Donors

The Norman Braman Philanthropic Fund Donates $10,000

May 15, 2018

For the second time, The Norman Braman Philanthropic Fund supports AYUDA’s mission to help improve the lives of children and families who are underserved and / or at risk in South Florida through education, life skills
training, and programs that support self sufficiency.

Kirk Foundation Donates $25,000

April 17, 2018

The Kirk Foundation supports life skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills training for the children AYUDA serves.

Charity Services Centers Donates $1,990

Charity Services Centers (CSC) is a law firm that is committed to solving social challenges by bringing together banks and nonprofits.

Adriana & Manuel Gonzalez Trust Donates $4,000

December 18, 2017

AYUDA is grateful to the Adriana & Manuel Gonzalez Trust for generous donation of $4,000 in support of our services to those less fortunate.

Target Foundation Donates $1,000

December 14, 2017

Target Foundation donated $1,000 to support AYUDA’s Soccer Club which is free for girls and boys who attend HAPPY Kids and meets every Saturday.

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Donates $3,000

December 7, 2017

Thanks to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for supporting the re-surfacing of AYUDA/Happy Kids’ playground.

Batchelor Foundation Donates $10,000

December 4, 2017

For the third year in a row The Batchelor Foundation has donated $10,000 to AYUDA’s TALL program. This year The Batchelor Foundation is also supporting Crime Prevention in addition to supporting the Financial Literacy component of TALL program.

JeffreyGroup Donates $2,000

October 10, 2017

$2,000 Sponsor as AYUDA celebrated its 40 th Anniversary Celebration

Batchelor Foundation Donates $10,000

November 4th, 2016

For the second year in a row The Batchelor Foundation has donated $10,000 to AYUDA’S TALL program. These funds will be used to provide financial literacy to our at-risk low income youth. A tool that will be useful far beyond the present day and age. Thank you so much for your support and great generosity.

Cargill, Inc. Donates Turkeys to AYUDA’s Families for Thanksgiving

November 2nd, 2016

Jeffrey Group Generously Donates $2,000

October 18th, 2016

JeffreyGroup is the leading independent marketing and corporate communications agency, helping companies inform, engage, motivate and persuade audiences in Latin America. JeffreyGroup is partnering with AYUDA to carry out a pen pal project for our little ones.

Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association Supports AYUDA’s Annual Toy Drive

October 17th, 2016

Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Supports AYUDA’s Annual Toy Drive

October 17th, 2016

Miami Beach Kids First Donates $5,000

August 1st, 2016

Miami Beach Kids First supports Pre-K and Special Education initiatives in Miami Beach. Thank you for your generous donation!

TD Bank Charitable Foundation Donates $2,500

July 5th, 2016

AYUDA received a $2,500 contribution for the financial literacy component of the T.A.L.L. Program, which helps youth grades 6-12 work to achieve their academic, extra-curricular and work goals. Thank you TD Bank for your generosity and support for the past five years!

State Attorney’s Denis Moon Memorial Fund Donates $29,250

Friday, July 1st, 2016

We are elated to announce that through the Miami Foundation AYUDA, we received $29,250 thanks to the State Attorney’s Denise Moon Memorial Fund for the Family Empowerment Program (FEP). These funds will be used to provide counseling and tutoring services to first-time offenders of FEP. Thank you Miami Foundation for sharing our values and believing in our cause.

Charity Services Centers Donates $2,475

January 1st, 2016

Charity Services Centers (CSC) is a law firm that is committed to solving community social challenges by bringing together banks and nonprofits

Braman Family 2011 Charitable Foundation Donates $10,000

December 23rd, 2015

AYUDA is grateful to the Braman Family 2011 Charitable Foundation for a $10,000 grant to support AYUDA’s Art Therapy Program for pre-school children with identified or suspected disabilities. Thank you!

