Huggy Bears Program


Each month, a small volunteer group constructs, sews, stuffs, and delivers 30 soft, cuddly bears to Venice Regional Bayfront Health Center to be presented to children who arrive at the Emergency Room needing some comfort.  Volunteers are needed for this program, if you are available call the PCF office.  No experience necessary!



"Huggy Bear" Recipient Hadley
Hadley's Mom sent an Email to the Foundation with the following  Thank You!!
"Recently my 5 year old split her head open, which required an ER run for stitches.
During triage, the nurse gave her a little stuffed bear to hug. Though I was holding her the whole time, the bear provided a comfort to her that I didn't expect.
It wasn't easy -- five stitches. I saw the bear had a little tag that it was provided by the Plantation Community Foundation, and wanted to write to you to thank you for the extra comfort you provided in a rough night.
She's all smiles now. Thank you!"

The "Huggy Bear" Committee consists of Eileen Kruzynski and the following volunteers stuffing and sewing the bears:  Rita Yanotti, Jackie Smith, John Graft, Betty Graham, Cyndi Cefalu, Barb Schneck, Donna Sherman, Marcia Major, Toni Walls, Paula Dawson.

Impact Grant


      The PCF was able to award 2 Community Impact Grants in 2019.

      $26,000 was awarded to InStride Therapy to start a new therapeutic program for veterans suffering from PTSD and related conditions.     

     $48,000 was awarded to the Senior Friendship Center in Venice to fully upgrade two of their client lavatories.   


     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.  


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 launch 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. 


Members of Plantation Community Foundation celebrate, with volunteers and the Executive Director of the Englewood Community Care Clinic, Inc., the Community "Impact Grant" which is funding a complete new laboratory.



Plantation Community Foundation's partnership with Gulf Coast Community Foundation provided funding for two new STEMsmart (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) classrooms in Venice Middle School.

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