Steve Muschlitz, founder of Wheels from the Heart, donated a car to a woman and her children who are clients of CityHouse. Heather Cochran, a family advocate and case manager at CityHouse, accepted the gift on the family’s behalf. LEFT: Muschlitz, with his dog Enzo, hands over the keys to Cochran. Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star
By Amy Woods
The Children’s Foundation of Palm Beach County has launched an initiative titled “The Partnership,” modeled after Wall Street.
The Partnership encourages members of the community to purchase a “share” for $500, with each “share” representing a vote to select grant recipients.
In all, five grant recipients will benefit from $50,000 apiece.
Organizations vying for the monies include Boca Helping Hands, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Junior League of Boca Raton, Place of Hope, Sweet Dream Makers, and YMCA of the Palm Beaches.
Office Depot gives $15,000 to Pace Center for Girls
A new community partnership has been formed with Pace Center for Girls in Palm Beach County by Boca Raton-based Office Depot.
The nonprofit organization addresses the social needs of girls ages 11 to 17 by providing them with opportunities to better their futures through academics, counseling and independent-living skills. In addition to the $15,000 donated to the program, local members of Office Depot’s Women of Color group will offer mentoring services.
For more information, call 561-472-1990 or visit www.pacecenter.org/locations/palm-beach.
Diaper Bank to become independent nonprofit
A separate board of directors with its own slate of members will govern the Junior League of Boca Raton’s successful Diaper Bank.
The Diaper Bank will transition into a standalone 501(c)(3) by January 2022 while continuing to collect diapers for distribution to families in need.
“With the success of our Diaper Bank and the ever-growing need for diapers in our community, it is our responsibility not only to recognize how far we’ve come but also to meet the need for growth we are seeing,” said Cristy Stewart-Harfmann, Junior League president. “We are excited to announce that we will be gifting this incredible project to the community, allowing for its continued expansion.”
Nias is named president of Community Foundation
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has named Danita Nias as its new president and CEO.
Nias, who has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising, strategic planning and higher education, this month will succeed Brad Hurlburt, who is retiring after seven years.
“Our board of directors is thrilled to introduce a leader of Nias’ caliber to help guide the strategic direction of the Community Foundation,” said Julie Fisher Cummings, board chairwoman. “Nias brings a wealth of experience, expertise, enthusiasm and most importantly a passion for serving all people in our communities.”
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