Photos Courtesy of Rob Christy
Asolo Theatre, Inc. – Support special performances in high schools.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast - Purchase bookshelves, books, tablets.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County – Summer 2018 scholarships.
Child Protection Center, Inc. – Forensic medical assessments.
Children First, Inc. – Healthy classroom breakfast, lunch and snack foods.
Community Haven for Adults & Children with Disabilities – Adult community transportation.
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast - New signage
Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc. – Supplies for the Piccolo Lab.
Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida, Inc. – Funds for uninsured patients.
Face of Hope Foundation, Inc. – Intern training program.
Family Network on Disabilities of Manasota/Sarasota, Inc. – In-home respite care for families.
Family Promise of South Sarasota County – Emergency funds for transportation, day care, etc.
Florida Camp for Children & Youth with Diabetes, Inc. – Summer camp aid to Type 1 diabetic children.
Friends of the Jacaranda Library - Robotics equipment for tweens and teens.
Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida – New flagpole, two basketball hoops, volleyball net.
Good Samaritan Pharmacy & Health Services, Inc. – Prescription medications for chronic/acute care.
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County – Windows for Habitat home.
Instride Therapy – Full-year scholarship for hippotherapy.
Laurel Civic Association, Inc. - Teen empowerment summer program.
Lemon Bay Garden Club – Scholarships to Wekiva Youth Camp.
Manasota SOLVE, Inc. Maternity Homes – Two bed bug heater systems.
Mental Health Community Centers, Inc. – Personalized wellness services.
Neuro Challenge Foundation, Inc. – Individualized care-advising sessions, printing 2018 Resource Guide.
North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children – Personal hygiene products for homeless/needy children.
Our Mother’s House/Catholic Charities, D.O.V. – New and updated computer workstations.
Pregnancy Solutions - Purchase six months of diapers for Boutique.
Rotary Futures College Resource Center – SAT Prep classes for financially needy students.
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center – Gift cards for financial assistance.
Senior Friendship Center - New furniture for Adult Day Care program.
South County Food Pantry – Milk for students, additional shelving.
State College of Florida Foundation – Suction regulators for Nursing students.
Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc. – Drug screening kits & journaling writing materials.
Trinity Presbyterian Church – Upgrade existing kitchen.
The Twig - One month of shoes for children in Foster Care.
Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc. – 40 meals monthly for clients.
Venice Area Pregnancy Care Center, Inc. – Car seats, cribs,formula, and baby food.
Venice Art Center – Youth scholarships.
Venice Chorale – Expand Apprentice Program.
Venice High School Project Graduation – Funds to support a safe, drug-free after-prom event.
Venice Nokomis Community PreSchool – Scholarship funds for childcare.
The Venice Symphony – Purchase/rental of sheet music.
Venice Theatre, Inc. – Upgrade sound system.
Venice Youth Boating Association – Youth scholarships.
Wildlife Center of Venice – Purchase two carport additions.
The Warehouse of Venice - Various drug screening.
Womens Recource Center - Mental health counseling for women.
The Yummy Stuff Club - Provide healthy snacks for children.
Recently, the Plantation Community Foundation’s Impact Grant committee made an award of $19,200 to Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County (LVSSC) for the establishment of
a computer lab at their facility in North Port. LVSSC currently uses facilities at the North Port Library but due to an ever increasing number of clients they plan to set up a computer lab in
their North Port office. They have over 300 volunteer mentors working with a similar number of area clients.
Literacy Volunteer’s mission is to “ . . .provide one-on-one tutoring and small group classes for English as a Second Language (ESL) and Basic Literacy at no cost to the adult learners.” They are affiliated with ProLiteracy America, the largest adult literacy organization in the United States.
Pictured (l to r) Joe Pokorney, President of Literacy Volunteers; Claudia Daniels, grant writer and Board member of Literacy Volunteers; Impact committee members: John Lauer, former Grants Committee member; Pete Petrie, Foundation board member; Kathy Mason, Grant Committee chair; and Bob Hayden, PCF President.
The 2018 Impact Grant was awarded to Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County. President Bob Hayden and the Impact Grant Committee presented the grant check to Joe Pokorney, LVSSC President, and Claudia Daniels, grant writer and Board Member.
The award of $19,271, will be used to fund a Study-Lab Program located in the Family Services Center, North Port, FL. This location brings together a variety of social service agencies that provide assistance to those who need it.
A dedicated study-lab will provide a safe and welcoming space for students to meet with tutors, utilize computer equipment, and attend classes. The number of students has increased 73% from 2010 to 2017. LVSSC has helped 343 students from 48 different countries in 2016/2017.
The 2017 Impact Grant awarded to Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County is presented to Aimee Holmes, Chief Develpment Officer.
The Foundation has generously partnered with Habitat to lauch a new home revitalization program, A Brush with Kindness. The award of $16,000, along with paint donated by Sherwin Williams, will be used to paint one home per month for a qualified homeowner. This is a one-year program that will benefit income-qualified homewoners in need. It is Habitat's intent to help South Sarasota's most vulnerable population revitalize their homes with pride and dignity.
The Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc. dedicated the beginning of its compact new laboratory to the Plantation Community Foundation. Members of the Foundation's Impact Grant Committee, Foundation Board Members, Clinic volunteers and the Executive Director attended a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Clinic plans to add equipment to its lab with the remaining $12,000 in funds from the grant.