FAPIA Feeding Floridians
In light of the Covid 19 pandemic and the loss of so many jobs which has created food insecurity for hundreds of thousands of our friends, family and neighbors in Florida, the public adjusting community stepped up. The FAPIA Community Affairs Committee activated it’s Pay It Forward campaign to raise money for 13 food banks from Pensacola to Florida City. We raised and donated a total of $26,000.00 which helped feed thousands of Floridians during the pandemic. Our donations benefited the Warrington Emergency Aid Center, United Against Poverty, Mothers in Crisis, Metropolitan Ministries, Meals of Hope, Jewish Community Services, Food4Kidz, Woodstock Church, Community Resources of Punta Gorda, Feeding South Florida, Feeding Northeast Florida, Coalition of Florida Farm Working Organizations and Boca Helping Hands.
When Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas causing catastrophic damage and loss of life to parts of the island, the Community Affairs Committee knew they had to do something fast to help their neighbors. Our members throughout the state of Florida helped and made it possible for the committee to donate to the following grant recipients:
Grand Bahamas Children's Home has been committed to helping children since 1977 who, through no fault of their own, are unable to be raised in their homes. The home provides young boys and girls a safe place to thrive; an anxiety free home where their bellies are full; cozy beds to sleep; daily education with a big yard to play in and are cared for by very loving people. When Dorian struck, the children lost everything.
Chabad of the Bahamas was started by Rabbi Sholom Bluming under the direction of Chabad headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. The community has grown with a variety of educational programs, holiday celebrations, youth events and hebrew school with many social events for the wider Bahamian community. After the destruction from Hurricane Dorian, Rabbi Bluming made it his mission to feed children and families, provide basic necessities, rebuild schools and homes and provide as much normalcy to the children who are forever traumatized by their losses and many lost family members.
Lend A Hand Bahamas was created in 2013 to bring more activities and opportunities to socioeconomically disadvantaged areas of the Bahamas. They aided in disaster recovery in Grand Bahama and Abaco and shipped containers of supplies to support the evacuees. In addition, they provided funding for rebuilding the damages areas and are working on specific initiatives to help those that were displaced.
Jessica June Children's cancer foundation
Jessica June Children's Cancer Foundation (JJCCF) was founded in 2004 by Sandra Muvdi shortly after the loss of her only child to cancer. The foundation was created in memory of Jessica June Eller Muvdi who was 7 years of age and provides emergency assistance for children fighting cancer to ensure access to basic human necessities.
A child diagnosed with cancer requires intense medical care and a parent is required to provide full time care for their child therefore unable to work and provide for their family. JJCCF is dedicated to providing temporary financial relief to help families pay for everyday needs such as utility bills, medical expenses, rental cost, car payments and groceries.
Public adjusters have joined in support of Gigi’s Playhouse Tampa which is breaking ground in 2018. This amazing group has a mission to change the way the world views Down Syndrome through education, empowerment and training of individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. It’s an amazing facility that will be open in Tampa by the end of 2018 thanks, in part, to the donations raised by FAPIA from public insurance adjusters. FAPIA members have been invited to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony and a stone will be dedicated to public adjusters for the important fundraising effort that FAPIA made for Gigi’s Playhouse. Watch the video to learn more about the special day when we were able to present our donation.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 2017
Public adjusters from around the state returned to support Habitat for Humanity Broward in 2017. It is truly rewarding to give back and FAPIA’s Community Affairs Committee joined by Florida Professional Law Group helped create shelter for several families. Public adjusters joined by a future homeowner helped put a roof on three homes in one day. Many of our members came out to support fellow Floridians and to build on FAPIA’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Public adjusters give back in their communities all over Florida and we are very proud of the important work they do to help others.
JAFCO CHILdren's ability center
JAFCO currently provides an entire continuum of programs and services for at-risk children and children with developmental disabilities and their families at both their Children’s Village and Ability Center sites including:
Children’s Emergency Shelter
Group Home Program
Foster Care and Adoption
Family Preservation Program
MST-Multi Systemic Therapy In-Home Program
Senior Caregiver Program
Independent Living Program
Forever Friends Mentoring Program
Special Needs Program
Developmental Disabilities Program
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 2016
What an amazing day! Public adjusters joined future homeowner Jennifer to help paint her home at the Habitat for Humanity event sponsored by Florida Professional Law Group! This was a really great event. 45 of us showed up to help. we are very proud of our industry and what we can do when we come together!
BOCA HELPING HANDS
JOE DIMAGGIO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
FAPIA Community Affairs Committee launched the Public Adjusters Pay It Forward campaign today at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital with a gift of toys, games, arts and craft and a gaming system gift to their playrooms as well as a hilarious and very entertaining magic show all made possible through the generous donations of the members of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters collected at the FAPIA Spring Conference at the FIU Kovens Conference Center. Special thanks to Committee Co-Chairs, Alex Belben and Karen Hoffman Schiffmiller for volunteering their time and energy to make this event a success! It was a very exciting and rewarding experience for all who attended.
A Message From Karen Schiffmiller, Community Affairs Committee Chair:
The Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Community Affairs Committee was formed in 2014 with one philanthropic goal ... Engage the public adjusting industry in being selfless and giving back to local communities throughout the State of Florida. Our members requested this opportunity, specifically wishing that our efforts not be used to promote any individual or businesses. Instead the Public Adjusters Pay It Forward campaign is focused on offering an opportunity for our industry to express their concern and do something for the less fortunate and for socially useful charities in Florida. My passion and heart has always been to help others and this Committee, and the work that we do, is extremely important. Due to the generous donations from our members, we have had much success in donating funds to several charitable organizations since the inception of the Committee. We could not do the work we do if it were not for you. We continue to need your help and ask that you please make a donation so that you can help make a difference in the lives of those in need.