This Week's Good Deeds

Generous donations, yoga fundraisers and more in this week's roundup of locals giving back.

By staff March 9, 2017

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Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee president Xena Vallone (left) presents a $5,000 donation to Manatee County Habitat for Humanity executive director Diana Shoemaker

Representatives from the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee attended Manatee County Habitat for Humanity’s International Women’s Luncheon on Wednesday to present a $5,000 donation. The gift supports construction projects for the organization's 2017 Women Build events.

The Kolter Group, a real estate development and investment firm, recently awarded a $15,000 grant to The Haven. The nonprofit promotes independence and inclusion in all aspects of society for children and adults with disabilities, and serves more than 700 individuals each day on its campus.

The Lakewood Ranch-based homebuilder Neal Communities and its subsidiaries Neal South and Neal Signature Homes raised $10,000 for the American Heart Association in February. The donation from the homebuilder’s 100 home sales in February was made to the local Heart Association chapter.

Loveland Village, a nonprofit that provides educational, vocational and residential programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, recently received a $7,500 grant from the Hospital Volunteers of Venice, a nonprofit organization associated with Venice Regional Medical Center.

Pineapple Yoga Studio, 517 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, is partnering with Goodwill Manasota from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, to support Goodwill's veterans training and emergency funds programs, which give financial support to returning veterans. The fundraiser will include a one-hour all-levels yoga class followed by a brief description of the veterans programs. Tickets are $35; the event is free for veterans.

Bankers Life is looking for applicants for its Golden Beacon program, which recognizes the volunteer or service work of individuals 50 and older who are making a lasting difference in the community in which they serve. Bankers Life will donate $500 to the charity of the honoree’s choice. Nominees must be 50 or older, a resident of the greater Sarasota area and their volunteer work must have taken place in the last year. Click here to nominate someone.

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