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One Community Now Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Amateur Sports, Financial Counseling, Food, Food Programs, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Sports, Veterans

Mission: Working Together, Changing Lives! Our mission is to unite all community members (businesses, churches, non-profits, government agencies and individuals) to work together to help meet un-met and under-met needs within our community.

Target demographics: connect the community to help meet un-met needs focusing on hunger relief, poverty allieviation and education to help families get ahead in life.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1344 children through our Pack A Sack program, 60+ families through our hot meals program, 362 Homeless and At-Risk Veteerans through our Operation Stand Down program, 108 student were able to participate in organized sports programs and 48 people who attended our Getting Ahead classes.

Geographic areas served: Pasco County for Chidlren and Families, in the Tampa Bay Area for Veterans

Programs: Organized and ran 2 day event for homeless veterans to provide food, dental care, veteran benefits support and various personal hygiene needs.

organized and operated community programs for underprivileged families.

collected food and donations to provide food for homeless and needy children.

hunger walk fundraising to benefit the hungry people in our community.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Community Now has been a great help with our veterans in the community. The have assisted many families n difficult situations. They are a first class organization that does care about the needs of the people in the community. I have nothing but great respect and admiration for Patti and the job she/colleagues do for my veterans and the people. I would strongly urge or suggest that anyone needing a true community organization that cares for the client and stakeholders should consider working with this A class organization. I would like to thank you again Patti for everything you have done for us.

Omar Smith

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker with the VA. We work with homeless veterans & their families to obtain safe, secure housing. Once housed, we provide case management services to help them maintain their housing. Periodically, we run into those "hard" cases that are unable to find help with the typical nonprofit organizations in our area. When that happens, we call One Community Now. More often than not, they are able to assist our clients. This organization provides outstanding assistance and is responsible for many, many veteran families locating and remaining in safe housing. They are efficient and always respond quickly. Our job would be so much harder without them. Thank you One Community Now!

Michelle Pallos M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

One community Now is a great organization!! They are always looking for ways to further help our community. So blessed to be a part of this non-profit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One Community Now goes far beyond any experience I have had with non-profits with their total commitment on helping those less fortunate. I have been blessed to be able to work with One Community Now feeding children, getting homeless veterans off the streets and giving back to communities by offering dinners and hosting getting ahead classes. Deciding to work with One Community Now is one of the best decisions I have ever made and I am thankful for all they do!!

lizkuhns

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand how One Community Now cares for its community. They are always adapting to whatever the current need may be meaning when COVID hit they figured out a way to continue to not only feed the kids but to feed the community as well!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One Community Now has been helping our community for 10 years now and has truly made a difference in the lives of those who it has touched. Working for a school, I have seen firsthand how vital the Pack A Sack program is to our students who would otherwise go without food over the weekend. In addition, our Stand Down for Veterans event provides local veterans with services they need and lets them know their community cares about them. Our neighborhood revitalization is bringing together neighbors and strengthening that community. Our Executive Director, Patti Templeton, works tirelessly to address the needs of the underserved in our community. OCN has a very strong volunteer base that makes it all possible and we are grateful for them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization makes my heart smile, the passion and dedication of every member of their team changes the lives of children and Veterans. Treating every person with dignity and respect. Hunger Walks help support the food insecurities that many homes face. Stand Down, event brings Veterans from parts of Florida together. They do not go home with supplies, they go home with friendships. I am Vice President of Human Service at Pasco-Hernando State College, our club enjoys volunteering for this amazing organization.

Stephanie A.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

OCN has held a positive atmosphere for my children for many years now. My son was able to play sports b/c theirs was more affordable, we’ve had family time at some of the free events they’ve held at Sim’s Park throughout the years, and they also helped feed us in our time of need. OCN provides weekly free dinners, daily free breakfast and lunches for children. They even had a back to school event in 2019 that offered free hair cuts, they played family games, the kids and I had a lot of fun. During Covid19 they were one of the first to jump out into the community and help everyone who needed it. Support your community help them help those in need.

