Shoes for Metropolitan Ministries
After a tour of Metropolitan Ministries to see the benefits of a Community Foundation grant, one of our donors was moved to help in another way. The donor purchased new athletic shoes for 49 adults and children who are currently homeless and reside at Metropolitan Ministries. The shoe recipients all then participated in the Gasparilla 5K as part of the Ministries' Health and Wellness Program. The program is part of the holistic care the Ministries offers to alleviate suffering, promote dignity, and instill self-sufficiency to families who reside at the shelter.
Presidents Day Honor Tour for veterans
The South Shore Council hosted 35 veterans and spouses of veterans from Sun City Center for the third annual Presidents Day Honor Tour to Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetery.
Community building in Seminole
Donors Dr. Ed and Vivian Lurie have longed dreamed of a facility in Seminole that would encourage entrepreneurship and civic engagement. On February 20, Dr. Lurie presented a $500,000 check from the Luries' fund here at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to the St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees and SPC President Tonjua Williams for a community building on the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus. The building will house the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce, civic clubs and college business classes.
Wimauma Opportunity Center opens
A $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay in 2017 helped Enterprising Latinas get its Wimauma Opportunity Center for women off the ground. In the first year, the center engaged 144 women in training and 400 in educational events, far more than its goals.
In the first year, the organization found some important insights that will help its work going forward:
Many women in the area are the principal bread-winners for their families, doing challenging work in the agricultural and food service industry or domestic service jobs.
Beyond transportation, language and other family barriers like long working hours, one of the most significant barriers to opportunity was women's inability to see the possibilities for improvement.
Though 28 of 30 members of the first family childcare licensing course succeeded, a number struggled not because they lacked literacy or language skills, but because they lacked confidence and belief in themselves.
The lack of affordable and quality housing is an even greater barrier than anticipated for those who are eager to open family childcare homes.
Enterprising Latinas now has been able to secure some larger grants to acquire property and build on its inaugural services.
Happenings Events for CFTB donors and friends
Nonprofit Showcase: Quantum Leap Farm, 9:30-11 a.m., April 4, Quantum Leap Farm, Odessa. RSVP HERE
CFTB Insights: A Volunteer Physician's Perspective on Community Health Care, 8-9:30 a.m., May 9, Marchand's at the Vinoy, St. Petersburg. REGISTER HERE
Registration opens June 1 for this year's Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch, which includes a two-month training and mentoring program leading up to the pitch competition for innovative nonprofits that are effecting social change. LEARN MORE
Donor recognition Some honors received by our generous donors in the community
Ellie Paladine, a longtime member of the Nature Coast Council, was named Queen Chasco during the Chasco Fiesta celebration in Pasco County in honor of her long service to the community as a volunteer and philanthropist.
Bess the Book Bus, $10,000: StayVenture, a Mobile Education Fair in Hillsborough County. Along with Boards for Bros and Rhythm Changes, create fun, educational experiences in neighborhoods with limited access to cultural offerings. Goal is to reach over 15,000 kids with 30,000+ books a year, provide 8,000 individual skateboarding experiences and 50+ community drumming experiences in 2018.
Connections Job Development Program, $5,000: Provide job-seeking skills and connections with area employers to very low/low/medium income residents of Pasco and surrounding counties, including those with felony records, senior citizens, veterans, physically and mentally disabled, homeless and at risk of homelessness.
The Mission Continues, $30,000: Support for two fellowships for Tampa Bay veterans to reconnect to their communities through a medium-term, high-commitment period of community service. The Mission Continues supports Fellows with coaching, resources, and financial stipends (similar to AmeriCorps) as they serve in a local nonprofit or civic organization for six months, twenty hours per week.
In the media Links to recent news reports related to CFTB