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CoreCivic Donates to the March for Meals Campaign

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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CoreCivic Donates to the March for Meals Campaign

Laura Touchton, Site Manager for the Inverness Community Center reached out to Core Civic to see if they wanted to partner with Citrus County Senior Programs, March for Meals Campaign.  Core Civic    happily agreed and donated $668.86 to the Shamrock Fundraiser.  Thank you Core Civic for your support.

Photo from Left to Right:  Warden Mike Quinn; Jennifer Bussey, Correctional Counselor; Carrie Poust, Program Assistant; Lt. Crystal Thompson; Laura Touchton, Site Manager; Becky Worrell, Account Clerk and Derik Touchton, Unit Manager.

Citrus County Animal Services Receives Second National Maddie's Fund® Grant

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Animal Services has just received its second grant from Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals.

The Maddie's Fund® Challenge Completion Award for the Get ‘Em Home Challenge in the amount of $1,000. Maddie's Fund® supports the lifesaving efforts made by staff and volunteers at the Animal Shelter.

“This is one of the many national programs the shelter participates in throughout the year to enhance the shelter experience in Citrus County. The shelter also relies heavily on local volunteers and donations,” said Animal Services Director Colleen Yarbrough. 

The Get ‘em Home Challenge, which was held over three months, focused on dogs and cats that had been in animal shelters for more than 30 days. The contest shined a light on pets who have been waiting a little longer for a home, often due to no fault of their own. Over 16,000 dogs and cats from across the country found homes, thanks to this special contest hosted by Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals. Over $50,000 in grant money was awarded to 19 organizations. 

“We are so proud of these organizations for their creativity, and their commitment to the well-being of animals is inspiring,” said Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist at Maddie’s Fund. “So many of these programs incorporated foster care for the first time. This not only gave dogs and cats a break from the shelter, it also helped the shelter to learn more about the pet’s personality, allowing them to help find their match.”

Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $225.7 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter management leadership, shelter medicine education, and foster care across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.

Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.

Two free Florida-friendly gardening workshops in April

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Right plant, right place

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on April 9, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm.  Once established the right plant is often sustainable without additional supplemental watering.  Choosing appropriate plant materials, planting them correctly and managing them wisely, ensures a gardens success. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Creating a Florida-friendly Landscape

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on April 23, 2019 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Plan before you plant is an important concept when developing sustainable garden ideas.  Basic principles of landscape design include: site evaluation, selection and placement of the proper materials and establishment practices for newly installed sustainable gardens.  “What is and how to create a Florida-friendly Landscape” is the theme of this workshop.

Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation or register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com.

Public Meeting Scheduled for Input on Update to MPO Plan

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The public will have opportunity to comment on the five-year update to the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).  Environmental Justice Public Workshops have been scheduled as follows:

•             April 8, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto Florida. 

•             April 10, 2019 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm:  Hernando County Building Training Facility, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL  34601

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Colleen Conko, Administrative Assistant, no later than seven days prior to the workshop at (352) 754-4082.

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