Our Philanthropic Update

Everglades Moon Puts our Money where Our Hearts Are through Donations

Everglades Moon Local Council does more than just serve as a way for the witches and pagans of Florida to connect and grow. Our members decided that we would use some of our council funds to make donations to charities around Florida. To make the most impact, charities were selected in North, South, East, and West Florida. We have been busy making people happy, making life a little easier for someone, and making friends.

Here’s where we’re upholding those who are doing great work:

Make donations to The Children's Hunger Project of Brevard County

If you follow our Facebook page, you know that EMLC members have been very involved with The Children’s Hunger Project. This organization provides food assistance to children in Brevard County in a dignified and respectful manner. Every Friday, The Children’s Hunger Project sends elementary school children home with a backpack full of food. Their plan is simple: See a hungry kid. Buy food. Feed the kid.

Everglades Moon Local Council is proud to be among the Churches and Hebrew Schools who help The Children’s Hunger Project continue to feed the children of Brevard County. In fact, when they reached out to thank us for their donation, they said they were thrilled to have a Wiccan group among their supporters!

If you are local to the Cocoa area, they are always looking for volunteers. You can also head to their site to make your own donation to help them continue to keep Brevard children fed and healthy.

Make donations to Gadsden County Human Society

We all love our pets, and so donating to a Humane Society seemed like a no brainer. Our members suggested Gadsden County Humane Society to receive a donation from us. GCHS has no source of funding other than donations. Their group consists entirely of volunteers. In fact, they don’t even have an actual facility: all animals are fostered until they can find them a home. GCHS spays and neuters the animal, and supplies all the food and health care for them until they are fostered.

Visiting their Facebook page gives you a sense of the number of animals they save and support each year. When we reached out regarding where to send our donation, they were incredibly happy to receive our assistance. If you’re looking for a Humane Society to donate to, their donation page makes it quick and simple to donate via PayPal.

Make donations to The Wild Hunt

If you are a Witch, Wiccan, Pagan, or just friends with one, chances are good you’ve seen a post or two from The Wild Hunt. The Wild Hunt is a daily news journal that covers news and events relating to modern Paganism, Heathenry, Polytheism, and other minority religions.

(Full Disclosure: Members of EMLC are active contributors to The Wild Hunt)

The Wild Hunt is completely community funded. Their campaign drives help cover their administration and hosting costs. With those concerns out of the way, they are able to dedicate the time and resources necessary to providing some of the best coverage of current events you’ll find.

Everglades Moon is proud to be among the Fall Funders of The Wild Hunt! If you’re looking to make your own donation to them, you’ll find the details in their FAQ.

 

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We are so proud of our West Coast Florida pagans who selected the Cardiac Kids Foundation of Florida to be the final recipient of donations from EMLC this year. This organization provides assistance to families and their children with heart disease. In addition, they fund medical research, education, and charitable health care for children with heart disease through local charitable initiatives and life saving mission trips.

Not only do they lend their experience in connecting hospitals with nurses, doctors, and staff to help with heart procedures, but they also provide financial help and assistance to families who cannot afford prescription medications post-surgery.

Our own Dona Pantera has participated in their annual Jamaican Mission Trip, when doctors and nurses from the US fly to Jamaica and perform life-saving surgeries on the littlest of hearts.

There are many ways that you can donate to help children born with congenital heart disease. Head over to their Donation Page to help!

Giving Back: EMLC at the Children’s Hunger Summit

EMLC members Lady Circe and Kasha participated in the second annual Children’s Hunger Summit in Brevard County FL . This was an Interfaith event aimed at educating clergy about the pediatric hunger problem in this Central Florida county, and this project to provide meals for kids to take home on weekends.

EMLC Members Lady Circe and Kasha at the Children's Hunger Project
EMLC Members Lady Circe and Kasha at the Children’s Hunger Summit

EMLC members have supported this program with donations and manhours to pack the meals in the past year, and plan to continue being involved with the project.  For more information, please visit the Children’s Hunger Project site.

It’s Pagan Pride Day Season!

It’s Pagan Pride Day season, and members of Everglades Moon Local Council are ready to represent! It seems that each year, there’s new Pagan Pride Days (PPD) for EMLC’ers to attend, and members are always happy to man a table, chat with other pagans and witches, and just have a fun time.  These events tend to include good food, reconnection with old friends, introductions of new friends, amazing vendors, community building rituals, and more.

Here’s a break-down of the PPD events going on in Florida. If you know of one that’s not listed, please let us know in the comments! To find a PPD in your area, head over to the Pagan Pride Site and type in your zip code.

