Disaster Fund Depleted and Food Pantries are Empty, Please Help!
PLEASE HELP NOW as Families in Florida's most environmentally sensitive area suffer from a "Fisheries Failure" in Apalachicola Bay . The large number of seafood and tourism related workers have no other source of employment and struggle to survive.
September 2013 will mark one year since the collapse of the oyster industry in Apalachicola Bay. Hundreds of displaced seafood workers and the collateral businesses which count on the seafood industry to survive continue to struggle in the multi county rural region that surrounds the Bay. In the last nine months, local and state political leaders, state agencies, non-profit organizations, churches and volunteers have supported the affected people of the region with job skill development initiatives, bay restoration projects, and empowerment programs that cushioned the economic blow. But those funding streams have come to an end and the region is in dire need of investment. On August 12, 2013 the Federal government recognized the fisheries failure officially with a declaration by the Department of Commerce, citing the impact of drought, freshwater flows on the Apalachicola River and the devastation caused by saltwater predators which kill the oyster beds. While the battle over water makes the headlines, the people of the region are slipping into a deeper economic crisis.
Help is direly needed. At the beginning of the collapse, the displaced seafood workers themselves proclaimed they did not want a “Hand-Out”, what they needed most was a “Hand-Up”. The Coalition and our partners took that inspiration, received support from Volunteer Florida, and developed “A-Hand-Up Volunteer Assistance Program”. To date 52 displaced seafood workers have volunteered over 1155 hours to help the community as their contribution to solve the problems resulting from the oyster collapse, that is a total value of over $25,000 of honest volunteer work. A-Hand-Up has assisted 112 households and 484 people with utility, housing, medical and food expenses thanks to private donors. The Coalition supports engagement and empowerment of the affected population and does not support entitlements. Recipients volunteer in their community and support the assistance initiatives.
There are more success stories that show promise. While one in every four Franklin County residents (and one in every three children) live in poverty by Federal standards, our records show that almost 60% of the regions households are struggling with sustainability. But one person - one family at a time, change is taking place and over six hundred people have participated in job skill development initiatives, restoration projects and micro-business development which were products of efforts by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida and many other businesses, churches, private donors and community volunteers. Almost a year into the crisis, the immediate outlook is bleak. The area requires economic investment and emergency job creation to engage the displaced workers until the restoration projects can be completed and have an effect on the productivity of the seafood industry. We respectfully request support for the following projects and are willing to be active agents in any initiative which will reduce the impact of the bay collapse.
Please support the Franklin County Food Pantries, the three pantries serve over 700 families each month and the cupboards are near empty. We request any non-perishable foods, especially canned meats like chicken, tuna and ham. Cash donations are used to purchase food at significant savings through America’s Second Harvest. If you would like to volunteer or visit one of the pantries, please call us at 850-653-3930.
A-Hand-Up Volunteer Assistance Program assists displaced seafood workers who are engaged in service projects which support the recovery and relief process. Again, 100% of the donations are used for assistance, no administrative fees are taken for donations.
Please give a hand up and help us stock the pantries. Make a tax deductible donation today.
Franklin’s Promise Coalition is a 501c3 charitable organization and your donation is tax-deductible.
How you can help!
Hold a Food Drive for the families in Franklin County. If you cannot arrange transport for the food collected, you can donate at any food bank across the state in the name of Franklin County and a credit for food will be allotted to our three pantries here in Eastpoint, Carrabelle and Apalachicola. Here is a map of Food Banks belonging to the Florida Association of Food Banks.
If you are able to collect and transport donations to Franklin County, please email us at email@example.com to schedule volunteers to assist. In this case, our community is short on canned meats such as tuna fish, hams, chicken, etc. Our young families are in desperate need of baby diapers, formula, baby wipes, etc. We could also use toilet paper for families.
DONATE! Monetary donations will be used to support "A-Hand-Up", a volunteer engagement program supported by Volunteer Franklin, Volunteer Florida, Progress Energy, Catholic Charities, UF/IFAS Extension, The Gulf Coast Workforce Board and the Department of Children and Families. We believe the most sustainable solutions to our community's challenges will be solved by involving the most affected individuals in the work we do. AND IT WORKS! Volunteers who are active in supporting our community are assisted with utility bills as they donate their time at their childrens' schools, in our food pantries, with our churches' outreach programs, and in our BAY AID Franklin efforts. If you would consider a financial donation to BAY AID Franklin, this is how your resources will be used.
Please send checks made to BAY AID Franklin, 192 14th Street, Apalachicola, Florida, 32320
If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-653-3930.
With a clear purpose, we pledge to use your support to provide Franklin County residents with the necessary assistance to address basic human needs during or resulting from natural, economic or man-made disaster. Our commitment is to empower those we serve to establish sustainable solutions for reoccurring needs, leading to an improved quality of life.
BAY AID Franklin is a disaster relief fund established by Franklin’s Promise Coalition, Inc. a 501c3 organization in partnership with over 30 civic organizations, churches, government entities, businesses, and volunteers. As a certified non-profit ,Franklin's Promise Coalition, Inc. is the fiscal agent for donations made to this project. The coalition partners are determined to empower the residents of Franklin County to face challenges more independently. This campaign will bring awareness to the problems that face the residents of one of Florida's most unspoiled regions and to the seafood industry crisis overall, and will provide crucially needed funding to spur recovery and empowerment in Franklin County. Please let us know if we can provide more information. Thank you for your support of our work in this very special community.
Franklin’s Promise Coalition, Inc.
Gulf Coast Workforce Board
Florida Department of Children and Families
Franklin County Emergency Management
Franklin County Seafood Workers Association
Franklin County Board of Commissioners
City of Apalachicola
City of Carrabelle
National Institute of Enviromental Health; Nealthy Gulf, Healthy Communities
Franklin County Extension UF/IFAS
University of Florida Center for the Arts in Healthcare
Weems Memorial Hospital
Trinity Episcopal Church
Carrabelle Food Pantry
Capital Area Community Action
St. George Island Merchants Association
Eastpoint Church of God
Living Waters Assembly of God
St. Patrick’s Church
Gary Olrick Construction
Covenant Word Christian Center
Franklin County Extension Office
Franklin County Health Department
Franklin County Food Pantry
America's Second Harvest
Bay Media Services
Server Soultions, Inc
And many other supporters.......
BAY AID Franklin is a service of Franklin's Promise Coalition, a partnership of people, agencies and organizations who want to make Franklin County a better place to live for all its citizens.The mission of the Coalition is to improve the quality of life for Franklin County residents. To fulfill this mission, the Coalition will serve as an advocate for the community and provide the opportunity of a forum, for networking with service providers, churches, other institutions, and interested citizen volunteers of Franklin County, Florida for:
(a) Improving access to quality services and assisting in eliminating disparities of service.
(b) Streamlining, and preventing duplication and fragmentation of services.
(c) Identifying unmet needs and determining strategies and programs to meet those needs.
(d) Informing and educating individuals on challenges, resources and opportunities in the community.
(e) Promoting positive youth development while emphasizing the reduction of substance abuse and other negative behaviors among the youth of Franklin County.
(f) Serve Franklin County as the lead agency for Emergency Support Function 15, coordinate the county’s Un-met Needs Committee/Agency Resource Survey, and serve as the county’s Long Term Recovery Coalition.
Franklin’s Promise Coalition (FPC) was incorporated in December of 2002 as a Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation and is designated as a 501 (C) (3) corporation under the Internal Revenue Code. Membership is open to all citizens and agencies and organizations that operate in Franklin County. Everyone is invited to attend.