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  • 18 Nov 2019 9:12 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL - Goodwill Manasota and the SunCoast Blood Bank continued their partnership - which launched in September at PGT in North Venice - called "Change a Life, Save a Life." They brought their respective collection vehicles, the "Giving Mobile" and the "Bloodmobile," to the FCCI Insurance Group headquarters in Lakewood Ranch, where employees and the general public donated gently-used items to Goodwill and critically-needed units of blood to SunCoast Blood Bank.

    "A positive advantage of this collaboration is that when you donate to Goodwill you are creating jobs immediately. When you donate to the Blood Bank, you have the opportunity to save three lives," said Bob Rosinsky, president and CEO of Goodwill Manasota. "Through Change a Life, Save a Life, your donation is multiplied over and over, and helps others in this community."

    The partners are holding at least one "Change a Life, Save a Life" event each month, with the next scheduled outreach effort, in partnership with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance, taking place at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center on December 13th. They are seeking additional businesses and community areas to host donation events in the future.

    For more information or to inquire about becoming a “Change a Life, Save a Life” location, call 941-355-2721, ext. 163 or email pavitra.ciavardone@gimi.org.


  • 14 Nov 2019 11:51 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    If you want to breath new life into your business, by having realizations that can completely transform your work-life, you're going to love this month’s Meet Up Live Session, where you'll discover.... 1) The Peak Productivity Zone - The Secret Link between mindset and performance that can skyrocket your business, free up your time and keep you in a state of relaxed productivity 2) The Surest Way to have “ Permanent Presence” that virtually guarantees you show up as your best, most productive and enthusiastic self to every interaction so that high quality business opportunities seek you out.

    3) How successful business owners and entrepreneurs get into the “Resilience Zone” to eliminate procrastination effortlessly. 4) A powerful yet simple mindset shift that can refocus your Mind in how you perceive your own capabilities so that you have effortless & stress-less productivity every time. 5) The Concrete Step you can take after the webinar that will make you effortlessly embody all these teachings. and much, much more… The game changes once you understand the power and potential of your mind, and the direct connection to your peak performance and productivity.. You’ll be able to access new levels of creativity, insight, and energy. All with less pressure and stress. To learn more RSVP asap here: https://www.meetup.com/Bradenton-Inner-OuterWealth-Success-Meetup-Group/events/266371791/ See you soon! Dr. Vijaya Nair, Organizer 100 million Healthy, Happy, Thriving Successful Entrepreneurs by 2030 www.DrVijayaNair.com mobile: (914) 263 6231 https://www.meetup.com/Bradenton-Inner-Outer-Wealth-Success-Meetup-Group/ events/266371791/

    About your Presenter: Dr. Vijaya Nair a Ivy league trained physician, medical researcher, author, entrepreneur and international speaker. She is a Transformational Health Expert and Business Mentor/Coach. Dr. Vijaya is the Founder of SoulAccessMeditations.com, Enlightened Success Mastermind and CEO of jivasupplements.org and the author of PreventCancer, Strokes, Heart Attacks and other Deadly Killer. Her audience includes successful and starting entrepreneurs and professionals who are in search of something better and bigger in their lives – including Peace of Mind, Increased Productivity, Success, & Having Great Teams/Partners! Her approach is to be practical, big picture oriented and to make this an outstanding partnership where all can win.

    https://www.meetup.com/Bradenton-Inner-Outer-Wealth-Success-Meetup-Group/events/266371791/

  • 05 Nov 2019 11:54 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Sarasota, FL (November 5, 2019) – Dropping your child off at a safe and reliable preschool should ease nerves for most parents, but for many, the challenges of the day are just beginning. Financial trouble, food instability, reliable employment, and access to education are struggles many families in our community face. That’s why Children First has to be so much more than a preschool.

    “When a child is enrolled at Children First, parents and caregivers are welcomed into the Children First family as a whole unit,” says Phillip Tavill, Children First CEO.

    Recently, Children First received a six-year, $1,251,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to support families through their challenges and help them achieve success. This grant will provide Children First the opportunity to expand their award-winning Families First Institute, a holistic approach to addressing the needs of both the children and their parents together.

    “Our Board of Directors identified an opportunity to make a signature investment into a vital organization in our community,” says Teri A Hansen, President | CEO of Barancik Foundation. “This grant also opens the opportunity for other funders to collaborate with Children First and support their efforts to enrich the lives of those who need support the most.”

    The expansion will allow the hiring of new Vocational Family Advocates (VFA’s), whose goal will be to advance the economic mobility of parents with children enrolled in the Institute. Parents will have new opportunities to receive workforce training, education, and obtain employment.

