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Welcome ORCF Announces 2020 Community Grants

The Ocean Reef Community Foundation’s annual grants program is providing more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations serving neighboring areas this year thanks to the Ocean Reef community’s generous participation in the 2020 All Charities effort.

ORCF’s Community Grants Program funds dozens of worthy charities in the interest areas of Education, Youth, Health & Family Services and Community in the Upper Keys, Homestead and Florida City each spring. Including 2020 grants, the program has donated more than $11 million to improve the quality of life in the communities where Ocean Reef employee families live since the All Charities collaboration began in 2008.

This is a year unlike any other. Due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, each of the 2020 Grant Recipients is receiving the news of their award with special attention called to one proviso. If the organization can no longer execute the grant project as presented in the application or must now prioritize different needs, the Foundation will consider requests to change the use of the funds on a case-by-case basis.

It has always been a requirement of our Grant Agreement that any change in use must be pre-approved or the funds returned, and we expect this policy will serve us - and the charities now stressed to meet changing needs during the ongoing public health and economic crisis – especially well this year. We will continue to be 100 percent transparent about how your donations were used when the final outcome is known.

After months of careful vetting, a Grants Committee of your peers recommended the Foundation’s entire share of 2020 All Charities proceeds (combined with additional donations to the Community Grants Fund) be distributed as follows: (combined with additional donations to the Community Grants Fund) will be distributed as follows:

Grants to Homestead, Florida City and Upper Keys Charities

ACT4Me: Therapy programs for Homestead/Florida City children with neurological and genetic disorders, $24,000

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts: Learning through the Arts curriculum and live performance field trip for 5th graders in Homestead/Florida City Title I schools, $15,000

ARC of South Florida: Passenger van to transport Homestead/Florida City children with disabilities, $28,000

Autism Society of the Keys: Technology and therapy for autistic youth, $10,000

Branches Florida City:
• Grow & Climb teen leadership development and employment mentoring program, $25,000
• Tax Preparation/VITA and Savings Champion pilot program for families, $25,000

Be Strong International: Universal “Triple P” Parenting workshops for Homestead/Florida City families, $10,000

Burton Memorial United Methodist Church:
• Food Pantry: Refrigerated truck usage to enable pick up of perishable donations from local grocery stores, $7,200
• Pre-School: Summer Enrichment Program, $7,000

Camillus House: CHEER educational initiative to assist formerly homeless children in attending school and catching up with peers, $10,000

Caring for Miami: Project Smile Mobile Dental Unit visits for the Upper Keys, Homestead and Florida City, $35,000

Centro Campesino: Room divider to create separate program spaces, $14,000

Chapman Partnership: Parent Institute at the Family Resource Center for families transitioning from homelessness, $6,340

City Year Miami: Positive Behavior Interventions and Support pilot program and expansion for Homestead schools, $20,000

Common Threads: Nutrition education for Homestead children and families, $5,025

Communities in Schools: Bridges to Graduation & Beyond drop-out prevention programs at three Homestead schools, $25,000

DMF Employment Opportunities: Employment initiative for Homestead/Florida City individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, $9,000

Domestic Abuse Shelter: Prevention programs for Upper Keys youth and training for key providers of youth services, $10,000

Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe: Early Childhood Education Conference for Monroe County childcare providers, $8,000

Feeding South Florida:
• Delivery of food to Upper Keys food pantries, $24,000
• Year-round “Backpack” weekend meals for disadvantaged children in the Upper Keys pre-schools, $20,000

Florida Impact to End Hunger: Set-up expenses for breakfast, afterschool and summer food programs in Homestead, Florida City and Upper Keys schools, $26,577

Florida Keys Area Health Education: In-school primary medical services program at Key Largo School and Coral Shores High School, $20,000

Florida Keys Children’s Shelter: Recreation, Life Skills and Education Coaching Programs, $40,000

Florida Keys Foster Adoptive Parents Association: Unfunded needs for children in Foster Care in the Upper Keys, $15,000

Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition: Upper Keys Child Safety Equipment and Early Childhood Education programs, $22,000

