AARP outsources employees to learn employability skills at Poverello while their salaries are paid by AARP. These workers are generally seniors who are returning to the work force and need a good work experience while they seek permanent work.
AG Associated Grocers (Pompano Beach) invites us several times a year to follow their amazing food shows and with our team of volunteers, glean what food is left by vendors to use for our Care Bags, Volunteer/Staff lunches or for use in the thrift store. They’re also one of the suppliers we buy from for the food pantry items we give away.
Agile Element helped us create an inspired webpage that expertly reveals what we do, who we are and why we exist. We’re so grateful and pleased with their work.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival) sponsors some of our events and has honored us as a beneficiary of the Florida AIDS Walk & Music Festival for several years in a row. This means participation and funds raised on our team is doubled and returned to us. In 2017, that meant our $75,000 raised became $150,000 when they cut a check for us in April. In 2018, that meant our $167,475 raised will become $334,950 and in 2019 we raised 148,000 that became 296,000! What a partner!
AIDS United has partnered in a huge way to assist us in the aftermath of hurricane Irma. They provided $10,000 to replace food lost during the storm when we lost electricity for a week. In 2018, they partnered with the Fenway Institute and Health Resource & Services Administration to fund implementation of SBIRT at Poverello. SBIRT is Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment, a form of inter-organizational integration of the food pantry into ambulatory/outpatient medical care.
Dr. Beth Cooper, provides Chiropractic Care every tuesday at our live well center for program participants free of charge. She has donated her time every week for over ten years.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS provided the Poverello Center with support for the first time in 2017. In 2018, they upped the ante by providing $15,000 toward our expanded programming. They were one of the first organizations to support our expanded mission to serve people with other critical/chronic illnesses in addition to HIV. Each year since, they’ve faithfully supported us with a generous donation.
Broward County Sherriff’s Office Law Enforcement Trust Fund (LETF) “for the support or operation of any drug treatment, drug abuse education, drug prevention, crime prevention, safe neighborhood, or school resource officer program(s).” We provide extra food to those who are food insecure who otherwise might turn to crime to feed themselves or someone they love through LETF.
Broward County Community Partnerships Division administers the Ryan White Part A program that funds Food Bank and Food Voucher programs for people with HIV in Broward County. They are our largest single outside funder.
Broward County Family Success Division provides us with $60,000 each year to provide pop – up Eat Well Center events throughout Broward County. Participants may receive up to six dispursements of week’s worth of groceries.
Campbell Foundation has supported the Poverello Center since 1987 with a total of more than $75,000! Their faithful “holiday hug” support has meant thousands of people with HIV get the food and nutritional services they’ve needed.
City of Fort Lauderdale works with The Poverello Thrift Store to supply furniture and household items to people who are placed into their programming.
City of Wilton Manors Police Department partners with The Poverello Thrift Store, when bicycles are not claimed to donate these to our store. We also help out people who need bike transportation coming to us from the police department to supply them with bikes.
Dick’s Service Station provides volunteers who cut hair at our Live Well Center. In addition to helping our clients with barber services, they also host food drives, promote, attend and donate to our fundraisers. In 2018 they premiered “Mini Dick’s” a complete renovation of the room at our Live Well Center where haircuts and hair styling is provided.
Drial Foundation has provided ongoing, faithful support to the programs at the Poverello Center. in 2019, they supported our AIDS Walk efforts and their contribution was doubled!
Florida Atlantic University School of Social Work provides collaborative educational experiences for students at The Poverello Center, Inc. as part of their field education. Students work with participants through intake, assessments, referrals and counseling. The writing department has sent writers to do fieldwork with The Poverello Center.
Food Recovery Partners allow Poverello Center Staff to pick up items daily that would otherwise go to waste. Mainly breads and other bakery items, this food allows us to provide artisanal bakery items at our food pantry. Publix #70; Publix #0591; Publix #750; Publix #1097; Boston Bagel; 7-Eleven; Warsaw; Pink Submarine, Stork’s and Panera Bread. Lucky Supermarkets provides us with an abundance of many items including fresh fruits and vegetables, We’re “Lucky” to have Lucky’s in our corner!
Gines Jorge “George” Jimenez Fund for Feeding the Poor and Homeless of the Community Foundation of Broward generously provided $2152.25 toward our Holiday Meals program in 2016 and again in 2017 and 2018. Our holiday meals are provided to all our nearly 3000 program participants during the holidays each year.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (Sunny.org) lists our destination shopping location, the Poverello Thrift Store in their shopping section of their website. In addition, they provide advertising support for events we list with them.
Howard Greenfield Charitable Foundation funds half of our Nutritionist salary for 2017. For 2018, the Foundation fully funded our nutritionist position by donating the entire amount necessary to pay and provide benefits for our Nutritionist. The funding nourishes our program by providing the nutritionist who curates all of our grocery items, so that no matter the selection, our program participants are receiving healthy foods. This year, besides individual and group nutrition interventions in service of our mission, our nutritionist begins our Diabetes Prevention Program, participates in our Poverello Popup Eat Well Center and develops our Healthy Kid meal plan for the first time.
Hot Spots Media consistently says “yes” when we ask for ad placement at no cost to our organization, that’s commitment and sponsorship. We’re grateful for their continuous support for our annual bowl-a-thon.
House of Hope partners with us to supply back to work clothes to women wanting to re-enter the workforce. Their program participants also come to volunteer at Poverello in exchange for gift certificates to the Thrift Store.
