The Voice: the e-newsletter of the Human Services Coalition
Issue 7
April 30, 2010
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Changemaker Conference
Happy Hour for a cause
Senior financial stories
HAND provides rent assistance
Public Allies Showcase
Comedy for civic change
Roots in the City farmers market
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HSC takes on the capital 
Miamians fight for change in Tallahassee 

We never take a break here at HSC. So when we head out of town, you know big things are happening. Last week members of the extended HSC family traveled to Tallahassee. They spoke with lawmakers, sat in on legislative sessions and ate paella with other delegates from Miami-Dade County.  See some of the highlights in this video.
Tallahassee Trip Video 2010
Changemaker conference focuses on activism
Imagine Miami Conference participantsRegistration is open for the fourth Imagine Miami Changemaker Conference, which will take place on May 7 at Temple Israel from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the upcoming conference, County Commissioner Katy Sorenson and Mayors Shirley Gibson, Cindy Lerner and Carlos Bermudez, along with other community leaders, will discuss how to sustain livable communities through civic activism. Workshops will cover community health, transportation equity and civic advocacy. Panelists and presenters include: Javier Soto, Dade Community Foundation; Carolyn Dekle, South Florida Regional Planning Council; CC Holloman, Legacy Green Empowerment Initiative; Michael Schwartz, Michael's Genuine Restaurant; Karen Weller, Miami-Dade Health Department; Gihan Perera, Miami Workers Center; Ellen Freidin, Fair Districts Florida; Jim Murley, Florida Atlantic University; and many more! 
Pre-registration fee $25 and includes breakfast and lunch ($30 day-of). Limited scholarships are available. Children and youth are welcome and free. For more information about exhibiting your organization at the conference, email Maame-Mensima Horne or call (305) 576-5001 x45.
HSC hosts Happy Hour for a cause at Baires
Please join us at Baire's Grill on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the work of our prosperity centers as tax season comes to a close. The Prosperity Campaign is an internationally acclaimed local program that matches low-income working families with benefits and financial literacy programs that help them thrive. Recently awarded the Chamber of Commerce's NOVO award for the best local nonprofit program, it has served more than 15,000 people in 8 years.
There will be happy hour specials from 6 - 10 p.m. and live saxophone! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Prosperity Campaign. Check out our evite for more details.
Senior stories profiled on national television 
Mary Louise-ColeThe first installment of the Human Services Coalition's collaborative storytelling effort with the Nightly Business Report, entitled "Money Profiles," debuted on WPBT Channel 2 last Wednesday.  For more on these stories of financial struggles and to learn about upcoming segments, visit the NBR website.
It isn't too late to participate in the program.  If you or someone you know is 60 or older and has overcome some kind of financial difficulty, email Cal Soto or call him at (305) 576-5001 x16 to learn how you can share your story.
HAND accepting applications for rent assistance 
The Housing Assistance Network of Dade (HAND) is accepting applications for rent assistance. If someone is currently homeless anywhere in Miami-Dade County or at risk of homelessness as evidenced by a court file eviction (and currently lives in the City of Miami Gardens, North Miami or the City of Miami), they should call the Homeless Helpline at 1-877-994-4357. The Helpline will direct them to their nearest provider. Read more.
Public Allies showcase their talents at Fairchild
Public Allies 2010Join us June 10th at Fairchild Tropical Gardens for the Public Allies Showcase in the Garden, a celebration and fundraiser for the Public Allies Miami program. The showcase will feature acts by Public Allies and local artists. Help us continue to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations by enjoying an evening of art, community service and fun! To find out more about tickets contact
LOL with HSC: support us at our theater event
Come enjoy a critically acclaimed comedy and improve your community at the same time. On June 18 at 8 p.m. Speech and Debate will be showing at GableStage, and ticket proceeds will support the work of the Human Services Coalition. With a glowing review from the New York Times, who could stay away? For more information on tickets contact
The very picture of health: Roots in the City Farmers Market
Selling produce at the Roots in the City farmers marketTokens that can be used by SNAP customers at the market

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