Each year the Pensacola Greek Festival chooses local non-profit organizations to support through financial and non-financial donations. The 2018 festival will support:
Guardian ad Litem is the 2018 charity of choice of the Pensacola Greek Festival. Guardian ad Litem works to be a powerful and effective voice advocating for the best interests of Florida’s abused, abandoned and neglected children and be recognized and respected as a partnership of community advocates and professional staff. In the state of Florida, there are 21 local Guardian ad Litem programs in 20 judicial circuits. Guardians are often the voice for children that feel as though they have no voice in their own lives. Everyday advocates work to make sure that the children in their care are cared for, and able to succeed in life with the best chance.
Please take a minute to talk with a volunteer from Guardian ad Litem.while you are in line for dinner at the Greek Festival. A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is a volunteer appointed by the court to protect the rights and advocate the best interests of a child involved in a court proceeding. GAL will be recruiting for volunteers to work with children in the Dependency Court System to be their advocate. They have brought in more than 30 volunteers over the last few years just from our festival!
Manna Food Pantries is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable items (canned veggies, meats and fruits) to the festival. Drop-off containers will be located in front of the hall by the dinner line.
2017 – Miracle League of Pensacola aims to provide a safe, organized baseball league and facilities for Gulf Coast persons with mental and/or physical challenges where every player plays, every player hits, and every player gets on base, every player scores, and every player wins – every inning. Guided by a sense of teamwork, sportsmanship, integrity, commitment and community The Miracle League of Pensacola provides physically and mentally challenged individuals a safe and spirited program. The Miracle League provides a unique and memorable opportunity these individuals would not otherwise have. But it is so much more than just a game of baseball, it is about making friends, building self-esteem and being treated just like other athletes. To help the athletes, the league uses a “buddy” system – pairing each player with an able-bodied peer. The Miracle League of Pensacola removes the barriers that keep children with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field and lets them experience the joy of America’s favorite pastime!
2016 – We supported the Children’s Home Society of Florida with a financial donation. Children’s Home Society of Florida is a local nonprofit dedicated to identifying– and eliminating – the roots of child abuse and neglect. Serving 5,100-plus children, teens and families in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties, CHS is committed to: protecting children from harm, and healing the pain of children who have been hurt. It is the goal of Children’s Home Society of Florida to create a world where all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential; a world where children grow up healthy, safe, and prepared for the future.
2015 – We supported the Gulf Coast Kid’s House with a financial donation. Gulf Coast Kid’s House provides help and tools needed for families who have been affected by child abuse. Help comes in varying forms from investigation into the case and mental help for all those affected.
2014 – We supported Capstone Adaptive Learning & Therapy Centers with a financial donation. Capstone is the new name for United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Florida, which has provided quality care for persons with developmental disabilities in Northwest Florida since 1953. Learn more on their website at www.capstoneadaptivelearning.com.
2013 – We supported the Our Lady of Angel’s St. Joseph Medical Clinic, an outreach program of St. Joseph’s Catholic church. The Clinic provides medical services for the uninsured and indigent residents of Escambia County. These services include limited health care, educational services, and dental care.
The clinic is staffed primarily with volunteers that include doctors, dentists, social workers, pharmacists, and administrative personnel from St. Joseph church and the community at large. This clinic is 100% funded by donations, grants and fundraisers and receives no federal funds. The clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings. For more information call 850-434-8162
2012 – We supported Council on Aging of West Florida, an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that has served seniors and their families since 1972. Council on Aging of West Florida helps seniors in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties live healthy, safe and independent lives in their own familiar surroundings by providing community based, in-home programs and services such as Meals on Wheels and Alzheimer’s respite care at its Adult Day Health Care Center. Other programs and services include case management, the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs, caregiver support and training, and the operation of numerous senior dining sites throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. For more information, please www.coawfla.org or talk to a volunteer at the Greek Festival.
2011 we supported United Ministries of Pensacola with a financial donation. United Ministries provides financial assistance to families in crisis who have emergency needs such as housing and utilities and to provide counseling which offers hope, encouragement and spiritual guidance. The organization is a community partnership of many different churches and individuals who volunteer time and resources to provide emergency aid to the less fortunate members of our community.
2010 – we supported Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida – a ministry of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee that helps Northwest Florida’s families in need.
2005 – Favor House
2004 – ARC Gateway
2003 – Covenant Hospice
2002 – Council on Aging
2001 – Children’s Home Society