Mariner Sands

Mariner Sands Charity Week Focus Charities

Each year Charity Week collects and distributes funds to many different charities based on designation instructions from contributors. These have included charities of all categories including churches, hospitals, and special care facilities.

Our long term Core Charities

Charity week supports both the Mariner Sands Chapel and the Mariner Sands Foundation as our own community core charities. The Foundation relies on Charity Week for most of its annual operating funds and is included among our focus charities. The Charity Week Distribution Committee has discretion to allocate undesignated donor and event fees to focus and core charities as well as other charities in Martin County.

For our new members and visitors, the primary mission of the Mariner Sands Foundation is to provide community and financial help to employees of Mariner Sands in need of assistance. Loans and grants are made for a variety of needs, such as medical and dental care, shelter and transportation, and education. The Foundation also provides support to the low income and immigrant populations within Martin County.

The Mariner Sands Chapel and the Mariner Sands Foundation are also on Charity Week’s list of charities for donor specified designations. Proceeds from the helicopter ball drop are dedicated to the Foundation.

In addition, as a service to the community, the charity week distribution committee conducts research and selects charities they focus on to also receive unrestricted funds from donors and events.

For 2015, the committee selected six charities as “focus” charities based on their reviews and visits, listed below.

The Charity Week registration form provides instructions on how to contribute to all of the above.


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  • Children's Home Society
    • What happened when your children or grandchildren reached their 18th birthday? Maybe they had a party, went to school the next day and showed off their presents, planned a visit to the college they'd be going to in the Fall, looked forward to their Senior Prom?

      For children in foster care, their 18th birthday might not be cause for celebration. At age 18, foster children age out of the system. Governmental subsidies to foster parents end at a foster child’s 18th birthday. The children are declared independent and as a result, are homeless. Unless a friend’s parents or a teacher steps in and offers a place to live, food, clothing and emotional support, a foster child in all probability will not be able to finish high school.

      The Transitional Living Program of the Children's Home Society was developed to provide foster children a place to live, as well as advocacy for the youths while they complete their education so they may become independent contributing members of society. The program also provides transportation, including driver's education classes, clothing, mental health counseling, and education expenses such as books, college tours and application fees, and computer labs.

      The 18-month Transitional Living Program offers youths ages 18 to 23 accommodations at a facility in Indian River or independent living. Working together, a counselor and youth develop an independent life plan to provide a course of action to lead to the client's completion of his/her high school/college education and obtaining gainful employment.

      The downtown Stuart facility opened in June 2014 to provide a location where program participants living independently in Martin County can meet with their counselors to discuss their status, develop life skills and use computers for homework and research assignments. Contributions from Mariner Sands Charity Week 2015 will help keep the Stuart facility open and available for youths in this program who reside in Stuart or other areas of Martin County.

  • House of Hope
    • Thirty years ago volunteers made and distributed sandwiches to feed people in the Martin County community who were hungry. That effort has morphed into House of Hope which now touches the lives of more than 5,000 people each month through its programs at four locations in Martin County.

      House of Hope addresses its clients' increasingly complex needs through its program entitled Project HOPE (Helping Others Progress through Empowerment). Under this program, clients needs are addressed through case management, financial assistance, food, clothing, furniture and information and referral services. While the agency can provide short-term relief with food, clothing or financial assistance, the long- term goal is to engage clients in longer-term planning to help people achieve greater self-sufficiency through improved life skills such as household budgeting, interviewing for a job, and making healthy choices for themselves and their families.

      From sandwich-making community volunteers, House of Hope has grown into a resource that in 2013 served 62,109 people in its food pantries. They distributed 480,000 pounds of food, the equivalent of 375,000 meals. They assisted 679 families through their clothes closet. Their information and referral service had 12,146 consultations, including 240 patient visits to the monthly Visiting Nurse Association free mobile clinic at House of Hope locations. Project Hope provided financial assistance in to 176 families to enable them to pay for rent, utilities, medicines, and gas.

      The need for their services continues to grow. The amount of food distributed in 2013 was more than double the amount given away in 2008...a greater than 100% increase in five years. Mariner Sands' commitment to House of Hope recognizes the efficiency and effectiveness in their care for our less fortunate neighbors.

  • Hibiscus Children's Center
    • Mission

      To provide safety for abused, abandoned and neglected children through prevention programs, residential programs, shelter programs and recovery programs.

      Hibiscus Children’s Center provided over 20,000 nights of safety to abused abandoned and neglected children in 2013. They provided support to 100 foster families and mental health counseling to over 1,000 children and their families. They prevented child abuse and neglect for 390 children in their Crisis Program and provided services to four children impacted by human trafficking.

      Residential Programs

      Provides a safe environment for newborns to 18 year olds with 24- hour supervision, medical and dental care, plus psychological counseling. The facilities care for children removed from their families by court order.

      Clinical Programs

      Provides residential and out patient mental health services including therapy, psychiatric evaluation, and medication management.

      Foster Care

      Provides for the recruiting, training, licensing and support services to foster families. Services were provided to 135 families in 2013.

      For more information contact: www.hibiscuschildrenscenter.org
  • The Holy Cross Service Center
    • Mission

      To provide services and food, medicine, clothing and household items to the indigent of the Indiantown community regardless of race, religion or ethic group.