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Awarded $1,943

December 2nd, 2015

A free senior art class was funded in part with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

TD Bank Charitable Foundation Donated $2,500

September 22nd, 2015

AYUDA received a $2500 contribution to the Parents now Program. This program provides parenting and counseling for at risk families with children ages 0-13 in order to prevent neglect and abuse. Thank you TD Bank for your generosity and support for the past 4 years!

The Nascar Foundation Donates $4,480

October 1st, 2015

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Doubletree At Ocean Point Donates School Supplies

August 21st, 2015

AYUDA is glad to share that the DoubleTree at Ocean Point donated back to School Supplies to the children of Happy kids learning center. Our little ones were exited with all the amazing materials! Crayon, pencils, backpacks folders and more! A big thank you to “The Care Committee” for making this possible.

Isabel Allende Foundation Donates Books

August 10th, 2015

We are happy to share that Best Seller writer Isabel Allende donated books for our Spanish- speaking Parents Now Program families! Her generosity will allow these families to read in their native language.

AMAZING NEWS! The Batchelor Foundation has donated $10,000 to AYUDA’S TALL program. These funds will be used to provide financial literacy to our at-risk low income youth. A tool that will be useful far beyond the present day and age. Thank you so much for your support and great generosity. It takes a village to raise a child.

Good News! We are happy to announce that LUSH Charitable Giving Program granted AYUDA with $8,363 to support the Parents Now Program. With these funds we will be able to provide education and empower first generation immigrant parents to raise their children in a nurturing and supporting environment that is safe from abuse and neglect. Thank you LUSH for your kindness and support for our parents in need!!

We are delighted to share that AYUDA has been awarded for the second time in a row the 2015 Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative Family and Youth Healthy Eating Implementation Grant. Though this money we will be able to spur our TALL and Happy Kids families to achieve wellness goal through providing a healthy and delicious recipes handbook to cook nutritious meals at home. YUM YUM!

On February 1st, the board, staff and volunteers of AYUDA came together to create a strategic plan for the growth of the organization. The retreat was hosted at the offices of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, with the session led by Stephanie M. Clarke, President & CEO of Milestones Marketing.

With 15 years of nonprofit executive management and consulting experience with several community and faith-based organizations in the areas of organizational management and marketing, as well as features in national media including The Talk, FOX News, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, The Michael Baisden Show, CNN’s Comcast Newsmakers, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg Urban Report, Black Enterprise.com, NBC News’ (thegrio.com), Yahoo! News, and many others, Mrs. Clarke came complete with tons of tips and connections that will be sure to aide AYUDA for years to come.

After completing as much as possible in several hours, the board realized the need for an additional meeting to complete the planning process. Therefore, a board meeting was also held on Tuesday, February 4th at the AYUDA main office in Miami Beach. Mrs. Clarke then took all of the planning worksheets and created a comprehensive strategic plan for the organization, which we are currently working on finalizing.

When the new plan is available, we will share!

We’d like to send a special thanks to Sir Pizza in Miami Beach for their generous donation of refreshments for the retreat. 

Best Buy Supports AYUDA’s T.A.L.L. Program

October 29th, 2013

The Best Buy Children’s Foundation is please to provide a Community Grant for $5000 to support T.A.L.L. (Teens Are Lifelong Learners) This grant will help provide opportunities through technology. Once again a special Thank you to Best Buy. Show your support this holiday season and always at a Best Buy store near you!

October 2013, AYUDA received a $2500 contribution to the Parents now Program. This program provides parenting and counseling for at risk families with children ages 0-13 in order to prevent neglect and abuse. There is a waiting list for this program. With the funds received AYUDA will be able to serve some of those families.

We recently received a $4500 grant from the BJ’s Charitable Foundation. BJ’s was extremely generous when they came to present us with our “GIANT” check. In addition to the contribution for the Parents Now and Here for You programs, BJ’s gave us a one year membership, brought cake, juice, candy and more for the kids. Thank you again!

