When Ron Broadrick sold his business, Earth Tech, to a private equity group in 20I0, he and his wife Tami wanted to give back to the community. Since the couple met when Ron was president of the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, it was only natural that their philanthropic interests would center on a cause they're passionate about: giving at-risk children hope for a brighter future.
Today, the Broadrick Family Foundation provides vitally needed funding for local nonprofit charities with a mission of serving foster, abused and homeless children. "The need is so great out there," says Ron, who remains as president and CEO of Earth Tech, one of Central Florida's premier foundation stabilization companies. While they continue to support organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, Ron says he and Tami have begun to focus more on small, grassroots charities that many people have never heard of before.
Every day Blessings provides a safe and stable home to siblings, allowing them to remain together after they have been removed from their home due to abuse. "These are children whose world has been turned upside down," says Ron. "We are thrilled to be helping them."
Suncoast Voices for Children and Angels Against Abuse also support at-risk children who have been removed from the home, sometimes with only the clothes they are wearing at the time. Both agencies step in to provide basic items like car seats, mattresses, clothes and shoes, and to pay for extracurricular activities that can give kids some semblance of a normal childhood.
"These are organizations that have touched our hearts," says Ron.
"We have been able to give these chilclren a chance for a better futme and maybe they won't be destined to repeat the cycle."
More recently, Ron and Tami have been working with Metropolitan Ministries on a new program teaching computer and digital marketing skills to the organization's clients. It is modeled after Metropolitan Ministries' successful Inside the Box Catering service.
Established in 2010, the Broadrick Family Foundation has primarily supported local charities that are committed to serving children and those in need in our community. We have also helped these organizations raise millions of dollars by introducing them to our generous friends and working with them to help more children. By using only our personal donations, we have been proud to provide funding to match at risk children with mentors, to research a cure for children’s cancer, to provide underprivileged children with glasses, fund scholarships and provide opportunities for kids to be exposed to the arts.
While we are proud of what we have accomplished in the past, we realize that the needs are great in our community. With that in mind, we are asking our generous and committed friends to help us, help more. Through fund raising events and gifting opportunities, we plan to combine and leverage our resources to provide even more help for those in need. Our primary goals will be to fund programs to enhance the lives of at risk children, to educate families out of poverty and to make sure that the elderly are not forgotten.