Saturday, July 30, 2016

2nd QUARTER SATCH GRANT

Second Quarter Satch Grants for 2016 were awarded this week. Satch Grants are given out quarterly to non profits working on special projects. Third Quarter Satch Grant applications are due by September 30. Please send applications to satchelsdonation@gmail.com.  

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) was also awarded $500. NAMI Gainesville is a volunteer community organization that educates, advocates, listens and leads families through mental health services. NAMI believes that recovery is possible with treatment and support. NAMI Gainesville holds their 9th Annual walk for mental health awareness on Saturday, September 24 at Westside Park. 


The Star Center Children's Theatre received a $500 grant. The Star Center is a  year round arts education program founded in 2000. This grant helps the Center with their theater and education event in September entitled the "5th Girl Project". The mission of this project is to teach youth to find their purpose. The students will rehearse, prepare and learn the significance of the play "Four Little Girls 1963". One of the surviving sisters of the 1963 bombing will  be a guest speaker for this event. This fundraising project will help further the Center's 2016-2017 programs.


Joey's Wings  was awarded $500. Joey's Wings provides financial support to families who have a child being treated for pediatric kidney cancer. Besides minimizing the financial hardship that is directly attributed to the child's illness, the organization also connects the community of pediatric kidney cancer in the country. They share their experiences, provide guidance and education for parents and combine efforts to be a childhood cancer advocate, pushing the researchers and oncologists to further research for less toxic treatment.





Wednesday, May 11, 2016

SATCH CAPITAL UPDATE

Here is an update from Satchel on our Satch Capital Giving for 2015 and 2016. Every month half of our ATM fees collected go to a local non profit, the other half we use for large Satch Capital grants.This time The Giving Committee has selected the biggest project ever!

Hey, Satch here with a note to add to Gracy's blog. We haven't reported where we spent our Satch Capital funds (from 2015) yet and I am really sorry. You see, we have $13,000 to spend and so we make the decision very carefully and think about all the grants we received and want to spend your money in the best way possible.  We have pretty much decided to spend the money to sponsor a Habitat house build.  That means we give about $50k and round up volunteers and help build a local Habitat home. We are saving the extra money needed to sponsor the build and also thinking about the timing that is best for us. We are hoping to officially announce this and begin to build in the Fall of this year. This is ATM money at work, plus we'll chip in some extra too from profits.  Thanks so much for your patience and support.  Satch

Friday, May 6, 2016

FIRST QUARTER SATCH GRANTS 2016 AWARDED

Satch Grants are awarded quarterly to non profits working on specific projects. The next deadline to apply for 2nd Q Satch Grant is June 30. First Quarter Satch Grants for 2016 were awarded to three local organizations focused on helping the youth of our community. 

Project ReVibe  was awarded $500. Project ReVibe works to empower youth with special needs through sustainability and arts. The ReVibe project allows participants to channel their efforts into learning new skills in woodworking, construction and entrepreneurship. Recycling, creating, collaboration and community involvement will hopefully take a small project on to larger things.




The Education Foundation of Alachua County has supported Alachua County Public schools since 1986. The Education Foundation funds the Find it and Fund it and Catalyst for Change programs. These initiatives help educators purchase items which the foundation believes empowers teachers and principals to choose programs and materials for their school and classrooms not covered by other funding sources. This organization was awarded $1000 Satch Grant.



Friday, March 4, 2016

Each year Satchel's donates the profits from our ATM machines to non profit organizations that help our community. We call this fund - SATCH CASH. Each month is dedicated to a specific charity and half the profits go to them.  At the turn of the year the Giving Committee gets together to determine the recipients for the new year. The awards for SATCH CASH 2016 go to:

The remaining profits are reserved so that Satchel's can make a significant contribution to a few charitable organizations with our SATCH CAPITAL Grants. Organizations can apply for Satch Cash & Satch Capital throughout the year with applications due by October 31. Please send applications to satchelsdonation@gmail.com. Satch Capital award(s) will be announced in the next couple months.

In 2015, we donated a total $14,737 to a variety of worthy causes from the ATM fund: 

January:  Center for Autism and Related Disabilities $1217
February:  Multiple System Atrophy  $1192
March: Alachua Women Build  $1234
April: Healthy Families  $1387
May:  Avian Research and Conservation Institute $1287
June: Gainesville Equality Youth $1145
July:  Civic Media Center  $1267
August:  Howard Bishop Middle School $1332
September:  Tylers Hope for Dystonia  $1115
October:    Sequential Artists Workshop  $1358
November:   Children's Home Society   $1121
December:  Community Weatherization Coalition $1082

We are thankful our amazing customers use our ATM machines so that we are able to make contributions to these super local organizations. This program would not exist without YOU!

