2018-2019 Donations and Contributions
Charities receiving $1,000 donation at the May 2019 meeting
Baby Basics of Sarasota County, Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides diapers and kindness to working, low-income families who do not receive any governmental assistance. www.babybasicssarasota.org
Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group strives to instill in young black males a positive sense of self that will give them confidence to believe they can achieve things thus break the cycle of crime, incarceration, failure and death that plagues many young males in low income disenfranchised communities. They achieve this through education and mentorship by offering field trips “outside the box” for these young men, paying for good grades on their report card and a technical skill program for those that will not go on to college. The members participate in fund raising through rehabilitation of vacant homes, previously owned by the City of Sarasota. http://brotherhoodofmen.org
Brothers and Sisters Doing the Right Thing works to challenge children and youth of Newtown and the surrounding area to find positive life goals and help empower them to achieve these goals. The organization offers afternoon homework help, healthy snacks and tutoring after school. Their WOW program provides summer camp activities to widen teens perspectives. About 75% of campers are African American from low-income families who are too old for park district programs, but not old enough to find summer employment. They receive recommendation from Salvation Army, and word of mouth. https://doingtherightthingsrq.weebly.com
Dollar Dynasty provides critical humanitarian aid and community outreach programs to low- and fixed-income families of the Newtown area through a variety of services. The charity provides food boxes during the holidays, books and school supplies throughout the year, scholarships for summer camps, a Dress for Success program which provides food and clothing on an emergency basis, a discounted resale shop and field trips outside the area for local youngsters. http://dollardynasty.org
Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County is dedicated to reducing risky teen behaviors amongst 13-19 yea-old youth residing in or attending school in Manatee County by providing peer education and peer mentoring in small group programs. Research and anecdotal experience indicate that peer education is an effective way to convey information and promote behavior change among young people. Their Teen Health Program (THP) which, along with outer partners, has helped to "move the needle" on our community’s teen birth rate in Manatee County births to teens 14 and under by more than 84% from 2009 to 2017, reduce repeat teen births have dropped by 66% in the same time frame, while births to local teens age 15-19 have decreased by 54.5%. They go out into the community and present to parents and peers about teen health issues including bullying, peer pressure, sexting and social media safety, teen dating violence, pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases and nutrition and health lifestyles. https://www.healthyteensmanatee.com
Hearing Loss Association of America, Sarasota/Manatee Chapter serves 145,000 hearing impaired in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Their purpose is to open the world of communication and a more active lifestyle to people with hearing loss through information, education, advocacy and support. They offer educational workshops, free hearing screenings, have encouraged (through advocacy) the "Loop" program now available in over 150 theaters, houses of worship and community venues and provide a Hearing Tech Expo and Clinic with additional emphasis for children and families added in 2018, which gives consumers the opportunity to try and compare hearing aids (first ever in the nation); and the creation of a new support group for individuals with hearing loss and their families starting in March, 2019. They are creating 2 new educational classes by teaming up with Adult and Community Enrichment (ACE) in Sarasota to serve up to 30 people per two-hour session. https://cornerstonelifecare.com/hearing-loss-association-of-america-sarasota-chapter
Mothers Helping Mothers is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization which has been providing basic necessities such as clothing and baby items to families free of charge since 1990. They serve approximately 4,000 families per year, representing thousands of children who benefit from their support. Over the past four years, more than 12,000 families registered as their clients. More than 75 families qualified for and received emergency financial assistance. They are seeking funds for their Storefront Assistance, which is their core program where they provide the opportunity for mothers’ to "shop" for their families’ needs at no cost for clothing, car seats, cribs, back to school clothing. Their biggest challenge is keeping the doors open through receiving unrestricted funds to pay rent, insurance, utilities, and other basic cost. https://www.mhmsarasota.com
PAWC – Monthly Meeting Charities – 2019 - 2020
RESURRECTION HOUSE – October Meeting – 10/11/2019 Resurrection House is a forward thinking, faith-based resource center committed to transitioning at-risk individuals to a path of self-sufficiency. For over 25 years, they have provided, food, clothing, showers, legal, health care and other necessities through volunteers and donations from the community.
SPARCC – Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center – November Meeting – 11/8/2019 SPARCC’s mission is to stop domestic and sexual violence in our communities. The SPARCC helps woman regain freedom from a perpetrator(s). (SPARCC) was formed as a non-profit agency in 1979 and is the only state-certified center for domestic violence and sexual assault services for Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. All SPARCC’s services are free and confidential.
