News and Updates

Expansion plans underway for Big Bend Cares

Rob Renzi peered out a window facing South Monroe Street, pointing to an adjacent block where Big Bend Cares wants to build a two-story, 25,000-square-foot medical center.

In February, the Tallahassee nonprofit submitted preliminary plans to the city’s Growth Management Department, and last week paperwork was finalized to acquire seven lots on 1.8 acres at South Monroe and Adams streets and Magnolia Drive. As a result of the acquisition, Sheffield Auto Shop will be relocating to its original site at West Pensacola Street and Capital Circle Northwest by July 1, though construction on the center won’t begin for some time…

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Friends and Artists – Join Us for Artopia 2015

Dear Friends & Artists,

Artopia 2015 is right around the corner, and this year’s event stands to be the biggest and most rewarding ever for the families that we serve. It is hard to believe that Big Bend Cares has been hosting the area’s largest charity art auction for 17 years! Because the number of attendees and artists continues to grow, we will be holding the event at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center on Saturday, June 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the general public, with a VIP private showing starting at 6 p.m.

You may notice that we are getting in touch with our artists a couple months earlier than in years past, and we’re doing it for a reason. Big Bend Cares values your time and talent, and we want to provide you with the maximum amount of time possible to make giving easy. We understand and appreciate hard work that goes into creating art, and we value both you and your contributions.
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Holiday Angels – A Huge Success!

slide-holidayangels-2014With only a few deliveries to go, ‪#‎HolidayAngels‬ has been a huge success! We would like to say thank you to all of our sponsors and donors for making this a special Christmas for some kids who could use a little lift. A special thank you must also be given to Tallahassee Sunrise Rotary, Krewe de Gras and The Tallahassee Kickball Association for your tremendous generosity.

We’d also want to thank our staff, their families and our volunteers who sacrificed their own time at Christmas to wrap and distribute over one thousand toys, one thousand clothing items and hundreds of food items. There are special people in this world and the BBC family is blessed!

From all of us at Big Bend Cares, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Be safe and enjoy the most wonderful time of the year.

Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces Grants

Today, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced more than $3.2 million in new grants, bringing the Foundation’s total grant disbursements for the calendar year 2014 to more than $6.8 million.

With this third and final round of grant-making for the year, EJAF awarded 12 new and 40 renewal grants to innovative projects addressing the Foundation’s strategic grant priorities. This final round includes six new grants funded under EJAF’s LGBTQ Community Initiative, which brings the Foundation’s investments in this new initiative to more than $1.1 million this year.

These end-of-year grants represent EJAF’s continued commitment to helping all people infected with HIV and combatting stigma in communities most threatened by the virus.

Click here for a complete list and descriptions of EJAF’s 2014 Round Three grantees.

“The Elton John AIDS Foundation is committed to confronting HIV/AIDS where it exists,” said EJAF Founder Elton John. “We recognize that the health needs and rights of LGBTQ people are critical components to ending HIV in the United States. The Foundation also recognizes the lack of funding and leadership in this area and is rising to the challenge to meet this need.”

We are deeply grateful to all of our generous and loyal donors for supporting EJAF’s life-saving work.


Scott P. Campbell
Executive Director

Big Bend Cares

2201 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

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850.942.6402 fax