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SRQ DAILY Aug 30, 2023

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"The impact on children residing in families experiencing domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, child abuse and/or neglect, is highly traumatic. It invades every aspect of their lives, impacting their physical and mental health and learning ability."

- Douglas Staley, Executive Director, Child Protection Center.

[Hurricane Preparation]  Humane Society of Sarasota County Lends Aid to Dixie County Shelter

Dixie County, like many rural Florida shelters, has only outdoor boarding facilities for dogs. To give them safe shelter from the storm, the Humane Society of Sarasota County will welcome these animals into their care to ride out the storm. “Thankfully we just had a successful adoption weekend during NBCUniversal’s Clear The Shelter event, so we had the space available to say yes to this request,” said Jaime Limoges, marketing and engagement director for the Humane Society of Sarasota County(HSSC). Staff will ride out the storm at the shelter as well. Please follow their social media pages for updates throughout the week on any needs that may arise. 

[Hurricane Preparation]  MAI Unveils Innovative Web App for Disaster Recovery Assistance

Making An Impact (MAI) has proudly launched an innovative web app version of its Disaster Recovery Resource Guide, strategically timed to address the escalating risks faced by residents during the peak of hurricane season in Southwest Florida. Renowned for its Community Connections Resource Guide, a trusted reference tool for essential needs, the organization originally introduced its Disaster Recovery Guide in both print and flipbook formats last year in response to Hurricane Ian. Following a comprehensive update for the 2023 hurricane season in June, MAI has now unveiled the new web format, poised to assist the community in preparation for impending Hurricane Idalia. The MAI Disaster Recovery Resource Guide is a comprehensive resource encompassing 29 categories, housing over 100 listings of organizations and agencies offering services and programs frequently sought after major disasters. This vital resource is now accessible around the clock through a user-friendly searchable web app. Additionally, limited quantities of printed guides, QR code wallet cards, and informative signage are available to further support the community. “ Making An Impact is a locally driven, all-volunteer nonprofit with a mission to connect residents with essential services in their region. In response to Hurricane Ian last year, we swiftly leveraged our expertise to gather and disseminate crucial information required during times of crisis. Beyond aiding affected residents, our guides found utility within FEMA, as well as numerous local first responders and emergency management teams,” remarked Board Chair and Co-founder Victoria Kasdan. “It was only natural for us to update our Disaster Recovery Guide for the 2023 hurricane season and create more accessible avenues for people to find the assistance they need. Hurricanes throw communities into chaos, and the new web app version of our Disaster Recovery Guide is designed to provide the support required during such tumultuous times. Yet, since recovery can be an extended journey, our other Community Connections Resource Guide, which features over 300 organizations addressing both urgent and non-urgent needs, serves as an invaluable long-term resource. Florida’s vulnerability to hurricanes, coupled with the intensifying effects of climate change, means we anticipate growing demand for all our guides. Despite high guide demand and online utilization, securing financial support to sustain our mission remains challenging. We hope that as the community continues to find value for our guides, they will rally behind us to ensure our long-term viability,” she added. Making An Impact’s Disaster Recovery and Community Connections Resource Guides are available both in print and online, providing critical emergency and essential need information for Sarasota and Manatee counties. For immediate access to the new online MAI Disaster Resource Guide via a user-friendly web app. Please visit https://disasterrecovery.making-an-impact.org/ or explore the organization’s website at www.Making-An-Impact.org. 


[Grant]  BofA Awards Easterseals Southwest Florida a $5,000 Grant to Support Adult Work Program

Bank of America recently granted $5,000 to Easterseals Southwest Florida to help adults with disabilities, who are enrolled in Easterseals Employment Program, by providing reliable transportation services that provide them opportunities to enter the workforce.Easterseals Southwest Florida provides adult clients robust educational and social experiences including life skills, cooking, personal hygiene, vocational training, self-advocacy, and employment skills to help them in entering the workforce. The workplace preparatory program consists of four phases: exploring potential careers, learning life and job skills, interview preparation and job training. Each client in the employment program works with a career coach over four to eight months to prepare them for the workforce. Coaches also support clients for the first 90 days of their jobs to help ensure long-term success. After gaining employment, transportation challenges may arise, blocking clients from successfully keeping their jobs in the community. By partnering with Easterseals Southwest Florida, Bank of America is providing essential financial support to help adults with disabilities positively contribute to their local workforce. Easterseals Southwest Florida is just one of 12 Sarasota/Manatee nonprofits the bank is supporting in the first round of economic mobility grants awarded to local nonprofits throughout the year, helping the bank drive meaningful and sustainable progress to help tackle society’s biggest challenges. To learn more about Easterseals programs and services, including Easterseals Academy, Autism Services, Children Services, Adult Services, Employment Services, Therapy Services, Family Support Services, Hippotherapy and more, visit www.easterseals-swfl.org.  

