MSC Foundation: Letters from Those We Reach

girl_with_flowerThe MSC Foundation awarded nearly $30,000 of grants in July 2013 to over 20 charitable organizations from Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte Counties.

As the Foundation is supported entirely through voluntary donations from Michael Saunders & Company agents and staff, it can be challenging  to get a sense for how each person’s contributions (however large or small) can affect the lives of others. Over the last several weeks, we’ve received an outpouring of thank you letters from each charity. Their words of gratitude have expressed first-hand how each grant will directly impact those in need.

Ultimately, we owe each charity our thanks as they help to improve people’s lives through shelter, sustenance, education, and a path to self-sufficiency.  Their care and support go to those in our community who need it most.

The following are letters from each charity that illustrate how, as a community, we are helping to make a difference:

Your generosity will go a long way toward our goal of feeding 60 children at Lakeview Elementary School on weekends throughout the school year.
Michael Richker, President
Temple Emanu-EL
Kids to Kids Backpack Program

This spring, Miracle League Manasota launched its second year of league baseball for children and adults with disabilities. Handicap accessible restrooms, an open air pavilion and a space for concessions are part of Phase II. Your gift will help us as we complete Phase II of this exceptional project.
– Bob Mitchell, President
The Miracle League Manasota

The grant funding received from the MSC Foundation will be used to help ensure that Sarasota’s seniors are able to maintain healthy and independent lifestyles evens if unable to drive.
– Caroline Chambliss, Executive Director
ITN Sarasota

The needs of the children in this community are so great. Your generous donation will help purchase healthy snacks and fresh fruits for some.
– Susan Morin, Executive Director
The Children’s Healthy Pantry

– Please thank everyone at the MSC Foundation for their support in feeding our local homeless children.  Your generosity enables us to expand to feed more of our hungry kids on weekends, when they often go hungry.
– Jane Evers
F.E.L.T. – Feeding Empty Little Tummies

Thanks to your donation, HOPE’s Emergency Safe Shelter can continue to provide comfort, safety and stability. So far this year, HOPE’s Shelter has been a safe haven for over 300 individuals, 198 of them children.
Laurel A. Lynch, Executive Director/CEO
HOPE Family Services

Since 2006, Southeastern Guide Dogs has placed more than 90 extraordinary dogs with veterans and military hospitals. We consider it an honor and privilege to offer our services at no charge, and your partnership means that we can continue to do so. After the sacrifices our veterans have made for us, it’s the least we can do for them!
– Titus Herman, CEO
Southeastern Guide Dogs

This gift will make a difference in the lives of many children! It will help us to continue the vital services and programs that the Boys & Girls Clubs provide. On behalf of so many children, we thank you for investing in them! We are so grateful for your support.
– Bill Sadlo, President/CEO
Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

Sarasota County youth face many challenges including stress from economic factors at home, pressure from peers to take illegal drugs and lack of connection to the community. CYD helps address these issues through engaging youth in providing alternatives to help them make positive choices. On behalf of everyone involved with CYD, thank you for supporting Sarasota County teens through this grant! 
Karen Bogues, Executive Director
Community Youth Development

We appreciate MSC Foundation for partnering with us to help struggling parents learn the skills they need to keep their children safe and reaching their full potential in life. Your contribution will make an immediate impact.
– Karina Bellemare, Executive Director
Family Partnership Center

There are many things that make our community a wonderful place to live, but the generosity of the people is at the top of the list. Through your donation you are helping us provide low cost programming such as mental health counseling, support groups and employment programs. Thank you for supporting our community.
– Ashley Brown, Executive Director
Women’s Resource Center of Manatee

Thank you for your grant to the Venice Symphony Summer Music camp. The camp has over 100 students and 40% of them are on a scholarship. They are taught by professional musicians, and learn all aspects of music education.
– Douglas Kerr, Executive Director
The Venice Symphony

Your donation will enable us to continue our mission of Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention and Treatment and will help us realize our vision of a community in which children are safe from abuse and free to thrive. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness in helping some of the most vulnerable children in our community live healthier and happier lives.
– Douglas Staley, Executive Director
Child Protection Center, Inc.

You can read more about the July grant distribution by visiting this blog or the MSC Foundation’s webpage.

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