Community Concert Donates to CIL!

The Voices Rising Community Chorus is having their semi-annual concert April 28! Every spring and fall, the inter-generational chorus gives a free concert and encourages donations in support of a local charity. This spring, the CIL has been chosen as the recipient!

Voices Rising is a group of adult and child singers ages 10 and up. They sing a wide variety of genres, including classical, folk and show tunes. The group has over 100 singers, and as the website says: “When we sing, magic happens!”

The CIL would love to see you at the concert to support people with disabilities in North Central Florida and listen to the voices of the choir. We’ll be there too!

Congrats HSHT Speech Contest winners!

Congratulations to our High School High Tech 2018 Speech Contest winners! The students spoke about future careers they were interested in pursuing and how HSHT helped them explore those careers. The first place winner won a donated laptop, and second and third place won chocolate!

Our first, second, and third place winners, Myles Goodwine, Deonis Jackson, and Logan Tugman, will move on to Regionals in Orlando on April 18. The top three students from Regionals will then move on to the State competition in Tallahassee.

We are so proud of all our students!

Big Thank You From the CIL Team!

We raised a total of $5,025 from The Amazing Give this year!

Thank you so much for supporting us in such an amazing way and caring about such an important cause. The donations will impact CIL programs such as Employment, High School High Tech, Wheelchair Ramp Building and Independent Living classes. We appreciate you being a part of our mission to help empower people with disabilities to live independently during this year’s Amazing Give!

Emergency Preparedness Conference

The Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida will have a FREE Emergency Preparedness Conference for people with disabilities March 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department in Ocala. ASL interpreters will be provided.

Emergency Management Director Preston Bowlin will present on behalf of Marion County’s Sheriff Department. He will verify that the special needs registry is up to par for each county, making sure special needs shelters are fully equipped in an emergency situation.

Ben Nelson, a national weatherman from Jacksonville, will speak on weather preparedness.

A representative from Ocala’s fire department will share how they prepare when emergencies threaten to strike.

The last session will be a panel of these speakers; Kevin Towels, a representative from the CIL; Kyle Drummer, Marion County’s communications manager; Randy Ming, from the Health Department for Shelters; Amy Brault, Marion Senior Services volunteer coordinator; and Andrea Melvin, CIL’s satellite office manager, who will host the conference. Attendees can ask any questions on the topics.

The vendors involved with the conference are: Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida, Marian County Sheriff’s Department, United Way, Ocala Fire, County Fire, Marion Senior Service, Shine, Seco Electric, Home Instead Senior Care, Visiting Angels, Kindred Hospice, Health South, Hearth of Florida, and Ocala PD.

If transportation is needed, contact Suntran (352-401-6999) or Marion Senior Services (352-620-3071). Say it is for the Emergency Preparedness Conference on March 22. Transportation should be free.

Registration is preferred and will be open until March 21, 8:30 a.m.

Do Something Amazing!

The Center for Independent Living is gearing up for its third year of The Amazing Give, which launches in less than a month!

The Amazing Give is a 24-hour day of generosity connecting willing donors to the nonprofits they deeply care about and encouraging them to take action. The event is hosted by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida and goes live March 21 at 6 p.m. to March 22 at 6 p.m.

The Center will use the donated money to help support programs such as High School High Tech, Wheelchair Ramp Building, Employment, and Independent Living classes. This year the CIL’s goal is $5,000, and we believe that we can easily reach that with the help of the community!

How to donate to the CIL when the time comes:

  1. Visit
  2. Search “Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida”
  3. Make a donation if you feel inspired to support the cause

Your donation may help secure additional funds! Every participating nonprofit has the opportunity to win additional prizes based on donations the organization receives.