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  • 13 Aug 2020 1:14 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $50,000 in Community Investment funding from United Way Suncoast, designated for its GoodPartner Coach Financial Literacy program. The United Way funding will support efforts to provide Goodwill employees – primarily those who live and/or work in North Sarasota – with one-on-one job training, coaching, life and career goal-setting, and financial literacy services for those with barriers to successful employment, including those with significant disabilities.

    “We are proud to partner with Goodwill in support of our community impact priority of financial stability," said United Way CEO Jessica Muroff. “Our community needs this support now more than ever. We look forward to the impact these dollars will make in serving people with disabilities, seniors, veterans, and those with other barriers to employment.”

    Every Goodwill employee is assigned a GoodPartner Coach. These coaches work with team members to do needs assessments to determine barriers to self-sufficiency and identify areas that could be strengthened through training as well as determine access to basic needs such as housing, food and healthcare. Other program elements include writing an individualized development plan and offering case management services to address any issues that might be a barrier to success.

    Financial literacy is a key component of the GoodPartner Coach program, with information to help team members become banked, the development of a personal budget, guidance on improving credit scores, and even assistance for employees seeking to purchase a home for the first time.

    “The 2019 United Way ALICE Report found that, while 43% of working households may be considered above the poverty line, they are ‘Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed,’ meaning they struggle to cover basic needs such as food or housing," said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. "Thanks to the grant from United Way Suncoast, our GoodPartner Coach program can continue to work with Goodwill team members so that they can break the cycle of poverty and improve their lives."

    Visit experiencegoodwill.org for more about Goodwill’s programs and services.


  • 11 Aug 2020 11:38 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Children First recently received a $20,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation to support Comprehensive Services for children and families living at-risk in Sarasota County. Comprehensive Services include early childhood education, nutrition, healthcare screenings, emotional and behavioral support, and family strengthening services for parents.

    Because the average income of a Children First family is $14,000, they are left with extremely limited income and resources for education, food stability, and housing. Approximately 900 families received strengthening services from Children First in 2019 to help them break the generational cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.

    “With an incredibly high percentage of the families enrolled living below the Federal Poverty Level of $21,720 for a family of three, funding from the Wilson-Wood Foundation is critical to combatting the systemic pressures of poverty, pressures which create an environment of chronic stress for both children and adults. We are deeply appreciative of the Wilson-Wood Foundation for their continued support of our community’s most vulnerable who cannot afford to be left behind,” says CEO Philip Tavill. 


  • 10 Aug 2020 1:44 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, FL  August 10, 2020 – The Food4Families program was established by Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee in March to provide COVID-19 Emergency Relief to Manatee County residents.  Since mid-March, over 400,000 meals have been provided direct to families in need through the Food4Families program.  The August Food4Families distributions will take place at a new time, on a new day, in a new location.

    “For over 21 weeks we have been providing food to help the hungry through our Food4Families direct distributions in support of the School District of Manatee at their Summer Break Spots.  As students go back to school, we are continuing our mission to provide vital nutrition through the Food4Families Program at Renaissance on 9th starting on Wednesday, August 12th,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.  “We anticipate food-insecurity will continue to rise in Manatee County due to the impacts of COVID-19 and we are here to help fill the gap.”

    The Food4Families distributions in August will take place on:  08/12/2020, 08/19/2020, and 08/26/2020 at Renaissance on 9th/Bradenton Dream Center, located at 1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34205 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Due to social distancing guidelines, the drive-through distributions are designed for limited-contact. Those coming to receive food should follow signage and remain in their vehicle. Food4Families bags contain breakfast, lunch, and dinner to feed a family of five for two or more days. The food is provided free of charge. 


    In addition to the Food4Families program, The Food Bank of Manatee provides food to numerous food pantries and partner agencies who are feeding an additional 25,000+ families each week.  If you or someone you know needs food assistance, visit www.MealsOnWheelsPLUS.org to learn more about the services available through Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.   


