Blog Posts Tagged Charity-Spotlight


Charity Spotlight: Boys & Girls Club

Posted on Monday, March 5, 2018

Originally founded in 1968, the Boys & Girls Club has dramatically grown and expanded over the years into the amazing organization it is today. With their drive and belief that every child has the potential to be great, they provide seven safe, positive neighborhood Clubs along the Emerald Coast with school and summer programs for children between the ages of 5 and 18 years old. With more than 700 kids registered during the school year and over 1,950 during...

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Charity Spotlight: Emerald Coast Autism Center

Posted on Monday, February 5, 2018

The Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC) was founded in 2009 as the first large scale non-profit in the Okaloosa and Walton counties to fill a growing need for an educational and therapeutic resource for children with autism. With autism affecting 1 in 68 children in the United States, the importance of having an environment to improve the lives of these children and their families is hard to overlook.  ECAC approaches their student’s education in a...

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Charity Spotlight: AMIkids

Posted on Thursday, January 4, 2018

“Separating a troubled past from a bright future” is the vision that AMIkids Emerald Coast works towards every day. Located in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, this nonprofit is dedicated to helping kids transform their lives by discovering the potential within themselves, providing care and guidance to help them achieve their goals, and breaking the cycle of failure and poverty.  AMIkids Personal Growth Model © focuses on education, behavior modification...

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Charity Spotlight: 2016 In Review

Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

Over the past year, DCWAF's Charity Partners have made some amazing strides in helping our community's children. There are so many wonderful services and programs in place and our charities are continously expanding. We could not be more proud! Here are some of the highlights of 2016. Children in Crisis Inc. (CIC) opened the Ty Autry Pennington foster home in their Children's Neighborhood during the month of September. The Children...

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Charity Spotlight: Shelter House

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2016

Abuse has varying forms. It can be physical, verbal, or emotional. All are damaging. Some are deadly. Many times, children are caught in the crossfire as they witness and sometimes directly experience abuse. This leads to physical or emotional trauma and can even result in similar behavior patterns. It is reported that one-third of children who experience or witness abuse in their home go on to abuse loved ones.  When a victim of abuse knows...

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Habitat for Humanity: Building Futures, Fulfilling Dreams

Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Walton County Habitat for Humanity does not only help build homes, they also help build futures. For 20 years, they have been bringing the community together to build affordable homes for families in need. They are proud to say, "this is not a hand out, but rather a hand up" as they require home recipients to perform 250 sweat equity labor hours per adult in addition to attending credit and financial counseling to allow...

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Charity Spotlight: Emerald Coast Autism Center

Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Every person deserves the chance to be the best version of themself that they can be. This is true across age, cultural background, and even individuals with Autism. The Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC) is a place where hope exists and this chance can become reality. Every day, children come to the ECAC school and therapy center where they find that they can succeed. This is possible because of the dedicated, certified staff members who create curriculum...

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Food For Thought

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Food, shelter, clothing. These are basic needs for a human's well being. Thousands of children in our community wonder if or when they will eat their next meal. That is the definition of food insecurity. 1.1 Million children in the state of Florida live with food insecurity. 10,000 in Walton and Okaloosa counties live in food insecure homes. In 2010, Tiffanie Shelton discovered a few children going to school with her kids weren't eating over the...

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Charity Spotlight: Shelter House

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Take a moment to think about your circle of friends. Do you know which one is in an abusive relationship? Which one has been sexually assaulted? In the U.S., one in four women will be a victim of domestic violence and one in six will be a victim of sexual violence in her lifetime. Although abuse affects all genders, 85% of domestic abuse victims are women and many of them have children. Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of...

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