A Responsible Member of Our Communities
As a member of our local communities for 60 years, Florida Crystals has a legacy of giving back through our support of community, civic and educational organizations. We're proud that our employees also give their time to volunteer and serve in leadership positions in many of these organizations.
During the current COVID-19 crisis, we are actively responding to the needs of our communities, through feeding and food-distribution programs as well as other support and relief efforts. Learn more.
We strongly believe every child has a right to a good education, and we focus much of our corporate philanthropic giving on educational and scholarship programs. Our family owners founded two charter schools, Everglades Preparatory Academy and Glades Academy, to provide stronger educational choices for families in the Glades communities of western Palm Beach County. Everglades Preparatory Academy offers students and parents a non-traditional, smaller learning environment to prepare each student for success, while providing dropout prevention and academic intervention services through alternative education. Glades Academy is a K-8 Title 1 school, which expands opportunities for students to meet the state achievement standards in math, science, reading and writing and allows each student to reach their highest possible level of academic achievement.
Our family owners also founded New Hope Charities, Inc., a multi-faceted family, health and education center providing programs and services to families in western Palm Beach County. New Hope Charities' nationally accredited program challenges students using the STEAM curriculum. It's educational activities include mentoring, academic enhancement, literacy, family activities and economics. The organization also offers vital food distribution services for hundreds of local families, afterschool care for elementary school students, summer camp and special events.
In 2005, we began a partnership with a program called Take Stock in Children that was making a difference in the lives of local students. We worked with Take Stock to implement the scholarship and mentoring program in schools throughout the Glades communities of western Palm Beach County. We are thrilled that 15 years later, hundreds of students in the Glades have graduated from high school and attended college through this scholarship program.
Florida Crystals helped bring the Do the Write Thing Challenge to schools in Palm Beach County. Do the Write Thing is an essay-writing program founded by The National Campaign to Stop Violence that gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of violence on their lives and help decrease violence in their communities.
We are also a proud supporter of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society, which educates children and adults about the importance of wildlife conservation.