 

Tickets fore Charity… if you love golf come see the pros! 3/7-3/11

January 24th, 2012

We are happy to share some exciting news about a partnership established with The PGA TOUR and AYUDA Inc. A unique fundraising program called TICKETS Fore CHARITY will offer Ayuda unlimited revenue potential by allowing the organization to sell tickets to the prestigious Cadillac Championship golf tournament at Doral from March 7-11, 2012.  Through this opportunity, AYUDA can keep 100% of the net proceeds of any ticket purchased on their behalf. The money raised will continue to support the programs offered to teens, empowering and encouraging them to stay in school and continue with a higher education.

City of Miami Beach Success University

November 16th, 2011

Success University offers a variety of programming to reduce trunacy and prepare youth and families for success. The primary goal of the program is to address the root causes of excessive absences for middle and highschool students, resulting in the elimination of unecessary absenses. The Miami Beach Office of Community Services has partnered with community based providers including Ayuda.

To find out more about Success University click here: http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/commservices/scroll.aspx?id=17250

42 West sponsors Winnie The Pooh Fun!

November 12th, 2011

42 West helped to create an amazing Halloween activity with Ayuda. Children were able to see the movie as well as take home masks and Halloween bags. Winnie the Pooh is a classic. Always loved over and over again by children. Thank you. Check out the video to see just how much they all enjoyed

Toyota 100 Cars for Good awards Ayuda with $1000

September 8th, 2011

Although Ayuda did not win the vehicle on July 12th for the Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program  we were awarded $1000 as a runner-up. Toyota 100 Cars for Good gave 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. A total of 500 finalists were selected from 5,000 applicants, based on their application as reviewed by an independent panel of judges who are experts in the fields of philanthropy and social responsibility.

We would like to thank Toyota as well as all of our Facebook fans for voting! Please continue to follow us on Facebook to see what is happening next! www.Facebook.com/ayudamiam

Ayuda and the Sunflower Society celebrate Earth Day with the children from Happy Kids Learning Center

May 10th, 2011

Earth Day is a great time for children to learn how to save the environment. Ayuda partnered with the Sunflower Society in order to celebrate. We sponsored students from Happy Kids Learning Center who were able to participate in this amazing activity of art and gardening.

The children planted sunflower seeds after painting there own pots. As you can see by the looks on their faces they enjoyed this very much!

The Sunflower Society Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1971 in Miami, Florida. The organization is dedicated to helping children, families and individuals with special needs. For the past few years they have sent many children from underserved communities to summer camp as well as run after school programs.

Ayuda Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1977 in Miami Beach Florida. The organization is dedicated to helping improve the lives of children and families who are underserved and/or at risk through education, life skills training and programs that support self sufficiency.

If you are interested in participating or sponsoring activities such as this please visit our website at www.ayudamiami.org and become a fan at Facebook.com/ayudamiami

AYUDA will be competing with just four other organizations of similar size to win a free Toyota vehicle.

May 9th, 2011

We are excited to announce that we have been chosen as one of the finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program. From a pool of thousands, we have successfully climbed to the final round. Now we need your votes to get a new car and better help our community.

The Village

February 28th, 2011

MIAMI, December 13, 2005 – AYUDA (Adults and Youth who are Underserved Deserve Attention), a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting underserved and/or at-risk families in Miami Dade County, was funded for the Family Empowerment Program to serve children and youth between the ages of nine and 18 referred by Delinquency Prevention Services, Juvenile Assessment Center/Post-Arrest Diversion. The Village’s, Project ARISE, was created to complement the goals of the Family Empowerment Program.

Project ARISE is a 12-week enrichment program which focuses on life management skills and theatrical improve with a goal of providing adolescents with tools and skills to enhance their natural abilities and emphasize positive self identity and self awareness.

The TD Charitable Foundation made a generous $5,000 donation to Ayuda, Inc.on Saturday, June 19, 2010. This gift will make a difference in the lives of  children and families enrolled in the Parents Now program.

