Good News Friday: Good Deeds - Nov. 7, 2014

By Chelsey Lucas November 6, 2014

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The Orioles and the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program team up again this year to collect and distribute food to help people in need in the Sarasota area. Starting this week, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium and will host the charity’s Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the stadium on Friday, Nov. 21. Non-perishables may be dropped off at the stadium’s Euclid Avenue entrance on weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 21 to sort the food collected.



 JDub’s Brewing Company is partnering with The Humane Society of Sarasota County to bring a “Barks and Brews” adoption event on Saturday, Nov. 22, to the brewery at 1215 Mango St. in Sarasota. The Humane Society’s Big MAC (Mobile Adoption Center) will be on site from noon to 4 p.m. and JDubs will release a limited special brew called Mutt Face; a portion of the proceeds from sale of the beer will be donated to the shelter pets at HSSC.



 Mote Marine Laboratory invites people age 23 and younger to raise funds for Mote’s sea turtle conservation and research efforts in Sarasota County through Positive Tracks, a youth-centric nonprofit. Positive Tracks will match youth fund-raising dollars up to $37,000. The opportunity kicks off now and culminates with Mote’s annual 5K fund raiser, Run for the Turtles, taking place April 4, 2015, on Siesta Beach. To get involved, contact Mote’s Positive Tracks coordinator, Chris Pfahler, at [email protected]



 Goodwill Manasota received grants from the Jelks Family Foundation, the Mai & James Hazelton Charity and Trust and the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota to support its Supported JobsPlus program, which aims to employ individuals with physical, developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Implemented in 2005, the SJP Program process includes identifying jobs at Goodwill retail stores and potential candidates for those positions, and assigning a job coach to the potential employee during the interview process, training and early days of employment.



Manatee Community Action Agency, Inc. received a $1,500 grant from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation to help provide transportation to low-income residents in the community.



Berlin Patten, a local real estate law firm, raised more than $4,200 for the Children’s Dream Fund at its Guest Bartending Costume Party at Old School Bar & Grill in downtown Sarasota. The Children’s Dream Fund has helped children diagnosed with terminal illness live their dreams for nearly 35 years.



 Kenneth Jarvis PLLC is offering a $25 discount on the purchase of tax preparation services for the donation of a toy to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive. Kenneth Jarvis PLLC, located at 9030 58th Drive E., Suite 101A in Bradenton, is an official drop-off site.

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