  • 07 Aug 2020 9:10 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Crystal Clean Green Cleaning, a designated Healthy Sarasota County Worksite, is taking extra steps to prioritize employee health and well-being amidst COVID-19. Crystal Clean has been a Healthy Sarasota County Worksite for many years, and their leader, Steven Pajevic, makes no exceptions when it comes to making sure his staff stay healthy and happy.

    The Healthy Sarasota County Worksite program, which is administered through the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County, designates employers who are carrying out health promotion actions endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proven to improve the health and well-being of their employees.

    Due to Crystal Clean’s robust worksite wellness program, the additional safety measures put in place due to COVID-19 were nothing new. Crystal Clean has been actively using gloves, shoe covers, and other protective measures to prevent illness for many years. Employees are also now screened at the start of each workday, helping to ensure a healthy and safe workforce


  • 07 Aug 2020 9:07 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    While much of the community focus is on COVID-19, heart attack and stroke continue to be major health threats as well. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST- elevation myocardial infarction, known as a STEMI, the deadliest type of heart attack, and according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death in the United States. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is consistently recognized for quality treatment and recently received the following awards for the hospital’s commitment to meeting specific quality achievement measures: Gold Receiving-Mission: Lifeline® program for heart attacks, Honor Roll Elite -Gold Plus with Target: Stroke and Honor Roll-Target: Type 2 Diabetes from Get With The Guidelines-Stroke® program. “Our ER at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota ER in Lakewood Ranch continue to be open and safe. This recognition underscores the superior care our teams deliver for heart attacks and strokes,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota.  “If you need emergency care, please don’t delay treatment.” 

  • 07 Aug 2020 9:06 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Anna Maria Oyster Bar (Cortez location) today announced it has been recognized as 2020 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winner for ranking in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, award winners exemplify travelers’/diners’ ultimate favorite, top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe. “We are beyond proud to receive the Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Award from Tripadvisor. Being recognized by our guests is an honor that means more than anything to us. We are proud to be a place where our guests are comfortable recommending to their friends and fellow Tripadvisor travelers,” said John Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar. 

  • 06 Aug 2020 1:15 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Joint replacement specialist and board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Cashen with Coastal Orthopedics, a full-service provider of comprehensive orthopedics, sports medicine, pain management and physical therapy services, recently received the Patients’ Choice Award from the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “I am honored to receive the first Patients’ Choice Award from Lakewood Ranch Medical Center,” said Dr. Cashen. “It has been a privilege to act as the medical director of the joint replacement program and to work alongside the caring staff on the orthopedics unit. I greatly appreciate the kind words of our patients.”  

    “Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is honored to recognize Dr. David Cashen as our first provider chosen for the Patients’ Choice Award,” said Andy Guz, chief executive officer of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. “Feedback from our patients is very important to us to maintain the highest quality of care.”


  • 06 Aug 2020 9:06 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    The Brain Health Initiative (BHI) is pleased to announce that the Florida Survey Research Center (FSRC) at the University of Florida has been contracted to assist with the launch of the Brain Health Pilot study. BHI’s work with the FSRC represents one of many future opportunities to engage Florida-based expertise in the work of the BHI. FSRC will assist with study recruitment and community focus group moderation for the BHI Pilot study, launching this month. According to Dr. Michael Scicchitano, Director of the FSRC, the BHI’s work to better understand brain health and brain illness is critically important. He said FSRC welcomes the opportunity to help bring improved understanding about brain health to the Suncoast region and beyond. According to Dr. Erin Dunn, BHI Director of Research: “Our research team is so grateful to leverage the extensive skills and resources in the Florida community through its academic institutions, hospitals and health centers, community-based organizations, residents, and workforce. These collaborations are essential in making the mission of the BHI—to promote and protect brain health, optimize brain performance and fight brain illness across the lifespan—as successful as possible. Done right, we also see these partnerships as mutually beneficial, bidirectional opportunities to study and take action on brain health for all involved”. 

  • 03 Aug 2020 3:34 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL - For years, it has been the policy of Goodwill Manasota to provide emergency assistance to community residents who are in need by providing clothing and essential household items through its Referral-to-Voucher Program. Whether it is a family that has survived a fire, a child coming from a low-income home or entering the foster care system who has insufficient clothing, a social service client entering transitional housing, a victim of domestic abuse who was forced to flee without any possessions, or a job-seeker without attire suitable for an impending job interview, Goodwill is there with the resources to help them get back on their feet and on the path to better days. 


