Community Focused Initiative Addresses Many Issues

Flagler Cares is a community-focused initiative that aims to address various social issues and improve the overall well-being of individuals in Flagler County, Florida. This multifaceted program encompasses a range of services and activities geared towards fostering a stronger, healthier community. Their mission statement being the driving force behind bold innovations and community improvement, creating a coordinated safety net of health and social care services.
This group started as an informal coalition of professionals from health and human services professions in 2013. Originally meant as a networking program, two years later they installed their first Board of Directors and became a nonprofit organization.
One key aspect of Flagler Cares is its commitment to supporting vulnerable populations. The initiative recognizes the importance of addressing the needs of individuals and families facing economic challenges, health disparities, and other hardships. Through strategic partnerships with local nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses, Flagler Cares fosters the “No Wrong Door” approach. They work to provide essential resources, including food assistance, housing support, and healthcare services.
The initiative places a strong emphasis on promoting health and wellness within the community.
Flagler Cares organizes various health-related events, workshops, and awareness campaigns to educate residents about preventive care, healthy lifestyles, and mental well-being. By engaging with healthcare professionals and community leaders, Flagler Cares strives to create an environment that prioritizes the overall health of its residents.
An example of this was how quickly they mobilized to address those negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Partnering with United Way, Volusia Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless, and the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners, Flager Cares came to the rescue of many residents and families.
Furthermore, Flagler Cares is actively involved in community-building initiatives, like the Flagler Catalyst Fund in 2022. This bold new initiative is a grant making program that has an investment of $1 million annually to address pressing social services needs in the community.
Be they through single year capacity building grants or larger, multi-year projects, Flagler Cares aims to create more “Yes Options” for residents.
Flagler Cares strengthens the social fabric of the county and promotes a positive and inclusive atmosphere. This nonprofit stands as a beacon of community support, addressing the diverse needs of Flagler County residents through a comprehensive and collaborative approach. By focusing on social issues, health and wellness, education, community-building, and volunteerism, Flagler Cares actively works towards creating a resilient and thriving community for all. Through its dedication to fostering positive change, Flagler Cares serves as a model for community-driven initiatives that prioritize the well-being and success of every individual.
Their office is on 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Building B, Suite 302. Walk in to ask how you can help your community. Or log onto their website and sign up for their newsletter to learn about job opportunities, new resources, and more.
— James Moore