In a year when the need in the community is greater than ever before, JFCS of the Suncoast increased its impact on families and seniors during its 2020 Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior program.
Donors contributed toys, clothing, shoes, bicycles, books, gift cards, home furnishings and more to over 300 children and 150 Aging Services clients of JFCS. Donations to date have been valued at more than $60,000.
Normally, Adopt-a-Family is limited to clients of JFCS. But this year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization reached out to area churches, nonprofits and organizations to accept new families into the program.
JFCS volunteer Larissa Jones and her neighbors in the Mallory Park subdivision adopted 93 children and 42 seniors this year.
Toni Watson, who has a large family, was deeply grateful for the tremendous support provided by Adopt-a-Family donors:
“This year has been a struggle with the effects of the pandemic. Thank you for taking such good care of me and my six little ones. I was blown away by the generosity.”
North Port Area Chamber of Commerce presented the Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club with the 2020 Non-Profit Business of the Year Award on Dec. 17 during its Annual Awards Luncheon.
The Gene Matthews Boys & Girls Club is one of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties’ six club locations where local youths can access academic enrichment, recreational and developmental programs that empower them to excel in school, become leaders, adopt healthy habits and plan for success after high school graduation.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the organization has transformed its services to continue meeting the needs of families across the area.
With instrumental support from key partners, the nonprofit distributed thousands of meals and food to those in need, launched virtual programming to keep kids on-track academically, opened its doors to serve children of local first responders, started a new daytime program to support remote learners, continued its award-winning after-school program and more.
Transition Sarasota has won $10,000 from Florida Blue Foundation for its 2020 Giving Tuesday program, Florida Gives, now in its fourth year.
The money will be used to strengthen programs aimed at reducing waste to benefit food access.
In honor of Giving Tuesday, Florida Blue asked the community to nominate a nonprofit and share why they are their favorite online. Five organizations were then randomly selected and Transition Sarasota was one of those five.
This donation aligns with Florida Blue’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts to address food access in the community.
Transition Sarasota’s Suncoast Gleaning Project has been gleaning (collecting leftover produce after commercial harvest is complete) from seven different farm partners over the past 10 years.
The Gleaning Project had its highest donation yield to date; meanwhile, hunger needs have been at record-breaking levels.
Arts Advocates is accepting scholarship applications through March 15 for the 2021-2022 college school year.
The tuition awards are given to students who are pursuing undergraduate studies in the arts, including visual and related arts, dance, writing, music, theater and architecture. High school seniors and college students who will major in these fields in the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to apply.
Scholarships are based on artistic talent, family need, character, academic achievement and appropriate college choice. A one-year Florida residency is required.
The Arts Advocates’ scholarship program has awarded over $1 million since 1969. For more information about the scholarship program, including the application, visit the philanthropy page of http://artsadvocates.org.
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