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Crestview Sharing & Caring Center
The Crestview Sharing & Caring began in 1990 and opened the doors of its new building in the fall of 2008 under the umbrella of Sharing & Caring of Okaloosa County, Inc., begun in Fort Walton Beach in 1984. Our purpose remains the same. We coordinate community efforts to meet emergency needs of families in the Crestview area. Area churches, civic organizations, schools and school service clubs, individuals and the United Way fund our all volunteer organization. We are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. We are closed on Federal Holidays. Click here for List of Food Items Needed
Sharing & Caring Inc. is a food source for the needy. Food is available to anyone in Okaloosa County who qualifies within our guidelines. Trained volunteers interview each client and perform a complete evaluation of the needs of the individual. Pantry personnel are then directed as to what menu is needed for each family. A basic menu of food staples is given, usually enough for three days. The client count includes the homeless, elderly, jobless, singles and families. They are often referred to us by churches, other social agencies or by word of mouth. Through networking, we can often refer a client to needed health care, job opportunities, or other resources within the community. We are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. We are closed on Federal Holidays. Click here for a Client Intake Form
Volunteers & Donations
We rely upon contributions and pledges from area churches, local organizations and individuals to provide much of the day-to-day funds and food. Food donations by any individual or organization are very much appreciated. You can assist by becoming a volunteer to work at the center. We are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. We are closed on Federal Holidays. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. The Sharing & Caring, Inc. State of Florida Registration Number is CH2193. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Click here for List of Food Items Needed
How Can You Help?
- You can assist by becoming a volunteer to work at the center.
- You can give a financial contribution directly to Sharing & Caring, Inc.
- You can organize a food drive at your church, place of business, recreational club or group of friends.
- You may pledge through the United Way or Combined Federal Campaign by designating Sharing & Caring, Inc. as the recipient.
- You can help by keeping us in your prayers.
Crestview Church Celebrates Thanksgiving Harvest Festival
Epiphany Episcopal Church celebrated its 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival on Nov. 6. The altar servers included the English parishioners and spouses and traditional English hymns were sung. This service is a combination of two older Anglican celebrations. The Church of England established this celebration of harvest in 1862. This service is a Eucharist accompanied by a tradition of offering the first fruits of the harvest, gifts of fresh produce and breads. Epiphany felt that during these difficult times it was a wonderful opportunity to respond to the needs of the community by continuing the Harvest Thanksgiving tradition here. The congregation was encouraged to bring fresh fruits, vegetables and breads, and they outdid themselves providing almost 1,000 pounds of a wide variety of fresh produce and bread. These were blessed during the service and taken to Sharing and Caring for distribution. After the service the English ladies served a traditional English tea. There were plenty of tea sandwiches, scones, sausage rolls, biscuits (cookies) and, of course, pots and pots of hot English tea were poured. Epiphany Episcopal Church celebrated its 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Festival on Nov. 6.
Crestview Wine, Dine and Shop Local December 6, 2011
'Tis the season for Christmas shopping. No, not crowded mall shopping with canned Christmas music and not a parking place in sight, but local merchants coming together under one roof for Wine, Dine, and Shop Local. Mia's Italian Restaurant in Crestview will host shoppers at the event on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5 until 9 p.m. This unique evening has been organized to help raise awareness and funds for Sharing and Caring, which provides non-perishable food items to people in emergency situations in Okaloosa County. "We have three dining areas," Ryan Quimby said. "One large private dining room where the vendors will come in and set up their items, the middle room where we will have hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting - and I imagine a lot of talking will go on in there. And then we have the front dining area that will be open for dinner as usual that evening, but a portion of all sales will be donated back to Sharing and Caring." "I learned after owning the restaurant for a while that 80 percent of my customers are regulars and that we will only have an impact on the area if we support of schools, sports teams, churches and organizations that do good things like Sharing and Caring," he said. Ryan, his mother Chris, and brother Randy are all a part of cooking and running the restaurant and their mantra is to make the restaurant a "successful secret." "I met a man recently who lives near here but he did not know the restaurant was here and I have had it for the past five years," he said. "Our business is loyalty from regular customers and people attending an event here that makes them come back again like Wine, Dine and Shop Local will do for us. We want to be thought of as a place that cares about the community because we do." Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for Sharing and Caring's food pantry. The canned donation makes them eligible for door prizes all evening. This is the first year for the benefit. Displaying vendors are all businesses who do not have a traditional shop and include Tastefully Simple, Clever Container, 31 Gifts, Ave. Rose Creations, Scentsy, Momma June's Cakes, Send Out Cards, Peppermint Twist Creations, Premier Jewelry, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Flamingo’s Wine & Gifts and Miche Bags. Reservations are recommended by contacting Mia’s Restaurant at 682-8333. For more information about the event please contact organizer Dawn Onuffer with Tastefully Simple at 682-4976.
In 2013, we provided the following:
- Provided FOOD for 9,485 people (this number reflects multiple visits throughout the year); the community donated $233,140 in food items; the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Bank donated $77,734 in food products; S&C spent $45,832.
- Provided FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE to 2,358 people for RENT ($44,770), UTILITIES ($59,971 for electricity, gas, water), and MEDICINE ($2,734).
- Referred 678 clients to Bargain Box for free clothing and household items.
- Referred 1,653 clients to area churches for assistance.
- Coordinated with area churches and civic organizations to provide THANKSGIVING MEALS for 463 families (192 of these assisted by S&C) and CHRISTMAS MEALS for 471 families (273 of these by S&C) and GIFTS for 624 children (195 children by S&C). S&C provided $6,425 for the Thanksgiving/Christmas program to add meat for the meals and gift cards to children for clothes.
- Furnished SCHOOL SUPPLIES for 327 students. Community-donated supplies and monetary donations totaled $17,200. S&C provided $8,313 for clothing, book bags, and supplies.
- Assisted 103 clients with food stamp application process.
A very successful 2013 - S&C provided $496,119 in food and financial assistance in support of local families.
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Robin Marston, President
298 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.
Crestview, FL 32536
PO Box 1714
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Sharing & Caring of Okaloosa County, Inc
Sharing & Caring (S&C), Inc. was established in 1984 to be an emergency food bank providing a basic staple of foods for families in need. Fort Walton Beach S&C opened its doors January 2, 1985; Niceville followed in May of 1989; Crestview in July of 1990. Area churches, civic organizations, individuals, and the United Way fund our all-volunteer organization. Sharing & Caring, Inc. is an IRS-approved non-profit, charitable organization. Sharing & Caring Inc. is a food source for the needy. Food is available to anyone in Okaloosa County who qualifies within our guidelines. In addition to groceries provided, baby supplies and personal care products may be available. Through networking, we can often refer a client to other resources for clothing, eyeglasses, household goods, shelter, or job opportunities. Our partnership with the Okaloosa County Health Department has enabled us to work together as a team to qualify client needs and provide education about health care options, including free medication assistance programs, community medical services, and resources available directly through the Health Department, such as the One Problem Clinic.
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