We invite you to connect with EMLC members at these events. You’ll be able to find us manning vendor tables and probably laughing very loudly with each other!

Saturday, September 13 – Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day
This is the first year of PPD on the Treasure Coast! TCPPD will be held at the lovely Savannas Recreation Area on Midway Road in Ft. Pierce. Doors open at 10:00am and the event ends at 6pm.  In between will be great workshops, including Oghams – Reading the Staves, Poppets – Not your Grandma’s Voodoo Dolls, and an Introduction to Polytheistic Practice. At 1:30 will be the Harvest Ritual, which everyone is invited to attend.  Be sure to stick around for Mama Gina’s concert at 3pm! And, of course, spend lots of money with the local vendors.

Admission is free, though donations are welcome. You can support TCPPD in a variety of ways, including a teacup auction, photo shoot, book sale, or getting a one-on-one reading.

You are also asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Treasure Coast Food Bank.  The Treasure Coast Food Bank serves 100,000 people each week, including 35,000 children. Your donations will definitely make a difference!

Head over to the Treasure Coast Pagan Pride Day site, or visit their Facebook Page, for more details. Be sure to check in, take lots of pictures, and send them our way! We’d love to see and hear your experiences at this awesome event.

Saturday, September 20 – Ft. Lauderdale Pagan Pride Day
This is a perennial PPD, held each year at the United Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale on NW 21st Ave.  Sponsored as always by the Moon Path Chapter of CUUPS, this all-day event is always a hit.  Doors open at noon and the event runs until 7pm.  In it’s 11th year, this event is always one of the best places to meet new Pagans in South Florida.

This year will include an open mic Pagan Poetry hour, the very popular Labyrinth, a Sacred Movement Ritual Class, and family time for the kids.  The Autumn Equinox Ritual will start at 5:30pm.  And there will be yummy food available and plenty of local vendors for you to support!

Admission to this event is free.  Your non-perishable food donation and clothing donations will be donated to the Cooperative Feeding Program of Broward County. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drink and have a picnic!  Bring your drums and percussion instruments to lend your energies to ritual.

Visit the Ft. Lauderdale Pagan Pride Day site for more details. We look forward to hearing all about your day at this event!

Sunday, September 21 – Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day
The 14th Annual Jacksonville Pagan Pride Day is coming your way! Sponsored by the Jacksonville Pagan Pride Alliance, this celebration is held at the Garden Club of Jacksonville on Riverside Avenue. Festivities will include spiritual workshops, music, charity drives, a community ritual, and more.

Like all other Pagan Pride Day events, this is a 100% family friendly day, and everyone is welcome to attend.  There will be an 11am opening blessing ritual, workshop by Mama Gina (she loves her Florida pagans!), and workshops on chakra balancing, crystals, the Right Use of Anger Magic, and so much more. If you have little ones, make sure they check out the Bean Spirit Animal Craft workshop and the Leave Silhouette Craft workshop, too! The Autumn Equinox/Harvest Ritual will be at 4pm.

Admission to this event is free, though donations are greatly appreciated to help JPPA keep this popular event going. Your donation of non-perishable food items will benefit Waste Not Want Not Florida.  And bring your Pet Supplies, as those will be donated to First Coast No More Homeless Pets!

Their Website is filled with TONS of information, so be sure to check it out. Connect with them also via their Facebook page, and be sure to join their Meetup so that you can be sure to meet all the fabulous pagans in the area!

Saturday, October 11 – Volusia County Pagan Pride Day
The PPD fun does not end once the calendar flips to October! Volusia is holding it’s PPD the 2nd weekend of October. This fun event will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society on Halafax Drive in Ormond Beach, FL.

Doors open at 10am and the event runs through 4pm.  This event is sponsored by Our Sacred Circle Ormond Beach CUUPS.

Non-perishable food donations will benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank.  Be sure to check out their Facebook Page for more details!

EMLC Donation to Operation Circle Care

Operation Circle Care is a program run by Circle Sanctuary.  At Yuletide, and throughout the year, Circle Sanctuary sends care packages consisting of Pagan books, magazines, cd’s, and other spiritual resources to Wiccans and other Pagans on Active Duty in war zones.

Over a series of meetings, EMLC’ers contributed items – whether new or gentle used – that would be sent to Circle Sanctuary to be sent on to our Men and Women in uniform.  Below is the result of our collection! It’s been sent off to Circle Sanctuary with lots of love, positive energy, and the hope that these men and women will come home soon.

EMLC’s Donation to Operation Circle Care