About Eckerd Connects' Programs

Eckerd Connects | Raising Hope

Children do not ask to come into the foster care, they are brought there as victims. They often only have the clothes on their backs, seldom have a toothbrush, and may carry their belongings in a trash bag.

Your support will help supply our ROOMS OF HOPE with emergency and comfort items for children entering the foster care system. 


To learn more about Raising Hope, please visit: Eckerd.org/RaisingHope



Eckerd Connects | Community Alternatives

Eckerd Connects’ Community Alternatives programs are community-based care lead agencies providing child welfare services in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties, serving over 7,000 children each day. A program of Eckerd Connects and governed by community-based boards, Community Alternatives has developed an integrated and collaborative system of care for the safety, well-being and permanency of vulnerable and at-risk children, while strengthening and supporting families. 

Eckerd Connects was founded in 1968 by Jack and Ruth Eckerd with the belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed. The national nonprofit organization has connected more than 230,000 children, young adults and families to the help they need through programs in family and child services, workforce development, and juvenile justice services.  To learn more please visit Eckerd.org.