District 8 Newsletter
July 2014

With more than 130,000 backyard and community swimming pools as well as countless miles of canals, coastline, and lakefronts, it is no surprise that Broward Country continually leads the country in toddler drowning deaths. Studies show that with proper education every drowning death is preventable – therefore Broward County, together with the YMCA, have joined to safeguard our kids from unfortunate childhood tragedies, like drowning, by pledging to be Water Watchers. Water Watchers actively watch children, keeping their eyes on the water, avoiding distractions, pulling all children out of the water, and calling 911 in an emergency. The YMCA of Broward County is committed to leading the effort to increase awareness of this preventable tragedy by making kids and adults safer in and around the water through the SPLASH program which offers free swim lessons. We are all committed to educating and promoting drowning prevention through supervision, barriers and alarms and swimming lessons year round.

I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send an email to me at Bsharief@broward.org or call my office at 954-357-7008. Also, check out the Barbara Sharief Facebook page at Facebook.com/barbara.sharief or follow Barbara Sharief at Twitter.com/bestmom39.

Barbara

Serving on County Boards

We are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of the District. If you are interested in being considered, please forward a detailed resume to bsharief@broward.org. Be sure to include your permanent address, phone number and email address; whether you are a registered voter; whether you are a registered lobbyist; whether you serve on any other board, authority or agency (dual office holding); whether you are related to any Commissioner; and whether you have any potential conflicting business relationship. For a description of Broward County Boards, visit www.Broward.org/Intergovernmental and select BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.


Helpful Resources

Broward’s Family Success Administration Division assists individuals and families with accessing the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit. The centers provide assessment and case management, and, if eligible, rent/mortgage and utility assistance. If you have recently had a loss of income, received an eviction notice/mortgage default letter, or a water/electricity shut off notice, visit Broward.org/HumanServices/FamilySuccess or call 954-357-5650 or 954-357-5001 to find out how they can help you. The South Family Success Center is located in Commission District 8 at 4733 SW 18 Street, West Park, 33023 (Broward County Transit Route 5). If you are over 60, or a veteran, contact the Elderly and Veterans Services Division at 954-357-6622.

2-1-1 Broward is available 24 hours a day to help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. For a complete list of services, dial 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211, TTY (954) 390-0492 211, or go to 211-Broward.org.

To receive communications (such as this newsletter) from my office via email, or to arrange for myself or my Community Outreach Liaison, Terressa Franklin to attend your neighborhood or homeowner association meeting, please contact Terressa at 954-357-7008 or Tefranklin@broward.org.


Other Resources

For Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homelessness:
Broward.org/CommunityPartnerships
954-357-8647

Emergency Financial Assistance:
Broward.org/Family
954-357-6367

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.
legalaid.org/broward
954-765-8950

If you or any one you know is experiencing homelessness, call the Homeless Helpline at 954-563-HELP (4357) for a friendly voice that can help you get the information, service or assistance you need to get back on your feet. They are available Mon. - Fri.: 8:00am to 6:00pm and Sat. - Sun.: 8:00am to Noon, Broward.org/Homeless

BREIA City Fair

BREIA City Fair

Pines Day Celebration

Pines Day Celebration