Friday, January 29, 2016

4th Quarter Satch Grants 2015 Awarded

Fourth Quarter Satch Grants for 2015 were awarded this week. Satchel's is excited about these three different organizations that help different members of our community.

Suwanee River Area Health Education Center  Awarded $500

Suwanee River AHEC seeks to promote and provide access to quality health connections for the community. SRAEHC services 12 counties in North Central Florida. This Satch Grant will help fund Understanding Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: A Healthcare Perspective. The goal of this conference is to provide information to create a climate of inclusivity and openness in the healthcare settings and to increase healthcare providers' knowledge of health disparities. LGBTQ Education for healthcare providers will be provided at this summit to expand the understanding of these diverse populations.



Cops Against Cancer Trail Ride  Awarded $500


Climb for Cancer Foundation raises funds to assist families visiting their loved ones receiving cancer treatment at UF Health. CFC provides meal vouchers, gas cards and lodging to help families through this difficult time. This Satch Grant will help CFC run another successful Cops Against Cancer Trail Ride this winter at San Felasco State Park. This fundraiser provides a great way for local horse lovers and police officers to come together to ride for a great cause!



Through a Veteran's Lens  Awarded $500


UF Health Arts In Medicine's (AIM) primary mission is to focus on the spiritual and emotional health and wellbeing of patients, family members and staff of UF Health through the creative arts and aesthetics. AIM transforms the hospital experience through the arts. In addition to AIMs work at UF Health they are committed to outreach initiatives, including partnerships with organizations such as the VA.Through a Veteran's Lens is a photography initiative for local veterans. Veterans will meet once a month for six months to learn basic photography skills and create photographic responses based on their own experiences in the service. The resulting photographs will be exhibited in the Harn's education gallery to coincide with the exhibition Aftermath: The Fallout of War, on display from Aug 2016 - Jan 2017.



Friday, October 9, 2015

THIRD QUARTER 2015 SATCH GRANTS

3rd Quarter Satch Grants for 2015 winners announced!
Two local programs that educate and inspire in unique ways.

See The Sea Program  Awarded $1000


Sara Charbonnet teaches sixth grade science at Westwood Middle School. A few years ago she was discussing the hydrosphere with her students and used the phrase "salt water." Several of her students had puzzled looks. Surveying all sixth grade students she found that over 10% had either not been to the sea or had never been on a boat. She knew it would be hard to imagine the sea with all of the science and geography involved if one had never experienced such a large body of water. With this Satch Grant Mrs. Charbonnet will be able to take 40 underprivileged and under-served students to Seahorse Key, where Santa Fe and UF have a learning laboratory. During the field trip the students will explore the coastline, measure tide change, travel by boat to the lab and visit "live wells", explore the horizon from a lighthouse and learn about the unique habitat and endangered species. What a super way to learn!



Sequential Artists Workshop  Awarded $500

 Sequential Artists Workshop opened in 2012 as a not-for-profit school and arts organization dedicated to teaching students of all ages and income levels how to make comics, graphic stories and memoirs. In the 3-4 years since then they have taught hundreds of people in a variety of circumstances. They have brought dozens of people to Gainesville from out of state and even country to study at SAW for a week or even a year. SAW has established its year-long program and has truly promoted the diverse art of Gainesville. As such, SAW is expanding to a new location and will offer a library, a lecture room, main drawing area and even more space for more students. This Satch Grant will help SAW purchase new and better materials to outfit their growing school. 




Saturday, July 18, 2015

2nd Quarter Satch Grant

Second Quarter Satch Grants for 2015 winners announced!
Take a look at these local programs giving back here and beyond.

Inspiration Schoolhouse Awarded $500

When Erica Marsh isn't teaching at William's Elementary she is giving back to children in Liberia. Inspiration Schoolhouse is her vision for a school and library to educate Liberian children. Her "Go Fund Me" project is collecting funds to renovate a building which will house books she has collected to ship to Liberia. Erica is donating a year of her time, skill and effort to help hire teachers and get the school up and running. What an inspiration!




Institute for Workforce Innovation (Youth Build)  Awarded $500

The mission of Institute for Workforce Innovation - Project Youth Build is to improve the quality of life in the community through education, employment and advocacy. Since 2009 Project Youth Build has been a life changing program for youth (16-24 yrs) who lack a high school diploma or GED. PYB helps students attain a diploma, learn a trade, go to school, get a job, give back to the community and be successful in life. 



Peaceful Paths  Awarded $500

A local non-profit, Peaceful Paths promotes relationships free of violence and control by providing a safe place to receive intervention, advocacy and education. Each year Peaceful Paths holds a Back to School Kick Off event during which each child in attendance receives a backpack filled with necessary supplies to start the school year. This Satch Grant will help Peaceful Paths buy over 100 shirts students need to comply with the dress code in Alachua County.