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Learn More about a Local Treasure: Children's Services Council of Broward

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 6:16am

 

      

Lauren is 16 years old, she's in 11th grade and is being raised by her dad since her mom's death in 2010. She is part of Hispanic Unity's Unity 4Teens program funded by the Children's Services Council of Broward County. Were it not for this program, her life would be much different. 

The Children’s Services Council of Broward County invests more than $60 Million annually on our children in Broward County!

In 2012/2013 the Children's Services Council of Broward County supported nearly 100,000 children through 153 programs by 87 organizations plus 40 school-based health programs.  

The Children’s Services of Broward County (CSC) is an independent taxing authority established by Broward County voters in 2000. Since its creation, the Children’s Services Council has touched the lives of thousands of children in our community – every year.

The CSC’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance the lives of the children of Broward County and empower them to become responsible, productive adults.

The organization funds hundreds of programs that serve children and families, advocates for policies that protect the interests of future generations and provides leadership that brings the child-serving community together.

The CSC works with Community Partners to help “Turn the Curve” in a positive direction on issues like:

•             Maternal and Child Health

•             Family Strengthening

•             After-School and Out-of-School Time

•             Kinship Care

•             Youth Leadership, Advocacy and Employment

•             Support for Youth and Families with Special Needs

To learn more about the work of CSC visit them on their website! 

 

 

Job Fair, April 30

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 1:07pm

 

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Wednesday, April 30  |  9am – 5pm  | 5811 Johnson St, Hollywood, FL 33021 

FREE Tax Preparation Expanded Hours thru 4/15!

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 11:53am

 

3 DAYS ONLY! FREE TAX PREPARATION Hispanic Unity

Assistance is available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole.

  • Saturday, April 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 14th from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 15th from 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

No appointments required. Location: 5811 Johnson Street | Hollywood, FL 33021

Click here to locate other HUF tax sites and to learn what documents you need to bring with you.  

 

Meet Cheryl, Frank, Joey and Dexter

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 3:17pm

 

 

In this family even Dexter the pooch is required to do community service!  Meet the Goldstein's and learn how they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for HUF.

    

 

 

FREE Tax Preparation thru 4/15- Find Nearest Location!

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:15pm

 

FREE Tax Preparation through April 15 - Find a location near you! 

Getting Your Tax Return Completed – What You Need:

There are 18 sites including the Mobile Resource Center (a traveling 34 ft. RV, where tax payers can come aboard and have their taxes prepared). In order to have a quality experience and have your taxes completed at time of visit, it is important to bring the necessary documentation.

Documents to bring to your Tax Preparation Appointmwent

  • Original Social Security Cards for you and any dependents
  • A government issued Photo ID
  • Tax information such as W-2 and/ or 1099, 1098-Mortgage, 1098-T or any tax documentation related to your specific income or expense.
  • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Form 1099)
  • Remember to bring  day care expenses with the provider’s EIN and amount paid (If applicable)
  • If you are self-employed, list detailing income & expenses with the support documentation
  • 2013 Tax return (optional)
  • Blank check from your bank account (for the purpose of direct deposit of your refund)
  • If you were a victim of identity theft in previous years, please be sure you have your PIN number with you; otherwise we cannot complete your return.
  • Any other relevant information about income and expenses

For more information on sites and locations throughout Broward County call First Call for Help at 2-1-1 or go to the Hispanic Unity website and the VITA Calendar. 

This program would not be possible without the support and leadership of our funders: Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Internal Revenue Service, and United Way of Broward County.

Thank you to our other program sponsors: Bank of America and Fifth Third Bank.

 

Unity 4Teens on College Road Trip

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 11:22am

 

 

 

       

Twenty-six youth from HUF's Unity 4Teens program are on a road trip this week - their lives will be forever changed. The 2014 College Tour is a two-night three-day trip via chartered transportation. Students departed Monday, March 24th and return on Wednesday, March 26th. During the three day trip the students visit Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Florida (UF), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), University of North Florida, University of Central Florida, and Bethune Cookman University. When the students return from the college tour they will work on completing their college essays and finalizing their college/university applications. 

HUF's youth development program is powered by the Children's Services Council of Broward. The career/college readiness program - and the 2014 College Tour - is made possible by support from the TK Foundation

Learn more about the Career & College readiness program and the road trip.

 

Congratulations NSU -- 50 years in South Florida!

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 1:15pm

 

 

 

Since its establishment in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1964, NSU has grown from an initial student body of 17 graduate students to the 9th largest private not-for-profit university in the nation serving 27,000 undergraduate, first professional and post graduate students.

          

The university’s alumni base is 162,000 strong and growing by more than 7,000 each year.

Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF) has been a long-time community partner with NSU and we have mutually benefited from the relationship. But the most benefited have been the 20,000+ annual clients served by Hispanic Unity. Our joint projects have included a Dental Clinic, work with our senior activity center, diabetes research with the Pharmacy School, immunization drives and health fairs. This year, HUF and NSU have partnered to bring to life STEM careers to Miramar High School students whom we serve through our Unity 4Teens Youth Development program. NSU also is a premiere sponsor of HUF’s new website. Learn more: www.nova.edu

 

Feria de Salud: Discover Your Healthy

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 8:47pm

 

Still haven't signed up for health insurance? Want to learn more about a particular health topic?

Then join us on Saturday, March 15th from 8am-noon at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston at the Feria de Salud: Discover Your Healthy. Our health counselors will be there to guide you - in English, Spanish, Creole and Portuguese - through the application process.

Join us for breakfast, participate in health screenings, listen to prominent speakers and much more. 

For full details, go to the Feria de Salud: Discover Your Healthy web page. The event is FREE. 

