“I am all about philanthropy! As a working mom I have one business that supports my family and another that is 100% volunteer.
The 100% volunteer business that I founded and run is Kindness Shared Happiness Squared a 501 C 3 charitable organization with a mission to create happiness for kids in need.
Kindness Shared is formed on a collaboration model. By collaborating with different agencies and working as a team, we positively impact the lives of children every day! We improve the lives of children challenged with disabilities and/or in severe financial need. Each season of the year is dedicated to a specific need. Since we began in 2015 I am proud to say we have brightened the lives of thousands of children.
We are unique because of our collaboration model. We do not compete for dollars or overlap services. We do our homework and find out how we can help other charities fill in the gaps where funding, time and resources are not available. We create happiness for children in ways that are not possible without our help and our projects.”
Tatiana Quattrone Lessa
“Philanthropy is part of my daily life as I am Vice President of Kindness Shared Happiness Squared’s project “Pack A Sack”.
I am extremely passionate about making sure I do my part helping some kids not to go hungry. It’s my pleasure to work together with the community to deliver healthy snack bags to a local school for the weekends.
What makes all Kindness Shared programs unique is that we collaborate with other non-profit organizations to help as many as we possibly can.
Dance marathon is an incredible event at the University of Florida that contributes to Children’s Miracle Network. Every penny that is raised for CMN at UF is donated to Shands Children’s Hospital in Gainesville, Florida; a children’s hospital that is ranked one of the top 50 pediatric hospitals in the nation in 7 categories. Your donation can be used to fund research for childhood illnesses, purchase new equipment and technology necessary for these children, or provide money for every day comforts like toys and activities for the children living in the hospital.
Dance Marathon is a 26.2 hour marathon in which over 800 students stand for those who can’t while raising money for CMN. This event is the largest student-run philanthropy event in the southeastern United States, and has broken records year after year. Because of your personal contribution, I was selected to represent my sorority Delta Gamma and stand next to 39 of my sorority sisters for 26.2 hours. Because of you, I was able to participate in the most exciting emotional and physical “rollercoaster” for the 2nd year in a row. My experience was even better this year- during the 26.2 hours I danced endlessly, played games with the miracle children, laughed (and sometimes suffered) with my friends, and received some much-needed piggy-back rides from my supporters. I was also able to hear the stories of the Miracle Families that we dance for. Each and every family told their own version of hardship and pain, and how Dance Marathon and CMN benefitted them and their children. Even though I often became tired and my feet began to throb, I was reminded of the pain that each Miracle Child and their families face everyday.
Dance Marathon at UF, Delta Gamma, and I were able to make countless miracles! Overall, Dance Marathon raised $2,724,324.19 for Children’s Miracle Network! Delta Gamma took home the Miracle Cup (a prestigious award that goes to the organization that raises the most money and shows the most dedication and participation) for the 3rd year in a row and broke records as an organization by raising over $199, 011.13! Personally, with your donation included, I was able to raise $2,350.12, which landed me my very own CMN balloon on the “Wall of Fame”! This is the most I’ve ever raised in the 3 years I’ve participated, and not only meeting, but surpassing my goal truly brought tears to my eyes.
Together, we have the ability to conquer childhood illness through our donations and dedication to Children’s Miracle Network and Dance Marathon. Dance Marathon 2017 was an experience I will always treasure, and I genuinely could not have done it without your help. I could not be more proud to attend the University of Florida and have the privilege to participate in an event that makes such a difference in the lives of many.
I have been working at Brown & Brown Insurance as their business development & community development since 2013. My dedication to philanthropy has not changed, but has spread out over different entities.
For many years now, our office participates in the Corporate Run in downtown Fort Lauderdale, collect school supplies for United Way, & Kids in Distress. We had a thanksgiving food drive for Sheridan House and Women in Distress, and collected toys for the children of Women In Distress. In October, our office raised over $50,000 for Broward Partnership for the Homeless annual Golf-a-thon. We also contributed towards the annual Grand Ghoul benefiting 211-Broward, in which I helped to organize the auction. We have an ongoing drive for items for Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center.
I also participated in the 2014 & 15 walk for Alzheimer’s. Brown & Brown is actually putting together a team this year and raising funds internally with a “Change War” starting in May which will be matched by the company. Walk against Alzheimer’s Walk on October 22nd.
2016 already has been very busy year, starting out with the Humane Society Walk for the Animals February 28th. I am very lucky to be working with such a philanthropic office! Newly added to my volunteer time this year is the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale. I have been going over to the office after work to help organize and most recently with the help of many team members and friends, helped at the MODS Wine & Culinary Event held on April 8th. I assisted at the annual Children’s Home Society luncheon in April as well.
On May 15th, our office has 5 teams in the Pinko-de Mayo Bowling for Susan G. Komen – Help Strike out Breast Cancer.
I go to Detroit every June to help my cousin with his Southfield Summer Soulstice run/walk Event. We raise over $25,000 that is split between several local charities in his area.
My husband, Larry Wheeler & I volunteer every year at the World Golf Championship at Doral as Captains and this past March I volunteered at the Honda Classic as a walking scorer. I also, (in my spare time), volunteer at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts as an usher! So look for me in my red bow tie!
I am sure I am missing mentioning one of the many fantastic charities. I believe that I have been fortunate to have the flexibility to enjoy my professional life while helping others to better their lives. I will always find time to help others! Volunteering is really good for the soul!!!
Julian’s Fountain of Youth | www.jfoy.org
Julian’s Fountain of Youth (JFOY) creates opportunities for our LGBT Youth to partake in activates that include experiential learning and life-enrichment strategies at no cost to them or their families. This collection of initiatives will result in the production of future community leaders and the overall betterment of our LGBT youth both locally and nationally.
The founder of Julian’s Fountain of Youth, Julian Cavazos has worked as a volunteer and Board Member in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years. Following his participation in experiential learning courses in 2006, Julian made a commitment to himself that one day he would make these courses and course activates available to LGBTQ Youth at no cost to them. Following a health scare, Julian dedicated the following 11 months to creating Julian’s Fountain of Youth.
My name is Tamara Chase and I am one of the team members at Chase Roofing. I was raised by my Mom and Dad to volunteer when I can so, I have always enjoyed getting involved with different groups over the years. Several years ago I started mentoring in the Take Stock In Children program. I mentored Rachel throughout her high school years, meeting her at school and guiding her where ever she needed. I absolutely fell in love with her and have had the pleasure of watching her grow into a smart and beautiful young lady. She is currently a Sophomore at University of Florida. A Couple weeks ago, I went and picked her up and took her to Epcot for the day. She surprised me with guardian angel wings charm for my bracelet. I can’t explain the feeling I had when she gave me that charm and told me how much I meant to her.