MetroWest Challenge to Support Edgewood Children’s Ranch (ECR)

Despite these uncertain times, the community can still help at-risk children and families find hope by supporting the Edgewood Children’s Ranch and participating in the MetroWest Master Association’s 2021 Community Charity Challenge.

Now more than ever, Edgewood Children’s Ranch (ECR) is needed to help make a difference in the lives of children across Central Florida. Edgewood Children’s Ranch provides children and their families with a safe environment to change negative behaviors and the direction of their lives. ECR’s residential program allows children to attend school onsite and live with others in a family-style unit emphasizing responsibility, accountability, self-control and self-reliance. 

Since 2014, the MetroWest Master Association (MWMA) has organized a successful community-wide charity challenge that resulted in a large quantity of food and other important necessities being donated to Edgewood Children’s Ranch at MetroWest’s annual WinterFest event. Due to COVID-19, WinterFest 2021 has been cancelled and the format for this year’s charity challenge will continue with the format created last year to keep participants safe. The new format was incredibly successful in 2020, raising more than $9,000 for ECR.

MWMA is seeking donations from residents in the form of gift cards from local businesses that ECR can use for ranch and school supplies, family night events, student recognition and other special needs.

Examples of gift cards that would be most useful include Visa or MasterCard, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Publix, McDonalds, Chick-fil-A, Josie’s Pizza, Marco’s Pizza, Pizza Hut or Office Depot.

In addition, MWMA is asking local businesses to help sponsor the Community Charity Challenge. Sponsorships are available in increments of $2,500 and $1,000. So far, FirstService Residential, BrightView Landscape Services, GardaWorld and Critical Intervention Services have committed to sponsorships. MWMA has also donated space in MetroWest Lifestyle to ECR.

Donations in any amount will help Edgewood Children’s Ranch continue to provide a safe and loving environment where kids can learn to succeed in life and where families can find healing.

ECR relies on community support, sponsors and individual donors to keep the program affordable for families in need.

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Written by Kimbra Hennessy

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