1000 Friends of Florida partners with citizens across the state to save special places and build better communities. Using planning and conservation strategies, we advocate to protect Florida’s quality of life for current and future generations.
Online community resource directory providing easy access to hundreds of government, non-profit and private resources. Three quick steps allow area families to “get connected, get answers” about topics from A to Z, from ADD/ADHD to zoos.
Community-based, social services organization that provides a safe, nurturing environment for children living in poverty while meeting their academic, social, emotional and physical needs. Award-winning services and nationally accredited programs serve over 800 children aged 1-18 years and 500 adults. Programs include toddler, preschool, after school, teen, summer camp and family strengthening values.
Provides specialized care to patients with Alzheimer’s and related diseases, including adult day care, 24-hour crisis line, nurse consultants, case management. Offers education and support to caregivers. Serves Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie Counties.
On-the-ground emergency services, including shelter, for natural disasters, public health emergencies, other crises. Teaches health and safety courses, disaster prevention and preparedness. Available to military and Palm Beach area families.
Conservation non-profit devoted to preserving natural habitat, recreation areas, and commercial fishing on Apalachicola River and Bay. Monitors river from Florida/Georgia line 108 miles down to the Gulf of Mexico. Priority advocacy issues are preserving freshwater and floodplain habitat, and fighting pollution and explosive development.
Promotes, supports and advocates for the independence, dignity and wellbeing of seniors, adults with disabilities, and those who care for them in a manner that values diversity, reflects the communities they serve and embraces the collaboration of the aging network.
Unites people with nature through grassroots Everglades restoration projects and science-based education. More than 15,000 students K-12 have taken advantage of hands-on learning about the Everglades ecosystem and its “River of Grass.” Volunteers have planted 100,000 native Florida trees in wetlands areas.
Collaboration of members, sanctuaries, scientists, advocates, and volunteers to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and wildlife. Informs public about BP spill with beach reconnaissance map and oiled wildlife reports.
Largest autism science and advocacy organization in the country. Funds, conducts research on causes, prevention, treatment, and cure. Raises public awareness, serves as advocate for individuals with autism and their families.
Best Buddies Intebestbrnational is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The IDD community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities. Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with IDD. For individuals within this community, Best Buddies helps them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communications skills, and feel valued by society.
The Boys & Girls of Palm Beach County offer a broad range of programs and activities in six core areas: Education and career development; character and leadership development; sports, fitness and recreation; health and life skills and; technology and the arts. The Clubs serve more than 7,500 youth per year ranging in age from 6 to 18. The programs are offered at 13 Club locations and four extension sites throughout Palm Beach County.
Comprehensive education, support for people infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Links clients to resources for medical, dental, drug, and insurance services. Identifies housing opportunities, facilitates support networks.
Committed to eliminating poverty housing and homelessness. Recruits sponsors, volunteers, and future homeowners to work together. Teams contribute time, energy building safe, affordable houses in Gadsden and Leon counties.
Statewide organization helping families safely care and provide for their children. Offers support for foster families, temporary safe haven for abused, neglected children. Resource for pregnancy counseling; information, services for adoption.
A not-for-profit organization devoted to finding loving homes for abused, abandoned, and neglected boxers. Rescues these dogs from owners who cannot care for them, and from shelters where they face being euthanized. Has network of foster homes and volunteers from Miami to Daytona Beach.
In August 2016, Mark Cassini and Matt Shipley co-founded Community Greening. It is a member of The National Arbor Day Foundation’s Alliance for Community Trees, a national network of community-based organizations dedicated to planting and caring for trees. On a regional level, Community Greening is a recognized member of the State of Florida’s Urban Forestry Council.
The main goal of Community Greening is to mobilize local groups to plant and care for trees, and by investing their time and energy have a direct impact on improving the neighborhood landscape. It is a collective effort to connect and engage individuals, neighborhoods, youth, and businesses who care about improving our environment for people and nature. Community Greening promotes, plants and protects green spaces for current and future generations, and most importantly, it is building community during the process.
Empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life. Focuses on one-on-one relationship with caring adult; safe place to learn; healthy start, healthy future; marketable skill at graduation; and chance to give back to peers and community.
