This Week's Good Deeds

Several grants in this week's roundup of locals giving back.

By staff January 5, 2017

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The Bradenton Kiwanis Foundation recently awarded six local nonprofits with funding. ArtCenter Manatee received $4,800 to replace the air conditioning unit in its children’s classroom, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee received $100,000 in support of its capital campaign, Easter Seals Southwest Florida received $20,000 to purchase a van for children’s transportation, the Giving Alliance of Myakka City received $4,950 to fund school a backpack program for needy children, The Mark Wandall Foundation received $2,400 to pay for two children who have lost a parent or sibling to attend a therapeutic grief camp and the South Florida Museum received $50,000 to fund capital expansion.

The Harold C. and Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation recently awarded the Child Protection Center’s Personal Safety and Community Awareness Program $5,000 to provide primary prevention and educational programs on child maltreatment throughout the community. The ultimate goal of the program is to eliminate child abuse in our community through educational programs for children, parents and community members.

The Heron Creek Community Foundation recently awarded $2,000 for volunteer mentor recruitment, screening and training for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast’s Gateways to Graduation initiative in North Port. Gateways to Graduation serves students in grades eight through 12 who have been identified by school personnel as those at risk of not graduating or not being promoted to the next grade level. Big Brothers Big Sisters also received $15,000 for Gateways to Graduation from the Bank of America Client Foundation.

The MSC Foundation recently awarded $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for its community-based one-to-one mentoring program in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Big Brothers Big Sisters programs encourage children to set higher goals for high schools and college, improve their confidence in themselves and help them have better, stronger relationships with their families. The Harold C. and Jacqueline F. Bladel Foundation also recently awarded $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast for its mentoring, and the Mary E. Parker Foundation recently donated $1,000.

The Venice chapter of the Military Officers Association of America recently presented Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services Program with a $500 donation from its Veterans Fund. The donation was presented to C.J. Bannister, the director of the Goodwill program.

Donte's Den, a nonprofit that offers long-term and permanent care for dogs whose owners are unable to care for them due to illness, injury, abandonment or military deployment, will hold its Top Dog fundraiser 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at The Francis, 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $5-$245.

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