Established in 1983, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a broad range of enriching programs and services for individuals of all ages and abilities to meet the diverse needs of its members, the Jewish community and the community at large.
Levis JCC promotes and enhances Jewish culture, heritage and values through educational, spiritual, social, wellness and recreational programs. From preschool and summer camp, to teen and family activities, from athletics to cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming as well as Boca’s chic Resale Boutique, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.
Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center is a non-profit community agency of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.
The American Association of Caregiving Youth addresses the issues surrounding the silent, vulnerable and hidden population of children who provide care for family member who is unable to manage life independently. It addresses the needs of these children through education and awareness, research, and direct services.
Founded in 2010, Best Foot Forward (BFF) is focused on changing lives for children in foster care in Palm Beach County. BFF is 100% dedicated to using academics as the path to a successful future and breaking the cycle of abuse. BFF currently serves hundreds of students from elementary school through college, and provides educational planning, monitoring, and coaching on a one-on-one consistent basis. Its high school program has a 100% graduation rate, compared to a national average of 46% among foster children. Despite a 3% national college graduation rate, Best Foot Forward has celebrated many college graduates to date, with more to come. For more information about Best Foot Forward, visit our website.
Boca Helping Hands (BHH) is a community-based nonprofit that provides food, job training, access to healthcare and financial assistance to help individuals and families improve their quality of life and build financial stability. Through its various assistance programs, BHH supports over 35,000 people annually. Charity Navigator named Boca Helping Hands a 4-Star Charity for the 16th consecutive year in November 2022.
BHH distributes more than 90,000 pantry bags each year at five Palm Beach County locations and serves over 90,000 hot meals annually. The organization expands access to affordable medical, dental, and behavioral care through its partnership with Genesis Community Health (serving clients at clinics in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach) and Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing Community Based Clinics (serving clients in West Palm Beach).
In addition, BHH sends weekend meals home with food-insecure elementary school students via the BHH Backpacks Program and serves 13 schools across South Palm Beach County. The BHH Resource Center provides emergency financial assistance to Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach residents in crisis to help with rent, overdue utilities, and the rising cost of childcare through the Children’s Assistance Program (CAP).
With an increased focus on quality of life and financial stability, BHH awards scholarships for qualified candidates to attend accredited vocational training classes that prepare them for careers in the healthcare, information technology, and transportation industries. BHH also offers free English as a Second Language (ESOL) classes, courses in nutrition, and other life skills.
Located in the heart of Boca Raton, the Children’s Museum broadens children’s awareness of the world around them and teaches them how to problem solve through creative and scientific exploration.
The Boca Raton Police Athletic League (PAL) was established in 1991 to assist youth who are at risk of academic failure, substance abuse or criminal activity by providing safe places for them to go during non-school hours with structured recreational activities. Boca Raton police officers act as role models to city youth and assist with sports, leadership and educational programs.
Founded in 2012 by Mark Sauer, the purpose of Bound For College is to provide academic, financial and emotional resources for motivated students so they can reach their full potential. This comprehensive program includes ACT/SAT prep, college tours, college and financial aid application guidance, career exploration and developmental counseling. At Bound For College, young people are encouraged to acquire an education after high-school to obtain a secure career path and remain bound for success.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County (BGCPBC) began as one Clubhouse in 1971 and has now grown to 20 sites, becoming the largest, most comprehensive provider of youth services in the County, and the fifth largest Boys & Girls Club out of 5,100 nationwide! Through programming that focuses on Academic Achievement; STEM; Resiliency & Life Skills; the Arts; Sports & Fitness; Career and Workforce Readiness; and Leadership & Service, BGCPBC nurtures generation after generation of children and teens from the most under-resourced communities in our County to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
Caridad Center’s mission and vision is to upgrade the health, education and living standards of uninsured and underserved children and families; and to eliminate the cycle of poverty for the families we serve in Palm Beach County. As the largest free health and charitable clinic in Florida, Caridad Center provides medical, dental, vision, mental health, social services and health education with volunteer physicians and healthcare providers who care for more than 5,400 patients every year, resulting in more than 33,000 patient visits a year. Caridad Center is nationally ranked by Charity Navigator as a Four Star Charity and is a Platinum Transparency Award recipient from Candid for 2023.
Center for Child Counseling provides playful, healthful, and hopeful living for children, families, and communities. We envision their health and resilience through ACEs-aware and trauma-informed communities.
Fighting ACEs is Center for Child Counseling’s approach that provides multilayered support for children and families in communities experiencing chronic stress and trauma. The model focuses on building the capacity of caregivers and the community to buffer the effects of toxic stress on children, healing the intergenerational cycles of abuse and trauma, building healthy caregiver-child relationships through trauma-informed prevention and early intervention services and support.
