Good News Friday: Good Deeds - Sept. 12, 2014

By Chelsey Lucas September 11, 2014

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The Patterson Foundation has contributed a $40,000 gift to its international partner NetHope to support the ogranization’s member agencies with information communications technology to better coordinate relief efforts during the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. NetHope partners with global leaders in technology and philanthropy – including Microsoft, Cisco and Intel – to collect donations of money and communications equipment. These resources are distributed among its network of 41 nongovernmental organizations serving the developing world to enhance the efficiency of their communications, especially during emergency-response situations. NetHope's information sharing portal was made possible through the support of The Patterson Foundation.



The Wells Fargo Housing Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to Habitat for Humanity Sarasota to partially underwrite construction of a home for a working Sarasota family. Tomorrow, Sept. 13, Wells Fargo staff members will volunteer to landscape the grounds of a Habitat Sarasota house currently under construction.



Re/Max Platinum Realty agents and staff donated more than $6,250 to the 31st annual All Children’s Hospital Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Telethon. The telethon raised more than $3.9 million for All Children’s, one of 170 hospitals in the Children’s Miracle Network to benefit from the annual campaign.



Sarasota County has begun using a new software application called Volgistics to match volunteers to suitable opportunities and pinpoint the areas of most need. Volunteers will be required to register through Volgistics to volunteer for Sarasota County Government; after signing up, you will be able to record hours and receive automated emails about upcoming volunteer efforts. The program’s reporting capabilities will allow the county to compile reports about how many volunteers are serving, for how long and at what locations.



The Manatee County Rural Health Services Foundation will honor Ed Dick, a current member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, with the Senator Edgar H. Price Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award at its 7th annual signature fund-raising dinner. The theme is “A Lifetime of Caring” in recognition of Dick’s lifelong work in philanthropy, volunteerism and community leadership. All proceeds from the dinner, which takes place from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, will benefit the current and future patients of Manatee County Rural Health Services.

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