The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
While Feeding South Florida's (FSF) mission is simple—to end hunger in South Florida—the steps it takes to achieve this goal are anything but. The organization, which is part of the Feeding America network, leads hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and partners with approximately 350 non-profit agencies to provide nutritious meals to people in need. As the largest food bank in Florida—and the sole food bank for Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties—FSF serves nearly 1,000,000 individuals. One of FSF's distribution programs is the Mobile Food Pantry, which brings fresh fruits, vegetables, bread, and dairy to food deserts in South Florida. In the past year alone, FSF distributed approximately 35 million pounds of food to people in need.
See how Groupon helps you discover local causes and lend a helping hand at the Groupon Grassroots blog.
Recently featured on HGTV's Mission Organization and WSVN-7 News, professional organizer Beth Levin of Closet Queen helps restructure spaces and de-stress her clutter-clogged clients' lives. Closets are purged or rooms redesigned with Closet Queen's proven stuff-scrubbing system, which begins upon Beth's arrival with a ritual junk cleansing and routine exorcism. After dated clothing, unwanted accessories, stuffed bison teeth, excess boxes, and more are removed, Beth will consult with the customer about storing, selling, or donating the overflow and will help homeowners implement solutions to better utilize the newly minted space. Carve out a closet niche for frequently misplaced purses, or find a more convenient spot for space-sucking moist-towelette collections. Throughout the painless process, Beth will provide patrons with tips on how to continue the rubbish removal and maintain their freshly tidied turfs.
Miami Design Preservation League stokes all sectors of the cerebrum with nonprofit cultural and educational programs, each designed to preserve, protect, and promote Miami's rich environmental and architectural integrity. During the 90-minute Art Deco District walking tour, local historians and architects will introduce artistically inclined walkers and lapsed ergonomists to the many structural styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District.
Devos Academy infuses people's lives with music and art by offering programs for students of every age. Kids can take piano lessons, learn to paint in Little Picassos classes, and explore music by clapping out rhythms, banging on xylophones, and learning about high and low notes. In classes for teens and adults, artists can work in a variety of media, crosshatching with pens or perhaps building on color transparencies with watercolors. One-time lessons—such as Mom & Me and Pet Painting workshops—are also available for those who want to expand the art in their lives without getting stuck in an Escher painting.
Since 1965, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County have upheld their mission of helping kids 6 to 18 years old build self-esteem and learn important life skills. They continue to provide places for youths to escape life's pressures, which can range from school stress and pent-up energy to more serious issues such as gangs and lack of attention at home. The friendly and dedicated staffers orient their programs toward education, recreational, and healthy living. Kids can join career exploration programs, enjoy nutritious snacks and suppers through the KISS Program. All the while, they’ll learn how to be caring, responsible citizens equipped to make a difference in their communities.