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We’re in This Together

We're in this together

The Parent Advisory Committee and Miami Lighthouse have together created a new Family Security Fund. Anyone in our community can contribute to this fund, which will offer support to our families financially impacted by the pandemic. If one Miami Lighthouse family is hurting, we all feel it. The closeness of our community is what distinguishes the Miami Lighthouse.

A number of our families are experiencing food or shelter insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Miami Lighthouse has been spending on average around $3,500 a week for dozens in our community to have two meals per day. Many of our families, 87% of whom reside in zip codes defined as poverty zones, have been financially impacted by the pandemic and are experiencing food and/or shelter insecurity, as well as job loss, as a result.

Centner Family Matching Challenge to Help Our Families

In honor of David’s father, Mr. and Mrs. David Centner have created the Dr. Herman Centner Matching Challenge for Family Security. The Challenge will match dollar for dollar contributions to Miami Lighthouse up to $25,000. Gifts made to this fund will be earmarked for families of children in our Lighthouse Learning Center who are struggling to make ends meet during this difficult time.

Tax-deductible donations can be given to the Family Security Fund by clicking the donate now button above and in the description box enter “Family Security Fund”. If, happily, at the end of this crisis, there are funds not used, they will be added to our “Light the Way” campaign.


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Miami Lighthouse is honored by the following


PR Week

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".

Charity Navigator

Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 12 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation's premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.

GuideStar Exchange's Gold Participant

Miami Lighthouse has earned the Gold participation level through the GuideStar Exchange which is a testament to Miami Lighthouse's commitment to data transparency.

The Children's Trust

Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.


Florida Blue Foundation

Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.

The Beacon Council

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.

Marlins Charity Partner

Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.

Health Foundation of South Florida

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.


Miami Today

Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.

Miami New Times - Best of Miami 2017

Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.

United Homecare

Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare's 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.

South Florida Business Journal

Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award.


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