On July 23, 2021, Flagler County Sheriff’s Office employees donated $13,763.00 to the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches (FSYR) making FCSO employee’s total donations to the FSYR over $113,000 since 2017.

Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly presented the latest employee donation check to FSYR Executive Vice President Maria Knapp on July 23, 2021 at the Florida Sheriff’s Association semi-annual meeting of Florida Sheriff’s.

FSYR Executive Vice President Maria Knapp then surprised Sheriff Staly by awarding FCSO employees with a bronze plaque of a Sheriff and child recognizing the FCSO employees for reaching a $100,000.00 milestone in donations in support of the FSYR and the children of Florida.

“Our Agency and I have supported the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches for many years,” Sheriff Staly said. “I am proud of the men and women of FCSO who not only support our children and youth locally but donate to the FSYR to help youth statewide. FCSO firmly supports and believes in the organization’s mission to support our youth through ‘mending lives, healing hearts’.”

Sheriff Staly has served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches for the past four years and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The FSYR was founded in 1957 and has been improving the lives of at-risk children through several different Florida locations and comprehensive programs. The FSYR is credited with helping more than 165,000 children and families in Florida. Their mission is to support needy, neglected boys and girls, establishing a warm sense of well-being, safety, and guidance.

The FSYR instills strong work values, integrity, quality, a sense of responsibility and building character, to ensure they are given the same opportunities as their peers for school attendance and extracurricular activity participation. With these values in mind, the mission of the FSYR is to prevent delinquency and develop lawful, resilient, and productive citizens.

Date: August 4, 2021

Prepared by: Aviva Edrich

Phone and Email:  386-281-9880; aedrich@flaglersheriff.com

Release #: 2021-172

For more information about the FSYR, please visit their website at www.youthranches.org. If you would like to support the FSTR with a tax-deductible donation visit: