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  • 19 Jan 2021 9:26 AM | Deleted user

    Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s has received a grant of $15,000 to expand yoga and mindfulness therapeutic programs to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers to experience new levels of hope by optimizing function and restoring independence. These programs are adapted to meet all levels of the disease, valuable to newly diagnosed, progressed states and caregivers alike. “There is quite a bit of research available regarding the physical and emotional benefits of yoga and mindful breathing practices for those in all stages of Parkinson’s,” states Pamela Shackley, Executive Director, Yoga Project International.  “By partnering with Neuro Challenge, we are able to offer all those in the Parkinson's community access to programs that can help with the physical and emotional challenges of Parkinson’s Disease.” 


  • 19 Jan 2021 9:25 AM | Deleted user

    In partnership with Leadership Sarasota and the Junior League Sustainers, the Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is hosting a linen drive for Tidewell Hospice patients from January 17-February 14. Donated linens will be made available to Tidewell Hospice field teams, who will distribute the sheets and towels to resource-limited patients receiving in-home and assisted-living facility hospice care. “We are so grateful to partner with Leadership Sarasota and the Junior League Sustainers on this important initiative,” said Tidewell Foundation President Debbie Mason. “Many Tidewell Hospice patients — from younger ones facing financial hardship to older ones exhausting what's left of their money — don’t have the means or ability to purchase much-needed towels and sheets. It can be especially challenging for the latter group, with more than 22% of seniors in our region living alone and at least 13% living below the poverty line. We appreciate our generou s community for their support of patients in need.” 


  • 19 Jan 2021 8:42 AM | Deleted user

    Optivon is selling some office furniture, equipment and supplies to those who might find themselves in process of setting up office or others who might be in expansion. 

    These are very slightly used, beautiful  wood veneer  desks and cabinets .  One executive desk,  a conference table, two office desks, one reception desk and coffee room round table w/4 chairs.  Chairs, files, small fridge & microwave. 

    Please contact Marie Rodriguez at Mjr_pr@yahoo.com for more information.


  • 15 Jan 2021 11:35 AM | Deleted user

    Sarasota, FL (January 15, 2020) - Dr. Melania Kesoglou, Ed.S., Ph.D., and Director of Education at Children First, has been invited to serve on the National Head Start Association's Region IV Foster Care Challenge (FCC) Committee. In her role, Dr. Kesoglou will help to oversee the FCC’s work in Head Start’s Region IV, the southeastern United States, representing more than 170,000 children, 40,000 staff and 300 member programs.

     

    The goal of the FCC Committee is to find 'forever homes' for America's teens, ages 13-17, currently living within the foster care system. The FCC works in collaboration with the offices of Head Start and Child Welfare to promote teen adoptions, with recruitment efforts focusing on teens currently in foster care, experiencing homelessness, or in transition, as well as teens participating in the Early Head Start Expectant Parent Program.

     

    As Director of Education at Children First, Dr. Melania oversees the Head Start and Early Head Start Education programs at 15 locations throughout Sarasota County, which provide high-quality early childhood education to approximately 900 children annually, ages birth to five.

     

    With more than 34 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education field, her area focus is on educational practices that emphasize interpersonal relationships, cultural diversity, child-centered curriculum and the inclusion of children with special needs in all educational programs.

     

    Dr. Kesoglou has served the Head Start and Early Childhood Education communities at the local, state, and national levels. As a Federal Reviewer for the Office of Head Start (OHS) and a Program Validator for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), she works with agencies across the country to ensure consistent quality and accountability.

    "I am deeply grateful for this opportunity to serve the broader Head Start community through this special initiative of finding ‘forever homes’ for our nation’s foster youth. Because of their age, teenagers are often less likely to be adopted, and much more likely to age out of the system without strong or stable family support. I will continue to put my heart and passion into advocating for the health, well-being, and future successes of the thousands of children and teenagers currently in our foster care system,” says Dr. Kesoglou.

    About Children First:
    Founded in 1961 and ranked in the top 1% out of over 1,800 Head Starts nationwide, Children First strengthens children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health, and well-being. At 15 sites throughout Sarasota County, Children First offers full-day preschool, infant and toddler care, and nutrition and health care assistance to children ages birth to five years old from low-income families. Through Children First, the children receive the social, emotional, and cognitive skills needed to enter kindergarten and elementary school on track. For more information, call (941) 953-3877 or go to childrenfirst.net


  • 15 Jan 2021 8:45 AM | Deleted user

    While there was no formal event due to the coronavirus, Goodwill Manasota recently recognized four fabulous volunteers who were especially helpful as the nonprofit organization worked through the challenges of the pandemic last year. Goodwill honored: Louise Cataldo: a retired math teacher who volunteers with Goodwill’s Job Connection customers, helping them to create and update their resumes; Jim Flora: a retired corporate executive who volunteers with the Job Connection and Veterans Services programs doing mock interviews, to help participants during the job search; Andrea Nierenberg: an e-commerce business developer and executive coach who donates her time, style, and fashion sense to help create videos showing how to shop Goodwill stores for different looks, for the holidays, and more; and Jo Rita Stevens: a retired Realtor who is the longest-serving volunteer – over 50 years – in Goodwill history. For more about Goodwill, go to experiencegoodwill.org.