This program consists of home visits, psycho-educational groups, and community networking to empower and enrich at-risk families with children infant-8 years of age. Parents are taught about brain development, parenting skills, communication skills, and the importance of reading to children, family meetings, conflict resolution, community services, good nutrition, and quality use of free time, as well as support by using the buddy system among the families. Additionally, speaker workshops are prepared for their cultural enhancement.

Ayuda is grateful to TD Bank and its Charitable Foundation. They are committed to making a meaningful and positive contribution to the individuals, families, businesses and communities. This community spirit and involvement embodies the very core of their corporate citizenship philosophy and because of this they will be helping Ayuda, help children and their families.

Project ARISE is a 12-week enrichment program which focuses on life management skills and theatrical improve with a goal of providing adolescents with tools and skills to enhance their natural abilities and emphasize positive self identity and self awareness.

Join the Ayuda Organization for an Unforgettable night of Magic & Music!

April 1st, 2009

Your Host and Special Guest MC for the evening…
“Tito Puente Jr.”
Enso’s Restaurant
433 Lincoln Rd.
Miami Beach
Monday April 20th, 2009
7PM to 10PM

Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks courtesy of Enso’s Restaurant!

Tickets: Please make a monetary donation of your choice. Your donation will benefit the Ayuda Organization (www.ayudamiami.org)
RSVP to 305-864-6885

April 2008 Newsletter

April 14th, 2008

AYUDA is an established provider of culturally competent services to the community in an effort to help first time misdemeanor offenders 12-18 years of age. Activities for self-esteem enhancement and positive conflict resolution skills, communication skills, parenting skills, counseling, tutoring and ESOL classes for at-risk high school students, among other life strengthening skills are provided. AYUDA also serves teenage girls through Girls Reach High, which is a leadership program that helps young women 13 to 18 years of age create a positive future for themselves, their neighbors, and their community, by improving their self-esteem, creating the desire for change and growth.

In order to continue providing these services, additional resources should be available for the agency. This year The Alliance for Human Services has cut AYUDA’S funding by 15% and, unfortunately, the Women’s Fund cut 100% of the funds for the Girls Reach High Program.

Ayuda Welcomes the New Year

February 13th, 2008

Good communications whether they are among family members, friends, business associates, or nations always help to broaden our knowledge and resources. As AYUDA enters the New Year we have many goals that we hope to accomplish. AYUDA has said goodbye to a few old faces and welcome some fresh ones as well. We know this year will be even more productive and beneficial to all the people we serve in our community.

June & July 2007 Newsletter

August 17th, 2007

AYUDA celebrated its 30th birthday – “A Night of Children’s Dreams” – on Saturday, July 14, 2007. The celebration started at 7:00 p.m. at The Grand Bay Hotel – 2669 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL. “A Night of Children’s Dreams” was an event with plenty of entertainment, food, and drinks. There was music all night long with special performances by Jose Juan, pianist, Luis Alfredo Gavilano, concert guitarist, Jorge Rodriguez, Tom Jones impersonator, Ray Barbero y Leyla, Lizbeth, Los Fugitivos, Estefany, Magician Alexander Blade, Evelyn, El Gallito del Son with his traditional Cuban Band, the famous singer and composer Donato Poveda, and many others. Marina McAninch “Lumari,” Vice Chair of the AYUDA Board of Directors, performed as Master Ceremony. Artist Rossano Ferrari unveiled his exclusive piece of art with “A Night of Children’s Dreams” in mind. AYUDA’s event was completely free of charge. There were special guest appearances by Commissioner of Hialeah, Jose Pepe Yedra, Commissioner of Miami Beach, Michael Gongora, and Commissioner of Miami Beach, Richard Steinberg. The 30th Anniversary Party was a great success with an attendance of over 400 people.

