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July 2016
Message from the CEO
July is National "Make a Difference for Children Month". Many of us look back on the adults that made a difference in our life; those who challenged and inspired us and those who were there to support us through the more challenging times; teachers, family members, coaches, clergy, neighbors, family friends, etc.

There is no greater need in life than to belong, to be connected, and know that our life matters and has a meaning and purpose.

Many hours are spent each day, week, month, and year investing time and resources in many things. There is no greater investment to be made than in a child's life to help shape, direct, guide, lead and inspire their life's direction.

National Make a Difference for Children Month
In honor of National  Make a Difference for Children month, we would like to recognize those among us who go above and beyond each and every day to make a meaningful difference in the lives of Brevard's children.

We have highlighted a few of the many outstanding child advocates in our community who tirelessly invest in our children and families.  Thank you for being an integral part of Brevard's System of Care.

Jamie and William Russell: Foster and soon to be adoptive parents
Tony Subia: Foster Parent
Milton and Gloria Mazariegos: Foster Parents and Faith Leaders
Raymond and Bonnie Ferguson: Foster Parents
Brooke Deretany Goldfarb
Marie Fraser: GAL  
Candice Howell: IMPOWER Senior Case Manager
Pam Washington: IMPOWER Supervisor 
Judge Kelly McKibben
Rebekah Pope, DCF Child Protective Investigator
Ashley Carraro

Make a Difference
There are many ways that you can make a difference in the lives of the children and families that we serve.
Volunteers Make a Big Difference 
Offering your valuable time and talents can help change lives.  Read the article below for additional information on volunteer opportunities with Brevard Family Partnership (BFP).
Provide In-Kind Donations of Products or Services
Sometimes, it's the little things that can make a big difference in a child or family's life. An oil change. Automobile or appliance repair. A haircut and new outfit for a child heading back to school or parent interviewing for a new job. Any of these can be a positive game-changer for a family in need.
Learn More About Your Community Based System of Care!
You can also invite a staff member from BFP to speak to the employees of your business or the members of your organization, association, or congregation.

Support BFP Through Your Generous Financial Contributions
Through your tax-deductible financial gift, BFP can continue to provide the support and services that help so many children and families.  Your contribution stays right here in our community, helping Brevard's children and families.

For additional information on how you can help, please contact Melissa Breckenridge, Public Relations Coordinator at 321-752-4650 Ext. 3047 or melissa.breckenridge@brevardfp.org. 
We Need Your Help!
Brevard Family Partnership is looking for volunteers who are passionate about children's issues and would like to volunteer their time to support our agency.
Volunteers are being sought for Brevard Family Partnership and Brevard C.A.R.E.S. The agency's mission is to protect children, strengthen families and change lives through the prevention of child abuse and the operation and management of a comprehensive, integrated community-based System of Care for abused, abandoned and neglected children and their families. For the past ten years, Brevard Family Partnership and its many community partners have led the way in reducing the incidences of child abuse and neglect in Brevard, while strengthening families so that parents and children can safely remain together, in their homes and community.
Volunteer opportunities exist in the areas of in-office administrative and clerical support, child mentoring, child and family transportation, special event staffing and community outreach.
Please contact Cyndi Hernandez, Human Resources Manager, via email at Cyndi.hernandez@brevardfp.org for more information, or visit our website to complete the volunteer application here.
Don't miss this opportunity to help give back to your community!
Back to School Donations Needed
Brevard Family Partnership has a total of 200 school-aged children in foster care who are in need of school supplies.  You can help give local foster children the confidence they need to succeed in school by donating school supplies. It's a great way to give back to your community. 
For most kids, the start of a school year is an exciting time, filled with new supplies and hope for success. Together we can help foster kids enjoy the same experience!  Donations of backpacks, paper, pens, crayons, pencils, rulers, calculators, dictionaries and more can be dropped off at one of our three Brevard Family Partnership offices. 
Items Needed:
Backpacks (boys and girls)
Paper (wide and college rule)
Composition Notebooks
Spiral Notebooks
Colored pencils
Flash drivers
Sticky notes
 Drop-Off Locations
Brevard Family Partnership - Main Office
2301 W. Eau Gallie, Suite 104, Melbourne, FL
Brevard Family Partnership - South Care Center
1591 Robert J. Conlan, Palm Bay, FL
Brevard Family Partnership - Central Care Center
4050 Rio Mar Drive, Rockledge, FL
The deadline to drop off supplies is August 1, 2016. 
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Monica Martin at 321-752-4650 ext. 3026 or Monica.Martin@brevardfp.org.
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Brevard Family Partnership
2301 W. Eau  Gallie Blvd., Suite 104
Melbourne, FL 32935
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