 

 

Children's Services Council of Broward County (CSC)

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 8:44pm

 

      

Lauren is 16 years old, she's in 11th grade and is being raised by her dad since her mom's death in 2010. She is part of Hispanic Unity's Unity 4Teens program funded by the Children's Services Council of Broward County. Were it not for this program, her life would be much different. 

The Children’s Services Council of Broward County invests more than $60 Million annually on our children in Broward County!

In 2012/2013 the Children's Services Council of Broward County supported nearly 100,000 children through 153 programs by 87 organizations plus 40 school-based health programs.  

The Children’s Services of Broward County (CSC) is an independent taxing authority established by Broward County voters in 2000. Since its creation, the Children’s Services Council has touched the lives of thousands of children in our community – every year.

The CSC’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance the lives of the children of Broward County and empower them to become responsible, productive adults.

The organization funds hundreds of programs that serve children and families, advocates for policies that protect the interests of future generations and provides leadership that brings the child-serving community together.

The CSC works with Community Partners to help “Turn the Curve” in a positive direction on issues like:

•             Maternal and Child Health

•             Family Strengthening

•             After-School and Out-of-School Time

•             Kinship Care

•             Youth Leadership, Advocacy and Employment

•             Support for Youth and Families with Special Needs

To learn more about the work of CSC visit them on their website! 

 

 

HUF Awarded $1.6 million for Center for Working Families

Monday, February 10, 2014 - 7:54pm

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Hispanic Unity Receives $1.6 Million for Center for Working Families Program  

HOLLYWOOD, Florida– February 11, 2014

Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF), a South Florida-based community organization announced today a  grant of more than $1 million from The Jim Moran Foundation to fund the Center for Working Families (CWF) program over the next three years. The organization also announced a $555,000 grant from United Way of Broward County for the same program, also for a three-year period.

The Center for Working Families is a new approach to help low-income families reach financial stability and move up the economic ladder.  Successfully pioneered by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in other cities, the program was launched by Hispanic Unity in January 2011. It is now supported by other major local and national funders. The CWF offers an innovative framework for how families can increase their earnings and income (“Earn It”), reduce their financial transaction costs (“Keep It”), and build wealth for themselves and their communities (“Grow It”). The objective of this concept is to remove barriers for participants in achieving financial well-being and success.

An initial research study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (2010) states that “clients who receive high-intensity bundled services are 5 times more likely to achieve a major economic outcome than clients who receive non-bundled assistance.”  HUF partnered with the Urban League of Broward County and both organizations started the program, the first of its kind in Broward County, at the same time.

The Jim Moran Foundation along with the United Way of Broward County and the Children’s Services Council of Broward County provided the initial seed money to launch CWF at Hispanic Unity.

What makes the program unique – and powerful – is the bundling of services which are delivered intensely over a long period of time. HUF clients participate in the program until they have reached their goals. A team of program specialists including Career Coaches, Employment and Income Specialists and Financial Coaches work with clients in group settings and in one-on-one sessions.

In its first three years after the launch, the program has impressive results. By the end of year three, 601 participants had participated in the program. In 2013, 51% of the program participants had secured a job, 100% of the participants had attended financial literacy training and one-on-one meetings with a Financial Coach. 71% of the participants had reactivated or started savings programs. And more than 60 of the participants had purchased assets – a car or a home.

 “My husband, Jim, understood that in order to succeed in life, you had to work hard – but he also knew you needed the right opportunities and, sometimes, a helping hand along the way,” said Jan Moran, chairman and president, The Jim Moran Foundation. “For more than a decade, The Foundation has partnered with Hispanic Unity because of their mission, heart and commitment to the families they serve. Through this second multi-year grant to support the Center for Working Families, we are continuing Jim’s legacy by helping individuals and families prepare for brighter futures.”

The real impact of the program is its ability to transform the lives of the participants.

CWF client, Fiordaliza Fernandez-Urena came to HUF, sometimes on foot, after walking for more than an hour with the youngest of her two children. She was a single mother with a small toddler, a preschool-age child, living with her sister and cleaning homes to survive.  She relied on the bus or others for transportation and without childcare there was little she could do to jump start her career. She had dreams, but they were on hold.

After participating in CWF her life changed completely. She joined the program and began to save. HUF helped her secure child care – one of the biggest obstacles our clients face – for her two children. She learned how to search for a job and how to be effective at interviews.

Today she is employed as a data clerk coordinator at an automotive group and in September registered at Broward College to begin her Dental Assistant Degree. Fiordaliza is joyful, “no words can express what I feel when I realize that little by little, I am meeting all my goals and putting everything in its place…” A life transformed.

“United Way of Broward County’s focus for the past five years has been on finding Pathways to Prosperity. We are interested in funding projects that allow the clients served to earn, keep and grow assets. So when Hispanic Unity of Florida approached us to fund Center for Working Families we knew it was a perfect fit. We were the first funders to come aboard and have just recommitted to three more years. The work in this area is critical to Broward County’s continued economic success” said, Kathleen Cannon, President & CEO of United Way of Broward County.

What’s next for this program? Hispanic Unity is currently in discussions with a funder to launch a Vocational Training Program focused on Customer Service Skills in the Retail and Hospitality Industries. HUF would provide the full National Professional Certification in Customer Service curriculum and training to those individuals seeking employment.

About The Jim Moran Foundation
Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $45 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 -- with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation's significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.

About United Way of Broward County

United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for 75 years. United Way of Broward County mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.

 

Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:
MEMORIES of FLORIDA

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Hispanic Unity of Florida: Client Stories

Hispanic Unity was founded more than 34 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services, in four languages, to Broward's diverse community. Hispanic Unity remains the county's largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2015, the agency served 17,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.