Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the largest workplace law firms in the world, sponsored two Weeks of Hope through Eckerd's Raising Hope program. Jackson Lewis sponsored the program through a $500 contribution and in-kind donations such as clothing, shoes, school supplies, toys and toiletries.
In the past 13 months, more than 63,000 undocumented minors have entered the United States over the Mexico border. The federal government is looking for places to house them until they can be placed with relatives or sponsors, and officials in Hillsborough County have been preparing for a possible large influx of these children.
Cindi Blackburn-Jones, Director of Short-Term Residential Services for Boys in Boomer, North Carolina, was interviewed on a Christian radio talk show called Focus on the Foothills to talk about the program and how Eckerd is providing second chances to youth.
Eckerd's Raising Hope program received a $5,000 grant from the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. Raising Hope provides emergency services to abused and neglected children entering the foster care system in the Tampa Bay area. Eckerd has set up Rooms of Hope where children can pick up necessities and some comfort items.
Eckerd continues to generate positive media about the launch of its newest program Friends of the Children. Recently Eckerd’s Chief of Programs for Florida and Richard Adkins, foster parent from St. Petersburg sat down with Bay News 9 host Al Ruechel to talk about the benefits this innovative program will have on the child welfare system in Tampa Bay.
Eckerd is a proud partner of the 2nd annual Voices in the Dark Run-Walk. The event is set for Sunday October 5, 2014 at Wheeler Park in Oklahoma City, OK. The proceeds from the run will benefit three local nonprofits working to combat human trafficking.
Eckerd, which is the Department of Children and Families' lead agency in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, has partnered with Friends of the Children to offer an innovative solution to propel at-risk children towards success.
Tampa Bay Times writer Claire McNeill profiles Eckerd's latest program: Friends of the Children. The program provides vulnerable children in Tampa Bay with full-time, long-term paid professional mentors. Eckerd is the first to offer this program specifically to children in the foster care system.
Eckerd has partnered with Friends of the Children, an organization based out of Portland, Oregon with chapters and affiliates in six US cities and the UK. Eckerd’s Friends of the Children Program assigns a full time, salaried, professional mentor to the highest risk children.
Eckerd was recently interviewed on the “Live in the Mountains” segment on Mountain Television Network that airs in 21 counties across North Carolina. In a talk show format, Eckerd leadership discussed the different programs in North Carolina along with the history of Eckerd.