Second Voting Meeting

November 7, 2018

2nd Voting Meeting Presenters (l to r) – Jean Saylor, Connie Abood, Paula Griffin

Children’s Guardian Fund was the selected charity

We raised $14,400.

On November 7, 2018  we had 89 of our 146 members in attendance at our second voting meeting.  The three presenters did a fabulous job with their presentations.  Congratulations to all of them.  

In addition to the members’ donations, we were awarded a $5,000 matching donation grant by The Richard Schulze Foundation – making a total donation of $19,400 to Children’s Guardian Fund. 

Children’s Guardian Fund, Inc.  Presented by Jean Saylor

www.childrensguardianfund.org

More than 1,400 children in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.  The Children’s Guardian Fund and the Guardian ad Litem Program work together to ensure that your people who do not have the support of their parents at least have the support of their community.  They provide things from tutoring to sports fees, from an instrument to play in the school to soccer shoes.  These items and experiences allow them to develop a sense of normalcy and self-worth.

The two additional charities that were pitched were:

The Twig – Beams of Grace  Presented by Paula Griffin

www.thetwigcares.com

The Twig is a faith-based organization that serves foster children and their families by providing clothing and accessories.

The Academy at Glengary, Inc.  Presented by Connie Abood

www.academysrq.org

The Academy is a vocational training center for adults living with mental health challenges.

First Voting Meeting

March 7, 2018

1st Voting Meeting Presenters (l to r) – Linda Hoy, Karen Alofs, Linda Mansperger

Resurrection House was the selected charity

We raised $11,400.

In addition to the members’ donations, we were awarded a $5,000 matching donation grant by The Richard Schulze Foundation – making a total donation of $16,400 to The Resurrection House.

On March 7, 2018  we had 84 of our 110 members in attendance at our inaugural voting meeting.  The three presenters did a fabulous job with their presentations.  Congratulations to all of them for being the first women to pitch a charity to our group.    

Resurrection House  Presented by Linda Hoy

www.resurrectionhousesarasota.org

Mission Statement:  Resurrection House is a forward thinking non-denominational faith-based resource center committed to transitioning at-risk and homeless individuals to a path of self-sufficiency.  Resurrection House meets the needs of the homeless by providing showers, restrooms, breakfast & lunch, and volunteers to wash, dry and fold laundry.  Since opening in 1989, they have served over 31,000 homeless individuals.  The services also include barber services, medical help, legal advice, employment help by providing bus passes or bicycles, storage facilities, mailbox services and spiritual help.  Their operating budget is $500,000, with most of it coming from individuals, businesses, foundations and religious groups.  They receive no money from city, county, state or federal government.  They have 5 employees and 150 volunteers.  90% of their budget goes to Program Services.  They serve 1200 clients each year.  In addition to monetary donations, they welcome clothing, toiletries, canned goods and peanut butter.  They also need men’s sneakers, jeans, underwear and small hotel sized bottles of shampoo.  Our donation will be used to purchase larger washers and dryers, as well as new lockers for their clients’ storage.   

The two additional charities that were pitched were:

Hope Family Services, Inc.  Presented by Karen Alofs   

www.hopefamilyservice.org

This organization promotes safety and strength for victims of domestic violence and strives to help those individuals become self-reliant.

Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast  Presented by Linda Mansperger www.samaritangulfcoast.com

Samaritan provides counseling for individuals, couples, families and children, as well as career, personality and psychological assessments.