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 TheAmazingGive.org
  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.

Support the CIL without spending a penny!

The CIL is once again participating in The Amazing Give, a 24-hour day of giving in the local community from March 21 at 6 p.m. to March 22 at 6 p.m., but don’t forget about our year-round fundraising opportunities! You can raise money for the Center just by voting in a contest, shopping for yourself and searching the internet.

The CIL enters SunState Federal Credit Union’s Charity of the Month contest every month for a chance to win $1,000. The contest also draws a random charity to win $500 each month, so if the Center isn’t #1, don’t get discouraged! The more you vote, the more likely it is to win the prizes. A random voter is also chosen to win $100 every month, and you can vote every day to increase the possibility of your name being drawn.

Search and shop online with Amazon Smile and Goodsearch! Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of your purchase when you go through smile.amazon.com, and Goodsearch, (powered by Yahoo!) donates a penny from each online search and up to 30% with each shopping purchase when you go through Goodsearch.com. Don’t forget to make sure the donations are going to the Center by entering “Transitional Living of North Central Florida” as your cause.

Thank you for your support!


THANK YOU to our Ocala Open House Sponsors!


  • 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.