  • 14 Jan 2021 9:30 AM | Deleted user

    Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2021-22 scholarship program. Prospective applicants may visitGulfCoastCF.org/scholarships to review scholarship requirements and complete the online application. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 4. Through its annual scholarship program, Gulf Coast Community Foundation assists students of all ages in pursuing higher education at accredited two- and four-year colleges, universities, or technical schools. Applicants must reside in Sarasota County, Charlotte County, or Boca Grande, and they must plan to attend a qualifying postsecondary institution during the 2021-22 academic year. 


  • 12 Jan 2021 8:43 AM | Deleted user

    Medallion Home announced a record-setting $230 million plus in home and land sales in 2020.  As well as 20% growth in sales and 40% growth in revenue. “People have discovered that Florida is paradise which is what we have known for a long time,” said Carlos Beruff, founder and owner. “The state of Florida policies including no personal state income or vehicle tax and financial incentives for business to be in Florida, have made Florida the perfect state to move to.”  


  • 11 Jan 2021 3:25 PM | Deleted user

    BRADENTON, FL – In order to reach community members in need of vital programs and services, Goodwill Manasota and the Multicultural Health Institute are partnering on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The event takes place on Saturday, January 23, 1-4 p.m. at Goodwill’s Corporate Campus location (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton).

    This is a free event focused on food, resources, jobs and health, with services and programs provided by Goodwill and partnering agencies. MHI will provide live health screenings, with blood pressure, glucose and BMI checks, diabetes education and screening, COVID-19 testing and vaccine information, and PPE distribution. MHI will also distribute food, provided by Meals on Wheels Plus. MCR Health will assist with free eye exams and referrals for both adults and children.

    The SunCoast Blood Bank Blood Mobile will be on-site to gratefully accept blood donations and provide educational materials on COVID-19. Representatives from Goodwill Manasota’s Job Connection, Community Connection and Veterans Services programs will offer guidance on career and veterans’ services as well as provide information about social services available throughout the community. On-the-spot interviews for employment at Goodwill will also be available.

    "We are thrilled to be working with the Multicultural Health Institute to help provide direct wellness services and offer information about critical social services during our MLK Day of Service," said Margie Genter, vice president of mission services for Goodwill. "This event will provide much-needed assistance for those in our community who may not have sufficient access to resources. If we can help catch dental and health issues early for even one community member, and direct people to resources that can help improve their lives, then this effort will have been most worthwhile.”

    Blood donation appointments are preferred but walk-ins are welcome; photo ID required. Donors will receive a $10 Goodwill gift card as well as a wellness check for temperature, blood pressure, hemoglobin, cholesterol and COVID-19 antibody screening test. Those who test positive for COVID-19 antibodies and choose to donate their plasma will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

    Additional agencies will be added as the event approaches. To ensure community safety, CDC guidelines will be followed.

    To schedule an appointment to donate blood, contact Cindy Winning at 941-920-2733. For more information about the event, go to experiencegoodwill.org/events or call Pavitra Ciavardone at 941-355-2721, ext. 163.


  • 08 Jan 2021 8:12 AM | Deleted user

    The Patterson Foundation is giving a one-time honorarium of more than $450,000 to the fiscal agents and community agencies strengthening Season of Sharing’s impact on families and individuals in our region. “The Patterson Foundation is proud to celebrate 10 years of helping our neighbors in need through the Season of Sharing campaign,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. "Without the many partners and agencies involved donating their time and resources, Season of Sharing would not be able to strengthen the thousands of people it serves in our community. Their efforts are more important than ever during the pandemic, as many in our region find themselves facing significant financial hardship for the first time in their lives.” 

  • 07 Jan 2021 2:24 PM | Deleted user

    The Bank of America Charitable Foundation’s Student Leaders® Program is accepting applications for the 2021 Student Leaders® program.  In light of your affiliation with youth, we would like your help spreading the word. Since its inception in 2004, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 3,000 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities.  The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:

    ·         An eight-week paid summer internship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County starting in June-July 2021. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization (Opportunity to participate in board meetings, funding meetings, development, IT, social media, functions of how the club runs, interacting with the kids, program development, etc.).

    ·         A week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 12-17, 2021. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.

    ·         Eligibility: The student MUST be a junior/senior, MUST NOT be related to anyone that works at Bank of America, MUST have strong commitment to community, and MUST be able to commit to the 8 week internship program and attend the Student Leader Summit in Washington, DC from July 12-17.

    In order to spread the word about the opportunity to your students, please distribute the attached materials. We appreciate your help encouraging eligible students to apply for the Bank of America Student Leaders Program. Students can apply for the program by going to www.bankofamerica.com/studentleaders. Please note the application is currently open, with a strict deadline of January 29, 2021. We encourage early applications, as there will be no deadline extensions. 






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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