Good News Friday: Good Deeds - Oct. 31, 2014
The Patterson Foundation awarded $187,500 to area nonprofits that have been fiscal stewards for Season of Sharing, an annual campaign that assists individuals and families on the verge of homelessness. The gift will help offset operational expenses associated with the past efforts of distributing Season of Sharing funds to those in need. The 2014-2015 campaign kicks off next month; visit CFSarasota.org to donate and learn more.
Bank of America is partnering with Bradenton-based Turning Points, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting homelessness, and provided a donation of $10,100. Turning Points is the Florida State recognized homeless coalition for Manatee County.
Greenscapes, a landscape installation and maintenance company, announces the inaugural year of Giving Green. Sarasota and Manatee nonprofits are invited to apply for an in-kind donation. Click the Greenscapes Giving Green banner on the company’s website (greenscapesSRQ.com) to apply. Deadline to submit is Nov. 15.
The Team Tony Foundation, a group of cancer survivors and volunteers who provide support and resources to cancer fighters, exceeded its fund-raising goal of $100,000 by raising more than $117,400 during its sixth annual Cycle of Life. Seventy-five riders participated in the two-day, 200-mile cycling event. The annual ride begins in Ormond Beach and culminates with a Welcome Home party on Lakewood Ranch Main Street.
St. Martha Catholic School received a butterfly garden made possible through a special gift from the Jackson Family and Jackson Landscape. First grade students helped create the garden, which is located at Bishop Nevins Academy.
Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. raised more than $9,000 for the YMCA Foundation of Sarasota at its annual golf tournament. The funds will support the YMCA’s fitness, education, foster care, youth sports and emergency shelter programs, as well as Grammy’s House, of which Kellogg & Kimsey managed the renovation.
Suncoast Credit Union launched its inaugural Pay It Forward Day on Oct. 18. This initiative was designed to inspire employees to perform intentional acts of kindness and positively impact the community. Six hundred Suncoast Credit Union employees, friends and family members volunteered hundreds of hours in their local communities in the 17 counties the credit union serves.Pay It Forward Day aligns with International Credit Union Day’s theme of Local Service, Global Good.