A public safety nonprofit organization founded in 2004 that brings road way and traffic safety awareness to Florida drivers and communities. The mission of Dori Saves Lives is to change the culture surrounding unsafe driving habits. With traffic accidents as the leading cause of death for 16 year old’s and the 4th leading cause of death nationwide, the organization strives to combat these deadly statics that no one die a needless death on our roads.
The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since opening in 2010, Dress for Success Palm Beaches has served over 4,000 women through its suiting, on-site coaching, and job readiness programs.
Teams of therapists, teachers, health professionals open doors to equal opportunity for people with disabilities and special needs. West Palm Beach area services include child care, early intervention therapies, personal emergency response system.
NW Florida chapter of Waterkeeper Alliance, monitors water pollution and permit violations. Holds government accountable through education, litigation, and advocacy. Based in Pensacola, needs “eyes and ears” to spot signs of oil spill.
A free full-service training facility founded in 2003 to empower the blind and visually-impaired. From expanded headquarters in Palm Springs, offers support groups, access to technology resources, and classes in Braille, computers, and life skills. Annual fundraiser is “Dining in the Dark.”
Rescues rehabilitates and releases sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in five Florida counties: Wakulla, Franklin, Leon, Taylor, and Jefferson. Relying entirely on donations, grants, and volunteer services has provided food and medical care to more than 7,000 mammals, birds, and reptiles; also conducts educational demonstrations in area schools.
Supports American troops overseas with monthly “We Care” packages filled with luxury items, as well as true essentials, including hygiene items, and letters of encouragement; involved with booths at community events and fundraisers throughout the year, school projects, and send-off and welcome home ceremonies. Sending “a little bit of home” to assure they are not forgotten. Tax-exempt non-profit registered in FL and GA.
Unique park on northern coast of Palm Beach County is mix of tropical hammock, estuary, beach, dunes, and limestone rock reef; offers recreation and education activities. Volunteer opportunities range from animal care to beach cleanup to guiding nature tours. Friends group raises money to supplement State funding.
Parents, families and friends work together on behalf of individuals with Down Syndrome. Services include new parent packets in hospitals, home visits, social groups, public speaker training for advocates, health and wellness center for adults.
Non-profit institute for marine biological research and teaching located in Eastern Florida Panhandle. Offers nature tours, school field trips, educational exhibits, and touch-aquarium of local marine animals. On-site research, including fisheries development, in partnership with national scientific institutions.
Child advocacy program that trains and supports guardians to represent abused, neglected, and abandoned children in court. Appointed by the 15th Judicial Circuit, guardians make recommendations based on the best interests of the children.
Serving Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties in the Big Bend region with partner Child Advocates II, Inc., the program is part of a statewide coalition of volunteers, community supporters and professional staff advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children.
Affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, uniting volunteers and future homeowners to build safe, affordable houses for working families. Potential homeowners contribute 500 hours of sweat equity to be eligible for no-interest loans.
Launched in Florida in February 2010, committed to protecting coastal economies, oceans, marine wildlife, and fishing industry. Mission is to persuade elected officials to say no to offshore drilling, yes to clean energy. Plans and coordinates events inviting Americans to join hands in solidarity on beaches nationwide.
Educates women of child-bearing age about local health system, steers expectant mothers to accessible prenatal care, offers childbirth classes. Targets at-risk and hard-to-reach families, providing referrals to social service agencies if needed. Service Coordinators help mothers and fathers take responsibility for healthy children.
Collects, preserves, and shares Palm Beach County’s history through educational programs, lecture series, events, and walking tours. Headquartered in restored 1916 courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach, along with Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum and extensive library of local and Caribbean history.
Hospice services such as palliative care, bereavement counseling, caregiver guidance, non-invasive integrated therapies for patients and families. A model for nationwide programs provided regardless of insurance or family’s ability to pay.
Open admission shelter for companion animals regardless of health, age, temperament, breed. Notable features include AniMobile veterinary surgical unit; lost and found intake; obedience/agility training; memorial gardens.
Not-for-profit organization that provides training and mentoring to at-risk children of migrant workers through after-school bike programs, including teaching bike repair skills. Founded by Jack Hairston, who has collected, repaired, and distributed thousands of bicycles to South Florida children and to families in Haiti, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
Local non-profit affiliate of Keep America Beautiful that enhances appearance and sustainability of Palm Beach County through cleanup efforts, beautification of neighborhoods and roadways, and encouragement of volunteerism. Projects include Intracoastal cleanup, Lake Worth Lagoon protection, and Ecoart in Dreher Park.
