Better Together to host holiday events Dec. 10 and 15 in Ocala

Better Together, a nonprofit dedicated to families and children, is hosting two holiday events in December for Ocala families.

The first event will be a Christmas-themed Better Luncheon from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10. Better Together organizes luncheon programs at various locations to bring parents together for community, to support each other, and often hear from expert speakers. The luncheon will provide background-checked volunteers in addition to lunch, games and fun for children while parents attend the event. In December, attendees will hear from local entrepreneur Rondo Fernandez, owner of The Mojo Grill. Both parents and children can enjoy holiday fun, pictures with Santa, Christmas crafts and food provided by local vendors.

The Dec. 10 Better Luncheon will take place at the Appleton Museum of Art, located at 4333 E. Silver Spring Blvd. in Ocala. There is no cost to attend. To register, visit or call 239-470-2733.

On Friday, Dec. 15, Better Together will host a Parents’ Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. The program offers parents, grandparents and other caregivers access to a couple of hours of no-cost care for children from infant to 17 years old. Better Together will provide background-checked volunteers in addition to dinner, games and fun for children to enjoy while parents are away.

The Dec. 15 Parents’ Night Out will take place at Oakcrest Baptist Church, located at 1109 N.E. 28th St. in Ocala. To register for Parents’ Night Out, visit or call 239-470-2733.

Better Together is a nonprofit organization that helps parents going through a hard time keep their kids out of foster care, find work and address the root causes of their struggle so that they can reunite as a family with the tools and support system to thrive. A privately funded and professionally supported organization, Better Together is made up of volunteers who believe helping people help themselves is the best way to restore dignity and bring families together. Through the Better Families program, families are offered a preventive alternative to foster care while they get the help they need. To date, the program has kept 98% of children served out of foster care. The Better Jobs program was created to address the 76% of families that come to Better Together because of economic hardship tied to unemployment. In addition to community job fairs, the program offers job seekers coaching, guidance, support and encouragement through local church partners. For more information, visit
This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.