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On August 6, 2018, PDR CPAs + Advisors partnered with Together We Rise, a nonprofit foster care organization, to put smiles on the faces of some of Tampa Bay’s foster youth by donating 48 bicycles. All of the bicycles were donated to The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch in Safety Harbor. Please see the information below if you would like to put your coworkers assembly skills to the test by participating in a Build A Bike day of your own!
The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch in Safety Harbor was the third residential child care program established by the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. In early 1975, the Youth Ranches was still searching for the means to launch a coeducational program – a facility which would allow brothers and sisters to stay together as they worked out their problems – later that same year, the lengthy search ended.
In 2012, at the request of local DCF-contracted agencies, the Youth Ranch in Safety Harbor expanded the ages of youth served to include children as young as 3 years of age and began focusing on sibling groups who had entered into the foster care system. As a result, the campus today is filled with young boys and girls who would otherwise have been separated from their siblings at the time of entry into the foster care system and numerous other families that had previously been separated are now again living together in one place.
Together We Rise is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth. Our vision is to improve the lives of children in foster care, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. We collaborate with individuals, companies, and community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system.
TWR works with hundreds of foster agencies, social workers, CASA advocates, and other partners to bring our programs to foster youth across the nation. Our foundation has allowed us to provide thousands of foster youth across the country with new bicycles, college supplies, and sweet cases so that children do not have to travel from home to home with their belongings in a trash bag.
Together We Rise Build-A-Bike program provides bicycles to kids in foster care to help them try and have a normal childhood. Part of the program includes giving younger children the opportunity to learn how to ride a bicycle. For the older youth, bikes are a means of transportation to get to school, and eventually help them get jobs.
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