    “The funding from this grant will be transformational for Children First. We could not be more appreciative of the Barancik Foundation’s commitment to children and families,” says Tavill.

    Expanded support for the Institute will empower families to gain confidence by learning new skills and achieving personally identified goals.

    Eliezer and Wendy Rivera are living proof of the impact a holistic approach to family well-being can have in creating a generational cycle of opportunity. Having had three children enrolled at the premiere Head Start agency, the couple discovered a new chapter in their family’s life.

    Not only were their children’s education and childcare needs taken care of, Eliezer was able to focus on working full-time. He soon received his real estate license, and is currently on track to obtain his broker’s license.  Wendy had the opportunity to begin work as a Teacher’s Aide for the organization. She recently earned her Florida Child Care Professional Credential and was promoted to Infant/Toddler Specialist. With extra income and confidence in hand, both parents were empowered to take advantage of further educational opportunities with the Families First Institute (FFI), participating in classes like the Nurturing Dads and Positive Solutions for Families programs.

    The curriculum serves as a platform for a group of Children First families to share their parenting experiences, explore career opportunities, and overcome their fears around finance and budgeting.

               

    “The classes taught me how important a role model is for my children, and that we as parents also need to seek personal growth and development,” says Eliezer Rivera. “If you have ever wondered where exactly your support for this amazing organization is going, my family is a powerful example.”

    With the expansion of the Families First Institute at Children First, VFA’s will develop a Parent Training Program to provide families with the opportunity to work in one of three areas: early childhood development, food service, or clerical services. Parents will train alongside Children First staff members to develop their skills while earning a stipend for their work. Once training is completed, they will have expanded opportunities for employment.

    To learn more, visit www.childrenfirst.net.


  • 04 Nov 2019 8:55 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA/BRADENTON, FL – Goodwill Manasota recently received a grant of $4,000 from BankUnited for the Homebuyer's Club program. These funds will support Goodwill's efforts to assist employees who wish to purchase a home.

    Goodwill's Homebuyer's Club prepares Goodwill employees for home ownership through a long-term program offering education, workshops, and credit counseling. It also provides budgeting counseling for families to ensure successful home ownership and helps employees who achieve mortgage pre-approval to purchase new or renovated homes offered through standard real estate channels.

    "BankUnited is committed to helping the communities where we live and work by providing a solid foundation for economic success," said Claire Raley, BankUnited senior vice president, community development and outreach. "Helping community members to achieve home ownership is an area where BankUnited's support can have a positive effect on our West Florida community."

    "At Goodwill, we offer a one-on-one pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling program, as well as education and coaching to team members interested in becoming first-time homebuyers," added Margie Genter, vice president of Goodwill Manasota. "We are grateful to BankUnited for its contribution toward helping our employees to achieve the 'American Dream' of home ownership."

    For more information about Goodwill, call 941-355-2721 or go to experiencegoodwill.org.

    Photo ID: (From l-r) BankUnited senior vice president Claire Raley, Goodwill vice presidents Margie Genter and Gray Videnka, and BankUnited vice president of business banking Mark Dunlop

    About Goodwill Manasota Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.

    About BankUnited, N.A. BankUnited, Inc. (NYSE: BKU), with total assets of $33.0 billion at September 30, 2019, is the bank holding company of BankUnited, N.A., a national bank headquartered in Miami Lakes, Florida with banking centers in Florida and New York metropolitan area. For additional information, call (877) 779-2265 or visit www.BankUnited.com. BankUnited can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/BankUnited.Official and on Twitter @BankUnited.  

  • 30 Oct 2019 4:32 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Bradenton, FL – October 30, 2019- Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee announces the 14th Annual Community Shoebox Drive and Reception presented by the Lakewood Ranch Elks Club will be held on Sunday, December 8, 2019,  from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Lakewood Ranch Elks Club (4602 Lena Road, Bradenton, 34211).  This event will benefit homebound seniors across Manatee County. Guests are encouraged to bring a wrapped and filled shoebox for a senior OR a $20 donation at the door. The goal is to collect 1,000 shoeboxes to be delivered to seniors throughout the holidays by Meals on Wheels PLUS volunteers.

    A “Cocktails for a Cause” Celebrity Bartender Event will also be held to raise funds to purchase Shoebox gifts on Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Celebrity bartenders include: Brett Davis, Lakewood Ranch Elks, Monaca Onstad, Lakewood Ranch Communities, Michelle Meegan & Bianca Murack, Tidemark Financial, Kathy Martella, Meals on Wheels PLUS Board Member, and Andy Guz CEO Lakewood Ranch Medical Center & Meals on Wheels PLUS Board Member. Beverages and food will be available for purchase.  All tips collected and a portion of each bill will be donated to Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee and the Shoe Box drive. 

