State Representative Helen Gordon Davis founded The Centre for Women in 1977 to help women attain self-sufficiency through a variety of services, including professional and family counseling, job placement, and substance-abuse treatment. She based The Centre for Women in the renovated Ward-Taliaferro House, a turn-of-the-century home with neoclassical architecture and a warm environment.
Since its founding, The Centre for Women has gradually added additional programs to assist other demographics, such as providing home repairs for senior citizens and offering arts and literacy enrichment to girls. Today, its programs empower, educate, and inspire more than 3,000 women and families every year.
The Westchase Charitable Foundation (WCF) supports families in the Tampa Bay area and beyond who are faced with an unexpected illness or tragedy. Through fundraising events such as golf outings and Christmas parades, it raises money to help ease families’ financial burden and emotional strain. Since its inception in 2004, WCF has hand-delivered more than $110,000 in checks to help cover expenses such as medical bills, rent, and groceries.
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The certified instructors of Zumba on Wheels pack up their fancy-footed dance moves and kick off aerobics parties at nearly any location or event. Demonstrating the workout's signature cardio steps set to Latin-inspired music, mobile hosts add rhythmic pizzazz to birthday parties, gym routines, corporate gatherings, and State of the Union addresses. Their collective energy creates an electric and supportive atmosphere as students shimmy along to multiple Zumba variations, including traditional Zumba, Zumba Toning, and ZumbAtomic for kids.
The Homes for the Holidays program eases the financial strain of furnishing a new home by supplying basic necessities, including furniture, appliances, and pantry items. Fully stocked pantries come complete with dry and frozen foods, meats, bakery items, produce, dairy items, paper products, and classic holiday dishes. By helping to allay the costs of basic necessities, the program helps increase parents' discretionary income for other expenses such as afterschool care and doctor's visits, and gives families a foundation of nutritious foods to help them establish healthful eating habits.
The Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc. (LEITR) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the recovery, evaluation, and distribution of eye tissue for transplantation, research and education. LEITR’s Eye Bank is one of the largest in the world. Since its inception, it has brought the “Gift of Sig