HR Florida understands the importance of corporate responsibility and the value of “giving back” to the community. Each year, HR Florida selects a charity to be highlighted throughout the year, and local chapters across the state participate in special events, some of their own design and some state-wide, to help raise funds for the charity. In addition, funds are raised at the HR Florida Annual Conference and Expo from attendees to the conference, and the organization is invited to host a booth on-site to help spread awareness of their cause, and to showcase their activities and success stories.
2018 Charity: The Dan Marino Foundation
The Dan Marino Foundation (DMF) is a results-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons with autism or other developmental disabilities. Using innovative approaches to problem solving and leveraging the latest computer technologies, the DMF is creating unprecedented opportunities for the disability community.
At the core of the Foundation's initiatives is Marino Campus, an intensive 10-month post-secondary educational program to help young adults with autism or other developmental disabilities bridge the gap between high school and employment.
Other key programs include scholarships for young scientists (Marino Scholars), funding for the University of Miami Nicklaus Children's Hospital Dan Marino Center and ViTA DMF, virtual reality software and curriculum designed to help young adults with autism practice job interviewing skills. In 2016, ViTA DMF was awarded a Google Impact Challenge Grant in the area of Disabilities.