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Coral Springs to beautify city with help of grant and volunteers
 
A new Coral Springs initiative will tap the experience and talents of retired city residents to beautify the City. With the help of a $15,000 Community Foundation of Broward City Challenge grant, Coral Springs officials will develop a beautification program, called “Keep Coral Springs Beautiful…for the Next 50 Years!”, which will rely on and involve the City’s baby boomer population. The City Challenge grant is part of the Community Foundation’s Re-engage for Good initiative, which connects the growing numbers of new retirees with high impact service opportunities to address local city challenges. “With the City celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, maintaining our aesthetics is a priority. This initiative will help keep our city beautiful while engaging with our residents,” Mayor Vince Boccard said. City Challenge draws on the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Cities of Service model, a coalition of more than 150 cities representing 50 million Americans, which leverages resident service to solve pressing local challenges. For more information on the Re-engage for Good initiative and to find out how you can get involved, contact Frank Gross at 954-345-2218 or e-mail fgross@coralsprings.org. “The best way to engage residents, who often become disconnected from their community after retirement, is at a local civic level,” said Foundation Program Manager, Lindsey Linzer. “These grants give cities new ways for retired residents to give back to their communities in meaningful ways.” About the Community Foundation of Broward Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward's mission is to provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. A public nonprofit organization with more than 450 charitable and agency endowment Funds representing $150 million, it has distributed $60 million to support community solutions over the past 29 years. The Foundation’s focus adjusts to the most pressing needs in the community. Current initiatives include the Re-engage for Good campaign to move retiring baby boomers into encore careers for social good, support of arts and cultural programming and education, and the Leadership Institute, which offers on-going educational programs for nonprofit CEOs, board members and human resources professionals. For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit cfbroward.org or call 954.761.9503.
Posted:5/29/2013
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