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 Employment Success
- Elevating 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.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have expanded our services in order to meet the increasingly complex challenges associated with the coronavirus. We have been able to offer financial services to over 100 families since August 2020 and are once again doing our part to help those struggling to make ends meet due to COVID restrictions. For more information on the financial services we are currently offering, click HERE.
In addition, we have also partnered with Cope Notes founder Johnny Crowder to bring free digital mental health resources to Pasco County. Cope Notes is a text message-based service that provides individuals with randomly timed messages that contain anything from psychology facts to exercises and journaling prompts. Every subscriber’s text sequence is unique, so that no two users ever receive the same message at the same time. Each Cope Notes text must first undergo a thorough review process by a panel of peer support advocates and mental health professionals, in order to ensure that the messages will have a positive effect on the subscriber’s health. The ultimate goal of the service is to train the brain to disrupt negative thoughts and promote a more positive pattern of thinking. For more information, check out our Cope Notes brochure, located HERE.
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
Shannon Ranes | Executive Assistant and Marketing
Victoria Blevens | Controller
Susie Zabetka | Accounting Technician
Carla Burkhead | Office Manager & Job Advisor
Ryan Hoskins | Job Advisor
Esther Perez | Job Advisor
Margot Zukowski | Job Advisor
Melissa Heid | Receptionist
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.
How Can I Help?
By donating to One Community Now, you help us be the hands and feet that our community needs. You give us the chance to help people who live in fear every day, and you help us build a community, because with One Community Now we don’t just help, we build relationships, trust and become family.
Come join us! Looking to get involved with One Community Now but may not know how? Volunteering is a great way to learn more about who we are and what we do. If you want to help others and make a change in people lives, sign-up today to volunteer.
During the rapidly evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we are here to support you and your family in making sense of the situation.
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