This Week's Good Deeds

All Faiths Food Bank recently kicked off its annual Campaign Against Summer Hunger, plus other great examples of locals giving back.

Research by staff April 7, 2016

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From left to right: Keith Monda; Sarasota County director of school nutrition services Beverly Girard; All Faiths Food Bank CEO Sandra Frank; and Ashley Wilberding

All Faiths Food Bank recently kicked off its third annual Campaign Against Summer Hunger. For 21,000 school-aged children in Sarasota County, summer is the hungriest time of the year. The Campaign Against Summer Hunger runs April 1-May 15, and the goal is to raise funds and food to feed every hungry child in our community all summer long. Last summer’s campaign raised $1.2 million and served 27,000 children nearly 2 million meals and snacks. All Faiths Food Bank expects to improve the number of children it serves this summer by 10 percent and to feed 30,000 hungry kids.

United Way Suncoast announced last week that it invested $1.8 million in the Sarasota region in 2015, helping residents achieve homeownership and assisting those struggling to meet basic needs. One of the nonprofit's newest programs is the Individual Development Account or IDA plan: a limited matched savings account program that helps low-income individuals achieve their goals of buying a home, attending school or opening a small business. Eligible participants who save money are rewarded with matched funds. In addition, they receive financial education and learn long-term money management skills.

Mastro Subaru recently chose Southeastern Guide Dogs as a recipient for its successful 2015  “Share the Love” charitable campaign. At the April 2 Tampa Walkathon at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, Stephanie Mastro presented a donation check for $27,482 to representatives of Southeastern Guide Dogs. From the end of November through the beginning of January, Subaru of America donated $250 to Southeastern Guide Dogs for every car sold. The Mastro Family matched the amount raised, bringing the grand total to over $27,000.

As part of the Baltimore Orioles’ annual “Go Green” auction, the team held an online auction for specially designed St. Patrick’s Day jerseys and caps worn by Orioles uniformed personnel during a March 17 game, raising more than $9,000 for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Orioles-Sarasota Vice President David Rovine presented a check for $9,279 from the auction to Selby Gardens’ President and CEO Jennifer Rominiecki in a pregame ceremony held March 31.

From March 14 to 18, Sarasota's Community Youth Development held its second annual “Alternative Spring Break,” during which youth engaged in a week of community service at various nonprofit and community sites. The students began the week with a day-long workshop on social justice and youth empowerment then participated in various service projects throughout the community. A total of 70 teens volunteered throughout the week, amassing more than 1,000 hours in leadership and service. 

Darrell Turner of Turner Tree and Landscape recently created a garden at Goodwill Manasota’s Corporate Campus offices in honor of the late community leader Rick Fawley and his beloved late wife, Coni.

Family Promise of Sarasota will host Just Desserts, its premier annual fundraiser, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 8, at Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 E. Laurel St., Sarasota. The organization has worked to end homelessness in the Sarasota area since 2007 by providing temporary housing for families with children. Individual tickets are $50; a VIP table for eight is $600.

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