About Tallahassee 25
What is the Tallahassee
25 is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization incorporated
with the State of Florida. Our members consist of young professionals
who want to create and inspire hope for children and families
and improve our community's quality of life. There is no paid
sole means of support comes from our annual event, Bids for
the Kids Gala & Silent Auction. This event raises essential
dollars that help us create opportunities for local children
through support and hands-on involvement in programs and activities.
Sponsorships, silent auction items and bids, donations, and
ticket sales provide our entire budget for the year.
funds help us organize kid's events throughout the year that
allow kids to enjoy their youth, while also helping them learn
principles such as responsibility, self esteem, self discipline,
25? Twenty-five young professionals established the organization
as "charter" members in March 1997. After simply
collecting contributions for a little league baseball team,
they realized they shared a common mission to help area children
and wanted to continue that vision with a more structured
commitment — hence, a nonprofit was formed and bylaws
put into place. Interest took off, and regular projects started
Constant Contact All Star
|National Point of Light Award
||1998 Non-Profit Volunteer Organization of
Past Highlights of our Community
During 2008, Tallahassee 25 was able to coordinate more than
15 events that helped local kids enjoy their youth. We renewed
contact with Children's Home Society, Tree House, and the
Leon County Animal Shelter; and began new relationships with
Dade Street Community Center, the Mary Brogan Museum of Art
& Science, and the Department of Health Services Children's
Division. We also continued helping organizations such as
Capital City Youth Services, Hope Community, Boy's Town, Walker
Ford Community Center, and WFSU Kid's Programming.
the year, the Tallahassee 25 provides volunteers to ensure
that area children can enjoy field trips and other activities,
such as local museums, the planetarium, Tiger Sharks and Scorpions
games, outings with local Boys & Girls Clubs to the Fun
Station, fun day picnics at Tom Brown Park, or on site with
children-in-residence at Father Flanagan’s Boys Town,
and much more.
the CREST tutoring programs at Raa and Cobb Middle Schools,
members tutored and mentored students in need or at-risk of
failing. Tallahassee 25 supplied 60 volunteers in partnership
with the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative. Tallahassee
25 was also a "PERK" Newspaper in Education sponsor,
supplying two classes of students with a Tallahassee Democrat
once a week during the school year — teachers used those
for activities that underscore class lessons.
participating in or sponsoring Career Days at local school,
members provided more than 2,500 students (over 2 years) with
ideas about employment in professions such as engineering,
graphic design, broadcasting, the legal arena, state government,
and much more.
Learning Systems of Tallahassee partnered with Tallahassee
25 to offer regular computer tutoring sessions to children
in crisis and in transition residence at the Capital City
Youth Shelter. In an effort to help other at-risk children,
Tallahassee 25 partnered with Kids Café on Macomb Street.
This partnership included tutoring, mentoring, and career
assisted Walker-Ford Community Center during its annual baseball
and football leagues by providing uniforms for teams and cheering
support. Hundreds of children benefited from these activities.
participated in a new program that was a site-based reading
partnership with childcare centers affiliated with Kids, Inc.
of the Big Bend. The program, "School Readiness Express,"
involved assisting 3- and 4-year-old children in reading skills
at local, subsidized-care facilities across the community.
each holiday season, members sponsored toy drives and ad hoc
projects. In the past, these have been for the Children’s
Home Society and the Foster Parents Association. We also were
the first civic group to step up to the plate for the new
"Women’s Center" at "The Shelter"
downtown in 1998, by sponsoring a community-wide "Bare
Essentials Drive" for homeless babies and children.
December 1999, Tallahassee 25 began its annual "Holiday
Gift Program" fulfilling the holiday "wish lists"
of kids from a number of our partner organizations including
Father Flanagan’s Boy’s Town, the Treehouse, and
Capital City Youth Services. To cap off our holiday events
with the kids, Tallahassee 25 hosted a Holiday Party where
the kids joined T25 members for punch and cookies and took
the city-sponsored "Tour of Lights" to admire the
holiday decorations throughout Tallahassee.
25 also began its annual Haunted House in 1999. The haunted
house was constructed and operated by our volunteers. It was
designed with kids in mind and is free to anyone 12 years
of age and younger. Over the past years, more than 7,500 kids
from our community had the opportunity to be scared by Tallahassee
also participated in regular community celebration events
throughout the year that benefit area children. A short list
of these supporting efforts include: a bowling team during
Big Brother/Big Sisters "Bowl for Kids Sake;" a
children’s booth featuring crafts during Springtime
Tallahassee and Celebration of Lights; participation in American
Cancer Society’s Reaching Out to Cancer Kids (ROCK)
Camp; a Relay-for-Life team for the American Cancer Society’s
annual track event; and many more. In addition, Tallahassee
25 sponsored an award-winning float in the annual Winter Festival
spring, 1999, Tallahassee 25 was named the overall Big Bend
"Volunteer of the Year" in the Non-Profit category
in the annual awards sponsored by the Tallahassee Democrat
and the local United Way. (The year before, in 1998, the group
was a finalist out of 25 organizations nominated, and the
Founding President was selected as a finalist in the Social
Service Category/Individuals.) In Fall 1999, Tallahassee 25
was named the "Best Civic Organization" among the
110+ categories in the annual community ballot contest sponsored
by Tallahassee Magazine. Tallahassee 25 was also chosen for
a Daily Points of Light Award for March 8, 2000 as part of
the National Points of Lights Award Program. With this award,
Tallahassee 25 was the first organization in the Big Bend
area to receive this award.
1998, Tallahassee 25 formed a partnership with the Tallahassee
Democrat to rejuvenate "Funders," the non-profit
entity set up by the late Editor Malcolm Johnson to raise
money for needy kids to attend summer camp – a luxury
to some. In addition to an annual donation that underwrites
"camperships" to local schoolchildren (nominated
by their guidance counselors and the camp advisors), Tallahassee
25 appropriated funds to outfit the T25-sponsored students
with supplies for camp. Each camper was also adopted by two
T25 members, who prepared them mentally and tangibly for camp
and, in many cases, drove them back and forth to the camp
and helped ensure a fun experience.