Foundation Begins Outreach Programs

Published January 10, 2016

The Florida Aquaculture Foundation (a 501c3 nonprofit) resale boutique store, Blue Cypress Treasures, is located in the rural historical town of Fellsmere.  Proceeds from this store go toward supporting the Foundation’s community outreach mentoring and education program, in addition to the creation of an aquaculture academy.

The Foundation’s mission is “economic empowerment through education and training.”  In an effort to help those in the community rise up out of poverty, the mentoring program began in December 2015.  People who needed guidance in speaking, reading, or writing English were led by the Foundation’s volunteer instructor, Dr. Doug Ramsdell.   There is significant interest in the community among the Hispanics to seek and prepare for the U.S. Citizenship test.  This program continues to grow in popularity.

More volunteers are need to help with the store or to serve as mentors.  Student volunteers can earn their required volunteer credit hours by signing up and helping.  In addition, the Foundation’s executive director Teri Pinney says, “We always need donations of collectible items and furniture to sell.  It is through these sales that we can provide further training to those in the community looking for language, citizenship, or driver’s license preparation.  We are also building a classroom behind the store that will offer shrimp cooking shows.”

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