Nonprofit organizations are continuously changing lives in our 30A community. Through these organizations, those in need have great opportunities; however, these nonprofits must have support in order to reach their full potential. They offer both speech and occupational therapy services on-site as a service to all of the families.

Who are They?
Emerald Coast Autism Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit used to educate and improve the lives of children with autism in Okaloosa and Walton County and surrounding areas. The activities and instruction are tackled through a unique approach and are consistent with the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The student population consists of sixty-five children ages 18 months to fourteen years old.

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ECAC operates year-round with breaks for holidays in order to balance their services across the calendar year and to provide students’ families a reasonable opportunity to vacation. With services to students from 180-190 days per calendar year, the regular ECAC school calendar is Monday through Thursday for students, with Fridays reserved for employee training. The hours of operation for full-time students are 8:30am to 2:30pm and the part-time program operates from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. All of our staff members are trained ABA therapists, certified teachers, or are taking Master’s level coursework toward special education or BCBA certification. We have three BCBA’s and five BCaBA’s on staff.

What Can I Do to Help?

Donate to the capital campaign. ECAC has entered into an agreement with Northwest Florida State College to build a 14,500 square foot standalone center for autism on their Niceville, Florida campus. They are launching a $2.5 million campaign to help achieve this goal. You can also donate to the campaign through the buy-a-brick option available on their website.

Who Are They?

Youth Village Inc. is a 501 c3 nonprofit located in Fort Walton Beach. This nonprofit offers activities such as monthly birthday celebrations, theatre, nutritional snacks, fitness class, arts and crafts, reading circles, and outdoor play. The organization was formed in 1999 to provide various educational and recreational services for children ages 5-16 in and around South Walton.

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Youth Village is open Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On the first Thursday of every month, the facility is open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. They are closed on weekends, holidays, and teacher work days. Transportation is provided Monday through Friday to the following schools: Bruner Middle, Edwin’s Elementary, Mary Esther Elementary, Elliott Pointe Elementary, and Wright Elementary School.

What Can I Do to Help?

Donate to the capital campaign. You can become a sponsor for their Capital Campaign by donating any amount to help build Youth Village new facility. Your Capital Campaign donation is tax deductible and will be restricted to construction only. Please contact Youth Village, Inc. for more information at (850) 582-0549.

You can also help by volunteering. If you would like to volunteer with Youth Village contact them at (850) 582-0549.

Finally, you can submit an online donation. Every little bit helps when it comes to giving back and to getting involved with local South Walton charities.

 Joining together to support these nonprofits will help our community thrive and grow. If you’re looking for a reliable real estate agent who cares about her community, you can count on Melissa Clements. Contact her today!