Donations

donationsCDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, Inc. is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit social services agency that needs your help in order to continue providing its valuable services to the community. Contributions are tax deductible and vital to our ongoing success. Both monetary and in-kind donations are very much appreciated.




To donate specific items needed, please see our WISH LIST. For more information, to make an in-kind donation or to make a cash donation offline, please contact the Resource Development Coordinator at:

CDS Family & Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
Attn: Community Outreach/Safe Place Specialist
3615 SW 13th Street, Suite 4
Gainesville, FL 32608
Tel: (352) 244-0628, ext 3865
Fax: (352) 244-0668
giving@cdsfl.org

Why should I support CDS?
CDS provides a unique range of vital services to the community. Unfortunately, as a non-profit agency, monetary constraints always limit the programs offered and threaten to diminish their impact. Individual clients and the community suffer as a result. Since our programs deal with at-risk youth in-need and prevention strategies, this is a serious problem that cannot be ignored.

How will my donation be used?
Your monetary donation will go towards supporting CDS, its programs and its services. It might be used to purchase food for kids in our shelters, help cover the costs of expanding counseling programs, or printing prevention support materials.

Do you need any in-kind donations?
Yes! Our Interface Youth Program shelters in need of clothing, toiletry, and gift items.  Independent Living Program always needs quality furniture and other household items.  Silent auction items are also needed for our Spotlight on Youth teen talent show.  Please see our WISH LIST or contact us for further details.

Do you have any fundraising events?
Yes! Every spring CDS hosts Spotlight on Youth. Spotlight on Youth is the CDS signature event and annual fundraiser that offers high school students an opportunity to perform on stage while raising money for their struggling peers.

Auditions are held to find the best high-school talent in North Central Florida. It’s very competitive; less than half of those who try-out are accepted. The hard working students who make it perform in front of hundreds of spectators at the Fine Arts Hall at Santa Fe College.  The range of talent is quite impressive and includes singers, dancers, artists, musicians, poets, and culinary artists. Together they put on a professional level performance that never ceases to amaze the audience.

A silent auction is held in conjunction with the event with items donated from various sponsors.  After the show, guests and performers enjoy delicious hot savories and sweet treats catered by the Gainesville Job Corps culinary arts students.  Sponsors underwrite the cost of the event and help raise additional funds for the programs of CDS.

Does CDS take part in any fundraising promotions?
Yes! Goodsearch.com donates to CDS each time you use their search engine if you designate CDS as your charity of choice.

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