Taste of Bartow to Benefit George W. Harris Youth Shelter
Gill Dawg presents Brews and Wine on the Bayou sponsored by Great Bay Distributors in support of YFA
Air Hawk Heating and Cooling Presents Check for Paver’s Project to YFA’s RAP House – Giving the Children a Pathway to Hope
“The Paver Project” is raising money to build an addition for YFA’s RAP House Youth Shelter
Air Hawk Heating and Cooling President, Joe Massa presented a check for $2,000.00 to RAP House Director Danielle Husband for sponsoring paver tiles and helping to build an addition to YFA’s Runaway Alternative Project (RAP) House. The “Paver Project” is the result of community leaders, including Jeff DeLigio, Regional Manager of the Verizon Event Center and sponsor of the Home Fest Show and Steve and Tina Farrell of Team Farrell recognizing the need for expanded space at the RAP House to better serve residents and staff.
Air Hawk’s initial donation of $1500 was for the title sponsorship of the 2015 Home Fest at the Verizon Event Center that directly benefited the RAP House Youth Shelter “Paver Project.” Once CEO Massa toured the RAP House and understood the huge need to provide a safe haven for children and teens in our community, he donated an additional $500 bringing his total to $2000.
As a new business owner, CEO Massa was looking for ways to have his business pay back to the community. Through his networking efforts, he learned about the RAP House. “As a father dedicated to my wife and two children, you don’t necessarily have occasion to encounter children that need a safe haven from their circumstances” remarked Massa. “I was totally blown away by the large need for this safe haven right here in our community. I was also upset that the shelter is at capacity and can’t take on more children. I knew I needed to do something to help.”
The concept of the Paver Project was to improve the walkways at the shelter while creating a mechanism for the community to contribute to the building of the recreation room addition by sponsoring a paver tile with a donation. The donation provides for the donor to have their name(s) engraved on the paver tile while also reminding the shelter residents of the community support for their success. Quite a few individuals and businesses in the community have already made donations to the project and Team Farrell has donated hours of work as well.
“The added space will allow us to expand and hopefully not have to turn any children away,” said Ms. Husband, the shelter Director. “The addition will also give greater flexibility to the staff in working with and counseling the children and teens.”
About Air Hawk Heating and Cooling
Locally Locally-owned and operated by the Massa family, Air Hawk Heating and Cooling is a full-service heating and air-conditioning contractor with over 15 years’ experience providing service to Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough Counties including Land o Lakes, Lutz, and Trinity. Air Hawk heating and Cooling contact information: 19411 Sunset Bay Dr, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638 Phone Number (813) 929-4295 Fax Number: (813) 762-1999 CAC# 1817999
About The Verizon Event Center
The Verizon Event Center offers venues that range from 1000 – 10,000 Sq Ft of flexible meeting space. Events include: Weddings, Networking meetings, Trade shows, Training seminars, Job fairs, Family events, And many more. The center also hosts their own Expos, Trade shows and Fundraising events. Verizon Event Center Contact information: Jeff DeLigio 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653 Phone Number 813.493.4872
YFA Awarded Grant from GiveWell Community Foundation
YFA was awarded a $5,000 grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation for our Family Help Program in Polk County. This award will provide funds for YFA to assist youth and families in the Family Help Program who have an emergency need such as a child’s need for school clothing and/or school supplies and a family’s need for emergency assistance with a utility bill or a one-time emergency rent payment. This type of assistance may help a youth remain in school and may help a family remain in their home.
YFA is grateful to the GiveWell Community Foundation for this grant award and for their continued support.
Run for New Beginnings Youth Shelter
YFA appreciates Karen Dove and all of the volunteers who made the Color Run for New Beginnings Youth Shelter a success. In addition we want to thank Karen for this great video which captures the spirit of the race. Please take a look at it and let us know what you think.
YFA Receives Community Impact Award
YFA is honored to have received the Community Impact Award presented by the Trinity-Odessa Chamber of Commerce at its Chamber Banquet on July 17, 2015. The Trinity-Odessa Chamber of Commerce Award recognizes a Chamber business that has demonstrated outstanding business success in the area of growth, stability and commitment to quality of life and overall contribution to the community.