Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

February 6, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie,
Press Secretary,
(850) 717-4450
DCF Communications
"Partners for Promise" engages local businesses with families, children and seniors who need extra support

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Hundreds of businesses across the state have joined with the Department of Children and Families to share their time, talent and resources in our new initiative that links these volunteers with families in the local community.

The Partners for Promise program recognizes the ingenuity and compassion so many organizations have shown around the state and provides these ideas as a model to inspire others. The Department of Children and Families gathers offers from volunteers in communities across the state and matches them with appropriate needs. Since the program was kicked off on Dec. 5, nearly 700 businesses of all sizes have joined to help make a difference in their community.

"I appreciate each and every individual and business that is taking the time to give back to their communities by offering their talent and resources to improve the quality of life for those in need," said Gov. Rick Scott. "Together, we can create opportunities that enable Floridians to pursue their dreams for productive and meaningful lives."

Businesses all around the state are helping out in many ways. Those signed up so far range from local construction companies, civic groups, attorneys, real estate offices, faith-based organizations and foundations to major corporations, retail, restaurants, media, health care, insurance and sports teams.

"These businesses feel a responsibility to play a role in making life better in their communities," said Secretary David Wilkins. "Everyone who reaches out to help another in need is making a difference one person at a time. The passion of our volunteers in lending a hand is truly inspirational."

Some of the volunteer activities so far include mentoring, providing presents to foster children, purchasing clothes for local homeless shelters, drug prevention programs for children, teaching Independent Living youth how to cook, and building wheelchair ramps for people with disabilities.

This program encourages Florida's businesses, large and small, to share their time, talents and resources in five focus areas, the "Five Promises for Florida."

  • Promise of Academic Success – focus on foster children mentoring and education.
  • Promise of Family Prosperity – focus on coaching families out of poverty.
  • Promise of Healthy Living – helping those who are either recovering from addictions as well as those who may be pregnant and in need of short-term help.
  • Promise of Child Safety – building stability in families during times of crisis.
  • Promise to Support our Seniors - helping to ensure that all Floridians receive the quality of life they deserve.

For more information or to become involved, please visit