corporate social responsibility
At R.C. Hatton Farms, we believe in community & giving back. We view corporate social responsibility with intention & commitment. To put our beliefs into action, we have teamed up with multiple local charities to sponsor by bringing awareness to their cause, getting involved through volunteering opportunities, & also by providing them with donations.
Making a difference.
As one of the largest corn and sugar cane growers within Florida, R.C Hatton Inc. takes our responsibility of feeding people high-quality, safe foods seriously. With this responsibility, we understand we must be careful to protect the land, so the wonderful “black gold” soil stays preserved and fertile indefinitely. RC Hatton Inc. utilizes an Integrated Pest Management program on all of its crops to ensure that pests, diseases, and weeds are properly managed. To read about how Everglades Agricultural Area farmers are addressing the issue of phosphorous on our farms, click here. Feel free to contact us if you are interested in learning more about Florida’s black gold, the importance of sustainable farming practices, and how we employ such practices.
When our communities are strong, we are strong. A strong community is a place of opportunity. Big or small, a community can provide countless opportunities for growth & experience. By bringing awareness to need, volunteering, & giving through both monetary & food donations, we are intentional in our approach to making a difference. In addition to the ongoing support we provide to the causes below, we also seek ways to make a difference in times of hardship & disasters.
Through spiritual, emotional, psychological, & physiological programs for teen girls & young adult women, as well as counseling for families & the greater community, Agape House welcomes girls from all walks of life who are hurting & seek ways to heal. At Agape House, a team of trained professionals has witnessed girls grow academically, graduate from high school, advance to college, become active in missions, & grow into independent adults who lead healthy, productive lives.
Cross Training Ministries is a one-year residential Christ-centered, discipleship regeneration program that ministers the gospel to drug addicts & alcoholics 18-25 years old & their families. They believe the Christian discipleship approach to drug & alcohol addictions produces the most effective & enduring results. Their program requires a 12-month commitment focused on goal making, inner healing, & connecting with Christ. While in the program, individuals are assigned to a work task for approximately five hours each day according to their physical ability & skills. The purpose of this is to learn a good work ethic, apply relational skills, & develop teamwork in a safe, closely supervised environment.
Dunklin Memorial Church views their organization as a “city of refuge” established in 1962 by their founders, Mickey & Laura Maye Evans, to help men trapped in addiction. They believe that anyone can have a new life, one that is built upon the foundation of God’s Word. Through this transforming, powerful relationship with Christ, they believe one can become a regenerated man & part of the solution rather than the problem. They have witnessed thousands of men walk through their doors as addicts & alcoholics & develop into godly husbands, fathers, & leaders in the communities around them.
With a mission to provide the families of young children with life-saving skills such as CPR, educational workshops, mentoring, & necessary provisions for their infants & children, Ella’s Closet opened its doors in 2015 as a ministry of the Light House Café. Full of clothing, baby gear, toiletries, formula, diapers, & much more, Ella’s Closet is stocked with everything you could think of for infants & children through five years of age. To “shop” mothers attend workshops or classes offered throughout the month which earn them “Ella Bucks”. Ella’s Closet also organizes special mission projects to help families with children in need such as those impacted by natural disasters or families who have been displaced due to house fires, etc.
Horses that Help is a non-profit 501(c)3 ministry using rescued & rehabilitated horses to impact the lives of at-risk youth, children in foster care, & children with special needs. They currently serve 80-200 children per month. Kids with special needs, teens that are facing crossroads, youth that is considered “at-risk”, & teens in foster care. In a supportive, safe, caring environment, these kids thrive & are empowered through each obstacle they overcome.
The JTK Bike Shop provides a safe environment to achieve goals & gain self-confidence in our local youth by teaching skills to build & repair bicycles. JTK provides faith-based mentorship through positive role models to help with the everyday struggles of our youth such as social & emotional difficulties & homework help.
The biggest difference between Adult & Teen Challenge & a traditional recovery center is their focus on Christ. Their programs depend on the power of the Holy Spirit & God’s word to provide students with a guiding light. Treatment is important, but the transformation is key. Through their Bible-based curriculum, students learn how to apply God’s Word to their lives. They also learn to recognize the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives, invite God to help them overcome their life-controlling problems, & become more like Christ.
Officially founded in 1993, the mission of the Light House Café is to transform the Glades area through God’s grace, love, and peace, by bringing together diverse groups to provide food, counseling, & a helping hand to all. Located in the heart of Belle Glade, Florida, their doors are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to noon. Each day, their dedicated volunteers prepare hot, balanced, & nutritious meals from food donated by food banks, farmers, & churches throughout South Florida. All meals served are free to anyone who comes in. At the Lighthouse Café, they strive to give more than just food to those in need. They want to provide sustenance for the body & soul, as well as offer a helping hand to those interested in entering a Christian drug & alcohol recovery program.
Place of Hope is a faith-based, state-licensed organization focused on providing programs & services to end the cycles of abuse, neglect, homelessness, & human trafficking. They offer support to children, youth, & families in need. They are the largest, most diverse, residential children & family organization in Palm Beach County & the Treasure Coast. Their goal is to help those that they serve find healing & restoration, which leads to a successful future.
The Refuge Ranch, Inc. opened in January 2007 to offer women in addiction a safe residential environment to address drug & alcohol addiction from a Christ-centered perspective. The founder, Fred Beeson, established The Refuge Ranch on a 120-acre piece of property in rural Martin County with a commitment to provide services to adult women. The Refuge Ranch provides a long-term residential program for women to reach their recovery goals & experience a new life despite their inability to pay for the program.
SafeSpace is a non-profit United Way organization serving victims of domestic violence in Martin, St. Lucie, & Indian River counties in Florida. In addition to a 60-bed Emergency Shelter, Safe Space also provides a Supportive Living program for individuals in need of longer-term housing as well as outreach services for those who choose not to enter a shelter but whose lives are being affected by domestic violence.
The Serenity House opened its doors on May 13, 2002, in honor of beloved Colquitt County community resident Kim Nunez. Tragically, Kim was shot & killed by her estranged husband just a block away from her place of employment – which is also within a block of the police department. A county commissioner heard the gunshot & witnessed her vehicle crash into the wall of the Moultrie Police Department. Her young child was also in the vehicle & witnessed everything. The residents of Colquitt County realized the vital need for a safe haven for women & children of domestic violence. Since its beginning, Serenity House has provided everything from basic necessities such as food, clothing, & shelter to helping families with legal aid & the resources to help re-establish their independence, self-worth, & self-esteem after being affected by domestic violence.