SCSO Community Foundation
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Community Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization designed to provide assistance to the county’s underserved and at-risk populations through education, prevention and resources. The Board of Directors is appointed by the Sheriff and comprised of members of the community and the Sheriff’s Office.
Programs We Support
Shop with the Sheriff
Each year the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office hosts an enjoyable and rewarding back-to-school event for students who need assistance preparing for the new school year. Our annual Shop with the Sheriff event includes breakfast, school clothes shopping, and lunch, all while engaging with Sheriff’s Office Members. While the shopping experience is the main event, and students leave with new clothes and shoes for school, our hope is they also walk away with an increased sense of confidence and self-esteem. This experience provides an important mentoring opportunity, and helps students see deputies as positive role models and friends.
Want to help? Our next Shop with the Sheriff is scheduled for early August 2024. Please contact Foundation@seminolesheriff.org
for sponsorship opportunities.
For the past five years, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has hosted a Halloween Safety Spooktacular, which offers families a safe and enjoyable way to trick-or-treat and engage with Sheriff’s Office Members. We love seeing costumes each year and look forward to handing out candy.
Along with many community partners, we host a Christmas Village event each December to help provide a brighter holiday for children in foster care and those who have faced abuse or neglect. Through donations of toys and services, we create a festive Christmas village with games, cookie decorating, crafts, hair cuts, food, and even a visit from Santa himself. While the children enjoy activities, their parents and guardians secretly shop in Santa’s workshop for toys which are wrapped and hidden to head home and open on Christmas morning. On average, we support over 500 children in our community. This event brings joy to families as well as Sheriff’s Office Members.
Donate toys individually, or as a family, or encourage your company, church or civic group to put out boxes and have a toy drive! Our goal is to provide the families with quality toys for their children. We are in need of several thousand toys to reach this goal.
We accept toys for all ages! Many people ask what to get for those in middle school and high school, below are a few suggestions for this age group.
- building Kits
- STEM kits
- craft Sets (male and female)
- manicure kits
- remote control cars/planes/helicopters
- bedroom room décor
- fishing poles
- sports gear
- wallets (Male and Female)
- lotion kits
- makeup kits
- manicure/ nail art kits
- hats (male and female)
- Bluetooth speakers
- tabletop games (Air Hockey, billiards, ping pong)
- jewelry sets
Toys can be dropped off at the Seminole County Sheriff's Office Main Building, 100 Eslinger Way, Sanford until December 1, 2023. Please contact Foundation@seminolesheriff.org
if you have any questions or would like to coordinate a drop-off.
Thank you to our sponsors for helping make this event successful each year. If you want to assist, please consider hosting a toy drive or offering monetary donations.
Police Athletic League
The Community Foundation extends support to the Police Athletic League. The following programs focus on providing safe activities for youth while building positive relationships between youth and law enforcement.
- Spring and Summer Camps
These programs offer low cost, safe and supervised activities to youth during Seminole County Public School Spring and Summer Breaks. We have limited spots available for our camps, so register early. Please contact Jessica Stronko via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registration.
- Sports Programs
Our flag football and soccer programs provide outreach to Seminole County youth by developing technical skills, improving physical fitness, creating positive interactions with law enforcement, and developing important like skills such as self-discipline while improving self-esteem and confidence. These programs are managed through the City of Sanford Parks and Recreation and can be registered via this link: https://sanfordfl.gov/government/parks-and-recreation/programs/youth-programs/
- Youth Deputy Programs
Sheriff’s Cadets (middle school) are trained in law enforcement operations and have the opportunity to tour Sheriff’s Office facilities and engage with demonstrations from a variety of special units.
We co-sponsor the Explorer’s Program (high school) with Boy Scouts of America Police Explorer Program and promotes community service and law enforcement career exploration through training and hands-on interaction. Explorers are trained in arrest techniques, leadership, crime scene investigation, traffic control, fingerprinting, and enforcement procedures.
How You Can Help
All donations are tax deductible. Checks may be mailed to:
Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Community Foundation
100 Eslinger Way
Sanford, FL 32773
Please note that donations made through PayPal incur a charge of 2.2%, plus a .30 transaction fee netted against the donation.
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To learn more about the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office Community Foundation, contact us at (407) 665-6748 or email Foundation@SeminoleSheriff.org