Florida Keys Outreach Coalition: Quick Assist program to prevent homelessness, $5,000

Genesis Hopeful Haven: Successful Transition Empowerment Program to support Homestead/Florida City youth aging out of foster care, $42,000

Good Health Clinic: Vision screening equipment and software to identify and treat cataracts and diabetic retinopathy in medically vulnerable/disadvantaged patients, $15,200

Good Hope Equestrian Training Center: Endless Strides 10-week therapy program for about two dozen people with disabilities, $10,000

Greater Miami Youth for Christ: Teen Indigenous Leaders development and employment mentoring program at West Homestead KIX, $25,000

Greater Miami Youth Symphony: Music lessons program at three schools in Homestead/Florida City, $10,000

Guitars Over Guns Organization: Music instruction programs and mentors for at-risk Homestead/Florida City youth, $20,000

Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys: Contribution to building of 16+ additional affordable workforce housing units on county-donated land, $50,000

Key Largo School:
• Summer Recreation program for up to 250 pre-K through 5th grade students, $35,050
• AVID college readiness program, college trips and teacher training, $9,700
• Art supplies and tools for the elementary art program, $2,700
• Transportation for the 5th grade class to participate in the Arsht Center Learning Through the Arts performance, $1,000

Kristi House: Human Trafficking Symposium, $5,000

Mexican American Council: College & Career Readiness program for seniors from families of farm workers at Homestead high schools, $20,000

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind: Children’s Vision Program for 830 in both service areas, $10,000

MUJER: Breaking the Secret Workshops w/ University of Miami and follow up therapy for 40+ abused children, $35,000

Ocean Reef Volunteer Fire Department: CPR/Advanced Life Support training equipment to improve cardiac arrest survival, $10,000

Ocean Studies (Public) Charter School: Playground equipment for new location in Key Largo, $26,000 (MATCH REQUIRED)

PATCHES PPEC: Transportation for children with complex medical needs, $40,000

Redlands Christian Migrants Association: Security system for South Dade Child Development Center, $20,000

Reef Environmental Education Foundation: Project Nature Days field trips and environmental education for Florida Keys Children’s Shelter residents, $3,940

Saint Justin Martyr Pre-School: Security system and fencing, $16,000

South Florida Council of Boy Scouts: Scouting expenses for disadvantaged youth in the Homestead area, $15,000

South Florida Science Center & Aquarium: Bringing the Science Passport educational program to Title 1 elementary schools in Homestead/Florida City and the Upper Keys, $25,000

Special Olympics Florida Monroe County: Expansion of programs to serve 284 Upper Keys individuals with intellectual disabilities, $18,000

Star of the Sea Outreach Mission: Food pantry programs at St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church Food Pantry, $17,000

Start Off Smart:
• Homestead Police Department Youth Community Service & Education Initiative, $20,000
• Two Police Academy Scholarships for locals committed to serving in the Homestead Police Department, $15,000

Take Stock in Children: College scholarships (matched by the Florida Pre-Paid College Foundation) for Upper Keys youth mentoring program, $60,000

The College of the Florida Keys: Building Trades Apprenticeship Skills Laboratory for the New Upper Keys Center, $100,000

TIPS: Florida Keys Youth Basketball League, $6,000

Touching Miami with Love (West Homestead Site):
• Staffing to enable a 36% increase in enrollment, $17,000
• Junior Internship Program, $8,000

USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 13-04: Maintenance of the flotilla vessel, $13,000

United Way of the Florida Keys: Expansion of the Early Literacy Program to the Upper Keys to an additional 60 pre-school children, $9,000

VOICES for Florida Keys Children: Children’s Welfare Program to assist families through the 16th Judicial Court Guardian Ad Litem, $7,500

Waypoint Foundation: Mobile Dental Unit to provide services to youth in Monroe County Schools in partnership with Florida Keys AHEC, $50,000 (MATCH REQUIRED)

Wellspring Counseling: Counseling services for disadvantaged youth and families in the Homestead area, $20,000

YMCA of South Florida:
• Drowning Prevention Program for 500 disadvantaged Homestead pre-school children, $67,750
• Homestead Summer Learning Loss Prevention Camp, $17,500
• Afterschool Program scholarships, $10,000
• Key Largo Summer Camp and Afterschool Program scholarships, $53,000

Total 2020 Community Grants:  $1,421,482

To learn more about the Community Grants program, 2020 Co-Investment Opportunities to complement partial grants, please email foundation@oceanreef.com.



