As a realtor touring potential residents around this great community, I often tell them they have to learn the “Miss America” wave because everyone waves to each other in this community…whether you are jogging, walking, biking, driving…whether you are a resident, vendor, golf course maintenance…everyone waves a friendly hello…
Black Diamond Ranch “Where to Live if you Live for a Friendly, Caring Community.”
Our friendly, smaller community (500 plus homes) helps one another in times of need; it might be emotional support or providing a meal for fellow residents experiencing health issues or a loss of a loved one. We are there for each other.
In addition, our Black Diamond Ranch Community Members serve the residents of Citrus County. We have many Black Diamond residents to thank-I do not mean to miss anyone-let me know if I have…I will gladly add to and repost this blog.
The Citrus County Family Resource Center helps Citrus residents with clothing, food, health support. Many in our community “Sponsor a Child for Christmas.” Others serve at the Center several days of the week (thanks Sharron and Paula).
Daystar also provides food, clothing and financial assistance to local Citrus County people in need. (Kudos to Karen and Mike and so many residents who have volunteered there, donated items during food drives and/or items to their thrift shop.) PATH-Christian Rescue Commission for the homeless-provides shelter, counseling, work. (Thanks Linda)
Citrus County has an active CASA (abuse shelter), Boys and Girls Club ( Jay 🙂 ), Big Brothers and Big Sisters ( Jim :)). All three organizations need volunteers. Citrus County will soon have a YMCA (thanks to Stan and Betty for the land donation and many others who have made financial contributions: Joe and Dondi, Susan and Bob).
The area churches help Citrus County with Black Diamond Volunteers (i.e. SOS; Serving Our Savior: John, Anne, Charlotte, Susie). Several members deliver “Meals on Wheels.”
We have Black Diamond residents volunteering at the hospital (Jon and Bob (23 years!) Lauren volunteers at our local library encouraging children to read. An invitation society-PEO (Philanthropic Education Organization-apart of Cotteg College) has five BD ladies involved (Marilyn, Jane, Phyllis, Dorothy and Marilyn.) The organization awards eight different scholarships: Citrus High Schools girls are eligible and there are scholarships for women who had their college education interrupted and are wanting to return to school.
Our own Black Diamond Ladies’ Golf Association has been providing medical assistance to Citrus Residents with funds raised during the 4C (Conquering Cancer in Citrus County) Golf Tournament. (Susan, Margo, Jane and lots of volunteers and donations.)
Early Coalition raises funds for “at risk” children in the community. BDR has hosted fundraising golf tournaments for them. Take Stock in Children helps provide scholarships for students who would not normally be able to go to college. Students are selected in 5th and 6th grade and mentored weekly. The selected students meet with an approved volunteer mentor who meets with them until graduation. Students must get good grades, stay out of trouble and graduate to receive a two year college scholarship. Black Diamond has eight mentors: Linda, Liz, Jan, Janice, Pat, Jill, Nancy and Dick. More men are needed to mentor boys in the program.
Stirrups n Strides Therapeutic Riding Center has Laney, Beth and Susan as volunteers.
Black Diamond Ranch has a Junior Volunteer Corps who have sponsored community activities including Peanut Butter Drive for “Blessings in a Backpack.”
Last but not least, is The Black Diamond Foundation which last year held its “Million Dollar Celebration.” Over the years, through its Pro Am Golf Tournament fundraiser and private donations has raised monies and awarded over a million dollars for charitable causes. BDF has donated to several Citrus County service organizations, educational scholarships and local charities.)
Black Diamond Ranch…”Where to Live if You Live for a Friendly, Caring Community”
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