Over Four Hundred Thousand Dollars Granted to Non-Profits Serving Area Children

ORLANDO, Fla. (November 11, 2015) – Dr. Phillips Charities, a Central Florida philanthropic organization, awarded grants, pledges, and funding support in the Fall grant cycle totaling $424,500 to Central Florida non-profit community partners that directlyimpact children.

The most recent recipients include: United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida, New Hope For Kids, Edgewood Children’s Ranch and the School District of Osceola County.

United Cerebral Palsy of Central Florida (UCP) is the largest Dr. Phillips Charities recipient this spring with a $375,000 dollar pledge. This pledge is earmarked to helpfund a portion of the expansion of their Pine Hills Campus which is slated to open inMay 2016.

According to Dr. Ilene E. Wilkins, President of UCP “this expansion will allow us to offer services to previously unserved children and alleviate our waitlist.” She added, “we are so very grateful to Dr. Phillips Charities for helping to support the expansion of our Pine Hills Campus. This funding will allow us to unlock the potential of an additional 100 children and ensure that every child reaches their fullest potential.”

UCP Pine Hills Campus currently provides support, education and therapy services for approximately 150 children with and without special needs creating a unique educationmodel called inclusion, which breaks down barriers and teaches children at a very young age to embrace differences.

www.UCPCFL.org

Dr. Phillips motto to “help other’s help themselves” is evidenced in their recent pledge to New Hope For Kids. The organization was given $20,000 to add a new Grief Family Services Coordinator position. The new coordinator will assist in all grief programactivities, supervise counselors and volunteers and work with families on-site duringprogram sessions.

“For years there has been an ongoing need for a Grief Family Services Coordinator to facilitate our 70 plus volunteer grief counselors that serve hundreds of children in Central Florida” stated Dave Joswick, Executive Director of New Hope For Kids. “The grant from Dr. Phillips Charities enabled us to finally put someone into the position which will help our organization continue to grow and serve the Central Florida Community."

Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need. Their purpose is to bring hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses.

www.NewHopeForKids.org

Recognizing that children are one of the most valuable resources our community has, Dr. Phillips Charities provided a $17,500 grant to Edgewood Children’s Ranch. 

The grant will be put towards renovating the ranch’s swimming pool, which is an integral part of involving the young ranchers in daily physical activity. In many cases, this is the first opportunity many of the children have to learn to swimming and watersafety, which living in Florida is of utmost importance.

Stuart Eldridge, Executive Director of Edgewood Children’s Ranch stressed “the importance of sports and physical activity is key in helping to transform lives at EdgewoodChildren’s Ranch.” He added, “with the continued support of Dr. Phillips Charities, over the past 50 years, we have been able to improve our program and make a differencein the lives of thousands of children in our community."

Established in 1966, Edgewood Ranch is a residential program for young children who have exhibited negative social behavior due to family circumstances. Through prayer and loving care, children are given a safe environment in which to change the directiontheir life was headed.

www.EdgewoodRanch.com

Offering opportunities to promising youth helps us all build a better, stronger community and workforce. To help accomplish that goal Dr. Phillips Charities awarded $12,000 to the Osceola School District to support Poinciana High School student participation in the National SkillsUSA Competition.

The grant monies will be used to help over 50 participating students with registration, clothing and materials for the the various SkillsUSA competitions.

Irwin Inwood, Eagle Construction Teach at Poinciana High School and Head Advisor Skills USA stated “students are able to network with major corporations, colleges and other students who are also at the National Competition where there are many scholarships available to participating students.” He added, “this grant is not only beneficial to them, but also key to their future.”

SkillsUSA is a program that improves the quality of America’s skilled workforce through a structured program of citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training.

www.Osceola.k12.fl.us

As of today; $11,215,527.50 is Dr. Phillips Charities total grants, program related investments & pledges paid to Central Florida non-profits and partners in 2015.

The deadline to apply for a grant from Dr. Phillips Charities next cycle is May 13, 2016.

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