HOPE FAMILY SERVICES – December Meeting – 12/13/2019 Hope’s mission is to promote safety, strength and well-being for those affected by domestic violence in Manatee County (Florida). Since 1979, HOPE’s primary purpose has been to provide services to survivors of domestic violence and help them stay safe, gain strength, and evaluate their options.
Homeless Students, Sarasota (Sarasota YMCA) – January Meeting – 1/10/2020 Every child has a right to a public education, but when your home is in turmoil, it can be overwhelming to navigate school and social services systems. The Sarasota YMCA Schoolhouse Link is here to be your advocate helping students in transition attend and succeed in school. Schoolhouse Link operates under a contract with the Sarasota County School Board and serve as the District's official "homeless liaison".
Fashion Show – No Charity at this meeting – 2/14/2020
Baby Basics – March Meeting – 3/20/2020 Baby Basics of Sarasota County, Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides diapers and kindness to working, low-income families who do not receive any governmental assistance.
Kinsley’s Cookie Cart – April Meeting – 4/10/2020 Kinsley’s Cookie Cart Foundation is a local charity in Sarasota County started in 2019 as a result of Kinsley’s beating pediatric cancer. Its mission is to raise awareness, funding and support for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Turning Points – May Meeting – 5/8/2019 Turning Points mission is to provide, coordinate, and facilitate services to the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Manatee County, Florida. Their primary goal is to prevent homelessness by maintaining individuals and families in their housing.
Palm Aire Women’s Club 2019 Scholarship Recipients
State College of Florida Recipients
Cara Ruhnke is studying biotechnology and plans to earn a Bachelor’s degree in biology focusing on conservation genetics, evolutionary biology and virology. An instructor says Cara has initiative, discipline, exemplary study habits, professional behavior, aptitude for academic research, and leadership. She demonstrates sound critical thinking and writing skills far beyond the undergraduate level. She is a grounded, mature student who has a clear vision for her future.
Bailey Parker Pearce is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Technology Management. Even though she came from an impoverished rural area, she has a keen work ethic, is trustworthy, and driven. One of her references says Bailey is reliable, responsible, goal oriented, an amazing individual and as always going above and beyond what is required. Her reference says she is goal oriented, committed to her studies and academic goals, has compassion for helping others, and has excellent interpersonal skills.
Chelsea Cox’s goal is a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing with a focus on surgical nursing. Her three-year old son has a language disorder so she is learning sign language to better communicate with him. Her reference says she is goal oriented, committed to her studies and academic goals, has compassion for helping others, and has excellent interpersonal skills. She is extremely dedicated and driven to succeed. She has a clearly outlined career path in the medical profession.
Tyler Dietzway is pursuing a Nursing degree with his ultimate goal to become an ARNP. He is caring for his mother who is a survivor of a forceful aggravated assault five year ago and helping her care for his fully disabled stepfather. His reference says he demonstrates an aptitude for critical thinking and applies himself with persistence and dedication. He is kind, altruistic and ambitious who demonstrates a focused and thoughtful approach to his coursework and relationships.
Manatee Technical College Recipients
Michelle Vavra is currently enrolled in the EMT Fire Combined Program at MTC. She is married with four children. By starting a career after raising her children has made her strive to be better so she can reach her goals. Having the love for health and fitness, along with helping others, she can now reach her goal as a Fire Fighter.
Lisa Pollack has been in the Public Safety field for some time and is EMT Certified. She has had experience riding along with county ambulances in the past and working as a 911 dispatcher. Choosing to become a Paramedic will achieve her goals since she loves helping people in any way she can especially when they are at their worst.
Morna Brady was already successful in a career when she decided she wanted to make a career change. She knows she wanted to make a difference, to challenge herself both physical and mentally, and to help others and her community. She knows that hard work and dedication does pay off and by choosing to become a Firefighter she can then achieve her goal.
Donna Jervis completed the Patient Care Technician program at MTC and continued her education in the LPN program which she successfully completed in December. Her goals are to continue her education and become a Registered Nurse. Working in the medical field will give her more job opportunities as well as helping her financially. She is enthusiastic and helpful to others and she will be successful as an RN.