Tricia S.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

One Community Now has been serving the local community for over 10 years. With the executive director Patti Templeton at the helm, the staff and dedicated volunteers there has been huge growth in the services offered.

The veterans program has expanded from a one day event to three days. With additional veteran services added beyond the annual event. The Pack A Sack and hot meal programs have grown to additional schools and locations.
Connections merging with One Community Now has increased the reach into the community by offering people help with resumes and learning the tools they need to succeed at an interview.

One Community Now is always looking to see where they can serve a need in the community. I am excited to see what will be offered in the coming years.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

One Community Now has served the Pasco County community for 10 years. I'm so blessed and honored to serve on their board. It's wonderful to have seen first hand how this organization has grown from just a few schools on the Pack A Sack program to now serving over 1300 children each weekend and having only a one day Stand Down for at risk and homeless veterans to a 3 day event where veterans can get medical and dental treatments, clothing, showers, a place to sleep and assistance from numerous organizations and even attend a job fair. The neighborhood transformation program which started as a hot meal site has grown into a place where families come together for fellowship and food. There are programs available for both the kids and adults.
Every year each of the programs grow thanks to the dedication of the Executive Director, Patti and to the devoted volunteers who work hard and give of their time.



Advisor

Rating: 5

I work at a wonderful nonprofit called One Community Now, in Pasco County, Florida. I am thrilled to work at a place where I get to serve the community I live in AND my kids can help serve alongside me. I have a wonderful boss who loves people, loves God, has a servants heart and is SUPER DRIVEN. She keeps the office moving. We are not confined to our office walls, we get out into the community. Since I've started working, we have moved out a complete set of office furniture to our new location, visited a woman's home to help offer support to her during a trying time, served hot meals to hundreds of people and the list goes on.

Not one day is the same, but our mission is and I can truly say that I LOVE WHAT I DO. I get to love and serve those who walk through our doors, those who call us and ask for assistance and those who drive up and reach out their car window for hot packaged meals at the local Civic Center feeding site.

Each person who walks in the door is different, they have their own story, their own hardships, their own sorrows and woes, but I have the unbelievable privilege to sit down with them and offer them hope.

I'm forever grateful that God opened up this opportunity for me to serve those in poverty, those who are hungry and those who are hopeless, to not only meet their physical needs, but to lead them to the ONLY ONE who gives us true hope, Jesus Christ!

One Community Now is a faith-based non-profit and God saw fit for me to serve my community in this organization. I can't wait to see the many amazing things God is going to do in and through One Community Now, all for His glory.

Richard Patricia S.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Words cannot really tell the WHOLE STORY of this awesome non-profit. They are ACHIEVERS, SETTING AN INTENTION TO DO ALL THEY CAN DO TO SUPPORT OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY. They continually strive for new and different ways to bring awareness to all the people residing in Pasco County and beyond. They are passionate about each program that they begin and put their heart into making it successful! Truth be told, this organization is #1 in my book!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving others in so many ways is what OCN does. They have expanded this year with the expanding services at the old Connections. More services being offered for all. The classes being offered are life changing. Volunteering with the group helped me grow in many ways .

Client Served

Rating: 5

One Community Staff and assistance has been such a blessing for me and my children. From as far back to 3years ago, with the encouragement of having help looking into the medical field. To getting the help needed to help create my resume.

One Community has been such a blessing to the Pasco County. Since COVID this year, the pay cuts, stress and just the needs of everday living. One Community has been there to help make sure my family and I keep it together. Thank you One Community and all your services you provide to the Pasco County community.
Jess B.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am so thrilled that we have had such a positive partnership with "One Community Now". Patti Templeton continually goes above and beyond to share our mission with the Pasco Community members in hopes of finding BIGS for all or our LITTLES. As they say "It takes a village" to make things happen but I truly believe it takes a "One Community Now".