    “We are excited to bring the 14th annual Holiday Shoebox event to the beautiful, brand new Lakewood Ranch Elks Clubhouse.  Having grown over the years, our goal is to provide holiday gifts to over 1,000 seniors in Manatee County this year.  The gifts collected are often the only holiday gift our clients receive, and we are asking our community to join us in this important effort so that no seniors are forgotten in our community this holiday season,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.  

    About this Effort: 

    Members of the community are encouraged to gather items from the list below to provide a holiday gift to homebound seniors in Manatee County.  Filled shoeboxes can be delivered to the Shoebox Reception on Sunday, December 8th from 4 pm – 6 pm at the Lakewood Ranch Elks Club.  Shoebox gifts can also be delivered to the office of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee, Renaissance on 9th location (1816 9th Street West, Bradenton, FL  34205) during business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. 

    SHOEBOX EXAMPLE:

    • ·       Each shoebox is wrapped top and bottom separately.
    • ·       Typically 10 items are placed in each box with tissue paper.
    • ·       The box is closed and secured with a rubber band and is identified as either male, female or non-gender specific.

    Items to include:

    Chapstick, flashlight with batteries, hand lotion/moisturizer, holiday trinkets (non-breakable), Kleenex, mechanical pencils, notepads, pens, paperback puzzles (large print), shampoo, slipper socks with grips, holiday cards, toothbrush/toothpaste, alcohol-free mouthwash, soap.

    Items NOT Needed:

    Razors, candy, candles, breakables, gift cards



  • 28 Oct 2019 11:29 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - The Emergency Room at Blake Medical Center is expanding.

    “We bumped out the building and add a bed capacity. This project runs about a year and a half. We just finished phase one now. We have three more phases to go,” said Randy Currin, President and CEO.

    The expansion will be adding 14 beds to the department from 17 beds, equaling to 31. It also added services that goes hand-in-hand with the ER department including trauma, stroke, and a burn center.

    Currin says they’ve seen a population growth in the area, and are expecting to see an increase in the next couple of years, so they’re working to have it ready for the future.

    “It’s important for us to stay ahead of that growth, and continue to provide those services that we’re upheld to our mission,” he said.

    The complete expansion is expected to finish by October of next year.


  • 21 Oct 2019 1:00 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    WHO:          Manatee County residents help to restock the shelves at The Food Bank of Manatee by participating in the 2019 Stuff the Bus event.

    WHAT:        A Manatee County school bus will be parked at each of the 17 Manatee County Publix store locations from 9:00am-3:00pm on Sunday, October 20th.  Customers will have the opportunity to purchase items to help “stuff the bus” with critically needed food items to stock the shelves at The Food Bank of Manatee. The Food Bank of Manatee provides food to partner agencies and food pantries in Manatee County who are directly serving babies, children, families, and the elderly. 

    WHEN:       The Stuff the Bus event will be held at every Publix store located in Manatee County on Sunday, October 20th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

    Food unloading at The Food Bank of Manatee will take place:

    TIME/LOCATION OF FOOD UNLOADING
    Sunday, October 20, 2019 between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    The Food Bank of Manatee, Dry Storage Warehouse
    3231 59th Drive East, Unit 101
    Bradenton, FL  34208

    MEDIA NOTE:    Great visuals of Manatee School District busses and volunteers unloading boxes of food donations to restock the shelves at The Food Bank of Manatee will be available between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    The 2019 Stuff the Bus event is presented by Mosaic and is a community collaboration with United Way Suncoast, Herald Tribune, iHeart Media, Publix, the Manatee County School District, and Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.


  • 21 Oct 2019 11:31 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Open volunteer positions/roles below. You can register to volunteer by visiting this page, but do have to make an account through RaceRoster: https://raceroster.com/events/2019/26228/lakewood-ranch-mindful-triathlon/volunteer/register


  • 17 Oct 2019 5:05 PM | Dan Sidler (Administrator)
    Last Friday, on October 11th, SouthTech partnered with the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance and Lakewood Ranch Community Activities to host the second Data Dump of 2019. The Data Dump is an electronics recycling event made possible by Quicksilver Recycling Services, a company based out of Tampa. Quicksilver and SouthTech have worked together on these events for the past three years and have only recently begun partnering with local business associations to get greater visibility for the events. Individuals from both local businesses and the community at large are encouraged to bring their old electronics in for processing and secure destruction of their personal data. This service is offered for free and serves to keep these devices from being dumped in local landfills.