Our Goal: To end diaper need, defined as “The lack of sufficient supply of diapers to keep infants and children clean, dry and healthy”, in the South Florida area. The Diaper Bank-Covering South Florida is the central hub of diaper distribution to our community. We ensure that a sufficient number of diapers are available and accessible to our 24 partnering agencies whose main focus is to distribute diapers to those in need.
Founded in 1984, the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County is an organization dedicated to advancing excellence in Palm Beach County’s public education by increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership. With the support it receives from contributions and grants, the Education Foundation provides resources for innovative programs to improve academic achievement.
Since 1973, the Faulk Center for Counseling has been providing free and low-cost mental health services to uninsured, at-risk, and underserved individuals in our community. We offer individual, couples and family counseling, counseling groups, support groups, reduced fee psychological testing and educational seminars. No one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.
The Fuller Center has been a community cornerstone for over 50 years, providing under-resourced children the same educational opportunities as their more affluent peers. Our goal is to support hardworking families and their children to realize their full potential. We believe all children should have the chance to experience success in school, in work, and in life, regardless of their parents’ income or zip code.
For children 6 weeks to 5 years old, we offer a holistic early education program, setting the foundation for school success and lifelong learning. For school-age youth, we offer after-school, summer camp, and out-of-school programs to develop skills in social interaction, literacy, science, technology, math, and the arts, and providing tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment activities. We have incorporated a teen program providing youth the opportunities to build skills in leadership, communication, project development, and community service.
At the Fuller Center, we believe that educated children and empowered families create a strong, supportive community. The Fuller Center offers a unique, comprehensive system of family support to ensure that parents and caregivers are empowered to provide for their families and make a positive economic impact in our community. We know that when it comes to turning the tide of generational, economic inequity and make a positive impact, tomorrow begins today!
The TOPS (Teaching Outstanding Performers) summer band camp is for young musicians, writers, dancers, and actors. Students develop and enhance their artistic skills with private lessons, music theory classes, band rehearsals, and music appreciation classes. More than 100 at risk elementary student campers attend annually.
For 44 years, HomeSafe has protected South Florida’s most vulnerable residents–victims of child abuse and domestic violence. The organization is a leading provider of prevention and intervention services, helping more than 15,000 infants, children, young adults, and families each year. HomeSafe provides comprehensive programs in a continuum of care–visiting hospitals to help mothers and newborns stay on the right track to a healthy future, assessing children with developmental delays and behavior issues, healing families affected by domestic violence, and providing mentorship and support for young adults who have spent their childhood in the foster care system. Children who come to HomeSafe have experienced unimaginable abuse and neglect. HomeSafe is one of just five specialized therapeutic group care agencies in the state of Florida, the only one in Southeast Florida, who is accredited to provide the intensive therapy program these children need to heal from their past and find confidence in their future.
JAFCO (Jewish Adoption & Family Care Options) was established in 1992 to serve children who have been abused and neglected in South Florida. JAFCO’s message to children is that they are part of a larger family, a community who will care for them even at times when their own family cannot. JAFCO provides shelter, food, clothing, education, medical care and therapy to those children and families who desperately need help. To date, JAFCO has touched the lives of more than 16,000 children. Core programs at the JAFCO Children’s Village include foster care and adoption, an emergency shelter and six group homes, family preservation, mentoring and independent living.
JAFCO believes the primary responsibility for the care of abused, neglected, at-risk children and those with developmental disabilities belongs to our own community. As our nation struggles to provide better care and protection for at-risk children and families, the JAFCO model demonstrates that with the support of caring people and foundations like Boca West Children’s Foundation, we can truly change the world.
The JAFCO Children’s Ability Center provides child enrichment, resources, support and respite services to families raising children with developmental disabilities. An alarming 1 in 6 children will be diagnosed with autism or other developmental disabilities by the age of 3.
The JAFCO Children’s Ability Center allows families to receive or connect to every possible service they need all in one beautiful location. The Center was designed with one goal: to offer comprehensive and intensive support not only to children with developmental disabilities, but to the entire family. The concept of serving the entire family, and not only the child, is the key feature of the Ability Center. This full array of services is currently not being offered together as a comprehensive package anywhere else in the United States.
The Kelly/Strul Emerging Scholars Program at FAU was created by President Emeritus John Kelly and his wife Carolyn Kelly, and Boca Raton philanthropists Aubrey and Sally Strul. The program provides first-generation, low-income students with financial resources and personal support to help them graduate from FAU in four years or less.
Living Hungry is a charity born of the belief that every human has potential worth nourishing. We are on a mission for the last five years to reach every local student experiencing homelessness in Palm Beach County schools. Living Hungry provides quality nutrition in weekend bags of food and meets the basic needs of hundreds of our most vulnerable children in 22 schools today. Through collaborative partnerships and smart logistical solutions, we change the storyline and help unleash the hidden genius and kindness in the next generation of Americans. In 2022-23 we will be expanding to three Boca Raton high schools graciously funded by the Boca West Children’s Foundation. Together we fuel the brightest futures for our local students enduring homelessness.
