Join us for a deaf awareness webinar!

Please join us for an interactive webinar on deaf awareness. There will be opportunities to win a $20 gift card! The webinar will be on Tuesday, September 21st at 1 pm and Thursday, September 23rd at 3:30 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Tuesday, September 21st at 1 pm
Meeting ID: 819 8441 8667
Passcode: 052780

Thursday, September 23rd at 3:30 pm
Meeting ID: 885 0197 5267
Passcode: 666508

Independent Living Skills Class

Learn about cooking, health, communication, and so much more in our Independent Living Skills Class. Participate from Zoom on Wednesday afternoons from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. We’d love to see you there!

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Give4Marion starts in 3 weeks!

#Give4Marion is less than 3 weeks away, so be sure to save the date!  For the second year in a row, the CIL is participating in #Give4Marion, a 24 hour online giving event, which will directly benefit our Marion County consumers.  Please join us from Tuesday, September 21st at 10 AM to Wednesday, September 22nd at 10 AM, to help people with disabilities in our community live more independently!

Sumter County Food Drive!

Our Ocala staff member Kevin Towles was busy at work this past week in Sumter County. He assisted Lake Panasoffkee Methodist Church and Bushnell Community Center with their local food drives. Over 5,000 pounds of food was distributed in Bushnell! He made sure to promote CILNCF by handing out brochures during the food drives, and plans to assist with another food drive this month in Spring Hill. Thank you, Kevin, for all that you do for the community and our consumers in need! 

Join us for a CIL online webinar TODAY!

Come join us for our latest webinar in collaboration with Family Network on Disabilities, Hygiene & You! In this hour-long presentation, we will discuss going through puberty and learning how to take care of your body. It will help you improve your hygiene and appearance, and set yourself up for success!

Topic: Hygiene & You

Date and Time: Aug 31, 2021, at 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To join the Zoom meeting, please click on the link below!

Meeting ID: 842 3498 5708

Passcode: 185747​

Join us for CIL Online Activities in September!

Please check out our latest September calendar of online activities!

On Tuesday, Youth Social Group runs from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM. On Wednesday, Independence Hacks (ILS) runs from 10:30 AM-12:00 PM. Everything can be reached on Zoom through the meeting ID: 352 378 7474 and password: cilclass.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact Terri Poucher at 352-378-7474 or We hope to see you there!

CILNCF Food Distribution Program still going strong!

We wanted to give a big shout out to Kevin and Grace in our Ocala office for all of their hard work with expanding our essential item and food distribution program! On average, 100 people with disabilities per month are receiving essential food items in Marion County. Special thanks to First Step Food Bank and His Compassion Food Bank for partnering with the CIL and helping us serve our consumers in need during the pandemic!

CIL assists Marion County Deaf community with COVID-19 vaccine shots!

This past Friday, in partnership with Florida Health, Marion County, the CIL was able to assist our Deaf community with receiving their first dose of COVID-19 shots! Special thanks to our CIL team of Colleen, Kevin & Ken for working hard and making this happen for our consumers. If you are in the Deaf community and would like to learn more, please call Colleen Metcalf on the VP at 352-414-1833.

Wellness Over Everything Was a Success!

Thank you so much for helping to make Wellness Over Everything, Community Check-In & Wellness Fair, a great event! The engagement, enthusiasm, and excitementdisplayed by all our vendors, partners and attendees were wonderful. We could not have done this without you.

A special and grateful thank you goes out to our donors, Massage Envy, Working Food, Flow Space, Make!tHappen WEHBE Marketing, NHDC Housing, City of Gainesville Bicycle/Pedestrian Program- your raffle prizes were an amazing contribution and were greatly appreciated from our attendees and vendors alike.

Our presenters were also an amazing contribution to the balance of overall wellness for our event. Thank you Humming Bird with Flow Space, James Jones with Be Fit Be Able, Danielle Liso with C.A.R.D., and Brianna Chesteen with H.E.A.T. You are doing the great work that makes our community a better place!

Thanks everyone again, and we look forward to better days ahead, more community collaborations and access for ALL to support the journey of wellness for a lifetime of living independently!

Check Out Our Podcast!

If you want to learn more about what the Educational Advocacy team has been up to, please check out our episode of the Independent Life Podcast. We go into detail about our outreach efforts and the progress we have made thus far. Let us know what you think!

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