By Employees Studies and Baptiste Orthodontics and Dentistry for Children
As a reasonably new member to Apopka, Baptiste Orthodontics & Dentistry for Children (Baptiste) have been wanting to proceed their custom of working intently in and with the neighborhood they serve. As soon as planted right here, they dove in right away partnering with native colleges and YMCAs, taking part in Apopka’s Christmas Parade, and serving to wherever there was a spot to serve.
All was feeling proper and good, and in-step with the way in which they normally interact, hand-in-hand with their neighborhood… when one thing surprising occurred.
“We struck gold”, stated Cynthia Schweitzer, Follow Director for Baptiste.
Shaunté Jamison, founder and CEO of the Apopka-focused Re-Think about Communities, had heard about Baptiste’s coronary heart for the neighborhood when she discovered of their ongoing involvement with Wekiva Excessive Faculty. She noticed an overlap of coronary heart and priorities for empowering youth, and reached out to see in the event that they had been, fingers-crossed, considering one thing related in partnership together with her.
Her ardour and initiative paid off.
After listening to Jamison’s mission, Baptiste stated a particular YES! and the golden glow of shared imaginative and prescient for making a distinction – proper right here, proper now, for youth in our neighborhood – shone even stronger from this mine of caring hearts.
Placing gold certainly. The gold of shared compassion and motion.
Baptiste first partnered with Re-Think about Communities after they joined them of their inaugural studying initiative final Spring, Learn round our Metropolis Studying Initiative. Baptiste’s orthodontics and dentistry for youths workplace was one of many stops within the “Studying Monopoly” sport.
“We had a lot enjoyable assembly the entire superior readers and handing out dental well being goodie baggage to all of them,” stated Schweitzer. And that began all of it! They’re now one in all Re-Think about Communities’ key sponsors for his or her Thanksgiving Meals Drive, and hope to maintain partnering with them in upcoming occasions.
Just lately, Schweitzer placed on her reporter’s hat and interviewed Jamison in hopes of giving a peek into the center of their mission and the important want for this nonprofit. And, too, maybe it should encourage readers – such as you – who’re perhaps seeking to make a distinction to get entangled as properly. Perhaps you, too, will discover one other “motive for giving thanks” when serving in, with, and for our neighborhood.
CYNTHIA SCHWEITZER: What’s the mission of Re-Think about Communities?
SHAUNTÉ JAMISON: The mission is to advance fairness by advancing and empowering at-risk and under-served youth of Central Florida. by means of mentoring and training, training, life abilities coaching, and collaborations. We’re dedicated to reshaping and redefining our communities, one concept and one youngster at a time.
SCHWEITZER: How lengthy has your group been working?
JAMISON: Now we have been included for 1 yr and seven months… and have efficiently touched over 3000 households over the previous yr.
SCHWEITZER: Who’s on the Re-Think about Communities group?
JAMISON: The group consists of me, volunteer board members, neighborhood and pupil volunteers. Enjoyable Reality: We began by encouraging and using college students. We needed college students to discover ways to use their God-given skills to create wealth, [so we] paid college students to assist construct the web site, create our social media platforms, put up content material and create program agendas and occasions.
SCHWEITZER: What kind of assist do you want, and the way do you get your funding?
JAMISON: As a nonprofit we rely closely on neighborhood assist. We’re in want of monetary assist, sponsors, and companions to assist us proceed the work. We additionally welcome volunteers and collaborations. All of our funding has come from personal donations, companies, banks, personal people and spiritual teams have seen the work and donated to the trigger.
SCHWEITZER: What occasions and packages are you most pleased with?
JAMISON: I’m most pleased with the mentoring and training, educating college students to make use of their skills, how you can community and promote themselves, and begin their very own companies. I additionally am pleased with the Learn Round Our Metropolis Studying Initiative. It was the primary ever in Central Florida, created to help colleges with studying take a look at scores. College students efficiently learn over 1100 books in 3 weeks!! The scholarship program encourages college students to offer again to their neighborhood.
SCHWEITZER: What are a few of your upcoming endeavors?
JAMISON: We will certainly proceed the Learn Round Our Metropolis Studying Initiative. Different endeavors embrace:
- Vacation Give Again Initiative, which permits companies to offer again to the neighborhood they serve;
- I Promise Range and Inclusion, an anti-bullying initiative; and
- Planting Seeds of Positivity, the place college students will be taught the significance of wholesome consuming, recycling, character constructing, teamwork, optimistic pondering, and creativity. This occasion is at present within the works, and we’re at present searching for companions.
In the event you’re in search of a approach to make a distinction…
Baptiste Orthodontics and Dentistry for Kids shared with The Apopka Voice that, “Throughout this season of counting our blessing and recognizing these we’re grateful for, we want to showcase Re-Think about Communities and Shaunté Jamison. We’re higher companions with the Apopka neighborhood due to our relationship with them.”
All of us have lots to be pleased about this season, and are reminded right here that – after we work collectively in and with our neighborhood – all of us stroll away with greater than we give.
It definitely has been the case for Baptiste, and maybe why they’re wanting to share:
“We’re a proud sponsor of Re-Think about Communities and are grateful for all they do in making the lives of these they affect higher. And in case you are in search of a approach to make a distinction within the Apopka neighborhood, too, we encourage you to succeed in out to them and see how one can even be part of this nice new jewel in Apopka.”
For extra info on Shaunté Jamison and Re-Think about Communities, name 407-228-3647 or go to their web site: https://www.re-imaginecommunities.org/.