This Week's Good Deeds

A converted school bus, STEM programs, nursing skills mannequins and more in this week's list of businesses giving back.

Research by staff July 21, 2016

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Eat This Bus, a new child hunger program created by All Faiths Food Bank

All Faiths Food Bank and the Venice Yacht Club Charitable Foundation held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday to celebrate Eat This Bus, a colorful converted school bus that will deliver snacks and meals to vulnerable children in south Sarasota and DeSoto counties. The school bus was donated by the yacht club; the bright and colorful design was created by Laura Coyle, director of creative services at All Faiths.

Goodwill Manasota received a grant of more than $73,000 from the Ralph S. French Charitable Foundation to support the hiring of an additional GoodPartner Coach. The GoodPartner Coach Program provides persons with disabilities and other barriers to employment with job training and case management services.

Al Purmort Insurance and Westfield Insurance presented Girls Inc. with a $6,000 grant check for the organization's STEM program, Operation SMART. The program includes hands-on activities that help girls see STEM careers as exciting and realistic options.

The PNC Foundation recently gave a $10,000 grant to the Child Protection Center to fund the center's Personal Safety and Community Awareness program, which reaches more than 40,000 private and public school students, educating children at each and every grade level about personal safety. Preschoolers and kindergarteners are taught key personal safety rules, while older students learn about internet safety and bullying.

The Kates Foundation recently donated $10,000 to Forty Carrots Family Center in support of its programs providing parenting education and mental health services to teen parents and their children at Riverview High School and North Port High School. Forty Carrots’ program fosters healthy relationships between young parents enrolled in Sarasota County Schools’ CYESIS Teen Parent Program and their children.

The nursing department at State College of Florida recently purchased three nursing skills mannequins thanks to a $2,850 grant from The Plantation Community Foundation of Venice. The nursing program purchased three KERI Patient Manikins, specifically designed for medical programs with lifelike range of motion and realistic patient positioning, to be used at the college's Venice campus.

Ave Maria Preparatory School, which serves children and young adults with disabilities, recently received two grants from local community foundations to continue its Karma Yoga Outreach program for the 2016-2017 school year. The Manatee Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County awarded $2,500 and $4,000, respectively, to ensure the program’s continued success. The program offers therapeutic yoga classes to all 60 students at the school.

Cutting Loose Salon stylists are organizing a day of fundraising to benefit Wigs for Kids, a nonprofit that helps children suffering from hair loss by creating wigs made of natural hair for kids and providing them to families at no cost. A hair donation is not required to participate, but is welcome; 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to the organization. The event will take place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8, at One Sarasota Tower, Suite 804, Sarasota. A $10 minimum donation is requested.

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