Formed in February 2004, the original Collaborative included the United Way of Indian River County, the Indian River County Hospital District and The Robert F. and Eleonora W. McCabe Foundation, plus the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners, the Indian River Medical Center, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the Vero Beach Police Department and the State of Florida Department of Children and Families Services. The original concept was to bring the partners together to work toward common goals for the benefit of our community.

The first three funding partners of the Collaborative included the United Way, The Indian River County Hospital District, and The Robert F. and Eleonora W. McCabe Foundation. Shortly thereafter the list grew to include the State of Florida, Indian River County and Indian River Medical Center.