Youth Development

Floridas Hometown USA Program Inc.

  • Fruitland Park, FL
  • www.FLHometownUSA.com

Mission Statement

The mission of Florida's Hometown USA Program is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth of Florida, primarily through a professionally supported volunteer program and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident and caring individuals who show a commitment to volunteer work, leadership and standards of excellence. Florida's Hometown USA Program is an educational endeavor to encourage young people (elementary through high school) to become involved in volunteering. The purpose of Florida's Hometown USA Program is to educate the youth of Florida on the values of volunteer work and inspire them to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors through volunteer commitment. The program encourages and works with students who have a desire to volunteer and to promote pride in their community by active involvement.

Main Programs

  1. Adopt a Grandparent Program
  2. Help Feed the Hungry in our Communities
  3. Baby Bags for New Moms
  4. Healthy Kits for the Homeless
Service Areas

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Florida

Our program is offered to students in each hometown of Florida but our primary focus is in Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia, Hillsborough and Duval counties. Over the past 25 years, we have students volunteering in over 140 hometowns in Florida.

ruling year

2002

Principal Officer since 1986

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Mrs. Linda Watts

Keywords

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youth development volunteering students summer programs Hometown

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EIN

74-3013947

 Number

4541022332

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Our top accomplishments from last year were: * We received recognition for the positive impact and outcomes it achieved in local communities. The work that was founded twenty five years ago has grown each year. Last year, we worked with over 1,000 students who gave of their time to help others and their volunteer work benefited 3,000 people. The volunteers spent all year collecting donations, organizing fundraisers, scheduling the volunteer hours at each facility and have never received any compensation for their work. * The students have shown a compassionate and caring attitude by placing a high value on helping other people. They have also shown a service to others by giving many hours to helping others. * We supplied personal care items - shampoo, soap, deodorant, shaving cream, toothpaste, etc. to the shelters, clothes to the shelters and to the needy. We also took toys to the children's shelters, day cares, Head Start programs, and foster homes. Our annual Jacket Drive received 1,600 jackets and coats that we distributed to 8 facilities. Our Share Your Love food drive donated over 500 pounds of food to the local food bank. Our goals for this year are: to expand our program by scheduling weekly activities for the volunteer work and getting the supplies neededtrain more adult volunteers to oversee and direct the activities of the studentsimplement and organize volunteer programs at more facilities andincrease our donations to those in need. to begin and set in motion more summer volunteer programs for students with structured activities which will expand the outreach in our communities and schools.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Adopt a Grandparent Program

The Adopt a Grandparent Program is a year long commitment - where a student is matched with an elderly person in a nursing home who has no family close by and who gets no visitors. The student make monthly (or more often if they would like) visits and spends time with the elderly person. The visit includes reading, playing board games, puzzles, taking them outside, doing crafts, etc. Also the student visits and takes a small gift on each holiday and their Grandparent's birthday.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$1,000.00

Program 2

Help Feed the Hungry in our Communities

We hold neighborhood food drives to be part of the solution in our community. We call a local food pantry or soup kitchen and ask for their wish list of food items. Design a flyer that announces that we are conducting a food drive for the local pantry or soup kitchen"" and include the list of items requested. Pass the bags and flyers out to all our neighbors, family, friends, etc. Ask everyone to ""Help Feed the Hungry in Our Community"" by filling the bag provided by a certain date. Or sometimes we ask a grocery store if we can set up a table there to collect food items. We always make a poster for the table explaining what we are collecting the food for.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 3

Baby Bags for New Moms

Many low-income and teen mothers are in need of basic baby necessities when their baby is born. We assemble a baby bag with all of the necessities a newborn needs. New or gently used: Receiving blankets, T-shirts, Pajamas and sleepers, Baby towels and washcloths, diapers, wipes, etc. We are partnered with a low income clinic, a Church pregnancy center, Homeless shelter and a local high school, that has a program for teen moms. We have collection boxes at various locations. We also have fundraisers - car wash, hot dog stand, working at events, etc to buy the needed items to fill the bags.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Other Named Groups

Budget

$2,000.00

Program 4

Healthy Kits for the Homeless

Imagine that you are homeless. You wake up early at the shelter where you are staying. You eat breakfast and then you are out the door, carrying with you all that your family owns. We help the homeless by assembling Healthy Kits. We fill a one-gallon size plastic zip lock bag with a toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste , comb or small hairbrush, small bottle of shampoo, bottle of water, and face cloth with Travel-size bar of soap. We have a partnership with supporting organizations (homeless shelter or a soup kitchen) that accept our donation of care kits.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Adults

Budget

$2,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Our program is offered to students in each hometown of Florida but our primary focus is in Lake, Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Volusia, Hillsborough and Duval counties. Over the past 25 years, we have students volunteering in over 140 hometowns in Florida.

Funding Needs

Our most pressing needs are: Promotion/advertising of our program to enlist more volunteers - $3,000 Supplies for activities - $2,000Client care - $5,000 Equipment - sound system, dvd player - $2,000 Transportation for students to volunteer activities - $3,000

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Florida Hometown USA Program, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Floridas Hometown USA Program Inc.

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Linda Watts

BIO

Mrs. Linda Watts- kindergarten/pre-school teacher for twenty years, Director of the Leesburg Scholarship Program, volunteers with the Leesburg Art Festival, member of the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Leesburg Partnership, involved with the Florida youth programs of Seventeen Magazine, J.C. Penney's and Disney World's Dreamers and Doers Program. In 1986, she founded and organizedFlorida's Hometown U.S.A. Program, Inc. Highly organized and dedicated with a positive attitude; able to handle multiple assignments under pressure and meet deadlines. Have excellent written and oral communication skills. Have established and maintained fundraisers with success. Established with success annual scholarship and grant programs. Leadership skills with children, youth and adults in education, school projects, teacher training programs and productions. Excellent ability to mentor others. Experience with successfully managing all aspects of volunteer events; selecting, managing and training volunteer staff; developing and managing the budget; establishing and monitoring productivity goals; and leading teams on key projects. Have designed the layout, organization, processes, and procedures for community events. Proven leadership skills gained from large projects as well as founding and managing a small business. Extensive experience as spokesperson; spoke to business owners and appeared on television and radio. Designed and created advertising exhibits for events and projects. Created and implemented direct marketing programs. Supervisory experience including supervising committees.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

" The vision of Florida's Hometown USA Program is to involve more students in the area of volunteering and to be recognized as a leader in caring for children and youth and servicing people. Each week, we receive calls from facilities asking if we can bring volunteers. These facilities need more volunteers, but we do not have enough people to serve all the needs that come to us. We want to do more for our communities. Our program adresseses the needs of children and the elderly. Many people are referred to us each week and our desire is to be able to help them all. As the needs increase and with more support, we will be able to expand our outreach. We offer training classes and go into schools to encourage more students to volunteer. The after school and weekend programs emphasize the importance for youth volunteers to build local relationships with agencies serving the elderly, children, or those in-need and to provide volunteer support, encouraging words or critical donations to a constituency in need of compassion and a friendly face.Florida's Hometown USA Program has enjoyed a history of generous in-kind donations of food, services, supplies and products from several community partners. However, as we continue to provide more volunteer training and assistance in communities in our area, we face critical programming constraints. Children, who have a pathway to volunteer opportunities, not only promote pro-social behaviors within their communities and provide tangible services to nonprofit organizations, but also most importantly, are exposed to an integral linkage between positive childhood development factors and their personal growth which increases their likelihood of becoming well-adjusted, responsible and safer teens and adults."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Linda Watts

Retired teacher

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2013

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