      The center is an independent not-for-profit entity under the auspices of the Holy Cross Church. The money the center received from Mariner Sands Charity Week in 2013 was used to purchase food which was given free of charge to 20 families daily. In 2014, they plan to start nutrition programs, supply baby food, diapers and clothing to improve the quality of life in the Indiantown community.

      The center does not have a website.

  • Hope Rural School
    • Founded in 1980, Hope Rural School engenders the meaning of hope. The school provides a path of opportunity to migrant and immigrant children and their families in the Indiantown community.

      Hope Rural School was established at a time when there was no provision for non-English speakers in elementary schools in Florida. Beginning with a program for Kindergarten through second grade in one room of a local church, they now provide an extended day program, educational basics, English language development and cultural adjustment, and an extended day program to assist working parents. The school now provides pre-K through grade 5 programs. The school provides support to the entire family through it's English language classes for adults and parenting programs.

      The school is a Catholic institution that nurtures the Gospel values of mercy, justice, and love through fostering the principles of Christian discipleship; supporting, guiding and encouraging parents in the education of their children, developing an appreciation and respect for heritage; encouraging and enabling graduates to reach their full potential through advanced education.

      In 2013 Hope Rural School was selected as one of 12 Innovative Catholic Schoolsin the country by "Today's Catholic Teacher" in the category of "Innovative Projects in Curriculum and Instruction" for their program establishing a Drama Club where children who formerly could not communicate in English are now putting on adaptations of "The Wizard of Oz," "Annie," and "The Sound of Music."

      Hope Rural School provides children of immigrant families hope for a future for the children as well as the skills to excel and achieve success.

  • Safe Space
    • SafeSpace is working towards freedom from intimate partner violence of any kind in our community by raising awareness of the problem while assisting its victims with emergency shelter and counseling for those affected by violence in their homes.

      There is no bigger threat to women today than domestic violence...greater than cancer and heart disease. It is the primary cause of injury for women between the ages of 18 to 44. One woman in three will become a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime. It affects families from all walks of life from the poorest to the wealthiest. Domestic violence takes many forms including verbal, sexual, emotional, financial and psychological abuse. It's all about power and control on the part of the abuser, and it affects the entire family.

      According to an article in The Stuart News on October 18, 2013, four women, onaverage, die every day in America at the hands of someone they love and with whom they have an intimate relationship. In 2012, more than 2,500 domestic violence related crimes were reported throughout the Treasure Coast including 541 cases in MartinCounty. Three Treasure Coast women lost their lives as a result of domestic abuse withina twenty-four hour period in June 2014. Until recently, domestic violence has not received publicity in the national media...it's been treated as a secret.

      SafeSpace's offers victims of domestic abuse safety, support and education that empowers them to create independent lives free from violence. They provide 24-hour hotlines throughout the Treasure Coast. Their facility in Stuart is the only certified domestic violence center on the Treasure Coast. SafeSpace provides more than 11,000 nights of safe shelter for victims and their children a year where they feed and clothe victims who are rebuilding their lives. They create individual safety plans to assist victims to escape their home situations and live safely. Consider what would happen if you and your children had to leave your home without identification, money, credit cards,cell phone, contact information, medical and financial records, and clothing. SafeSpace annually provides approximately 8,200 hours of advocacy counseling. They advocate for victims with the local police forces and in the courts. They receive thousands of phone calls through their hotline from victims in need of the support that SafeSpace offers victims. It is the only program that offers these services to residents of the Treasure Coast.

      Charity Week 2015 is pleased to support this advocacy program that supports safety for all victims of domestic abuse.
  • Samaritan Center
    • Samaritan Center is a residential program in Stuart for at-risk boys between the ages of 6 and 13 who come from dysfunctional families. Samaritan Center provides a program of structure, education, discipline, and love to change the path of the boys' lives,restore the family unit, and to build men one boy at a time.

      This faith-based Christian program operates on a five-day-a-week schedule nine months of the year. Between five and 10 boys live in each of the two group homes with resident "parents." Education at an appropriate level for each boy is provided on campus in a building dedicated to academics. The length of stay at Samaritan Center varies depending on the individual's needs.

      Parents have an opportunity to participate in recreational programs with their children during the school week. While participating in recreational activities parents are simultaneously trained in the development of parenting skills and effective interaction with their children.

      Samaritan Center has been supported by Mariner Sands for several years. Our contributions help make this program available to families who could not afford the cost without financial assistance.

  • Veteran's Council
    • Located in downtown Stuart the Veteran's Council serves Martin County veterans from all service branches and all conflicts and provides veterans with services to meet individual needs.

      The Council's primary mission is to provide support to veterans in financial need. To accomplish this, they offer a case management process. They determine if the applicant is receiving all government sponsored benefits to which he/she is entitled. They counsel the veteran on how to budget and make good choices so as to avoid financial emergencies in the future. They provide financial assistance on an emergency basis to veterans when necessary. They assist approximately 50 clients a year with a budget of $25,000.

      The Council also provides transportation on a weekly basis for to the VA Hospital in West Palm Beach. With an aging and infirm population, there is an increasing need for door-to-door transportation and equipment to handle wheel chairs.

      The cost of all Veteran's Council staffing and overhead is provided by Martin County. The Council is responsible for raising funds to cover emergency financial services and transportation costs. Contributions to the Council from Mariner Sands will be used to support veterans who have given so much to us.