Charities Supported by the Panhandle Charitable Open

To date, the PCO has raised more than $1,465,000 for local charities, including $270,000 in 2018, thanks to the amazing generosity and support of businesses and individuals like you.

A major goal of the PCO board is to constantly look for ways to increase the breadth and depth of our support to local non-profit charities. In 2018, the PCO provided contributions to 26 local non-profit organizations. Our six primary charity partners for 2019 are the Council on Aging of West Florida, Gulf Coast Kid’s House, Child Guardian, Inc., The Ashley Lauren Offerdahl Foundation for the Children’s Home Society of Florida, the Santa Rosa Kids’ House and the Studer Community Institute.

Child Guardians, Inc.

  The mission of Child Guardians, Inc. is to help abused, neglected, or abandoned children through its direct funding of children’s needs, and through support of organizations serving these children in the Florida counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton. We pursue our mission by developing and managing our resources, enabling us to: directly fund educational, social, physical, medical, and a variety needs of these children; promote community awareness of these children’s needs; and assist with the support of volunteers and professional staff serving these children.  Contact us at http://childguardians.or

Gulf Coast Kid’s House

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Gulf Coast Kid’s House believes Children are our most precious resource. It´s hard to imagine someone harming a child, but it’s more prevalent then you may think. Child abuse is a community problem. No single agency or individual has the knowledge, skills or resources to provide all the assistance needed by abused children and their families. The vision of Gulf Coast Kid’s House is to provide a place where child protective services, law enforcement, prosecution, medical and mental health professionals´ work together under one roof to provide comprehensive services. Our Mission is to Facilitate the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect and promote child abuse prevention awareness through community education.

Children’s Home Society of Florida

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At Children’s Home Society we are working toward a world where all children realize their full potential and we do that through reshaping the future for children with bold, innovative technology and strategic, proven approaches including:
  • We’re opening new educational opportunities through nearly a dozen Community Partnership Schools to solve key barriers affecting children’s ability to learn, from hunger and homelessness to violence and access to health care.
  • We’re changing the future of mental health by providing top counseling where it’s most convenient through our Ashley Offerdahl Counseling Program meet children. We and families at home, in school or in our office – we go where no one else will. Just recently, we became the first statewide organization to offer counseling – and even telepsychiatry – with a click through telehealth.
  • We’re empowering parents – many of whom have no support system – to create safe and healthy homes so they may break cycles of poverty and abuse.

Council on Aging of West Florida, Inc.

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Our Mission:  Dedicating each day to serve, support and advocate for aging adults in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Council on Aging of West Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that has served seniors and their families since 1972. Council on Aging provides community based in home services in an effort to enable the elderly to live a healthy, safe and independent life in their own familiar surroundings. Council on Aging of West Florida provides programs and services such as Meals on Wheels, senior dining sites and senior centers, adult day health care and Alzheimer’s respite care through the The Retreat, case management, information and referral services, Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs and volunteer programs. Council on Aging also offers affordable customized private pay plans for home delivered meals and adult day health care services through The Retreat.

Santa Rosa Kids’ House

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The Santa Rosa Kids’ House is a Child Advocacy Center serving Santa Rosa County, in Milton, Florida.

Our History

In 2003, a group of committed child advocates and Multidisciplinary Team members in Santa Rosa County joined forces to work towards creating a more collaborative response to child abuse and neglect for our county. In 2004, Santa Rosa Kids’ House, Inc. was registered as a corporation and was granted 501©3 non-profit status. In 2005, local business man, Howard Burris, bought property and donated one million dollars towards the construction of the building. In October 2006, the board hired an interim Executive Director, Hank Shirah, to oversee the construction of the building and promote theproject. Through 2007 and the first quarter of 2008, with a great deal of community contributions and additional fundraising events, the construction of the Santa Rosa Kids’ House was completed using state of the art equipment. The 13,000 square foot facility now known as the Santa Rosa Kids’ House was opened to the community in April of 2008 and fully occupied with the various agencies that comprise the multidisciplinary team by June 2008. Our mission is to collaborate to establish efficient alliances that will lessen the trauma and encourage prevention of abuse for children and their families. In order to fulfill this mission, the Santa Rosa Kids’ House offers a multidisciplinary team and child-friendly approach to child abuse victims and their families.

Studer Community Institute

Studer Community Institute logo Studer Community Institute is a 501(c)3 that works to improve kindergarten readiness in the community by giving parents the tools, support and techniques to understand the power of their words to build a child’s brain in the first three years of life — when 85 percent of the brain is developed. Our two cornerstones projects — Brain Bags and Parent Outreach — help parents and families see the link between early talk and interaction, healthy brain development and school readiness. That is crucial in Escambia County, where state education data show only 46 percent of kindergartners were ready for school. In Santa Rosa, the rate is 60 percent. We want to reach every parent and share with them the power they have to give their child a good start to be ready for school — and ultimately life.