Where We Serve – Florida
We bring companionship and comfort to low-income elders, to people living with poverty and homelessness, and to adults and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Indian River County, Florida.
The River Fund’s local grassroots program in Gifford, Florida, serves individuals and families -- the men and women who aren't working, who may be using drugs or alcohol, who may be mentally ill or HIV positive, the grandmothers taking care of five or six HIV/AIDS orphaned kids. Often, these people do not get adequate social services in our community.
Each month, in partnership with the Kingdom Church, we serve over 600 lunches and provide groceries to needy families. We also provide condoms, the only evidence based HIV prevention tool available to date, to adults who want them in the neighborhood with the highest incidence of HIV and poverty in our county.
The River Fund has been one of the organizing participants of the U.S. Postal Service’s local Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive for more than ten years. The 17 tons of donated canned goods and dried goods are divided between four local organizations that work at the grassroots level to combat hunger.
We join forces with local organizations each year to make sure that the children in our community have school supplies. We celebrate with music, food, and face painting, and that special excitement of a brand new box of crayons, a new backpack, and a new school year. This year 1000 local children received new backpacks filled with everything they need for school!