Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast received$100,000 to allow 100 children across four counties to attend programming for one full year. The programming is designed to provide unique opportunities to learn, grow and to recognize youth for their achievements in an effort to steer youth clear of personal failure.
Children in Crisis received $220,000 to fund housing for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The new DCWAF Travis Tringas home is expected to be open this fall and will provide stability, shelter, house parents, food, clothing and necessary items to help children live a healthy lifestyle.
Children's Volunteer Health Network received $190,000 to fund and serve more than 1,000 underinsured and uninsured children in need of dental care. These funds will fund operations for the Dental Bus, Dental Clinic and staff needed to assist with children in need of dental and medical care.
Emerald Coast Autism Center received $200,000 to fund scholarships and capital campaign purchase of land and facility construction to serve children on the autism spectrum. The new NWFSC Campus Facility will allow Emerald Coast Autism Center to increase their capacity levels, serving up to 130 students.
Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center received $175,000 to support the mental health therapy and case advocacy program for children that have suffered from abuse and neglect. Funding will also aid in construction costs for the new Walton County facility.
Food For Thought received $125,000 to provide nutritious meals for school-aged children on weekends, holidays and summer break. The fund this year will allow Food For Thought to expand into new areas and serve more than 1,000 children during the school year.
Habitat for Humanity of Walton County received $162,000 to fund the building of two new homes for families with children.
Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care/Opportunity Inc. received $75,000 to support the children services department, including children's coordinator, educational supplies, outdoor classroom, field trips and child care.
Pathways for Change received $220,000 for comprehensive addiction treatment programs including men's residential treatment and operations for the family center.
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast received $225,000 to fund the expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which will provide a larger nursery to accommodate a 10-bed Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the future.
Shelter House of Northwest Florida received $165,000 to fund support groups, counseling and advocacy for youth ages 6 months to 17 years, touched by domestic violence.
Youth Village received $140,000 to fund capital campaign purchase of land and facility construction and after-school programming for more than 40 low-income children along the Emerald Coast.
The Arc of the Emerald Coast received $180,000 to complete expansion and renovations of the Children's Center, transportation an aquatic center for children living with disabilities.
DCWAF Children's Fund received $48,000 that will serve as a contingency fund for charity partners and will be used as a safety net to serve children in need in the event of an emergency. DCWAF has realized a long held dream to create a fund for future needs. The DCWAF Children's Fund is cash held in a separate account available to any of the DCWAF charities who have an emergency need. "For the first time, DCWAF now has a safety net of funds for any of our charities that may have an emergency requirement for funds outside our normal contributions. It is our hope to continue to grow this fund over the coming years." - John Russell, DCWAF President