One Community Now, Inc. (OCN) is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) faith-based community organization founded in 2009. The goal of One Community Now is to bring churches, businesses, schools, organizations, and local government together to help meet the un-met and under-met needs in Tampa Bay.
Our key programs focus on:
- Eradicating Childhood Hunger
- Empowering Families out of Poverty
- Ending Veteran Homelessness
We do not intend to duplicate services or resources that are already provided in the community but instead try to help educate those in our community about resources that are available. Our hope is for needs to be met within our community as we work together communicating the needs and matching them with available resources. We take a holistic approach to meeting needs and believe that as Christians we can express God’s love in all we do and say.
One Community Now is a faith-based non-profit organization. We believe as Christians, we are commanded in Luke 10:27 to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will truly be concerned with their welfare; both physically and spiritually. We will want to help our neighbor live a more abundant, meaningful life here on earth, and to share how they can have eternal life.
Because of God’s love for us, we desire to share that love with others.
Jesus made a startling statement in Matthew 25:34-40. He asserted that as we give food and drink to those in need, take in strangers, clothe the naked, visit the sick and those in prisons, we are doing these things to Him. Most of us would find it easy to do these things for Christ, and even for our own family, but Jesus says we must even do them for the lowliest of people, including those we don’t know or may even despise. We are called to serve all men.
Carefully articulated core values insure that an organization’s commitment to a vision becomes reality. They help to guarantee that during implementation, the vision, program integrity, sustainability, effectiveness and applicability are preserved. They are:
- Integration and Wholism
- Commitment to the Poor and Marginalized
- Long Term Solutions
- Identifying and Using Neighborhood Assets
- Local Ownership and Initiative
- Participatory Learning
- Designing for Multiplication and Movement
- Christian Servant Leadership
Patti Templeton | Executive Director
Amber Stephens | Neighborhood Impact Program Director
Victoria Blevens | Controller
Carla Burkhead | Job Advisor
Connie Spencer| Job Advisor
Esther Perez | Job Advisor
Board of Directors
Tricia Staltare | President
Liz Kuhns | Vice President
Pat Schell | Secretary
Maria Loucas I Treasurer
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How to Get Involved
We believe that the most effective means of making a lasting impact in Pasco County is within the context of relationships and partnerships between churches, organizations, businesses and individuals in both the public and private sector. We call this Multi-Sector Collaboration. As we work together communicating the needs within our communities and matching them with available resources, we can make a difference.
Please contact us for more information on becoming a OCN Partner.