Since opening on February 1, 1999, the Broward Partnership served over 20,000 homeless individuals and families, by providing short-term housing, and it has been held as a model program for its comprehensive array of solution-focused services that aim to reduce and prevent homelessness. The agency won best practices awards from the Florida Department of Children & Families and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, which also recognized the Partnership as one of the 400 best projects in the nation serving the homeless.
Join the Broward Partnership on Friday, September 12th for its Sixth-Annual Golf Challenge at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club! Open to participants of any skill level, this fun, unique event raises funds to support the Partnership’s mission of helping homeless individuals and families back on the road to health, employment and housing.
You or your company can participate in several different ways:
Corporate Golf Challenge: Companies pledge to raise a minimum of $5,000 to participate, which includes a golf foursome at the actual event. We will set up a customized website with your company logo and information through which you can manage and track fundraising progress. Employees can then simply email the link or share via social media, asking their contacts to support your company in this worthwhile endeavor by making an online tax-deductible donation. The company that raises the most funds will win the Corporate Golf Challenge Grand Prize!
Individual Golf Challenge: Individuals commit to raising $2,000 to participate and play golf at the event. Individual golfers will receive a personalized fundraising website and link to share with friends, family, neighbors and business associates, with a grand prize awarded to the individual who raises the most funds.
Virtual Golf Challenge: Companies or individuals who are not interested in golfing can still participate as “virtual golfers”, with no minimum pledge amount required. Virtual golfers will also receive a customized fundraising page to email to their contacts, with prizes awarded to the company and the individual who raises the most funds through the virtual challenge.
On the day of the event, participants will enjoy a fun day of golf at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club’s championship course, complete with breakfast, lunch and awards presentation.
On a beautiful weekend in May, the Partnership celebrated the tremendous impact its volunteers made on the lives of the homeless at its Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards Luncheon held aboard Carnival Cruise's Fun Ship Freedom.
Sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines and the Sun Sentinel, the Volunteer Recognition Awards honored several groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to help the homeless men, women and families with children the Partnership serves, helping them to rebuild their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.
The 2014 award winners are CarMax and Turner Construction, Corporate Volunteer Award; Business Network International Express Chapters Financial Power Team, Community Group Volunteer Award; First Baptist Church at Weston, Faith-Based Volunteer Award; Kymani Quarrie & Tania Dunbar, Family Volunteer Award; Don Anderson and Burt Sharff, Volunteer of the Year; Max Ribbler, 2014 Legacy Award; and Kevin Taylor, Gabriel Gomez and Peter Anderson, 2014 Lessons for Life Ambassadors' Award.
The employees of CarMax have been volunteering with the Broward Partnership since 2010, donating more than 100 on-campus volunteer hours. They prepared and served meals, cleaned and repainted the Children’s Learning Center, organized numerous donation drives and recommended The Broward Partnership for CarMax Grants. To date, the CarMax volunteer team earned the Partnership more than $11,000 in financial contributions.
Sixty Turner Construction employees from around the globe generously donated their time, expertise and resources on a warm sunny day March 2014. They gave the Partnership's campus a much-needed ‘spring cleaning’! In addition to donating all of the necessary supplies and plants, the volunteers repainted the Partnership’s lobby, fences, gazebo and playground area. Turner Construction volunteers also installed a new irrigation system and planted new shrubbery on the campus.
Members of the First Baptist Church of Weston served more than 570 hours since March 2012. This is a multi-generational group that give up their Saturday morning sleep to arrive at the Center by 5:30AM! They arrive at the Center bright and early to prepare and serve the breakfast they sponsor in the Partnership’s Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers program. Following breakfast they offer our only morning Bible study.
At the age of seven, Kymani was leaving a Miami Heat game with his Mom and asked why people were sleeping on the streets. His Mom Tania explained, and he insisted that they help them. Kymani and his Mom started KQ Cares so no one could tell Kymani he was too young to make a difference.
Kymani and Tania volunteered at the Broward Partnership since June 2010. This incredible family, with unwavering support from friends and family, donated 240 hours of on-campus time to the Partnership. They prepared and served 20 meals and often bring desert to make the meals extra special. Kymani and his Mom have organized drives for towels, clothing and hygiene items – as well as Jeans for Teens. Kymani never stops on his quest to help the homeless.
The 2014 Lessons for Life Ambassadors’ Award recognizes Kevin Taylor, Peter Anderson and Gabriel Gomez for dedicating more than one year of consistent service to the Broward Partnership. Their award honors the commitment of each of the volunteers for their Lesson for Life Seminar monthly seminars. Our program participants have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and insight about vital life topics presented by these beacons of the South Florida community.
Carnival Cruise Lines supported the Broward Partnership for many years by providing much-needed financial support as well as effervescent volunteers from their “FUN” team who serve meals at the Partnership, paint and help with our events. We’re fortunate for Carnival Cruise Lines and their continuing commitment to host the organization for this annual celebration of our volunteers.
On February 28, 2014, the Broward Partnership was presented with the “Outstanding Non-Profit Organization of the Year” award at the 4th Annual PNC Bank Non-Profit Academy Awards. The award honors an organization that accomplishes significant results and serves as a model for other non-profit organizations, and the judges focused on the following key areas of non-profit excellence:
- Exceptional overall results and impact
- Strong governance and executive leadership
- Financial stability
- Effective community engagement and partnerships
Competition for the award was fierce, and the Partnership’s selection as winner is a testament to the leadership of our financial supporters, board of directors and the tireless efforts of our dedicated staff -- all of which make a lasting impact on the issue of homelessness in our community.
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