

“At ChildNet, our mission is to protect abused, abandoned and neglected children in the communities we serve,” said Larry Rein, ChildNet CEO and president. “It is essential that during this trying time we show up for the most vulnerable and provide them with the extras to make them feel special.”

The funds will cover holiday gifts, COVID-19 relief efforts, specialized medical care, tutoring and sports and arts programs for the more than 3,300 foster youth and families ChildNet serves.

Learn more here.


United Way’s Stay Home Gala

To continue its msision to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the community, United Way of Broward Countyis hosting the Stay Home Gala. With the its annual Mayors’ Gala canceled due to the pandemic, the Stay Home Gala will serve as an online giving event with the goal of raising $250,000.

Our community counts on the dollars raised at the Mayors’ Gala every year to fund critical programs in Broward County and help those most in need,” said Kathleen Cannon, United Way of Broward County’s President and CEO. “This year people are struggling more than ever and raising these dollars has never been so important.”

The event takes place now through Giving Tuesday on Dec. 1 and offers different types of donations, including an Individual Ticket or one of several Packages. The Individual Ticket of $265 delivers three weeks’ worth of healthy foods to a family. Packages include $1,000, which provides 330 nutritious meals to isolated senior citizens; $2,500, which provides employment training and placement for adults with special needs; and $15,000, which launches United Way’s reading program in one school.

To purchase tickets or packages and learn more, click here.

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