This Week's Good Deeds

Holiday promotions, classroom grants and more in this week's roundup of locals giving back.

Research by staff November 3, 2016

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Shore's St. Armands Circle location

Through the end of the year, the retail shop Shore, which has locations on St. Armands Circle and in Orlando, is running a giveback campaign named #SHOREMAKESWAVES. During the campaign, a portion of proceeds from the purchase of Shore’s "Made in the USA" products will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast.

One hundred Manatee County teachers last week received classroom grants to fund educational projects for their students from the Manatee Education Foundation. In total, $100,000 was awarded to a record 45 schools during a reception held Oct. 27.

As part of its annual shelter grants program, The Mary Kay Foundation recently donated $20,000 to Sarasota's Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center emergency shelter. The money will go to further the organization’s efforts to combat domestic violence and provide rehabilitation services throughout Sarasota and DeSoto counties. The grant is part of $3 million in funding that the Foundation has awarded this year to 150 domestic violence shelters in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast recently received $1,000 from the Ormond Dixon Charitable Foundation, $10,000 from the Wilson-Wood  Foundation, $2,500 from the Wawa Foundation and $15,000 from the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation.

Goodwill Manasota recently received a $1,250 grant from the Kiwanis Club of Sarasota Foundation to support and expand its Job Search Strategies for the Older Worker training program. With the financial support from the Kiwanis Club, the program will expand in January 2017, allowing Goodwill to assist older workers in finding meaningful employment.

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