July 16th, 2007

Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to help the lives of children and families who are underserved and/or at risk in Miami-Dade County through education, life skills training, and programs that support self sufficiency, celebrated its 30th birthday, “A Night of Children’s Dream”, on Saturday July 14, 2007 started at 7:00 p.m. at The Grand Bay Hotel – 2669 South Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL.

February 2007 Newsletter

February 1st, 2007

AYUDA is raffling a 2008 FORD FOCUS ZX3 in order to raise funds to support the Early Childhood educational program. The FORD FOCUS is a generous donation from Gus Machado Hialeah Dealership and the winner will be drawn in December 2007 at Gus Machado at 1200 W 49th Street, Hialeah, FL. The lucky person will select the color of the car. The winner need not be present.

MIAMI, December 18, 2006 – AYUDA (Adults and Young Children with Unmet needs Deserve Attention), a nonprofit organization dedicated to help the lives of children and families who are underserved and/ or at risk in Miami-Dade County through education, life skills training, and programs that support self sufficiency, will celebrate the beginning of the Holiday season by promoting the AYUDA Overtown Fair and Holiday Party on December 22nd from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The fair will take place at Happy Children of Overtown located at 2101 NW 3rd Avenue, Overtown, FL 33127. At AYUDA’s Overtown Fair staff will be giving away new clothes and toys to the community of Overtown. Martin Arriola, AYUDA’s Board Member, will dress up as Santa to give away bikes and stuffed animals to the children of the community. Special guest performance by Rap artist Image of Hometeam Music and Group Project will also be performing. In addition, AYUDA will provide refreshments and food to the attendees. The idea is to create a fun event to entertain the community while providing a secure environment for them to enjoy themselves and get to know their neighbors. The objective is to let the community know that AYUDA is there for them.” Supporting the AYUDA Overtown Fair will be the educational mobile units of the Fire Department, Police Department, and Jackson Memorial’s Home Safety for children Unit.

December 2006 Newsletter

December 1st, 2006

Message from CEO

Dear AYUDA’s Friends and Clients:

I take a great pleasure sending you this issue of our quarterly e-newsletter.

Good communications whether they be among family members, friends, business associates, or nations always helps to broaden our knowledge and resources.

I trust that you will find this newsletter useful and informative. Thank you! I appreciate the opportunity to be of service to you and will continue to serve our community today and in the future.

MIAMI, November 6, 2006Adults and Youth who are Under-served Deserve Attention, a nonprofit organization dedicated to help the lives of children and families who are underserved and/ or at risk in Miami-Dade County through education, life skills training, and programs that support self sufficiency, launched the PRIDE! Gardening Project in Overtown on October 6th, 2006.

MIAMI, October 3, 2006Adults and Youth who are Under-served Deserve Attention, a nonprofit organization dedicated to help the lives of children and families who are underserved and/ or at risk in Miami-Dade County through education, life skills training, and programs that support self sufficiency, received a $2,500 mini-grant from Rotary Club for a PRIDE! gardening project in Overtown.

MIAMI, October 3, 2006 – AYUDA (Adults and Young Children with Unmet needs Deserve Attention), a nonprofit organization dedicated to help the lives of children and families who are underserved and/ or at risk in Miami-Dade County through education, life skills training, and programs that support self sufficiency, is raffling a fishing boat in order to raise funds to support the Early Childhood Scholarship Program in Overtown. Winners will be drawn on November 1st, 2006. Winners need not be present.

September 2006 Newsletter

August 28th, 2006

AYUDA, Inc. Welcomes its new Chief Executive Officer

On July 1st, AYUDA formally announced the appointment of Mr. Luis A. DeJesus, as Chief Executive Officer of AYUDA, Inc. As a non-profit organization, AYUDA functions through donations and grants funded by private donors, county, city and public companies. These dollars support programs that assist the low-income community in Miami-Dade County.