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Foundation COVID-19 Response Vital & Ongoing,July 31, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Revamped summer camps accepting children, June 17, 2020, Keysnews.com

Produce Boxes Handed Out To Feed Locals, June 9, 2020, Florida Keys Weekly Newspapers

St. Peter’s Fleet Providing Both Jobs & Hunger Relief, June 5, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Got Fruit? Easy donation program helps Keys community, June 5, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Organizations Join Forces To Feed Community, May 21, 2020, Florida Keys Weekly Newspapers

Mucarsel-Powell addresses issues in Upper Keys, May 20, 2020, KeysNews.com

Drive-through food giveaway Thursday, May 20, 2020, KeysNews.com

Charter boat captains helping feed the Keys, May 16, 2020, KeysNews.com

Pantries, groups see shortages, May 16, 2020, KeysNews.com

Greater Miami Youth for Christ Awarded $25,000 by Ocean Reef Community Foundation in Key Largo, May 16, 2020, KeysNews.com

Food giveaway rescheduled, May 15, 2020, KeysNews.com

Food Giveaway Today at Park, May 7, 2020, KeysNews.com

COVID-19 Relief Efforts Report, May 1, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Ocean Reef Community Foundation Grants $50K to Mobile Smile Clinic Efforts, April 24, 2020, Keys Weekly

Healthcare, Heroes and Hunger Relief, April 24, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

In the Keys: Great needs, an even greater response: Volunteers at Key West basilica distribute 20 tons of food to over 800 families in three hours, April 23, 2020, Archdiocese of Miami

The GOOD News in the Pandemic?, April 17, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Foundation Offers COVID-19 Relief Fund, Half Million Dollar Match, April 10, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Meeting The Needs, Organizations Work Together To Help The Community, April 10, 2020, Key West Citizen

ORCF 2020 Community Grants, April 3, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Happy Anniversary Dog Park at Ocean Reef, March 27, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Miracles Happen, March 20, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

College Breaking Ground for Upper Keys Campus, March 13, 2020, Florida Keys Weekly Newspaper

March Madness in Key Largo, March 13, 2020, Florida Keys Weekly Newspaper

Clinic Aiding Low-Income, Uninsured, February 22, 2020, Florida Keys Weekly Newspaper

Volunteer to Help Habitat for Humanity March 11, February 21, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

And the Winners Are..., February 21, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Records Are Made To Be Broken, February 14, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Time To Make Miracles Happen!, February 7, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

All Charities 2020: Catalog Enclosed!, January 31, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Tax Changes for Charitable Sector, IRAs Signed into Law, January 24, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Here’s Just One of Many Unique Items, January 24, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

You Can Help Make Miracles Happen, January 17, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

New Year’s Resolutions & Charity Tours, January 3, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

New Year’s Resolutions & Charity Tours, January 3, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

Making Miracles Happen in the New Year, January 3, 2020, Ocean Reef Press

2019 Tax Solutions & 2020 Charity Tours, December 27, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

Riding High for All Charities , December 27, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

Community Celebrates the Opening of the Hank and Corinne Greenberg Park December 27, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

A Magical Part of All Charities December 20, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

Donor Advised Fund Growth Exponential for Good Reason December 13, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

Delightful Holiday Gift Idea to Benefit You AND All Charities December 13, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

Ocean Reef Military Assistance Fund Makes Final Gifts November 8, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

And All That Jazz November 29, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

Spots Open for Giving Tuesday Charity Tour November 29, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

Be Kind, Re-Wine October 25, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

ORCF 2019 Community Grants Announced April 5, 2019, Ocean Reef Press

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