August 2022
In this issue:

  • Jumpstart to Success Back to School Event
  • Shell Gas Station Giving Pump
  • Tallahassee Beer Festival
  • Whole Child Leon Garage Sale
  • Tallahassee Beer Festival
  • Whole Child Leon Oyster Roast
  • Announcements
This First Friday newsletter connects you with virtual resources and information to help you better serve families by connecting with one another in our shared mission to build a community where all children thrive.
Congratulations to our Pediatric Behavioral Health Navigator Interns! We'll miss you!
This summer we were fortunate to have four FSU interns participate in our Pediatric Behavioral Health Navigator Program! Three of those interns graduated with their Master of Clinical Social Work and the fourth with dual majors in Psychology and Human Development and Child Sciences. We appreciate our Interns and congratulate them on their future endeavors! 

Join us at the August Professional Network
This month's Professional Network Community Conversation will include a conversation on our upcoming 2022 Summit on Children. 

Join us Monday, August 22, 2022, from 12 Noon - 1:15 PM. This meeting will be virtual. Zoom link to be provided.
In Case You Missed It!
With school starting back up soon, last month's Community Conversation focused on back-to-school events and programs in Leon County. We covered some great events, including those happening this weekend! Watch the recording or keep reading below to learn more.

Click the link below to view the recording.
Join us at our Back to School Community Event!
Whole Child Leon, Leon County Sherriff's Office, Leon County Schools, and other community partners invite you to the 2022 Jumpstart to Success Back to School Community Event! Please join us Saturday, August 6, 2022, from 8 am to 3 pm at Lively Technical College (500 N. Appleyard Drive). Enjoy FREE backpacks, school supplies, haircuts and braiding, dental screenings, children’s books, refreshments, Second Harvest Food Distribution, and more!

For more information please contact Allison Pena at 
Fill Up for Whole Child Leon at the Giving Pump!
Starting Monday, August 1, every time you fill up your tank at one of the Shell Gas Stations listed below, you're filling up for a good cause! Each 1 cent per gallon goes to Whole Child Leon!

Visit any of the gas stations below and make sure to use the purple pump!
  • Westwood Shell - 2410 W Pensacola St

  • Country Corner Shell - 3105 Apalachee Pkwy

  • San Marcos Shell - 4620 Woodville Hwy

  • North Gate Shell - 3433 Thomasville Rd

  • North Side Shell - 2436 N Monroe St
Whole Child Leon Community Yard Sale
  • Saturday, August 20, from 7 am - 11 am

  • Drop off items: Friday, August 19, from 8AM - 6PM

  • 1126 Lee Ave (Near TMH)

  • Accepting donations for gently used: household items, including furniture and home decor, small appliances, dishes, sports equipment, musical instruments, and toys

For more information call:
(850) 692-3214
Get Your Tickets to the Tallahassee Beer Festival
Are you a friend of Whole Child Leon's and like beer? Don't forget to buy your tickets to the Tallahassee Beer Festival on September 10 from 2-6 PM at Donald Tucker Civic Center! ⁠
Use the code WHOLE to benefit Whole Child Leon and help us make a bigger impact! ⁠
Visit to purchase your tickets or click the button below!
Save the Date for Whole Child Leon's First Annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser!

Thursday, October 27, 2022

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The Homestead Barn:
519 Whitehouse Rd, Monticello, FL

More updates and details to come!
Do You Work with Families that Receive Medicaid?
Be on the lookout for possible notifications, emails, or letters from the State of Florida about Medicaid eligibility status. If the Medicaid Continuous Coverage is lifted, those that receive Medicaid may need to recertify their eligibility.

Everyone has a Role to Play When it Comes to Children's Mental Health
Simply Healthcare Plans, Inc. and the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Inc. have partnered together to help children achieve better mental health. They have a collection of resources and tools that teens, kids, parents, educators, providers, and community organizations across Florida can use to ensure that our kids are in an excellent mental and emotional state.

Click the button below to access their toolkit and find trusted information, including guidelines, activities, screening tools, and conversation starters.

Melanin Mothers Meet Black Breastfeeding Panel
"Overcoming Black Maternal Health Inequities"

On Sunday, August 28, the Melanin Mothers Meet Presents: Breastfeeding and Cultivating the Wholistic Development of our Melanin Babies. 

Visit them at Leroy Collins Library Program Room A (200 W Park Ave) or listen to their amazing panelists and speakers online. 

Return of the Southside Farmer's Market!
The 2022 Southside Farmers Market season returns on Thursday, August 25th from 2-6 p.m. outside the Walker-Ford Community Center at 2301 Pasco Street.

Make plans to come out and take advantage of fresh, locally-grown fruits & vegetables at an affordable price. The market accepts SNAP/EBT benefits, and you can increase your SNAP/EBT purchase with a match from Fresh Access Bucks. Plus there will be free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, entertainment and more at the return of the Southside Farmers Market!

If you would like to be a vendor please contact John Doherty at
The information shared in this section is included to provide a general political update on issues impacting our community. The views shared in the articles featured in this section are in no way a reflection of the views of Whole Child Leon.
Local and State Elections Approach: Important Deadlines and What's on the Ballot
The Midterm Primary Election is August 23!

State Elections
  • U.S. Senate (one seat)
  • Representatives in Congress (all)
  • Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Commissioner of Agriculture
  • State Senator (all districts)
  • State Representative (all districts)
  • State Attorney (6th and 20th Judicial Circuits)
  • Public Defender (20th Judicial Circuit)

Local Elections
Click Here for the Complete Candidate List
  • County Judge
  • County Commission
  • At Large, Group 2
  • District 1
  • District 2
  • District 3
  • District 5
  • School Board
  • District 1
  • District 3
  • District 4
  • Tallahassee City Commission
  • Seat 4, Mayor
  • Seat 3
  • Seat 5
  • Piney-Z Community Development District Supervisor, Districts 3

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character
By Paul Tough
Only One You
By Linda Kranz
Job Board
Open positions in the Community:
Early Learning Coalition
Community Relations Coordinator
Click here for more info.
Big Bend Cares
HIV Outreach Coordinator
Click here for more info.

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."

— Margaret J. Wheatley
We convene several workgroups, policy committees and action teams. If you want to get involved with one, contact us.
  • Early Childhood Education & Empowerment Committee
  • Breastfeeding Policy Workgroup
  • Community Screening Team
  • Children's Week TLH Planning Committee
Building a Community Where Everyone Works
Together to Make Sure All Children Thrive
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