For Immediate Release:
August 25, 2012
Northwest Region Communications Director
Centennial Bank Gives Computers to Help Foster Families and Children
Donation gives children better chance to succeed in school, supports foster parents
TALLAHASSEE – Thanks to a donation from Centennial Bank, children in foster care and foster families will soon have a new tool to connect with the world around them. The bank is partnering with the Department of Children and Families and Big Bend Community Based Care to donate 37 personal computers to local foster children and foster families.
The donation will help children in foster care as they go back to school. Consistent access to a computer and the internet will give the children a better chance for educational success with the ability to research, communicate, prepare and share information conveniently from home. The computers will help the children interact with friends and family, play video games, connect on social media and listen to music, just like any other kid. This generous donation will also improve access to training and enhance communication for foster parents.
DCF recognized Centennial Bank today at “Super Saturday,” a daylong professional development conference for foster and adoptive families. More than 50 convened to network and get specialized training on issues common to foster care and adoption. The local event is just one of a wide array of efforts under the new statewide foster care initiative, “Fostering Florida’s Future,” to recruit and support foster parents and help ensure the success of children in foster care.
“This partnership with Centennial Bank is a great example of how businesses throughout Florida can make a difference in their communities,” said DCF’s Northwest Regional Director, Vicki Abrams. “Today, we recognized Centennial Bank as a ‘Partner for Promise’ for their willingness to step up to help our local children in foster care and foster parents. Their computer donation gives the children a better chance to excel in school and links the foster parents with interactive tools and support to help them be better foster parents.”
The business is no stranger to reaching to help local children in foster care. For the past two years, Centennial Bank has been a leading sponsor of Corey’s Kids camp, a five-day summer camp for 70 children in care hosted by former FSU and NFL star tackle Corey Simon.
“On behalf of Centennial Bank, we are pleased to partner once again with the Department of Children and Families and Big Bend Community Based Care to provide computers to children in foster care and foster parents,” said Mike Davis, Centennial Bank Business Development Officer. “We understand without this donation many of these children may not have access to a personal computer. We are proud to play a role in helping the children receiving a computer further their education and knowledge of today's technology.”
Centennial Bank joins hundreds of other Florida businesses as “Partners for Promise” with the Department of Children and Families. The “Partners for Promise” initiative encourages Florida businesses, of all sizes, to share their time, talent and resources to help families in need. For more information or to become involved, please visit www.flpartnersforpromise.com.
For information about becoming a foster parent in Florida or to learn more about the “Fostering Florida’s Future” initiative, please visit www.fosteringflorida.com.
The Department of Children and Families presents Centennial Bank with a plaque as a token of appreciation. (From left: Jeanna Olson, Department of Children and Families; Vicki Abrams, Department of Children and Families; Jenna, Centennial Bank; Mike Davis, Centennial Bank; Tanya Wilkins, Advocate for Foster Care and Adoption in the Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection; Mike Watkins, Big Bend Community Based Care)
Representatives from the Department of Children and Families and Centennial Bank with one of the computers donated for children in foster care.