    Additionally, during the winter months – in instances where temperatures are predicted to drop below freezing – authorized Goodwill representatives may provide blankets and/or outerwear at no charge to persons who are homeless.

    Approved agencies must make the referral for community members to benefit from the voucher program. Some of the area agencies on Goodwill's list include the American Red Cross, CareerSource, Children First, First Step of Sarasota, JFCS of the Suncoast, the Sarasota County and Manatee County Sheriff's Office, Safe Children Coalition, SPARCC, and Women's Resource Center. New on Goodwill's approved agency list is the All Star Children's Foundation, a local organization dedicated to healing the effects of trauma suffered by children who have been abused. Children who are coming into care will have access to clothing, with house parents in charge of the shopping.

    “All Star is thrilled to collaborate with Goodwill to help provide for the children and families we serve,” said Stephen Fancher, chief development officer for All Star Children’s Foundation. “Community partnerships are a pillar of All Star’s programs and we are very happy to partner with Goodwill to provide much-needed clothes and other essential items for the children moving onto our Campus of Hope & Healing.”

    Those who benefit from voucher assistance are offered the opportunity to take a budgeting class – either from the referring agency, if available, or Goodwill – in order to help them establish greater financial stability in the future. Additionally, Goodwill encourages voucher beneficiaries who are looking to elevate their career prospects to seek assistance through its Job Connection career services program, which is free.

    "At Goodwill, our goal is not just to address urgent needs but also to help community members achieve long-term stability and reach life goals," said Goodwill Manasota Vice President Margie Genter. "Even needs that arise due to crisis can result in the creation of connections to resources that end up improving lives once the immediate crisis has been resolved. We are grateful to our agency partners for their work and trusted referrals of community members in need."

    In addition to referrals made by partner agencies, eligible Goodwill Manasota team members can receive work clothing and emergency assistance, in accordance with voucher program policy. For more about Goodwill, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.


  • 03 Aug 2020 2:24 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Conditioned Air Company today announced that it has moved into its newly constructed operations center in Fort Myers. The 52,710-square-foot facility will enable the air-conditioning contracting and service firm to further expand its employment base and better serve its residential and commercial clients throughout Southwest Florida.

    The Lee/Charlotte Operations Center is located at the intersection of Jetport Loop and Global Parkway in the Southwest International Commerce Park just across from the Southwest Florida International Airport and provides convenient access to Interstate 75.

    The building encompasses approximately 10,800 square feet of office space, 31,110 square feet of warehouse space, and 10,800 square feet of mezzanine for storage and future expansion. It will house the firm’s Residential Replacements team, Lee County Service and Maintenance teams, Estimating, and Lee County Production Housing team.

    “This new facility will serve as the firm’s central hub for the growing Lee and Charlotte County markets and will provide operational support for our Naples headquarters and Sarasota branches,” said Tim Dupre, President and Chief Executive Officer for Conditioned Air. “It also will house our main training facility with a fully functional lab for hands-on continuous education and onboarding of entry level technicians.”

    The building was designed by the architectural firm of McHarris Planning & Design and was built and developed by Seagate Development Group. It features a dramatic exterior that is similar to Conditioned Air’s recently renovated corporate headquarters in Naples.

    Conditioned Air had been searching more than two years for the right location to meet its operational needs due to continuous growth and strategic plan of the company. The company currently has 185 employees in Collier County, 124 employees in Lee County and 61 employees in Sarasota County with plans to double in size in the next five to seven years. A majority of that growth is projected to be in Lee and Sarasota counties.

    “We continue to be very excited about the outlook for Conditioned Air,” Dupre said. “We anticipate that future growth will be fueled by a combination of organic growth through the company and potential acquisitions of other air-conditioning firms in the market.”

    Conditioned Air has been helping make Southwest Florida more comfortable since 1962. It is currently the region’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with a total of 370 employees serving Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 1-888-COLD-AIR or visit  www.conditionedair.com.


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Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

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