Our community has a generosity of spirit throughout the year. Here are good things happening in the area and opportunities to help organizations trying to make life brighter for people in need:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

 

Teens can earn volunteer hours, make a difference

Calling all middle and high school teens, ages 12 to 18 years old. Autism Pensacola is accepting applications for its teen peer program at this summer’s Kids for Camp. The teen peer program is a great way to learn about autism, make a friend, and earn volunteer hours for school.

The main responsibilities for a teen peer are to be a friend to the campers, help the staff and other peers, and be a role model by participating fully in all camp activities.

Kids for Camp is an educational opportunity for individuals, ages 2-25, with Autism Spectrum Disorder providing skills acquisition and positive behavior support from highly trained teachers and staff. The camp is from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, June 18 to July 24.

Teens can select one-week commitments. Applications are available at http://bit.ly/teenpeers. Email submissions to teenpeers@autismpensacola.org, or mail to Autism Pensacola, P.O. Box 30213, Pensacola, FL 32503, by June 2.

EVENTS THAT HELP

Taylor Dental to spread free smiles Friday

Taylor Dental will host a Dentistry From The Heart event from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, providing adults with free dental care.

The practice will see the first 100 patients on a first-come, first-served basis at 6601 N. Davis Highway, Suite 8.

Patients, ages 18 and older, can choose from a cleaning, one filling or one extraction.

Dentistry From The Heart started in 2001 with Dr. Vincent Monticciolo as a way to give back to the community and to provide aid to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. It now includes more than 300 annual events. 

For more information, visit dentistryfromtheheart.org.

Epilepsy Foundation to hold annual Walk the Talk 

The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida will host its annual Walk the Talk for Epilepsy at Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., on Saturday, May 19. The event raises awareness and funds to benefit Floridians impacted by epilepsy.

Registration will open at 8 a.m., with the walk following at 9 a.m.

The Pensacola Walk the Talk for Epilepsy will feature family friendly entertainment, including a DJ, glitter booth, children’s play area, smoothie bike, activity table from Home Depot, raffle items, and special presentations by the Navarre High School ROTC and Pensacola Roller Gurlz. Prizes for the top fundraising teams and individuals will be awarded.

Local resident Ella Cage will also be honored at the event with EFOF’s Clayton Feig Youth Award, an award commemorating youth who battle with seizures and that highlights the important work of those who are dedicated to removing the stigma and misunderstandings associated with epilepsy. The award was established in memory of Clayton Feig, a young man who demonstrated courage and strength of character while dealing with epilepsy. 

Ella, who began having seizures at age 6, has been passionate in sharing her epilepsy journey with her classmates and, in an effort to raise epilepsy awareness in her neighborhood, sponsored lemonade stands with her friends to benefit EFOF.

“Ella’s work in raising local epilepsy awareness is remarkable,” said Karen Basha Egozi, CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, in a news release. “We’re grateful to her for serving as an advocate and raising awareness, and are proud to recognize her as she is a true representation of all this award entails.”

Now through Friday, registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger; day-of registration is $35 for adults and $20 for children. If an individual registers the day-of and brings three canned food items as a donation for Manna Food Bank, they will receive a special registration rate of $25 for adults and $15 for children.

For more information and to register, visit efof.org/walkthetalk.

4-H to host Boots vs. Badges fundraiser

Escambia County 4-H Council will host a Boots Vs. Badges Challenge Saturday, May 19, to raise funds for the Gulf Coast Kid’s House. The fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 5681 Chalker Road, Molino. General admission is $5 per vehicle. 

The event will feature U.S. military groups competing against Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputies in a timed obstacle course race at 10:30 a.m., along with a car show at 2 p.m., kids’ activities and vendor booths. A second obstacle course challenge open to the general public will take place at 11:30 a.m.  

U.S. military and ECSO are admitted and can compete for free. The cost for the general public Open Challenge participants is $10 each. The age range groups for the obstacle course challenge are 14-17, 18-34, 35-50, 51 and older.

