Mote Marine Laboratory received a $7,500 grant from Wells Fargo for rescue and rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles, marking the company’s third grant for Mote’s care of the federally protected marine reptiles. Mote has previously released two rehabilitated turtles named Fargo I and Fargo II back to the wild and anticipates more happy endings with Wells Fargo’s support. Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital has treated more than 400 sea turtles since it began and is one of only four Florida facilities treating fibropapillomatosis, a little-understood disease that can cause life-threatening papilloma tumors in sea turtles.
CareerSource Suncoast received a grant for $334,000 from CareerSource Florida to enhance and expand collaboration with local school districts, partners and employers for development of a youth pipeline of talent covering Manatee and Sarasota counties. The Journey to Success Youth Development Program was designed to provide year-round work readiness, leadership and career development, serving a total of 120 high school seniors and out-of-school youth ages 18-24 through six career pathways over a two-year period. Completion of the program results in workforce skills that meet regional job demand.
Cortez Heating and Air Conditioning donated $5,000 to the Home Depot Foundation and took part in the 2014 Home Depot Foundation Community Building Invitational held in Tucson, Ariz. Two hundred contractors were invited to participate in the project, including Joe Yount, vice president of commercial service for Cortez, who was on hand to volunteer for the fifth consecutive year.
Children First received a $500 nutrition grant from the Sarasota Kiwanis Foundation. The funds will be used to provide healthy meals for the community’s at-risk children, as Children First provides 50 percent of each child’s daily nutrition through breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. The organization, along with RIPPLE Africa, also received $1,350 raised by Bunco for a Cause.