Sales Tax Holiday for Hurricane Preparedness Supplies!

Hurricane Season is officially here and runs from June 1st – November 30th.  Please take advantage of the 2018 Sales Tax Holiday from June 1st – 7th for any needed hurricane supplies!

For more information on the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the GET A PLAN Program, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org.

Some of the specific items in the Sales Tax Holiday includes:

  • A portable self-powered light source selling for $20 or less
  • A portable self-power radio, two-way radio, or weather band radio selling for $50 or less
  • A tarpaulin or other flexible waterproof sheeting selling for $50 or less
  • A self-contained first-aid kit selling for $30 or less
  • A ground anchor system or tie-down kit selling for $50 or less
  • A gas or diesel fuel tank selling for $25 or less
  • A package of AA-cell, C-cell, D-cell, 6-Volt or 9-Volt batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries, selling for $30 or less
  • A nonelectric food storage cooler selling for $30 or less
  • A portable generator that is used to provide light or communications or preserve food in the event of a power outage selling for $750 or less

THANK YOU to our Ocala Open House Sponsors!

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING LOCAL BUSINESSES WHO GENEROUSLY SPONSORED OUR OCALA OPEN HOUSE! 

  • Publix
  • Mojo’s
  • Wiseguys
  • Sonny’s BBQ
  • Carrabba’s
  • Bruster’s Ice Cream
  • Ocala Civic Theater
  • Betty Cakes
  • Batton’s Auto
  • Jimmy John’s
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Smokin’ Swamp BBQ
  • Shear Vanity
  • Skate A Way South
  • Morgan Brothers Plumbing Supply
  • Paper Net
  • A Better U Healthcare
  • Painting with a Twist
  • Bagelicious
  • The Works Groomer
  • Bittings Pharmacy
  • Home Run Realty
  • Gyro Grill
  • Anytime Fitness
  • Subway
  • Zhang Gardens
  • Ale House
  • Wing House
  • Lakis Restaurant
  • Dance Alive National Ballet
  • Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Many thanks from our awesome Ocala team!

CILNCF, Belleview Library and FEMA are partnering up!

The Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF), along with the Belleview Library and FEMA, are partnering up to help people with disabilities and residents of Marion County.  We are opening the doors from 11am to 5pm on October 5th, 2017, at the Belleview Library, located at 13145 SE Highway 484, Belleview, FL 34420. Residents will have an opportunity to register for financial assistance and receive direct help to repair damage to their home and property caused by Hurricane Irma.

Assistance available includes:
– Housing assistance; temporary housing, repairs, replacement and construction
– Personal property assistance and other needs

To complete registration on site, you’ll need to supply the following information:
– Social security number
– Address of damaged property
– Current mailing address and phone number
– Property insurance information
– Total household annual income
– Bank information for direct deposit
– Description of damage caused by Hurricane Irma

For more information, please call the CILNCF at 352-368-3788.

Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living Fundraiser

The Florida Association of Centers for Independent Living (FACIL) has started a fundraiser to help raise funds for people with disabilities in Florida impacted by Hurricane Irma.  All funds will go through a 501-C-3 non-profit and will be distributed to local disability organizations to help with recovery efforts.  Please give as you are able.  And please share as widely as possible.

https://www.youcaring.com/floridaassociationofcentersforindependnetliving-950903?utm_campaign=buttonshare&utm_medium=url&utm_source=copy&utm_content=cf_cp_01

CIL Summer Youth Program a Sizzling Success!

The Summer Youth Program has been a wonderful success here at the Center for Independent Living. In this program, youth consumers learned about career exploration and valuable employability skills in order to better prepare themselves to enter the workforce.  The most important aspects of job skills that this group acquired was working together through team building activities, embracing diversity and understanding the rules of work.  Activities included learning about appropriate and inappropriate work behaviors, listening and providing feedback, interviewing skills, how their personalities and values play an important role in making the right career choice, and much more!  Some of the activities that allowed these students to work together were utilizing their unique talents while comprehending the material covered for job readiness; for example, we had students create rap songs about dressing for success.

The Summer Youth Program also had businesses such as Men’s Warehouse and Wells Fargo, come in and present important information pertaining to the job world. Men’s Warehouse prepared these youth by helping them understand the proper attire for dressing during an interview.  We divided the class into two groups and they had a mannequin provided by Men’s Warehouse.  Each group had to dress the mannequin appropriately for a job interview.  We also had students compete for being best dressed for an interview.  Wells Fargo conducted a presentation on how to write checks, open an account, create a spending plan and spoke about credit cards.  The youth created a rap on how they manage their money, which was really fun!

At the end of their experiences, some of our students were happy to provide comments about the program. Deonis said he made new friends and enjoyed the team building activities.  Nick felt really confident and comfortable with sharing his ideas in class.  Chad told staff about his appreciation for the program and Di’Armani recently had a job interview at Burger King and was grateful for having the opportunity to practice his interviewing skills.

We are confident that our students will be able to utilize what they learned throughout our Summer Youth Program to make positive contributions in the workforce. Congratulations to all 13 of our of our Summer Youth Program graduates!  We are proud of each of you and all you have accomplished!

Students receiving their certificates of completion!

Students rapping and learning together!