Nationally accredited South Florida organization devoted to preventing and treating child abuse and neglect. Wide range of programs includes 24-hour emergency safe refuge, in-home family reunification services, education for families at risk, foster care recruitment, and adoption support. Goal is a healthy permanent home for every child.
Provides educational programs for children, parents, and teachers to prevent child abduction, abuse, bullying, and online dangers. KidSafe 8-week program incorporates song, art, role play and discussion; targeted to children ages 4 to 12 in pre-schools and elementary schools in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties.
A resource for patients and families, offering financial, emotional support; free educational materials; discussion boards; guidance for choosing cancer centers. Advocates for government funding of research into treatments, causes and cures for blood cancers.
Goal is for every child, every adult to become a reader. Children’s programs include after-school activities, readers in pre-schools, and home visits that encourage early literacy and school readiness. Volunteers also are trained to serve as tutors for adults.
To break the cycle of homelessness supports short- and long-term help for individuals and families. In addition to interim and permanent housing, offers meals at Café Joshua, job training, counseling on topics such as parenting and budgeting.
Founded in 1980 by a mother whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver, MADD’s mission is to stop drunk driving, support victims, and prevent underage drinking. More than 300,000 lives have been saved in the last 30 years. Florida volunteer opportunities include training to be victim advocates and helping strengthen laws.
Consistent with its slogan, “Honoring Senior Living,” this nationally-recognized non-profit provides health care, housing, and support services for Palm Beach County seniors and their families. Volunteers help seniors in long-term care and assisted living facilities; the Career Path Volunteer Program engages high school students in community service activities.
Mission is to provide nationally accessible programs and support services to persons affected by multiple sclerosis, and to help them maintain their health, safety, self-sufficiency, and personal well-being. Works to heighten awareness of MS, to gain financial support for programs and services, and to promote public understanding.
Affiliate of national grassroots not-for-profit serving as advocates for individuals and families affected by mental illness. Dedicated to promoting recovery, improving lives, eliminating stigma. Education programs include courses, meetings, publications, and Crisis Intervention Team that trains police.
Works with police, sheriff, fire, and public safety departments in 45 states to aid in timely response when adults and children wander off due to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and autism. More than 1,200 local agencies use radio technology and specially-trained volunteers to assist in search and rescue.
Temporary housing and emotional support for families with children receiving treatment for critical illness or injury. Near Children’s Hospital, pediatric units at St. Mary’s Medical Center; only facility of kind between Ft. Lauderdale – Orlando.
A non-profit venue for racing fans and volunteers to respond rapidly to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, etc. and help disaster victims. Sends own “Immediate Deployment Team” within 24 hours to work with local emergency management officials and assess needs. Volunteers contribute time, money, goods and services.
One of 49 chapters working with 600 coalitions nationwide to prevent unintentional childhood injuries, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14. Educates families online and through community programs, conducts research, provides safety devices to families in need, advocates for better laws to keep children safe. Safe Kids is funded by Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation.
Serves developmentally challenged children and adults in Palm Beach County. Promotes achievement, self-reliance, economic independence. Programs include Seagull Place, a residence with assisted living training, and SAIL, a charter school.
Oil spill action site for oldest, largest, and most influential environmental organization in the U.S. Information about oil spills, fact sheet on “Solutions to Moving Beyond Oil,” opportunities for volunteers to host Beyond Oil house parties, participate in cleanup events, send message to President Obama.
One of largest chapters in Florida, organizes year-round sports training, athletic competitions for children with intellectual disabilities. More than 150 volunteer coaches and 75 training programs encourage physical fitness, nutrition, and wellness.
Founded in 1993 to prevent cruelty to animals through education, fund raising, sheltering pets in foster homes, and promoting adoption at off-site adoption events. Works statewide, providing public information on low-cost sterilization programs and, when needed, helping with veterinary services.
Tri County Humane Society
A no-kill organization saving the lives of unwanted animals in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade. Shelter provides nutrition and vet care, screens for qualified prospective owners to adopt abused, abandoned cats and dogs.
Uses horses to provide therapy that fosters achievement for people with special needs in Palm Beach County. Services include therapeutic riding, equine-assisted psychotherapy, and Horses for Heroes program for injured military personnel.