Charity & Grassroots in Florida


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  • Jacksonville Humane Society
    The Jacksonville Humane Society provides care, comfort and compassion to animals in need while bringing an end to the killing of abandoned and orphaned shelter dogs and cats. For a combined animal hospital, shelter and thrift store, this Beach Boulevard outpost is one of the largest animal rescue organizations in the city. Aside from adopting available animals, there are volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, a kid’s summer day camp program and a pet behavior resource and hotline, while the attached store sells all manner of animal-related items. The Jacksonville Humane Society has designated areas to view animals from adult dogs and a puppy room to the cat rooms.
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    8464 Beach Blvd
    Jacksonville, FL US
  • Pelican Harbor Seabird Station
    In 1980, Harry and Darlene Kelton moved their houseboat to the Pelican Harbor Marina and discovered an injured brown pelican. Without the aid of animal-care experience, they removed a fishhook from his mouth and rehabilitated him. This led them to form the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in their shed. With the help of volunteers and trained staff, the seabird station rescues, treats, and rehabilitates sick and injured wildlife, and promotes their preservation with educational programs and research efforts. The center specializes in brown pelicans, most of which are entangled in fishing tackle, but will treat any animal brought in for care. In 2007, they treated 87 bird species and 39 mammals, nonmigratory birds, reptiles, and amphibians.
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    1279 NE 79th St. Cswy.
    Miami, FL US
  • All Sports Community Service
    Licensed massage therapist Heidi Garrett soothes bodies and minds with customized massage techniques and alternative therapies such as reiki, crystal therapy, and chakra balancing. Heidi incorporates techniques from Swedish massage, trigger-point therapy, myofascial release, and reflexology to accommodate each session to her clients' unique needs and wellness plans. Long, flowing strokes alternate with firm taps as Heidi focuses on pressure points to reduce stress and help heal muscles pulled while shot-putting SUVs out of stolen parking spaces.
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    4511 N Himes Ave
    Tampa, FL US
  • Great Exploration Children's Museum
    Since opening in 1987, Great Explorations Children's Museum has sparked a love for learning for visitors of all ages with a constantly rotating lineup of interactive exhibits that fill 18,000 square feet with touch, light, and sound. Whether they're learning about nearby sea life at Beth's Beach, honing their knowledge of textures on a crawl through the Touch Tunnel, exploring arachnids in the Critter Cave, or playing instruments in the Musical Magical Treehouse, kids benefit from each exhibit's emphasis on interactivity. Museum guides lead lesson programs in a multidisciplinary style, though visitors can also find the friendly professionals and their orange polo shirts bouncing between exhibits while performing science experiments, dancing, and playing music. In addition to visiting the museum's permanent exhibits, kids can also extend their learning journeys through the museum's lengthy list of camps and programs. The museum even takes its show on the road, with the Express Yourself Art Mobile bringing creative craft opportunities to neighborhoods around St. Petersburg.
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    1925 4th Street North
    St. Petersburg, FL US
  • Have Hope Zumbathon
    Zumba instructor Erica Pierce is widely recognized in the fitness world, but most of her clients know her by her avatar. While she leads students in her sweat-inducing Zumba sessions at her studio, her avatar leads cyber dance parties in homes throughout America in the videogame Zumba Fitness Rush for Xbox 360 Kinect. However, she attends the Have Hope Zumbathon in human form, working with a team of fellow instructors to lead a crowd of hundreds through her signature easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired moves without relying on pixels to provide her super-human endurance. Proceeds from the event benefit the Rhea of Hope Foundation, which hosts the event in tandem with Her Campus at UCF. The Foundation aims to enhance fertility options for men and women with cancer who would like to become parents.
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    4000 Central Florida Blvd.
    Orlando, FL US
  • Quality Water Supply
    Using only clean, natural water from one of the oldest and deepest aquifers in the southeastern United States, Quality Water Supply delivers rental coolers and fresh water supplies direct to customers' homes. For one month, clients get a cooler, which dispenses frosty liquid refreshment and saves them the trouble of siphoning it from a neighbor's sprinkler. One shipment of four 5-gallon jugs full of calcium- and magnesium-rich water, harnessed from a remote rural alcove of Florida, can quench the thirst of an average household for the entire month.
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    1700 N Monroe St
    Tallahassee, FL US
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