• Family Service Day 2015 – brought to you by the City of Miami Beach and presented by Miami Beach Medical Group and The Children's Trust.

    Click here to volunteer with us! Earn your Community Service Hours, bond with your family and community, and have some fun.

    On Saturday, September 26, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., hundreds of volunteers of all ages will gather for a day of public service at sites throughout Miami Beach. Following the completion of their projects, volunteers will come together for a celebration at North Shore Open Space Park, between Collins Avenue and the beach at 81 Street. 

    Family Service Day service learning projects include:

        -Affordable Housing Capital Improvement Projects        

        -Art Therapy for Children      

        -Beach Dune Restoration

        -Cross-Cultural Engagement Activities 

        -Non-Native Plant Removal

        -Public Library Enhancements

        -Sustainability Projects at local schools

        -Waterway Restoration      

    Volunteers will receive lunch from burger hot spot Shake Shack, a free T-shirt courtesy of North Beach daycare institution Happy Kids, and a free reusable water bottle courtesy of Coca-Cola. There will be giveaways with prizes for all ages brought to you by RDP Agency.

    Students will receive documentation of their participation for community service hours. In order to raise awareness about the issue of hunger, promote solutions to the underlying causes and show support to our neighbors in need, volunteers are asked to bring one or more non-perishable canned goods. Proceeds from our food drive will be distributed to the community’s homeless and most at-risk individuals and families. 

    In honor of the 25-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the City of Miami Beach will share valuable information on accessibility resources and City services and programs.  Among other services, the City provides enhanced access to our beautiful beaches by means of our accessible beachwalk and boardwalk, as well as offering motorized and manual beach wheelchairs, free of charge, access through the dunes by means of beach mats, and swim ropes at several locations in the water to assist swimmers with orientation or who need extra support.  

    Registering to volunteer is easy and is required. Click here to complete the online formUnfortunately we are not able to accept walk-up volunteers due to the size of the event, so please be sure to register online now, before the event fills up! 

    Did you Know?

         -Students who do not complete high school make $7,000 a year less in income than their counterparts who complete school, making success at school one of the most important factors in your child’s life.            

        -The average age of homelessness in the United States is 11          

        -1 in 30 children in the United States are homeless           

    Family Service Day’s Resource Fair will provide information about the many services available in Miami Beach; including job training, counseling, youth development programs, truancy prevention initiatives, educational support, health care services, the IB education program, youth employment, and food banks, among others. Many of these services are available free of charge! Presenters at the Resource Fair include members of the Miami Beach Service Partnership, a collaborative engaging more than a dozen community service agencies. By raising the visibility of the partner agencies, the event will improve access to resources that increase the quality of life for all those who live, work, and play in Miami Beach.

    The Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Bookmobile will be on site to encourage reading. Green Apple Day of Service and Teen Job Corps are providing crucial assistance in the planning and implementation of the event. The City of Miami Beach’s Parks & Recreation Department is sharing vital resources to assist in the event’s execution.

    Leadership opportunities for Family Service Day are available. For more information, please download our Family Service Day Flyer, fill out the registration form or contact Talmage Thornhill at 305.673.7491 or via email TalmageThornhill@miamibeachfl.gov

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    The City of Miami Beach- Family Service Day 2015 is funded in part by The Children's Trust. The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

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