Problem gambling is an addiction that impacts millions of Americans each year, causing massive distress and hardship.
In past years, organizations around the country have focused on all aspects of gambling addiction. This March, the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling will take a greater look into the financial impact problem gambling has on individuals, families, and society as a whole.
With gambling becoming readily accessible to massive amounts of people, we need to do more as a society to ensure our most vulnerable citizens are protected. Those negatively impacted by gambling need to be able to access the appropriate care and support.
What can we do?
We would like to thank all of the following cities & groups for recognizing March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
Cities: Dunedin, Tamarac, Mary Esther, Pembroke Pines, Cape Canaveral, Eatonville, Hypoluxo, Indialantic, Lakeland, Lake Wales, Largo, Lauderhill, Maitland, Melbourne, Naples, North Bath, Safe Harbor, Stuart, Cooper City, Coleman, Melbourne Village, Altamonte Springs, and Orlando.
Businesses/ Organizations/ Groups: St. Leo University, Calder Casino, Hialeah Park, Casino Miami, Gulfstream Park, Magic City Casino, Mardi Gras Casino, Isle Casino at Pompano Park, Eau Gallie Library, South Manatee Branch Library, Franklin DeGroodt Memorial Library, Carver Ranchers Branch Library, Madison Public Library, Merritt Island Public Library, Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch, Broward County Library-Pompano Branch, Jupiter Branch Library, Richard C. Sullivan Public Library of Wilton Manors, White Springs Library, Lee County Library System, Rocky Bluff Branch, Fort Myers Regional Library, Suwannee River Regional Library, Lake Helen Public Library, William Beardall Senior Center, Winter Springs Senior Center, Hope Health Care Services, FIU Counseling & Psychological Services, Agency for State Technology, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Florida Department of Citrus, Edward Waters College, DeVry University-Orlando, Barry University-Miami Shores, Janet Gerner Center for Lifetime Learning at Palm Beach Community College, Sartory Senior Center, Santa Fe College- Gainsville, Hodges University, University North Florida, Florida State University, and University of Miami. (to see the complete list, click here).
Who are we?
Last year, our helpline rang over 8 thousand times, millions more have seen FCCG related content. Gamblers and their loved ones call often, desperately looking for help. While everyone’s story is unique, there is a common thread that links most callers. They are looking to reclaim their lives. They are looking to rebuild and desperately need to restore hope. A gambling addiction can be crushing- affecting interpersonal relationships, finances, & employment. Problem gambling has the power to wreck a home and drain a bank account. Our theme for this year’s PGAM is Rebuild. Renew. Restore. Our team works tirelessly to make sure that the millions of people who live in Florida have access to the help and resources they need. Serving a state of 19 million people isn’t easy but the FCCG staff does it with care, grace, and dignity. Meet our wonderful team!
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