The Marion Ballet Collaborative is a youth performing theatre ballet company in Ocala, FL. In 2019, they continued the nearly 40-year iconic holiday tradition of The Nutcracker performances with future plans to expand audition invitations to dance students around the country. They need your help to ensure the show will continue for years to come.
The Boys & Girls Club of Marion County enables all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Serving children aged 6-18, they focus on academic success, health & wellness and character & leadership.
Arnette House provides safe and effective programs to strengthen youth and families in Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus & Hernando Counties. They offer emergency shelter services, individual and group counseling, crisis intervention and referrals to youth and families.
The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County ensures children of the Marion County community have access to quality early learning programs that nurture their learning potential to prepare them for success. The ELCMC provides leadership and fosters partnerships to optimize a quality learning environment for Marion County children through child care, voluntary pre-kindergarten and parent education.
The Marion County Bar Association is committed to helping provide legal assistance to low-income Marion County citizens. Through the MCBA Civil Legal Aid Fund, services can be provided to assist in making sure that all have equal access to justice in Marion County.
The people of Marion County want excellent schools, and through the Public Education Foundation every individual, parent, teacher, businessperson, and community leader can influence the quality of public education in our community. Together, we can make our schools excellent in every way.
The Horse Protection Association of Florida rescues starved, neglected and abandoned horses and rehabilitates them, giving the horses renewed life and a future with the best care. With interest in building a new facility in southern Marion County, the Horse Protection Association seeks support from volunteers and donors to make their dreams reality.
From more services for our nonprofits helping our community’s most disadvantaged to increasing the education of the next generation of givers, from enhancing programs and opportunities for our community’s estate planners to ensuring residents in our community know how to align their passions with their giving, the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County remains at the forefront of impacting our community’s needs. We are building a stronger community… one passion at a time.
A science-based educational nonprofit organization, the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute focuses on documenting and protecting Florida’s springs and aquifers to ensure access to clean drinking water for current and future generations. Named in honor of a pioneer of springs science, a Yale graduate, Odum worked in the biology department of the University of Florida in the 1950s and conducted the first comprehensive ecological assessment of Silver Springs.
Give the gift of reading and literacy to students in the Marion County community of Ft. McCoy through the Mary DeCasper Memorial Fund. Dollars raised help keep her legacy and love of reading going among the generations of Ft. McCoy School students through Ms. DeCasper’s Reading Den, a cozy and inviting reading space for students in the School. Additional funds purchase books in Mary’s memory for children to take home.