Local Businesses Support the Community
Air & Energy (airandenergy.biz), a local home service contractor, recently donated $10,500 to Easter Seals of Southwest Florida (easterseals-swfl.org) to help with the installation of more than 12 new air-conditioning units. The nonprofit and the air-conditioning company formed a partnership last year when Easter Seals selected Air & Energy to install 17 new air conditioning systems at its Sarasota school for disabled children and adults.
Volunteers with the Association of Black Cardiologists (abcardio.org) will offer free health screenings and tips on how to prevent heart disease from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Harvest Tabernacle Church, 209 Lime Ave., Sarasota.
The Patterson Foundation (thepattersonfoundation.org) boosted the fund-raising efforts of six nonprofits engaged in its Margin & Mission Ignition initiative by matching investments made toward the startup costs for the organizations’ earned-income plans. The six nonprofits collectively raised more than $230,000 and The Patterson Foundation matched nearly $192,000 for a total of more than $422,000. The earned-income plans will enable the nonprofits to create new revenue streams. They are Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Sarasota County Parks, Legal Aid of Manasota, Lighthouse of Manasota, Pines of Sarasota and The Friendship Centers.
Jacaranda West Tennis Tournament Director Adam Zastempowski recently presented students from the Loveland Center (lovelandcenter.org) with a $1,840 check, money raised during the 21st annual Loveland Tennis Tournament Benefit, held last November.
Children First (childrenfirst.net), along with volunteers from Ringling College of Art & Design (ringling.edu) and other community leaders, will host a family and community engagement event from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Orange Blossom Community Garden, 1822 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. Titled “Read with Your Kids and Community,” the free event is open to the public and is designed to help families celebrate literacy and the joy of reading. Children and families attending the event are encouraged to dress up as their favorite storybook characters.
Children 3 and up sorted fresh fruit and vegetables at All Faiths Food Bank (allfaithsfoodbank.org) for the organization’s Sprout Mobile Farm Market truck on Wednesday. The volunteers were families that are part of the Sarasota Manatee Village Learners, a collaborative of home schoolers who have been helping the Food Bank for close to two years.
Goodwill Manasota (experiencegoodwill.org) recently released data from 2015 showing that in the last year the organization assisted 22,739 individuals through its training, services and programs, and placed 961 people in jobs throughout the region, an increase of 40 percent from 2014. Approximately 41 million pounds were diverted from local landfills, a 5 percent increase over 2014, thanks to Goodwill’s recycling and salvage efforts, green business practices and resale of unwanted items donated by community members.