[Grant]  Child Protection Center Awarded Grant for Visitation Program

The Child Protection Center, Inc (CPC) was selected by the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch to receive funding in support of the Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program (CFSVP), one of CPC’s Child Abuse Intervention programs. CFSVP was established in 1995 and provides a safe place for children to interact with parents without the stress of being in the middle of a family argument, observing a parent who is impaired by substance abuse and without uncomfortable conversations that include adult topics. “The impact on children residing in families experiencing domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness, child abuse and/or neglect, is highly traumatic,” explains Douglas Staley, CPC’s Executive Director. “It invades every aspect of their lives, impacting their physical and mental health and learning ability.” By accessing CFSVP, the risk of violence to children decreases. CFSVP applies a “two-generation” approach, addressing the needs of both the child and parents to interrupt the cycle of abuse. This approach offers security to the custodial parent transporting the child, ensures the child’s well-being, and provides contact with the non-custodial parent. Referrals for the program are accepted from the 12 th Judicial Circuit Court and community agencies. “CFSVP is the starting point for these children to move toward healing and to thrive mentally, physically and emotionally,” says Mr. Staley. Over 50 Sarasota County citizens serve as CFSVP volunteers. The Child Protection Center’s mission is the Prevention, Intervention, & Treatment of Child Abuse, as the organization envisions a community where children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. For over 40 years, CPC has been serving Sarasota and DeSoto Counties in the State of Florida and is accredited by the National Children’s Alliance. For more information on CPC or to inquire about volunteering with the Children and Families Supervised Visitation Program, visit www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277. 

[Event]  All Star Children's Foundation and DreamLarge Launch State of Mind Event

All Star Children's Foundation and DreamLarge are thrilled to announce "State of Mind: A Trauma Informed Experience," a half-day event curated to raise awareness among community leaders about the profound impact of trauma on individuals and society. This event serves as a catalyst for open and thought-provoking discussions on the importance of trauma-informed approaches. The conference will take place on Thursday, September 21, 2023 from 1pm to 7pm at Florida Studio Theatre. Tickets are on sale now for $75 and can be purchased online at dreamlarge.co/som or StateofMind.org. Through the lenses of nationally-recognized speakers, State of Mind aims to shed light on the transformative power of trauma-informed care, fostering greater empathy and understanding in our community. This gathering serves as a platform to equip attendees with insights into how trauma affects communities and facilitate discussions on why adopting trauma-informed approaches is crucial. State of Mind is created by All Star Children’s Foundation and DreamLarge. With a deep commitment to evidence-based, trauma-informed practices, All Star Children’s Foundation aims to address the complex and diverse needs of these children while recognizing the intergenerational nature of trauma. DreamLarge, the first benefit corporation on the Gulf Coast of Florida, is dedicated to cultivating thoughtful and creative solutions for large community challenges. State of Mind will take place at Florida Studio Theater on September 21, 2023 from 1pm to 7pm and includes a reception. Tickets for the conference are on sale for $75. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit StateofMind.org.   

[Donation]  PGT Innovations Donates and Installs Product for Forgotten Angels Nonprofit

PGT Innovations (NYSE: PGTI) a national leader in the premium window, door, and garage door category, recently donated Eze-Breeze Horizontal Side Slider porch enclosure products to Forgotten Angels, a nonprofit organization. Team members from PGT Innovations' Tampa facility installed the products to enclose the organization's 960-square-foot common area currently utilized for group gatherings. Forgotten Angels is a nonprofit organization with a mission to operate as an extended family for children and young adults aging or aged out of the foster care system, at-risk teens, and recently released incarcerated youths. The organization offers a home to teach these children life skills, provide opportunities for education and skills training, foster financial independence, and provide care and guidance. The Forgotten Angels’ property, located at 3604 Little Stearns Road in Valrico, Fla., spans over a dozen acres, providing ample space for its youth to place their own tiny home, learn to care for animals and themselves, and cultivate an environment that encourages relaxation, recovery, and the formation of healthy relationships.


