West Park, FL (February 28, 2012) – HandsOn Broward joined The Children’s Movement of Florida, Broward Family Life Magazine and the Children’s Services Council of Broward County for Broward Family Day on Saturday, Feb. 25. The project helped revitalize Broward County’s longest continually operating child care center, Carver Ranches, in West Park.
“This year’s Family Day was a great example of our community coming together to provide an immediate, tangible benefit to Carver Ranches,” said Cindy Arenberg-Seltzer,
President and CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Broward and chair of the Broward chapter of The Children’s Movement. “In partnership with The Children’s Movement, HandsOn Broward and Broward Family Life, we were able to make a meaningful and lasting impact on our community. The event was a great success and CSC staff members were proud to be a part of it,” she said.
Throughout the day, 235 volunteers joined staff members from the sponsoring organizations in service activities to make over the campus. Volunteers painted the exteriors of three buildings; planted a butterfly garden and two vegetable gardens, painted murals, planted shrubs and revitalized the playground.
“Progress is achieved when a community can come together to make a difference for children,” said Vance Aloupis, statewide director of The Children’s Movement of Florida. “We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with organizations such as HandsOn Broward, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County and Broward Family Life magazine – organizations that understand the mission of making children the highest priority and bring that mission to life.”
In addition to the makeover, HandsOn Broward hosted a special edition of its monthly Kids Care Club, during which 25 children participated in service activities that included making pillows, painting murals, and assembling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to be donated to local food banks.
“Kids Care Club is designed to develop compassion and social responsibility in elementary and middle school children while demonstrating to each child their power to impact communities through volunteer service,” explained President and CEO of HandsOn Broward, Dale Hirsch. “There is no better way to spend Broward Family Day than to bring the entire family out and get involved in making a positive impact on others’ lives.”
Opportunities for Broward families to volunteer together are available year-round. If you are interested in participating in a volunteer project in your neighborhood, contact HandsOn Broward at 954-233-1300 or visit www.handsonbroward.org. To see more photos from Broward Family Day, CLICK HERE.
About Children’s Services Council: The Children’s Services Council of Broward is an independent taxing authority which was established by a public referendum on September 5, 2000, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the Council is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.
About HandsOn Broward: HandsOn Broward inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action to positively affect change in Broward County. To learn more about HandsOn Broward’s upcoming service opportunities, or to schedule a volunteer orientation for your group, please call 954-233-1300 or visit us online at www.HandsOnBroward.org.
About The Children’s Movement of Florida: The Children’s Movement of Florida believes that the well-being and education of our children in Florida must be the highest priority of government, business, non-profit institutions and families. The economic future of our state and the stability of the communities we live in depend on achieving this goal. The major objective of the citizen-led, non-partisan Children’s Movement of Florida is to inform the political, business and civic leaders, and the parents and people of this state, about this issue – and encourage them to make the well-being and education of our children our highest priority, including in the way we invest our public resources.