Thank you for all you do!
Deb Kristol-Irwin
Partnership Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I helped out at th e stand down 5 or 6 years ago. There was so much for a veteran to have access to in a short period of time. Over the years I have seen many many veterans helped. Just recently a vet went to veteran's court got his fines forgiven, license restored when he came out he went to a employment service got a job that day as over the road trucker. There are a lot of success stories like that. I was so impressed with OCN I now serve on the board. When I saw how much good was going in the pac a sac program my church 1st United Methodist of NPR became a sponser to a school.

Bill Lewis
OCN
1st UMC NPR
American Legion Post 79

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with One Community Now for a very short time now. In this short time, I have witnessed the love of God demonstrated through the hands and feet of this community organization. I have read testimonies and I have seen the progress and difference they are making in our community. One Community Now is passionate about bringing organizations together to help with the unmet needs of those in our community by educating people and informing them about the tools that are available to them to take steps toward transformation, wholeness, and hope. OCN is also very effective in bringing awareness to the community about the unmet needs of those around us!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Words do not do enough to show how impactful OCN is to the neighborhood and the community. The team and the volunteers are truly there to provide a hand up to the people and the veterans. While I was in public office, we supported them as much as we could because we knew the positive impact that OCN has in the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a One Community Now volunteer I participate with the weekly Neighborhood Hot Meal Program. It is heartwarming to see people gather together for a hot meal and be able to socialize with others from their community at no cost to them.

For many this evening meal "out" is their only opportunity to be with others and experience a friendly and nourishing meal in a clean and safe atmosphere... One that many families and individuals look forward to each and every week.

I am honored to be a part of this terrific program that welcomes all who wish to participate.

Many thanks and blessings to our current donors. Hopefully their generosity will continue, as well as new donors finding it in their heart to give to this very worthy and important community program.



2 Richard Patricia S.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I see this organization excelling in it's efforts to provide all the necessary services to every individual that is searching for assistance in their lives.

I have seen first-hand the benefits that the community receives from all the hard work and volunteering that is performed by everyone that is directly and indirectly involved with the One Community Now organization.

Over the past 10 years, this organization has established the PACK-A-SACK 4 KIDS PROGRAM, THE NEIGHBORHOOD IMPACT PROGRAM THAT WORKS WITH THE RESIDENTS AT THE HOLIDAY LAKE ESTATES AREA, THE HOMELESS VETERANS STAND DOWN, AND THE ONE COMMUNITY NOW HUNGER WALK THAT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR APPROXIMATELY 1,344 SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN IN PASCO COUNTY.

With strong leadership and people that support the teams involved in this organization, we have come a long way and expect that we will continue to be an asset to our comunity at large.

Take a moment to go online to: onecommunitynow.com or onecommunitynow.org

See for yourselves just how important it is that YOU STAND BEHIND US as we move forward


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Board Member

Rating: 5

One Community Now has afforded both me and my parish the opportunity to engage in activities that truly address the needs of our community in so many different ways - be it the "Pack a Sack" program that helps feed children on the weekends, the annual "Stand Down for Homeless and At Risk Veterans", partnering with Metropolitan Ministries in serving meals to the hungry, helping with a community revitalization project in an underserved community. We are about not only a hand out, but offer a hand up, thus helping to make permanent change for the better. It also has been a great experience in different faith communities and business organizations joining hands for the greater good.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are no words to fully relay the impact One Community Now (OCN) has on our community. The support they provide to children, families, Veterans et cetera is invaluable and has touched literally thousands of lives in our community. The OCN leadership and volunteers are laser focused on serving those in need and having been a volunteer, I can attest first hand that their enthusiasm for helping and serving others is contagious. Each time I volunteer, I walk away knowing that I’m witnessing God’s work being done! As stated above, words cannot do justice to just how much One Community Now means to our community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Community Now (OCN) is a joyful blessing to our community, with loving contributions of time and resources given to those in need of assistance, a helping hand and supportive encouragement. OCN gives those looking for a way to give or serve the professional leadership and structure to be effective in their mission. Professionals, volunteers, veteran or civilian and all those helped along the way know the caring hands of OCN in our community. Thank you for all you do!