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West Volusia charities hope folks will 'Give Local' May 6
Online donations and a chance to learn what different organizations do
By Jen Horton
posted May 2, 2014 - 4:33:37pm
Eighteen Volusia County charities are hoping people will use their computers to “give local” during a one-day online nationwide initiative Tuesday, May 6.
Find a list of the charities and instructions for giving at www.Givelocalecfl.org.
The West Volusia charities involved are looking for support for a variety of good causes.
In Orange City, the Titans Booster Club hopes Give Local will help pay for more students to play sports. The Hispanic American Youth Group (HAYGD) of Deltona is praying for space.
A total of 46 good causes throughout Volusia, Flagler and Putnam counties are participating. The website allows potential donors to learn more about the charities, and contribute to their dreams.
The Community Foundation of East Central Florida is coordinating the local event, which is a part of the national Give Local America initiative, a single-day charity drive that emphasizes awareness and giving.
Community Foundation Director Nita Schmellick said that all of the nonprofits are in need. Everyone needs some help with fundraising this year — and not just the big agencies.
"This is also a way to bring awareness to smaller nonprofits," Schmellick said. "There are a lot of nonprofits that do a lot of good."
Schmellick said she hopes people share news of the event via social networks.
Donations will be accepted starting at midnight Monday, May 5, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 6.
A leader board will track, live, the money raised for each charity. Donors choose the charities they want to support, and the amount they want to donate.
Minimum donations for charities are $25, but the sky is the limit.
"Pull out those black cards and max them out," Schmellick urged.
Daytona Auto Mall is an event sponsor, she said, and will donate $15 to charities on the Give Local list for each test drive from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 6.
Maritza Avila-Vazques, founder of HAYGD, said the youth dance program has gotten to the point that children who want to join have to be turned away, and she doesn't want to do that.
The group needs more space, and hopes to raise enough money to find a larger headquarters.
"We have so much talent in this area," she Avila-Vazques. "But we don't have a lot for youth to do. Some of them, their parents can't afford programs, or they have single parents, and they only have school. After school, they have nothing else they can do."
HAYGD wants to meet that need.
Similarly, University High School in Orange City now boasts one of the largest student bodies in West Volusia, with more than 2,700 students. More than 525 of those students play sports, but a large number can't afford the pay-to-play fees for team sports.
That's where the Athletic Boosters Club kicks in.
"While we have been able to contribute to the betterment of our athletic program, the need is far greater than we have been able to meet," Booster Chairman Harley Strickland said.
The Boosters hope to raise $10,000 for sports on Give Local Day.
The mission of the Titans Athletic Booster Club, Strickland said, is to assure that student athletes competing in University High’s various programs are properly equipped and receive the training and support necessary to compete at the highest level.
Two West Volusia city governments, DeBary and Orange City, have issued proclamations that declare May 6 as Give Local Day and encourage citizens to show support and make a donation.
"We hope to bring both the business and private community together, to support the fine athletes and coaches that give their all for this school, the community's school," Strickland said.
To share Give Local Day on Facebook, find the event on the CFECF Facebook page.
Volusia County charities involved in 'Give Local'
Avenues 12, Camp Challenge, Central Florida Pregnancy Center, Community Life Center Outreach Services, Council on Aging of Volusia County, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Friends of the Marine Science Center, FUTURES Foundation for Volusia County Schools, Halifax Humane Society, Halifax Urban Ministries, Haven Recovery Center, Hispanic American Youth Group of Deltona, Interfaith Caregivers of West Volusia, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Students Reach Out Inc., Titans Athletic Boosters Club, Volusia Literacy Council and the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia.
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