Sarasota-based MobileBits, a mobile marketing platform, offers free access to its Samy platform for interested nonprofit organizations like Selby Gardens, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Mote Marine and more to create and manage their own app storefront at no cost on its mobile mall. Contact Alec Banks at [email protected] for more information.
The Sarasota County Commission has awarded Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Grants in the amount of $46,179 to Embracing Our Differences and $39,652 to Art Center Sarasota. The funds will be used toward the organizations’ upcoming 2014-2015 seasons.
More than 11,000 pounds of food and $12,000 in donations have been collected so far for the Food Bank of Manatee’s 2014 Grand Challenge to White Out Hunger, but more contributions are needed to head off a food shortage. Manatee County officials will continue to promote food and fund collections throughout the summer, and encourage local businesses and organizations to participate. In the last two years, the Grand Challenge raised more than 100,000 pounds of food and $230,000.
Evelyn & Arthur stores will raise awareness for early detection of breast cancer through August and September with “Dress Down Fridays” for its staff in exchange for a small donation to the American Cancer Society. In October, the company’s light pink pashminas will be sold for $28 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Sarasota Walk.
Kerkering, Barberio & Co.’s Young Professionals, in conjunction with the Leading Edge Alliance, participated in the fourth annual Global Volunteer Week, collecting 970 pounds of food and more than $1,000 in donations for All Faiths Food Bank. The same group also volunteered to clean up the garden area at Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Child Care Center.