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CSCMC Meets COVID19 Challenges

CSCMC Meets COVID19 Challenges

The Children’s Services Council of Martin County (CSCMC) contributes to the success of 48 programs through 28 local agencies. Funding goes to such diverse nonprofits and entities as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc., CareerSource, City of Stuart Community Services Department and Helping People Succeed.

The goal of each program is to keep children healthy and safe, provide them academic support and early prevention and intervention, and keep their family units strong. 

But – although CSCMC provides this impressive continuum of care to young residents - many people remain unaware of what it is, whom it helps and how it’s funded.

The Children’s Services Council of Martin County is an independent special district of local government, authorized and created by a local ordinance in 1988. It is funded by property tax. 

Luckily, it has been nimble enough to respond to the unexpected financial hardships caused by COVID-19. CSCMC has joined the Community Foundation of Martin and St. Lucie, and other major funding organizations like United Way of Martin County, Hobe Sound Community Chest and Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties to collaborate through a universal application process for COVID-19 funding. 

Each funder participating in this Consortium is individually allocating its resources to organizations and grants that fit within their guidelines and funding priorities.

Dave Heaton, Executive Director of CSCMC says, “In this, the Council’s 30th year we find ourselves suddenly contending with the realities of an unforeseen threat to much of what we have worked for and considered important to our children’s success. 

“To have imagined only a few months ago that we would see our local businesses shut their doors to their customers and our Not-for-Profit community be required to close down would have been impossible.”

Samantha Suffich is CEO of Martin County Healthy Start Coalition, one of the agencies that has benefited greatly from CSCMC’s funding during this critical time.

She says, “With generous additional funding from the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, we have been able to add to the staff at the diaper pantry at our Betty Moore Prenatal Clinic, allowing us to meet an increase in demand for diapers of more than 50-percent by families experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.”

Heaton says that The Children’s Services Council of Martin County has strategically planned for the community’s success for many years and CSCMC is relentless in its mission to ensure this success, through good times and bad.

Their resources will be part of this community’s solution to COVID19 today and whatever may come in the future.  Despite the stresses and challenges of this current crisis, the work of making Martin County a great place for children is not only the mission, but also the dream at The Children’s Services Council of Martin County.


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Photos provided by Children’s Services Council of Martin County

Lisa Kieffer of Martin County Healthy Start Coalition distributes free diapers to Indiantown residents (funding provided by CSCMC)

Kelly Berringer, who is a teacher at Warfield Elementary School, has been hired by the YMCA in Indiantown to tutor children in the Y’s out-of-school program (funding provided by CSCMC)






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