Tallahassee CARES Connects South City Residents
Tallahassee residents enjoyed an empowering educational experience on Saturday, March 25, under the lush tree canopy along Polk Drive in South City. It was all part of the Tallahassee CARES Community Resource Expo, hosted by the City of Tallahassee and local partners. Tallahassee CARES is part of the larger City Commission commitment to enhance the quality of life for all residents.
Started in 2014, Tallahassee CARES (Creating Awareness of Resources and Educational Services) connects residents to resources through direct neighborhood outreach. It is designed to encourage camaraderie among neighbors and create a stronger, more resilient community.
“Tallahassee CARES brought people together and provided valuable connections to resources and social, learning and civic engagement opportunities in our community,” Commissioner Curtis Richardson said. “By fostering relationships with neighbors, together, we are creating a stronger, more resilient Tallahassee.”
More than 50 exhibitors offered a variety of engaging activities and displays.
The day started with yoga, strength and conditioning and Zumba fitness demonstrations led by instructors from Premier Health & Fitness Center and the City’s wellness program. Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s TMH For Life team focused on healthy eating tips and colon cancer prevention. The Bond Community Health Center’s mobile unit offered information on breast and cervical cancer screenings, while Whole Child Leon provided children’s health screenings.
The iGrow South City Community Garden was abuzz as the Apalachee Audubon Society showcased the newly installed pollinator garden and hosted demonstrations on landscaping with native plants and birding. Nearby, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) booth offered healthy cooking demonstrations.
The City of Tallahassee, Leon County and the American Red Cross provided disaster preparedness and smoke alarm information, and the Tallahassee Police and Fire departments offered crime prevention and fire safety tips.
Job training and employment opportunities were shared by various agencies including Career Source Capital Region, StarMetro and the Tallahassee Future Leaders Academy, which is a summer youth employment program.
America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, in partnership with Greater Love Church of God in Christ, hosted its monthly food pantry giveaway, and Farm Share also provided food to those in need. Volunteers from Florida State University’s community service project “The Big Event” helped distribute food, serve lunch and assist exhibitors.
The event culminated with music and entertainment from local talent, including the Rickards High School Modeling Troupe and the Kingdom Life Tabernacle Ensemble. Attendees also had the chance to win prizes, provided by the Florida A&M University Institute of Public Health and the College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences.
If you were unable to attend the event but would like more information about any of the participating agencies, call the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department at 891-3866 and ask to speak with a member of the Neighborhood Affairs division.