[Grant]  Gulf Coast Community Foundation Awards $30,000 to Conservation Foundation

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast recently received two $15,000 grants from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. These grants were made possible through Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Katherine Naismith Witten Fund at Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Both grants support Conservation Foundation’s land management and restoration programs on their protected lands with a specific focus on improving wildlife habitat and increasing climate resiliency. Through a variety of techniques, Conservation Foundation works to ensure the land they protect is well-managed for the benefit of people and nature. Most often this includes practices such as native tree planting, exotic plant removal, and prescribed fire. The planting of native trees and plants provides significant benefits to wildlife by increasing access to food and shelter. This year alone, Conservation Foundation planted thousands of trees along the Myakka River. Trees planted on the shores of rivers, lakes, and creeks shade the water, thereby decreasing water temperature, increasing oxygen, and improving fish habitat. Additionally, shoreline plantings help to improve water quality and stabilize shorelines by capturing sediment and reducing erosion. The re-introduction of fire to landscapes is also a critical practice on land where fire should naturally occur. In Florida, almost every natural community benefits from fire. When natural fires do not occur, old branches and leaves accumulate, becoming fuel for catastrophic, uncontrolled wildfires that place people and wildlife at risk. By routinely burning land through a practice called ‘prescribed fire,’ Conservation Foundation and other land management organizations help protect our community by decreasing wildfire risk. Conservation Foundation’s work also increases our community’s resiliency to the increasingly intense storms and floods caused by our changing climate. Land conservation in itself is a powerful tool and our best natural defense against flooding. Protecting floodplains, coastal marshes, prairies, and forests provides places for water to be naturally stored and absorbed, now and in the future. Benefits to the community increase when protected land is also responsibly managed and restored through practices such as Conservation Foundation’s tree-planting initiatives. 

[Grant]  JFCS of the Suncoast Receives $25,000 Grant from The Sephardic Foundation to Support Aging Services

The Sephardic Foundation on Aging (SFOA) generously awarded the Jewish Family and Children Services (JFCS) of the Suncoast a $25,000 grant for their Aging Services program. “Our roots in caring for the older Jewish community began over 70 years ago, when we opened our doors as The Sephardic Home for the Aged in Brooklyn, NY,” according to SFOA. The Aging Services program at JFCS offers a wide array of senior-based programs, from caregiver support groups and counseling to Alzheimer’s support and education. SFOA fosters innovation and collaboration in the field of aging so older people and their communities have the support and resources they need to flourish. According to the National Council on Aging, more than half of caregivers work full-time, and it is estimated that approximately 15 million days of work are lost each year due to caregiving. This grant will help offer a crucial service for Sarasota's elderly by providing support and resources to overburdened caregivers, as well as provide other welcome support to the aging in our community. Inspired by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS believes all people are to be treated with dignity and respect and have equal opportunity for physical and mental well-being, self-expression, and joy. The Sephardic Foundation on Aging emphasizes care and connection as hallmarks of the community they serve. Together both JFCS and SFOA will bring dignity and therapeutic assistance to support individuals and families living with dementia. Topics such as personal loss, family, relationships, wellness and isolation will be discussed in caregiver groups. JFCS is one of the Florida Suncoast’s leading mental health and human services agencies, and delivers programs and services on a non-denominational basis with the goal of empowering individuals toward well-being and self-reliance. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bow Wow at The Bazaar , July 11 – December 31, Bazaar hours

Attention all animal lovers, The Bazaar is going to the dogs. The latest addition to our beloved market is Bow Wow Bazaar, where you can meet and greet some of the most adorable pups in town. We believe that every dog deserves a loving home, and that’s why we partnered with local animal shelters to help them find homes for their rescues. Come down to our market and meet your new best friend. Who knows, you might just find the perfect match. Not only will you be able to pet and play with these lovable pooches, but we also have books for the kids to read to these pups. Plus, you can browse the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar and enjoy a delicious lunch at Hamlets Eatery. Join us for fun, food, and furry friends. The Bazaar is located at 821 Apricot Ave. in Sarasota. For more information visit www.Bazaaronapricotandlime.com or call 941-445-1938.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Thursdays , July 13 – December 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Join Sarasota Art Museum for Jazz Thursdays featuring live jazz music, contemporary art, and sips and bites from Bistro. Hosted by the Jazz Club of Sarasota. Jazz Thursday happens on the second Thursday of each month, 5:30-8 p.m. Galleries, Bistro, and SHOP open. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Resources for Veterans Starting a Business , August 30, 12 to 1 pm

Learn what resources are available for veterans interested in starting their own businesses. We will review some of the national programs available including the SBA Boots to Business program as well as other free and low cost resources available for both the government, non profit and private sector. This webinar is free. Visit www.score.org/manasota to register.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sea Show: Back to Schooling at Mote , August 30, 1-1:45pm