Mr. DeJesus is characterized by others as visionary, decisive, and charismatic. He possesses keen instincts and strategies to quickly effect change and improve the bottom line. His leadership style is direct and yet flexible in responding to constantly changing demands of the times and market place. “As a past member of AYUDA’s Board, I know the challenges AYUDA has to overcome, as well as the strengths and weakness we face everyday. As CEO, I will implement a fundraising as well as a marketing plan that puts in place methods to better communicate with the general community and donors,” said Mr. DeJesus.

“With a degree in Business Administration and over 25 years of experience in Administration, Budgeting, Marketing, Strategic Planning, Productivity, Quality Improvement, Team Building, and Leadership, we are convinced Luis will lead us into an exciting future,” expressed Board Members.

“Luis brings such a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table that AYUDA is very proud to have him join our team,” says AYUDA President Diana Susi, “Luis has been manager of top-notch companies, so he knows the needs and demands of running an organization. Mr. DeJesus has been a member of AYUDA’s Board for 13 years, thereby knowing what we do and where we are headed.”

Casemanager Does not Rest Until She Finds Client’s Family

August 10th, 2006

MIAMI, August 10, 2006 – Adults and Youth who are Under-served Deserve Attention, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting underserved and/or at-risk families in Miami-Dade County through education, life-skills training, and programs that support self-sufficiency, grieved the death of one of the dearest Representative Payee clients Septina “Tina” Galetto on July 11, 2006.

Miami, June 5, 2006 – AYUDA (Adults and Youth who are Underserved Deserve Attention), a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting underserved and/or at-risk families in Miami-Dade County through education, life-skills training, and programs that support self-sufficiency, utilized the Florida Marlins Community Booth at Dolphin Stadium on May 27, 2006 to distribute information while increasing awareness of the Miami Beach community.

May 2006 – Newsletter

May 17th, 2006

On March 10th, Arte Del Barrio came to Happy Children of Overtown to educate children and families in the art by promoting a live painting wall at the daycare. The afternoon was filled with paint, brushes, and lots of fun for children and artists!

Arte Del Barrio is a non-profit organization made of local artists who aspire to elevate the cultural awareness of the Miami-Dade community. This group of painters, photographers, sculptors, video-film makers, musicians, DJs and theater actors come together to showcase their creative talents to the community and enrich people’s life through art. This year, Arte Del Barrio is proposed to launch a series of educational and interactive art learning projects for the community of Miami.

Nowadays, the walls of Happy Children of Overtown are colorful and happy; the children are proud and happy to see the beautiful job they have done and remember the great time they had with Arte Del Barrio.

GIRLS REACH HIGH AT AYUDA

March 1st, 2006

MIAMI, March 1, 2006 – AYUDA (Adults and Youth who are Underserved Deserve Attention), a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting underserved and/or at-risk families in Miami-Dade County through education, life-skills training, and programs that support self-sufficiency, received a $3,750.00 grant from the Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade County to support the Girls Reach High Leadership Program.

December 2005 Newsletter

December 8th, 2005

SAME GOAL BEHIND NEW NAME AND MISSION

Thanks to a $10,000 grant received by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), AYUDA has undergone a long awaited strategic planning!

THE NAME: In order to help identify with the growing needs and cultures in Miami-Dade County, AYUDA, chose to make its name bilingual. “Ayuda” meaning “help” in Spanish, added to the name an English explanation: Adults and Youth who are Under-served Deserve Attention.

THE MISSION STATEMENT: AYUDA also modified its mission statement to be more comprehensive of the community in Miami-Dade County and to target its constant expansion of services. The new mission statement: To assist under-served and/ or at-risk families in the Miami-Dade County through education, life-skills training, and programs that support self-sufficiency.

THE RESULT: a brand-new AYUDA supported by its programs, objectives, prospective clients, partners, and donors. The new name complements its mission and shows the organization’s desire to change with the needs of the community it serves.