Car show entry fee is $25 for judged vehicles and $15 for for display-only vehicles.

Child admission to the bounce house, petting zoo and event is $3 for ages 3-5, and $5 for ages 5-13. 

Vendor booths are also available for $25 each, with a limit to two per 10×10 area.

Registration for the car show will take place from 7-10 a.m., and registration for the Boots vs. Badges Challenge and Open Challenge will be from 9:15-11 a.m.

For more information, contact 4hbvschallenge@gmail.com.

Celebrate EMS Week with Escambia County

Escambia County is celebrating National EMS Week May 20-28. The week honors emergency medical service professionals for their dedication to public service while raising awareness about the many EMS services, resources and programs.

This year’s theme is EMS Strong: Stronger Together.

EMS Week events include:

  • EMS Open House: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Escambia County Public Safety, 6575 North W St. Residents are invited to tour EMS headquarters, the emergency communications and emergency operations center, see EMS equipment and vehicles up close, learn about the county’s disasters assets and capabilities and meet their local Escambia County EMS staff.
  • PulsePoint app launch and Cardiac Saves reception: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, Escambia County Public Safety. The PulsePoint mobile app, now in more than 2,800 communities nationwide, alerts CPR-trained citizens of cardiac events in their vicinity through a free-to-download mobile app, so they may administer aid while professional responders are en route. Learn more at pulsepoint.org. 
  • Free hands-only CPR courses: 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, through Friday, May 25, Escambia County Public Safety;  and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 26, Cordova Mall, 5100 N. Ninth Ave. Individuals and families are encouraged to show up and receive a free 10-minute hands-only CPR class. Individuals and families are encouraged to show up. Children will have the opportunity to meet EMTs and paramedics and receive coloring books.

EMS hopes to train 250 individuals in hands-only CPR and gain over 500 PulsePoint users during the week.

Child development expert to give free lecture

Achieve Escambia is holding a “Connecting Families to Live-Saving Supports” lecture from 6 -7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 22.

This free lecture by Dr. Paul Dworkin will be held at the WSRE Amos Studio at Pensacola State College, 1000 College Blvd., Building 23. 

Dworkin is a national expert on child development and founder of Help Me Grow National Center in Connecticut. His lecture is designed for parents, families, caregivers, physicians, providers and child advocates.

For more information, email Kimberly Krupa at director@achieveescambia.org.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING

 

Woman’s good fortune doubled by anonymous donor

Dana Minchew was the recent winner of the 2018 Last Prize Standing contest through Cat Country 98.7 and Bob Tyler Toyota. Her prize was a $5,000 Central Credit Union savings account — but there was more in store for her.

Minchew is a mother of a 2-year-old daughter, who was recently diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. She is planning on saving the money and using it to help cover future medical bills for her daughter. Another listener, touched by Minchew’s heartfelt story, called the radio station after the event and donated an additional $5,000.

On May 9, Minchew opened her new Central Credit Union Savings account. She was overjoyed and grateful for the additional $5,000 from the anonymous listener.

“I am speechless … this is such a blessing,” she said.

Homegrown Love helps educators explore gardening, healthy eating

Hundreds of students brought home tomato plants as gifts on Mother’s Day as a result of Rotolo’s ninth annual Homegrown Love program.

The program began in April as part of the pizzeria’s Earth Day celebration, when customers were invited to recycle their used Rotolo’s cups in exchange for free pizza. On May 10, the collected cups were repurposed and donated to Oriole Beach Elementary School, along with soil, tomato plants, and the tools needed to create a unique Mother’s Day gift experience.

The Homegrown Love program gives educators the opportunity to explore recycling, gardening and healthy eating with third- and fourth-graders. Plus, one of the participating schools will receive a $500 grant to start a school garden.

Rotolo’s is located at 888 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze.

For more information, visit Rotolos.com or call 850-934-6699.

 

 

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