RISE Women of the WRC; Literacy is important! ; Jungle Garden Camp
Beta Club wins Nationals
Women’s Resource Center
hosts Helping Women RISE!
The Women’s Resource Center is partnering with national The Mom Project to offer a free virtual information session about its RISE Fellowship program Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m.
Chandra Sanders, director of RISE, will lead the event – part of the WRC’s Career Connections program which connects women to quality jobs and funded training programs. RISE is an initiative of The Mom Project, a digital talent marketplace that connects professionally accomplished women with world-class companies. Register at mywrc.org/RISE or call 941-256-9721 for more information.
“Women have the power, the courage and the talent to raise their families by their boots – but the shoes have to fit,” said Sanders, a former high school Spanish teacher turned Fortune 100 senior technical consultant (Google, Pfizer, Anthem). “RISE is more than development; we provide community and support in a program that truly sees her and her needs, and uplifts her without compromising authenticity.
For more information, visit work.themomproject.com/rise.
Sarasota Literacy Council
famous Literacy Matters!
The Literacy Council of Sarasota will hold its 15th annual Literacy Matters! fundraiser Friday.
The online event begins at 11:30 a.m. Jeffery Kin, Executive Director of Sarasota Rising!, will guide program highlights including guest speaker Mellissa Teston, testimonials from adult learners, Volunteer of the Year award and the James E. Duffy Friend of Literacy. Award. Proceeds will go to LCS literacy programs and services.
The Literacy Council of Sarasota is supported by anonymous sponsors for a game and $10,000 event subscription, and other main sponsor Linda T. Jones. For more information and tickets, visit sarasotaliteracy.org; call Sandra Beltran at 941-955-0421; or email email@example.com.
Friends of Shannon Staub
Library Upgrade Website
Friends of Shannon Staub Public Library recently received a $9,925 grant to update its logo and website (friendsofsspl.org). The grant was funded by the George J. and Alice Pugh Donor Advised Fund ($6,211) and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Edward K. Roberts Emerging Needs Fund.
“We are thrilled to receive this significant gift, and have now contracted with a Sarasota-based web development and marketing company to redevelop, manage and maintain our website,” said FOSSPL President Liz Napoli.
The new website will feature a user-friendly platform that will provide visitors with information at a glance, including upcoming library programs, events and volunteer opportunities. The grant also includes an iPad and a Square credit card processing terminal for use in the FOSSPL second-hand bookstore.
Samaritan Counseling Services
received $20,000 for COVID
Samaritan Counseling Services received a $20,000 grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Initiative and the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation to provide mental health counseling to clients in Sarasota County.
Samaritan Counseling’s team of state-licensed psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, and interns will work with uninsured and underinsured men, women, and children on their treatment goals, including managing anxiety and depression, battling alcohol and drug addiction and other life challenges. .
To learn more, visit samaritangulfcoast.com.
Jungle Gardens ad
spring, summer zoo camps
Sarasota Jungle Gardens is accepting registrations for its popular spring break and summer zoo camps.
Spring Break Zoo Camp runs from March 14-18 and Summer Zoo Camps runs from June 6-July 15. Kids will explore behind the scenes with Jungle Gardens zoo keepers and also experience animal interactions and jungle treks.
Zoo Camp ($250/week) is for children ages 6-11. Camper-to-counsellor ratios are low, and all counselors have completed background checks, fingerprints, and drug tests. Registration is available at sarasotajunglegardens.com/zoo-camp.
Around and around…
the 53rd Annual Trinity United Church Charity Sale is February 24-25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and February 26 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The church (4150 S. Shade Ave., Sarasota) will hold a presale Feb. 23 from 4-7 p.m. for $5 admission. Proceeds support donations to community organizations including All Faith’s Food Bank, FISH, Mothers Helping Mother’s, Meals on Wheels and Healthy Start.
• The 35th Annual Big Sale is from February 24 to 26 at Englewood United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 700 E. Dearborn Street. Admission is free on Friday (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-12 p.m.). A $5 “Early Shop Admission Fee” is available Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. Proceeds support local charities. For more information, visit englewoodumc.net or call Annette at 941-882-4543.
• The 15th Annual Buchan Airport Fly-in, featuring vintage, experimental, homemade and general aviation aircraft, is scheduled for March 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south side of Buchan Airport, 1390 Old Englewood Road, Englewood. Breakfast and lunch will be available. A portion of the proceeds is used to fund a student aviation scholarship. For more information, contact Dan Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-474-1551.
• The American Association of University Women of Manatee County, who turns 69, will hold his scholarship luncheon on March 5 at the Palm Aire Country Club. The foundation supports women in Manatee County with financial need and academic excellence. Tickets are $45. Contact Pat Eggleston at 443-875-7406 or email@example.com for information or reservations.
Compiled from press releases and community submissions.