Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Interested in Volunteering?

Unicorn is seeking strong volunteers to support our mission by volunteering their time to our organization.

It could be in the form of:
- Registering guests at an event
- General office and administration duties
- Special talents such as grant writing or graphic design

There are many rewarding responsibilities involved with Unicorn Children’s Foundation and we hope you will join our amazing team! 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Neil Birch, Special Events Coordinator of Unicorn Children's Foundation at 561-620-9377 x 306.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Michelle Yellin Nominated as 2014 Woman Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to our SUPERSTAR Volunteer, Michelle Yellin, for being nominated as the 2014 Woman Volunteer of the Year representing Unicorn Children's Foundation!

Help show your love for Michelle by placing an ad in Junior League of Boca Raton's Program Book. Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Please contact Amy at amy@unicornchildrensfoundation.org or 561-620-9377 x 304 for more details.

The Junior League of Boca Raton announced 25 candidates for the 2014 Woman Volunteer of the Year at the new Waterstone Resort & Marina. The 27th annual ceremony, slated for November will be held at Boca West Country Club.

Here are the 25 nominees and the organizations for which they volunteer:

• Marina Morbeck: AVDA - Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc.

• Laura Clarkson: American Association of Caregiving Youth

• Kelli-Ann McLeod: Best Foot Forward Foundation

• Valentina Martinez: Boca Ballet Theatre

• Margi Cross: Boca Helping Hands

• Robin Deyo: Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum

• Peg GreensponBoca Museum of Art

• Evie Zimmerman: Caring Hearts Auxiliary of the Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center

• Tiffany Rodriguez: CROS Ministries

• Mildred Strom: Boca Raton Community Hospital Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League League

• Kathy Adkins: Florence Fuller Child Development Centers

• Marysol Gonzales: Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce

• Debora Kellogg: HomeSafe

• Tandy Robinson: Impact 100 Palm Beach County

• Mary Csar: Junior League of Boca Raton

• Laura Wissa: Junior League of the Palm Beaches

• Wendi Snyder Lipsich : Kidsafe Foundation

• Bettina Young: Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County

• Shari Upbin: NSAL Florida East Coast Chapter

• Laura Campbell-Held: Place of Hope at The Haven

• Donna Robins: Center for the Arts In Boca Mizner Park

• Mariela Montgomery: Soroptimist International of Boca Raton/Deerfield Beach

• Marilyn Murray Wilson: South Florida Women's Executive Club

• Ann RutherfordSpirit of Giving Network

• Michelle Yellin: Unicorn Children's Foundation

In addition, the Junior League announced two Lifetime Achievement nominees: Helen Babione (Boca Raton Women's Club, GFWC) and Connie Berry (Caridad Center).

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Throwback Thank You!

Throwback to June 9, 2014 when Unicorn Children's Foundation was one of the beneficiaries of the Boca West Foundation's 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament. A special thank you to Dr. Rafael Cabrera and Gregory Fried for golfing for us that day, as well as everyone who helped us raise over $12,000!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Deal Reached On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

Federal lawmakers say they've reached a deal to move forward on legislation that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits.
Members of the U.S. Senate said Friday that they have an agreement that will allow the Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act to proceed.
The bill’s chief sponsors and leaders of the Senate’s Committee on Finance said in a joint statement that they expect the legislation to be considered when Congress returns to Washington in November.
“We are committed to working with our House colleagues to ensure this legislation will be passed in a bipartisan, bicameral manner and sent to the president’s desk in the lame duck session,” read the statement from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C.
Under the measure, people with disabilities would be able to create special accounts at any financial institution where they could deposit up to $14,000 annually. The ABLE accounts could accrue up to $100,000 in savings without risking an individual’s eligibility for government benefits like Social Security. What’s more, Medicaid coverage could be retained no matter how much money is deposited in the proposed accounts.
Modeled after the popular 529 college savings plans, funds deposited in ABLE accounts could be used to pay for education, health care, transportation, housing and other expenses. Interest earned on savings within the accounts would be tax-free.
The ABLE Act has been under consideration in Congress since 2006 and is sponsored by more than half the members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.
Nonetheless, when the bill was approved by a House committee in July, lawmakers indicated they would need to reach an agreement on how to pay for the measure before it would be put up for a floor vote.
The deal reached this week will “serve as the foundation for final passage,” the senators said.
Via: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/09/19/deal-savings-accounts/19689/

Autism Services Focus Of New Push

Unicorn Children's Foundation has spent the last 19 years supporting these types of efforts.

Connecting people to services – 211 Special Needs Hotline and Mobile Developmental Clinics

Transition to Adulthood and Employment Preparation – UnicornVillage Academy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Seeking Volunteers!

Unicorn is seeking strong volunteers to support our mission by volunteering their time to our organization.
It could be in the form of registering guests at an event, general office and administration duties, or if you have a special talent such as grant writing or graphic design please let us know.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Unicorn Children’s Foundation, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Mary McMullen at volunteer@eunicorn.org to receive a Volunteer Packet which contains more information about assisting Unicorn.
We ask each new volunteer to participate in one of the following Volunteer Introduction meetings at the Delray Beach branch of Floridian Community Bank.
September 23rd at 12:30pm
September 30th at 5:30pm
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Neil Birch, Special Events Coordinator of Unicorn Children's Foundation at 561-620-9377 x 306.