Sarasota Nonprofits Share How They’d Use $25,000 to Help Veterans

We asked five nonprofits how they would use $25,000 to help veterans.

By Griffin Guinta September 2, 2013

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Goodwill Manasota

"We could serve more individuals, as well as be the key point of contact for career services and other programs. We also want to generate a resource guide for returning veterans to ensure that those who need assistance are not mired in unnecessary, often unproductive searches to get the services they need." — Christopher Davis, Director of Veteran Services & Yen Reed, Director of Marketing, Goodwill Manasota



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All Faiths Food Bank

"We would use the money for our Veterans Appreciation Program. Having extra funding would allow us to improve the program and ensure that all [participants] have adequate nutrition and resources. We want to make sure that all veterans are given the support they need." — Nicole Double, Director of Agency Compliance and Disaster Response




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Southeastern Guide Dogs

"Our veteran service dog program pairs specially trained dogs with veterans living with post-traumatic stress, and we send facility therapy dogs to major military medical facilities to encourage recovery of wounded warriors. With $25,000, we would be able to add an apprentice trainer to increase the number of dogs that could be trained." — Jennifer Bement, Media Relations Manager



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State College of Florida Veterans Exchange

"We would establish an endowment fund to provide scholarships to veterans for education, hardship and living expenses [to] ensure that veterans have a stable future ahead of them." — Chris Stough, SCF Venice Veterans Exchange President




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Jewish Family & Children Services

"Our Operation Military Assistance Program provides housing assis-tance to veterans and their families who are either homeless or who are about to become homeless. We would utilize the $25,000 to provide emergency assistance for special needs, and to help meet needs not covered by our VA grant, which assists with utility bills, work readiness tools and car repairs." — Chip Taylor, Director of Veterans Services