September 18, 2020 – In response to the economic crisis that has resulted from the COVID-19 Pandemic, Amerant has awarded Branches a grant in support of its Micro-Business Program. Amerant’s Micro-Grant Program looks to help most vulnerable ‘mom and pop’ shops and sole proprietors who have no access to PPP or other type of loan assistance.
In response to the economic crisis that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic, NALCAB – The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders awarded Branches a $15,000 grant for its work focused on financial wellness including financial coaching and micro-business services.
In an effort to support organizations working to improve their communities, BrightView Landscapes has created a new Social Justice Fund and awarded Branches a grant for its efforts, including those focused on providing hot meals for the Florida City community.
Branches is a local nonprofit organization serving Miami-Dade County which provides life-changing opportunities to help working families and their children break the cycle of generational poverty. Since the COVID-19 Pandemic hit the Miami community, Branches has been working tirelessly to serve children and families.
As the coronavirus outbreak affects restaurants, small businesses, and everyday life, South Florida charities are also taking a hit. One of these charities is Branches, a local non-profit dedicated to providing life-changing opportunities for children and families to break the cycle of poverty. Branches has canceled their Black Tie & Blue Jeans Gala and Auction, their largest fundraiser for the year originally scheduled for May 9th.
The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) recently announced that Christine Coronado has been named a 2020 NALCAB Pete Garcia Community Economic Development fellow. Christine currently serves as Assistant Manager of Financial Capability here at Branches.
On November 28th, 2019, Thanksgiving morning, Branches plans to cook, package and deliver nearly 5,000 hot meals to needy individuals and families from 9 different sites throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties. This is the largest meal delivery effort in Florida on Thanksgiving Day. Over 800 volunteers give of their time on Thanksgiving morning by putting together individual meals via assembly lines and passing them off to volunteer drivers who deliver them.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program is a national initiative to offer accurate, secure, and free tax help, to lower income households. Branches has once again been chosen by the IRS to lead VITA for the 2020 tax season in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade VITA coalition known as Miami Tax Pros, is group of 23 local organizations that operates over 50 free tax preparation sites offering services from North Miami to Florida City and some of the keys.
On Thursday, August 8th from 6pm-8pm, Branches will celebrate its 3rd Annual Back to School Bash at the University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center in Coral Gables. Over 100 guests are expected to attend to help raise funds so Branches’ Grow & Climb programs’ children and youth can g back to school well-equipped and ready to learn.
Branches is proud to announce that its Executive Director Brent McLaughlin will be honored with the 2019 Monsignor Walsh Outstanding Human Services Professional Award.