Monroe County Sheriff’s School Resource Sergeant Eric Mixon worked with Sugarloaf School Counselor Rebecca Palomino to match these LEGO sets, donated by LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Atlanta, with the children who needed them most at the school. Sugarloaf School is located in one of the most damaged parts of Monroe County and the children attending the school come from families most affected by Hurricane Irma.
In the weeks immediately following Hurricane Irma, United Way of the Florida Keys has distributed over $20,000 in direct aid in the form of store gift cards and cleaning supplies and tools. The organization also disbursed $52,700 in emergency “mini-grants” to eight local, established partner nonprofits directly serving individuals and families impacted by the storm. Additionally, $45,000 was dedicated toward hotel rooms to assist residents in the Upper Keys left homeless due to Irma-related damages to their homes.
This week, UWFK will allocate another $80,000 in additional mini-grants to 16 previously vetted partner agencies, including Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Burton Memorial Church, Southernmost Boys & Girls Clubs, KAIR, Star of the Sea Mission Outreach and many others. Further, an application for an additional $100,000 worth of funding is open to any human service nonprofit engaged in hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts at http://www.keysunitedway.org/uwfk-mini-grants-hurricane-irma-relief. There is also a link to the application on the UWFK homepage.
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The Southernmost Coconut Castaways, the OFFICIAL Home “Friend Club” for Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band, is proud to announce the release of a brand-new compilation CD called “Keys Strong: Music for Hurricane Irma Relief.”
With more than 35 songs about Key West, the Keys and the Keys “lifestyle” we all love, the double CD set includes songs by some of the best “Trop Rock” performers from all over the country and includes local musicians as well.
Some classic hits, some newly recorded versions of past hits and some brand spanking new songs specifically recorded for this CD, 100 percent of all proceeds will go to the United Way of the Florida Keys.
Money will be distributed to the 16 local charities listed on their website www.keysunitedway.org so the money stays here in The Keys.
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Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park in Fort Lauderdale has created a new brew, Florida Rebuilds, and will donate all proceeds — not just profits — to Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) to help food and beverage workers in the Florida Keys. The beer — a blonde ale made with Key limes — went on sale Friday at the brewery and will soon be distributed throughout the state this week.
CORE is a 13-year-old charity that aids the children and families of food and beverage employees facing a “life-altering circumstance.”
Brown Distributing of West Palm Beach — Funky Buddha’s distributor — has pledged to donate all proceeds from its sales to CORE. Constellation Brands, which purchased Funky Buddha in August, has pledged to match up to $50,000 in sales of Florida Rebuilds ale.
“We want these folks to be able to pay their bills and feed their families, ” said John Linn, Funky Buddha’s brand manager. “Our goal is to hit that six-figure mark.”
Funky Buddha and CORE suggest F&B workers apply for aid at https://www.coregives.org/about/refer-a-child/.
A list of restaurants and bars selling Florida Rebuilds ale is available on the brewery’s website at https://funkybuddhabrewery.com/.
This post was adapted from an article in the Miami Herald.
In the spirit of community and in alignment with its mission of preservation, Key West Art & Historical Society has joined Star of the Sea Foundation and Habitat for Humanity to support ongoing hurricane Irma recovery efforts throughout the Keys. Specifically, the society will host and donate proceeds from events it holds throughout the year to aid in the partnering organizations’ charity efforts, including the upcoming “Brick House Funk Party” benefit on Thursday, Oct. 26, and the annual “Back in Time” fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
“Key West Art & Historical Society has a strong membership base that’s passionate about arts as well as the community,” said Habitat for Humanity Board President Debbie Swift Batty. “The organization has graciously offered to support Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.”
Given the impact and destruction of hurricane Irma, Star of the Sea Foundation and Habitat for Humanity are working especially hard at providing what they can for communities Keyswide.
“Star of the Sea Foundation and Habitat for Humanity both have missions that support the Keys community on a consistent and continual basis, which is important, given the long-term impact of the storm,” said Michael Gieda, executive director of the society, one of the city’s oldest nonprofit organizations that spearheads the cultural preservation and heritage of Key West and the Florida Keys.
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