This Week's Good Deeds

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Research by staff July 14, 2016

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Easter Seals Southwest Florida’s courtyard was recently revamped thanks to a volunteer project hosted by the staff of BB&T Insurance. The beautification project was part of BB&T’s annual Light House Project. The insurance company selects a local nonprofit to partner with for a week-long volunteer initiative during which staff is exempt from work in order to participate in the completion of the project. For Easter Seals, this meant a brand new courtyard that includes wheelchair-friendly picnic tables, a new paint job, umbrellas for shade, new lounge chairs and a rainbow mural.

Goodwill Manasota was recently awarded another grant to assist homeless veterans in finding stable employment through Goodwill's Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program. Goodwill received the grant from the Department of Labor last year, and has been awarded a second year grant. The funding, which is helping Goodwill to expand already existing programs, is a pay-for-performance grant, meaning funding depends on successful outcomes. It allows Goodwill to draw down financing of up to $300,000.

Dolphin Aviation owner Ron Ciaravella and state Rep. Greg Steube will present Dolphin Aviation Academic Scholarships to five local students on Friday, July 15. Dolphin will be providing five individual $1,000 scholarships to Ronilka Perez, Niam Tanner, Angela George, Evan Edwards and Amaia Cliatt.

On Monday, July 18, members of the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge and SCUBAnauts International will join forces with scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory to plant nursery-grown corals near Looe Key. This event will mark the fifth year of a unique coral restoration partnership that enables citizen science volunteers to participate in cutting-edge marine habitat restoration.

Sisterhood for Good, a donor-advised fund of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund, held its fourth annual grant distribution event in May. The giving circle awarded more than $3,000 to local nonprofits. A check presentation at the Lakewood Ranch Northern Trust will be held on Thursday, July 21.

Heintz & Becker is working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast to provide support and assistance to children by donating school supplies. On Aug. 4, attorneys and staff from Heintz & Becker will be visited by Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters to collect pencils, paper, backpacks, calculators and more that children in the area need for the new school year.

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