Pasco Kids First
This is one of her favorite quotes…and for good reason. Nobody cares more than Becky Bennett, regardless of what it is you’re talking about: kids, colleagues, causes, family, friends, football…You name it, she probably cares about it and applies 110% of herself to doing whatever it takes to make a difference for it!
A self-proclaimed Florida girl (and Gator), native of small town, Boscobel, WI, Becky has maintained the Midwestern values instilled in her by her Father and family.
“I am very close with my Dad and family up there and believe this is where I got my work ethic, my belief in the importance of family, and my desire to give back to others. My dad would give the shirt off his back if he knew someone needed it – and I inherited this, along with the “Bennett Stubbornness” trait from him,” she admitted.
Be it “Bennett Stubbornness” or sheer determination, Becky is a Hometown Hero because of her drive and dedication to do the right thing for causes close to her heart, but more importantly, those that help heal the hearts of others.
Since 2007, Becky has tirelessly served in various capacities with Pasco Kids First, a non-profit organization that has addressed child abuse and neglect cases in Pasco County for 26 years, and Hernando County for nine.
The goal of the organization is to keep kids safe and strengthen families. Pasco Kids First includes the Healthy Families prevention program; the Child Protection Team that provides assessment services; a Trauma Treatment Team that provides therapy for children who have experienced any type of trauma; and a new program to Pasco Kids First known as “SAVE”, or Sexual Assault Victims Exams.
Pasco Kids First Children’s Advocacy Center is fully accredited by the National Children’s Alliance, one of only 17 in the state of Florida. Their success is attributed to the strong partnerships with businesses and organizations, local legislators, and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, due, in large part, to Becky’s diligence.
“I started with Pasco Kids First in 2007, as the Healthy Families Pasco Program Manager, after learning about it through my Leadership Pasco Class (Oh, Thank Heaven for the Class of ’07)! Our class renovated the Healthy Families Hudson Office as our class project. The more I learned about the child abuse prevention program, the tremendous outcomes, and the impact they were having on, not only the child and their parents, but for generations to come, I knew I wanted to be a part of it! The mission of Healthy Families is also personal to me, as I have family members who, I believe, could have greatly benefited from the program,” Becky recanted.
Now, Becky serves as Director of Development on behalf of Pasco Kids First, and her responsibilities go above and beyond marketing, communications, fundraising, business development, website and social media. She is also heavily involved with grant management and program development.
But that is not all Becky juggles regularly. She is a loving, devoted daughter, granddaughter, sister and aunt. She feels “really blessed to have a wonderful group of Trinity Rotarian brothers, sisters and friends” who she considers family. She is so involved with the Rotary, Becky has served at the district level since 2012, in various capacities, including as the District Conference Chair for conferences in Orlando and the Bahamas.
She is her Rotary Club’s Community and Youth Services Chair; Association of Fundraising Professionals President Elect; Young Professional Group Board member; and she’s involved with the Community Service Council Outreach Committee. If all this weren’t enough, she is also Executive Committee Secretary for the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, and she is a Charter Executive Committee member of the Service Provider Advisory Network of Pasco.
If there is no other reason to recognize Becky Bennett as our Hometown Hero, there is her motto: “Carpe Diem”, or“Seize the Day”. She certainly does…everyday…and always for the betterment of her family, friends and community!
By Debra Taylor Tee | www.ItsYourHomeMagazine.com | 727-709-9541