Hunters Nightclub allows us several times throughout the year, to do fundraising at their beautiful club, right in the heart of Wilton Manors. These type events support us throughout the year. Hunters also sponsors our annual Bowling to Fight Hunger event. Hunter’s also hosts benefits and invites Poverello to be a beneficiary.
Infinity Lounge has been a star in our annual food drive. They’ve donated more in just a few months than many of our other sites. Thanks to their customers who participated and gave so much to our community.
Dr. Evelyn Lopez volunteered as an Acupuncture Physician at our Live Well Center for many years. Twice monthly, she spent four hours providing professional services to our participants.
Macy’s funds food for participants who are not eligible for any other programming. The generosity of the employees and customers means people get food right away when they come to us. Macy’s also allows Poverello to be a beneficiary of their employee program “Bag Hunger” where each spring they host a food and fundraiser for the food pantry.
Dr. Marilyn Aracena provides acupuncture to program participants at our Live Well Center. She dedicates her volunteer hours to serving people we care for, and we’re grateful for her service to others.
Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce as a non-profit member of this group, we look to partner and collaborate with members to better serve the community and accomplish our mission.
Our Fund funds a program through our Eat Well Center that pays for groceries for those experiencing a chronic or critical illness. In the past, our fund has also provided support for our Live Well Center programming. This year, they upped their support by donating $20,000 to our AIDS Walk efforts. As a beneficiary organization, AHF doubled their contribution meaning we received $40,000 as a result of the fund’s generous donors.
Out Clique has been a supporter since its founding several years ago. This year, their fundraiser was a huge success, providing the Poverello Center with $7,500. Their video work has fueled informative dialogue about our new services and helped define what is so special about Poverello.
Pink Sub provides food recovered items for use by our participants, holds fundraisers for us and collaborates with us on initiatives, community events and volunteer appreciation.
Pride Center as our neighbor, collaborates with us on events, helps us during the week with parking and we help with parking on flea market weekends. We share participants, volunteers and provide referrals to Pride Center programming like HIV testing.
Pride Factory supports our events throughout the year by donating gift baskets and at times, special store sales for which we are the beneficiary, like celebration of their 21st anniversary.
Primanti Brothers steps up to the plate in more ways than one. Each year, they help supply turkeys for our thanksgiving groceries for participants. They also sponsor our Bowling to Fight Hunger.
Publix for the first time in 2017 included us in their Food for All support with a check for $10,000. Their cashiers ask you at a certain time each year to contribute at the register, and we’re a recipient of this food assistance now. Several of their stores help our clients by allowing us to recover high quality baked goods to give our participants. We also purchase $45 gift cards for our Healthy Foods Support program. In 2017, Publix Super Markets Charities Inc. granted $20,000 for us to add dependents food boxes to participants with HIV who have children.
Ryan White Part A Program Providers collaborate with us to create a continuum of HIV care services that spans medical care, pharmacy, behavioral health, dentistry, case management, food, peer support, legal and disease case management. When someone signs up for the program, they select services for which they qualify and that they need. We work closely with these providers to offer participants collaborative high quality healthcare. Our Part A collaborators are AHF, Care Resource, Broward House, Latinos Salud, SunServe, Memorial Health System, Broward Regional Health System, Broward Regional Health Planning Council, and Legal Aid.
The Smart Ride first helped us bring back the Nutritionist position at The Poverello Center several years ago. The nutritionist seed money coupled with more recent generosity from other organizations has helped us maintain our nutritionist service. We began helping at the ride by providing some crew and logistical support. In 2017, we’re a recipient of their 10% Lifeline Funding to support our work at the Live Well Center. In 2018, we received $20,000 to assist in the purchase of a generator so that post storms, we won’t ever loose food like we did in Hurricane Irma.
South Florida Gay News has provided support in the form of media sponsorships for nearly all of our events over the past few years.
United Way of Broward hosts the Lifeline program, whose original goal was to supply 1,000,000 meals to residents of Broward County. Long ago having met this goal, the program continues to supply food to our participants in the form of our Care Bags. In addition they partner with Publix Charities to allow us to help people in emergency situations with rent, utilities, etc.
United Way of Palm Beach helps coordinate the response to hunger in Palm Beach County. Through our collaborations there, we participate in addressing the needs outlined in their hunger action plan.
Urban League outsources employees to learn employability skills to Poverello while their salaries are paid by Urban League. These workers are generally seniors who are returning to the work force and need a good work experience while they seek permanent work.
Waste Management Services supports our events like our 30th Anniversary celebration in June 2017.
The Wawa Foundation provided us with a direct grant to be used for our programs in 2017. As they enter our market, we’re excited to see their participation in the community also comes with a commitment to help us achieve our mission.
Wells Fargo Annual bowl-a-thon supporters (since 2010), the bank also lends us their manager as our Vice Chair of our board of directors. The bank over the years has provided over $35,000 in support. Last year, we were especially proud to have our Vice Chair Mitch Bloom selected as South Florida Volunteer of the Year by Wells Fargo and National Service Award Winner. This generated support in the amount of an additional $5,000! This year, they’ve sponsored our Bowling to Fight Hunger and have sent over 50 volunteers.
Wilton Manors Business Association is our hometown association of businesses who work collaboratively to make our Island City a better place. Working together, we get closer to our agency mission.