Community Involvement

 

New Horizons Village residents and staff support our community.

Our residents’ personal growth and self-esteem are strengthened as New Horizons Village partners with local businesses and organizations. A Citrus County Chamber of Commerce member, New Horizons Village contributes to efforts that advance our community’s safety, health, and educational and economic development.

   
 
   

Special Olympics is the focus of New Horizons Village sponsorship of the annual Citrus County Special Olympics Golf Tournament at Seven Rivers Golf & Country Club in Crystal River. Our residents; their parents; guardians; advocates; and employees—as well as community leaders—play golf to raise money for a great cause.

The New Horizons Village Internship Program enables qualifying Citrus County students to further their education and abilities. Individuals are selected to gain additional skills that can result in employment opportunities with local businesses.

Resident and Employee Volunteerism

Many of our residents volunteer in projects that make our community more attractive and that show the capabilities of intellectually disabled adults to serve others.

Among these projects is removing litter and debris from public parks; cleaning books at the Inverness branch of the Citrus County Public Library; and singing songs and reading to children at a local daycare center.

A favorite volunteer role is sorting clothes, toys, and gifts at the Resource Center in Hernando, FL, and baking dog biscuits in our kitchen and delivering them the dogs at the Citrus County Animal shelter in Inverness.

Many New Horizons Village employees donate their time, talent and resources to faith-based and other charitable organizations, among them Junior Achievement, SCORE, United Way, and Special Olympics.

Volunteerism – for residents and staff – takes our mission, vision and values into our community.

Issue Advocacy

As caregivers and advocates for the rights of individuals with intellectual disabilities, and as a responsible employer, New Horizons Village shares with policymakers our knowledge and experience. We participate in discussions at all levels of government through trade associations such as the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (FARF) and policy-based organizations that reflect our service to individuals with intellectual disabilities.