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|Suncoast Charities 2010 Recipient Story
Local charities get boost from firefighter and paramedic union
Posted: July 13, 2010 06:08 PM EDT
Updated: July 13, 2010 06:35 PM EDT
SARASOTA COUNTY - The area firefighters and paramedics union handed out some help for local charities Tuesday.
Nineteen not-for-profit organizations got a boost thanks to the Suncoast Firefighters and Paramedics Union. Union heads say they will hand out more than $135,000 this year to charities in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte counties.
The funds were raised though the sale of specialty tags, boot drives, donations, and other fundraisers.
Recipients like the Loveland Center in Venice were handed their checks Tuesday afternoon. "The firefighters recognizing us and helping us to provide the necessary things for our 127 adults with developmental disabilities here at the Loveland Center means an awful lot to us," says Benny Weaver.
"Our job is about giving back to the community on duty, and we like to give back off duty. We like to be involved in our communities," says union member Merv Kennell.
This is the third year for the firefighters community grant program. The nearly 1,100 members of local 25-46 are looking to raise even more in the coming year.
|Suncoast Charities 2009 recipients
VENICE - Firefighters save lives on a daily basis. Tuesday they took a different tack on that effort.
A local firefighters union handed out more than $85,000 to Suncoast charities. It's a part of the Firefighters Community Grant Program.
Charitable organizations like the Red Cross, Tidewell Hospice, and local branches of the Boys and Girls Club were some of the 16 organizations selected. The largest recipient was the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Most of the money was raised through boot drives. The rest through the sale of firefighter licence plates.
|Brothers and Sisters Helping Others
We have heard enough of the bad here are some links to some good. Our brothers at East Manatee are working hard to support those with burns. They are active with a fishing for charity event and all our fishermen and ladies are urged to attend. Please click on picture for link to their site.
Additionally our Brothers and Sisters in Sarasota have been actively working to support those in desperate need. See the attached link to the news story and information on their efforts. Great Job!
|ABC 7 News Story - July 29,2008
Local charities get help from firefighters, paramedics
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Today, the Suncoast Firefighters and Paramedics Benevolence Campaign helped more than a dozen local charities.
The organization passed out a handful checks.
Since last year, the organization has donated more than a quarter of a million dollars to charities in Sarasota, Manatee, and Charlotte Counties. Recipients of the money say they need the it now more than ever.
The union says they raise the funds from dues, boot drives, fundraisers, and specialty tag collections.
|Suncoast FF Charities Donation Totals
|Local 2546 Charities|
| ||Year||Charity||Amount Donated||Web Site|| |
| ||2005||Childrens First||$1,250.00||www.childrenfirst.net/|| |
| ||2005||Manatee County Head Start||$1,250.00|| |
| ||2005||TOTAL||$2,500.00|| |
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| ||2006||United Way of Charlotte County||$500.00||www.unitedwayccfl.org/|| |
| ||2006||TOTAL||$500.00|| |
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| ||2007||Drug Free Charlotte County||$1,250.00||www.drugfreecharlottecounty.org|| |
| ||2007||Childrens First||$2,660.00||www.childrenfirst.net/|| |
| ||2007||Hospice||$3,000.00||www.tidewell.org/index.html|| |
| ||2007||Ameican Red Cross||$1,250.00||www.sunline.net/redcross/|| |
| ||2007||Salvation Army Charlotte Co.||$1,000.00||www.salvationarmyusa.org/|| |
| ||2007||The Salvation Army-Sarasota Corp||$1,250.00||www.salvationarmyusa.org/|| |
| ||2007||MDA||$500.00||www.mda.org/|| |
| ||2007||Zane Zavadill||$1,200.00|| |
| ||2007||Dreams are Free||$3,250.00||www.dreamsarefree.org|| |
| ||2007||Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund||$2,500.00||www.sffbf.com/|| |
| ||2007||Easter Seals Project Rainbow)||$1,250.00||http://swfl.easterseals.com|| |
| ||2007||Mayors Feed the Hungry||$1,250.00||www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org|| |
