NAVARRE — Since 2007, a local nonprofit has been helping others during the critical first days after a natural disaster or emergency.
Now, Community Enrichment Center Navarre wants to broaden its scope. The organization, has developed a “disaster and emergency relief fund” specifically to help the local community and nearby counties.
“We believe we can do more, and we know others want to help,” CECN said in a press release.
CECN’s mission is to provide services to the community that will help guide them spiritually, aid them financially and enhance their overall daily living.
The organization has developed multiple programs, all of which have been funded in-house by individuals with a heart to serve their community. CECN has helped nine different areas in the past 11 years.
“We are living in an unprecedented day and time where calamity, destruction, and devastation are happening all around us,” the press release said. “ Quite frankly, we know we can do more and we know others want to help.”
After Hurricane Michael, CECN volunteers went door-to-door in some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in Panama City.
Prior to making the trip, CECN volunteers put out an emergency calls to donors. Within 24 hours, the organization had more than enough staffing and resources to make the trip.
Utilizing those funds, CECN filled baskets with food, water, ice and supplies.
“While waiting in line at Sam’s Club, people just walked up to us and put money into our hands,” the release said. “It so touched our hearts to know there are still many people who care and want to be a blessing.”
In order to meet their mission, CECN needs to spread the word about why they need others to help and what they plan to do with donations and volunteers.
“We need ongoing support because there are plenty of disasters and emergencies to be met,” they said.
CECN provides all donors with quarterly newsletters so they can see where their money and resources go.
The nonprofit welcomes donors who want to be a part of the team and help with the following future plans:
Organize a critical response team to remove debris and trees
Organize a team to make home repairs for temporary “livable” conditions.
Deliver supplies to homes in those first few critical days with ice, food, water.
Provide bus vouchers for evacuation purposes.
Provide housing/hotel vouchers for those needing temporary housing.