Tuna in for a free educational livestream and get back into the swim of things for a new school year with a few of our fishy friends on August 30, from 1-1:45pm. Compare and contrast different kinds of fish adaptations, from seahorses to sharks. Explore how important fisheries are to people and what you can do to help, then learn the basics about setting up your own classroom aquarium for the new school year. For Grades K-6. This program is offered for free via Zoom Webinar as part of the CILC Community of Learning series. For more information and to register, visit mote.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: FASD Awareness Walk , September 9, 9am
September is not only a month of transitioning seasons but also a time for raising awareness about a critical issue that affects countless lives. September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, FASD, Awareness Month and to raise awareness, The Florida Center for Early Childhood will be hosting a 5K walk or run that will go on in various locations all over Florida. By walking together, we can amplify our voices, raise awareness about the risks of prenatal alcohol exposure, and stand in solidarity with those affected by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Let's stride towards a healthier future for all children and families. Your steps matter, join us on this empowering journey as we make every step count. See you at the starting line! Our Local Location will be at Oasis Church, 5215 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton, on September 9th, starting at 9am. For more information visit thefloridacenter.org.
[SOON]  SEMINAR: Women's Resource Center You Are Worthy Series , September 14 – November 9, 6-8pm

The Women’s Resource Center presents “You Are Worthy,” an eight-week series from September 14th through November 9th moderated by Chris Florand and Denise Whalin. This in-person series is part of the Women’s Resource Center’s life enrichment programs. The program is $25 for all sessions and takes place at WRC’s Sarasota office at 340 S. Tuttle Ave. To register, please call 941-256-9721 or visit mywrc.org/youareworthy. This program meets weekly on Thursdays from 6-8pm, with each session focusing on developing self-awareness skills, the building block where real personal growth and power to change lives starts.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: State of Mind: A Trauma-Informed Experience , September 21, 1-7pm

Join us on September 21st for State of Mind: A Trauma-Informed Experience, an enlightening half-day event designed to raise awareness among community leaders about the profound impact of trauma on individuals and society. Come to the esteemed Florida Studio Theatre for an empowering experience that will shape a more compassionate and trauma-aware society. At the heart of this initiative is All Star Children's Foundation, guided by a steadfast mission: to cultivate brighter futures for children in foster care through innovation, science, and compassion. To bring All Star’s vision to life, they have partnered with DreamLarge, a pioneering benefit corporation dedicated to inspiring community impact and cultivating a brighter tomorrow. Together, All Star Children's Foundation and DreamLarge bring their collective strengths to create a space for shared commitment, and open, thought-provoking discussions on the importance of trauma-informed approaches. Throughout the conference, speakers will offer insights into the essence of trauma and its far-reaching effects. Engaging presentations will provide essential knowledge about trauma-informed care, inspiring enlightening discussions to foster empathy and understanding. Tickets for the event are $75. The event will take place from 1-7pm at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more information visit www.dreamlarge.org.

[SOON]  GALA: 21st Annual Buddy Walk with Bringing Up Down Syndrome , October 28, 10 am to 2 pm

Bringing Up Down Syndrome will hold its 21st annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 28th from 10 am to 2 pm at Bayside Community Church, located at 15800 FL64 in Bradenton, Florida. This exciting event is the largest Down syndrome awareness and celebration experience in the area. This event will feature live music with celebrated vocalist and DJ, MoTown Ross Brown, silent auction, carnival games, a 50/50 raffle, food and beverages, and a variety of other family friendly activities. All donations support programs and services offered to over 250 families across Manatee and Sarasota counties. Register now at manasotabuds.org.

[SOON]  GALA: Resilient Retreat Farm to Table , November 5, 4 pm

Please join us for the annual Resilient Retreat Farm to Table dining experience on Sunday, November 5, 2023 at 4:00 pm. The funds raised at the event are critical to Resilient Retreat to continue to serve survivors of trauma and first responders and helping professionals. Come immerse yourself among the majestic oaks at 84 acres of conservation land on the retreat. In true farm to table fashion, our local chefs will craft a tasting menu featuring the very best local seasonal foods. Dine under the stars nestled among the beautiful live oaks while experiencing al fresco farm to table dining. Farm to Table proceeds will benefit the Resilient Retreat mission to empower survivors of trauma to thrive through self care and community. Visit https://givebutter.com/farmtotable2023 for more information and to purchase tickets.

[SOON]  GALA: Night of Hope and Healing with the Child Protection Center , November 9, 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us in bringing hope and healing to the fight against child abuse in our community. Night of Hope and Healing will feature a wide selection of tastings from crowd favorite restaurants, fantastic live and silent auctions, and most importantly, you will leave the event knowing that you are bringing change, protection, and hope to the most vulnerable children of our community. Sponsoring this event will expose your business to a compassionate, caring, and loyal community while providing the necessary support to give local children access to life saving services. These partnerships provide hope in raising awareness, hope in bringing comfort and joy, and hope in building a world where kids can just be kids. We look forward to seeing you there. Plantation Golf and Country Club, 500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, https://cpcsarasota.org/events/night-of-hope/.

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