    During the previous Data Dump, co-hosted with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, a total of 10,073 pounds of electronics were collected. The total weight from last week’s event cleared this number by a wide margin. The grand total as calculated by Quicksilver Recycling is 17,290 pounds of electronics, which represents a 71% increase in the amount recycled. “From early on in the day, I knew we were going to break our previous record,” says SouthTech Marketing Coordinator Lauren Selle. “The turnout was just incredible.”

    “We’re blown away by the response from the businesses and residents of Lakewood Ranch,” said LWRBA President & CEO Dom DiMaio. “The Alliance is always looking for ways to improve our community and environment. We support the recycling of electronic waste because it keeps substances such as lead, mercury and various other toxins out of our landfills. It recaptures valuable raw materials and repurposes them for new devices, all resulting in reduced energy use, pollution and gas emissions released into the atmosphere. We are grateful to have been able to bring this opportunity to Lakewood Ranch by partnering with SouthTech, Lakewood Ranch Community Activities, and Quicksilver Recycling.”

    About SouthTech
    Since 1994, SouthTech has been southwest Florida’s premier provider of professional and managed technology solutions. Their highly experienced team of certified experts are results driven and dedicated to delivering the highest level of service from a complete suite of IT solutions, including managed services, cloud and hosting solutions, unified communications, advanced computer networks and data security. We become our clients’ trusted IT Navigators by using a highly strategic approach that aligns technology to their desired business goals.

  • 16 Oct 2019 1:40 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    SARASOTA, FL – Jeremiah Robinson, a career development facilitator with Goodwill Manasota's Veterans Services Program, was recently honored with the "Hero of the Month" award. Janine Morris, Realtor Associate with Fine Properties, and Roger McGuire, Branch Manager with Success Mortgage Partners, Inc., visited with the Veterans Services Program team and presented Robinson with his award, recognizing his extraordinary service on behalf of veterans.

    Morris and McGuire present the award each month to recognize local heroes who go above and beyond to help others. A volunteer nominated Robinson for the honor.

    Robinson, who has been working with Goodwill since August of 2018, is responsible for client intake, referral to service providers, and case management. He also helps with community outreach with other local veterans’ organizations and assists with updating the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Resource Guide.

    After his graduation from Lakeland High School, Robinson served in the Marine Corps, from 1999-2003. He was a Supply Chain Manager, achieving the rank of Sergeant/E-5. A few years after his discharge, Robinson received his AA degree in Hotel Management. He went through hard times and became homeless but received help through the Homeless Empowerment Program in Clearwater. Still, he earned his AS degree in Tourism from St. Petersburg College in 2015 and then enrolled at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Hospitality.

    While working on his degree, he served as a benefits counselor for USF Sarasota-Manatee, helping more than 200 student veterans to obtain GI Bill benefits each semester as well as building community relationships with donors and mentors to ensure student success on campus, and advocating on behalf of the veteran student population. He also began volunteering with Goodwill’s Veterans Services Program at this time; he was hired by Goodwill on the very same day that he graduated.

    The challenges Robinson continues to struggle with only serve to motivate him more as he works to help area veterans.

    “Even though I suffer from anxiety and depression due to PTSD, I try to continue my fight to help others who are willing to give it a second go-round because life is not fair,” Robinson said. “I lost a couple of buddies when I was in the service and out of the service – it has made things difficult yet it gives me a reason to fight harder for myself and other veterans.”

    “Goodwill Manasota is committed to honoring and contributing to the lives of the men and women who serve and have served our country,” added Margie Genter, vice president of mission services. “We are so proud of Jeremiah for his well-deserved recognition and offer our gratitude to Homes for Heroes for the important work they do in helping American heroes enjoy the dream of home ownership.”

    Launched in 2013, Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program was created to help eliminate barriers to employment, provide opportunities for higher-paying positions for veterans and their families, and connect veterans with needed social services. For more information about the Veterans Services Program, go to experiencegoodwill.org or call (941) 355-2721, ext. 451.

    PHOTO ID: (From l-r) Roger McGuire Jr., Jeremiah Robinson and and Janine Morris during the award presentation

    About Goodwill Manasota Goodwill Manasota is an industry-leading 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that changes lives through the power of work. With philanthropic donations and revenue generated by the sales of donated goods, Goodwill is able to assist people with disabilities, veterans, seniors, and those with other barriers to employment by providing jobs, job skills training, and free career services. For more information or for a listing of locations, visit www.experiencegoodwill.org or call 941-355-2721.


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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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