The Nat King Cole Generation Hope mission is to provide music education to children with the greatest need and the fewest resources. The vision is that Nat King Cole’s unforgettable legacy will ensure future generations are given the opportunity to learn and experience the joy of music.
Place of Hope is a faith-based, state-licensed children and families organization, offering housing and support services designed to end the cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness, poverty, and human trafficking. We are one of the largest, comprehensive, and most diverse children and families organizations in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. We strive daily to help our children, youth, and families find true healing and restoration, which leads to healthy, independent, and successful lives.
Roots and Wings has two signature programs. Our mission is to support and encourage children’s reading skills and the teachers who inspire learning.
Roots and Wings’ Project UpLift is our free, intensive, small group after school reading tutorial program focused on grades 1t through 3 attending Palm Beach County Title One public elementary schools who are reading one or two grades below grade level. This 2023-24 school year we begin to add additional schools in the northern part of Palm Beach Country that have also reached out to us for help. This fall we will now be in twelve schools in Palm Beach Country, working with over 900 struggling readers. We know that if you can’t read you can’t learn. We want to ensure that our third graders can become proficient in reading and be promoted to fourth grade. As Kofi Annan once said, “Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”
Through its Above and Beyond Teacher and Staff Recognition Program, Roots and Wings recognizes outstanding educators and staff for their dedication to ensuring children in our communities are educated and prepared to become good citizens. To date, with the support of local businesses, the program has presented over 1,600 awards to appreciative teachers and administrative staff at Title One elementary schools in our regional community. The winners are all chosen by their peers.
Since 1957 The Rotary Club of Boca Raton has been committed to changing lives and building futures by providing local at risk students with scholarship assistance, mentoring, internships , job training and job placement opportunities as well as participating in community service projects.
The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is dedicated to impacting the Boca Raton Community through our efforts of “Service Above Self.”
The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is focused on keeping our talent on the local level in order to benefit our Community through Health and Wellness, and Community well-being.
We distinguish ourselves through our unique programming, full disclosure, and our governing policy that our organization is run by our Members for the Members and is Fair To All Concerned. Decisions are made in a collaborative effort through input from our Members, as each Member’s opinions and contributions are valued.
The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is operated for the sole purpose of making a difference in our community and the lives of many in an environment that embraces integrity, friendship, camaraderie and trust. Our goal is to keep our outstanding Community growing strong.
Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education, Inc. (SCOPE), an independent national nonprofit organization, provides children from underserved communities life-changing opportunities through the experience of summer camp, including the Southeast. In each region SCOPE funds camperships to send local children who commit to staying in school to nonprofit, overnight, American Camp Association accredited camps to empower them to develop to their full potential.
SOS Children’s Villages – Florida (SOS) cares for abused, abandoned and severely neglected children who are wards of the State. At SOS, special emphasis is placed on reuniting biological siblings; over 20 sibling groups currently reside in the Village. SOS fills a much-needed niche in our community, in that they provide short-term care for children who have no imminent chance for reunification or adoption. In addition, they are uniquely able to provide long-term care for youth who have no other permanent plan and need a place to call home until they transition out of foster care as adults. Since 1993, they have provided healing, hope and home to more than 400 children.
Located on an eight acre cul-de-sac in a residential neighborhood in Coconut Creek, Florida, the village consists of 12 single family homes for children and three children’s services buildings. In the village, the children can settle into a home and know that a house parent is there to care for them 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to a home, SOS also provides services for children who need help dealing with their emotions, their deficiencies in school, their social skills and behavior, and their independent living preparation.
SOS’ graduation rate is 81% compared to the 50% national graduation rate of foster care youth; 47% of SOS children go on to enroll in college compared with 15% of foster care children nationwide.
The Take Stock in Children program model is recognized as a “flagship mentoring program” by the Florida Legislature for providing an evidence-based approach throughout Florida with no drop-off of services post-high school graduation. For 28 years, we’ve offered underserved youth one-on-one mentoring, college readiness services, full-tuition college scholarships, and post-secondary retention services, while ensuring equity for youth facing systemic barriers.
Unicorn Children’s Foundation, established in 1994, is a not-for-profit organization that is creating cradle to career pathways for individuals with developmental or learning differences, as well as supporting their families. We envision a world where all children, regardless of their disabilities, will have every chance to be accepted, included, and provided with opportunities for meaningful engagement in their community. Our programs connect families to resources, advocate for inclusive opportunities, respect individual differences, empower caregivers with tools and strategies, support individual success through social engagement, life-skill development, vocational training, and employment opportunities.
The YMCA’s cause is to strengthen the community with a focus on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Since 1917, YMCA of the Palm Beaches has served central and northern Palm Beach County, working side-by-side with local families and neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.