| ||2007||Community Haven for Adults (CHAC)||$1,250.00||www.chachaven.com|| |
| ||2007||Head Start and Early Head Start||$1,250.00|| |
| ||2007||TOTAL||$22,860.00|| |
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| ||2008||United Way of Charlotte County||$3,000.00||www.unitedwayccfl.org/|| |
| ||2008||Iris Roberts Project||$5,000.00||www.irisproject.org/|| |
| ||2008||Wounded Warriors Project ||$5,000.00||www.woundedwarriorproject.org/|| |
| ||2008||Catholic Community Foundation of SW Fl.||$5,000.00||www.dreamsarefree.org|| |
| ||2008||Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund||$2,200.00||www.sffbf.com/|| |
| ||2008||Community Haven for Adults (CHAC)||$2,000.00||www.chachaven.com|| |
| ||2008||TOTAL||$22,200.00|| || |
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| ||2009||New Operation Cooper Stree||$3,500.00||http://www.cooperstreetcenter.org/|| |
| ||2009||United Way of Charlotte County||$1,500.00||www.unitedwayccfl.org/|| |
| ||2009||Loveland Center||$1,000.00||http://lovelandcenter.com/|| |
| ||2009||Tidwell Hospice and Pallative Care||$1,000.00||www.tidewell.org/index.html|| |
| ||2009||Catholic Community Foundation of SW Fl.||$2,500.00||www.dreamsarefree.org|| |
| ||2009||Sarasota Firefighters Benevolent Fund||$500.00||www.sffbf.com/|| |
| ||2009||Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota||$1,500.00||http://www.boysandgirlsclubs.com/|| |
| ||2009||Habitat for Humanity of South Sarasota Roy McBean Branch||$2,500.00||http://www.habitatsouthsarasota.org/|| |
| ||2009||Child Protection Center Inc.||$500.00||http://www.childprotectioncenter.org/|| |
| ||2009||All Faiths Food Bank||$500.00||http://www.allfaithsfoodbank.org/|| |
| ||2009||Boys and Girls Club of Manatee County||$1,500.00||http://www.bgcofmanatee.org/|| |
| ||2009||American Red Cross Manatte Fl||$1,500.00||http://www.manateeredcross.org/|| |
| ||2009||Meals on Wheels plus||$1,500.00||http://www.mealsonwheelsplus.org/|| |
| ||2009||Community Haven for Adults (CHAC)||$1,500.00||www.chachaven.com|| |
| ||2009||Center for Autism Research and Education CARE||$1,500.00|| |
| ||2009||Muscular Dystrophy Association||$65,000.00||www.mda.org/|| |
| ||2009||TOTAL||$87,500.00|| || |
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| ||2010||St. Vincent De Paul Community Pharmacy of Charlotte County INC ||$4,000.00||http://www.volunteercare.org/|| |
| ||2010||American National Red Cross||$1,500.00||www.sunline.net/redcross/|| |
| ||2010||Society of St Vincent De Paul ||$1,500.00||http://www.svdpcharlottefldc.org/|| |
| ||2010||Loveland Center ||$2,000.00||http://lovelandcenter.com/|| |
| ||2010||Catholic Community Foundation ||$2,000.00||www.dreamsarefree.org|| |
| ||2010||Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, INC (Roy McBean Branch)||$2,000.00||http://www.boysandgirlsclubs.com/|| |
| ||2010||Sarasota Firefighter Benevolent Fund ||$2,000.00||www.sffbf.com/|| |
| ||2010||Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, INC||$1,500.00||http://www.gulfcoastcf.org/|| |
| ||2010||Habitat for Humanity South of Sarasota County , INC||$2,000.00||http://www.habitatsouthsarasota.org/|| |
| ||2010||Tidwell Hospice and Palliative Care, INC||$2,000.00||www.tidewell.org/index.html|| |
| ||2010||All Faiths Food Store, INC||$2,000.00||http://www.allfaithsfoodbank.org/|| |
| ||2010||Center for Autism Resource Education (CARE) ||$3,000.00||http://www.careautism.net/|| |
| ||2010||Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, INC||$1,500.00||www.chachaven.com|| |
| ||2010||Hardee County Ministerial assoc.||$1,000.00|| |
| ||2010||Challenged Athletes, INC ||$1,500.00||http://www.challengedathletes.org/|| |
| ||2010||MDA||$85,000.00||www.mda.org/|| |
| ||2010||TOTAL||$114,500.00|| |
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| || ||Total Since Inception (2005)||$250,060.00|| || |
|Links to Charitable Organizations
Suncoast Firefighter Charities
The following links are some of those worthy organizations sponsored by the Suncoast Firefighters Charities. Please take some time to visit these organizations and do your part in helping them to succeed.
(American Red Cross) (Childrens First) (Easter Seals Project Rainbow)
(Community Haven) (Salvation Army) (Mayors feed the Hungry)
(United Way of Charlotte County)
(Iris Roberts Project) (Wounded Warrior Project) (Travis Truesdale Scholarship
"Dreams are Free")
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