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

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

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.