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Contact:    Juan Gallo
                    Executive Director

Office:        954-315-2218

Email:        juan@h2houtreach.org 

For Immediate Release

March 4, 2024
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Heart2Heart Nominated for 211-Broward Nonprofit Innovation Award

Heart2Heart Nominated for 211-Broward Nonprofit Innovation Award

FORT LAUDERDALE – Heart2Heart Outreach of South Florida is proud to be nominated for the “On the Ball Non-Profit Organization of the Year” in 211-Broward’s 13th Annual Non-Profit Awards.

Heart2Heart Outreach is one of three finalists in the innovation category, alongside Area Agency on Aging of Broward County and Morningday Community Solutions.

“We’re honored to be named alongside such noteworthy and deserving organizations,” said Heart2Heart CEO Juan Gallo. “We know our volunteers and our staff make a big impact in the lives of our seniors, and we’re happy that those efforts are being recognized by the wider community.”

In the last several years, Heart2Heart has been on the forefront of innovating new solutions for seniors. Based on the success of its volunteer-driven Food for Hope program, Heart2Heart was named an outreach partner for meals delivered to Broward County seniors through the federally funded Older Americans Act Nutrition Services Program.

Not only has Heart2Heart become part of the effort to give homebound seniors more diverse and healthier meal choices, but the organization has used its outreach role to connect more seniors to caring volunteers and to resources they need to thrive.

“Innovation is the only way to meet the pressing needs of a growing population of seniors in South Florida,” Gallo said. “We want to lead the way in new ideas that prioritize the wishes and dignity of seniors.”

Heart2Heart also began the iPads for Seniors program, allowing residents of care centers to connect with loved ones using 250 senior-friendly iPads, distributed and maintained by the organization. The pandemic-inspired innovation continues to connect isolated seniors to caring Heart2Heart volunteers via weekly calls.

In 2022, Heart2Heart was licensed as a state Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) respite agency. Heart2Heart volunteers who are specially trained and vetted can assist aging or disabled adults in need of assistance, giving regular caregivers time for their own self-care.

The winning organizations will be announced on Tuesday, March 5 at the Community Care Plan Non-Profit Awards, presented by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

For more information about the awards, visit https://211-broward.org/non-profit-awards. To learn more about Heart2Heart, visit https://heart2heartoutreach.org.

 About Heart2Heart Outreach of South Florida

Since 2010, Heart2Heart has raised the quality of life for thousands of isolated seniors in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. Trained and compassionate volunteers provide hope, share love, and restore purpose to a growing population of aging adults.

Heart2Heart’s mission began with engaging lonely seniors in care centers, where 60% of residents never receive a visit from family and friends.

Today, its vision is to create the benchmark for meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of seniors as a community — within South Florida and beyond. Volunteers engage seniors through video calls, visits to their homes, transportation help with errands and doctor appointments, care package deliveries, and weekly Bible studies. The organization also provides respite care for loved ones who serve as primary caregivers and patient advocacy for seniors within Broward County’s meal delivery program.

Visit www.heart2heartoutreach.org.

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Every Child a Swimmer honored as a Diamond Sponsor of RED Gala

FORT LAUDERDALE – Team Horner is leading the charge to support South Florida’s aging community with a diamond sponsorship of Heart2Heart’s RED Gala.

Team Horner’s $15,000 donation is the largest sponsorship Heart2Heart has received from any single entity in support of its annual fundraising gala.

“We are so grateful for Team Horner’s support,” said Heart2Heart Community Relations Director Riana Samaroo. “Heart2Heart exists to mobilize volunteers and bring hope to those battling isolation and loneliness. We cannot fulfill our mission without partners like Team Horner.”

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