Saturday, January 25, 2014

2013 ATM Donations

Every year Satchel's donates the profits from our ATM machines to charitable organizations that help less fortunate members of our community. In 2013, we donated a total $11,248.75 to a variety of worthy causes from the ATM fund. The organizations that receive these funds are determined at the beginning of the year. We dedicate each month during the year to a specific charity and donate half the profits to them. The remaining profits are reserved so that we can make a significant contribution to a few charitable organizations which will be announced soon!

The breakdown of monthly ATM donations in 2013 is:

January:  Center for Autism and Related Disabilities $702.25
February:  Multiple System Atrophy Support Group  $786.25
March: Pleasant Street Historical Society   $1081.25
April:  Alachua Conservation Trust $959.25
May:  Helping Hands Clinic $915.25
June:  Tylers Hope for Dystonia  $986.75
July:  Camp Crystal Lake  $1018.25
August:  Sidney Lanier School  $986.75
September:  Civic Media Center  $1044.75
October:  Rebuilding Together North Central Florida  $975.50
November:  Operation Petsnip  $1020.50
December:  Project Makeover  $812

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

Monday, January 13, 2014

4th Quarter 2013 Satch Grants Awarded

Forage  Awarded $500

Forage is embarking on an ambitious long-term goal of creating a local seed library. Through seed saving, training and education Forage strives to increase production and diversity of locally adopted vegetable, herb and flower varieties.  This Satch Grant will purchase seeds and support workshops to foster this program.

Magnificent Logo

Healthy Learning Academy  Awarded $500

Healthy Learning Academy is a tuition-free, elementary charter school in Newberry with a focus on lifelong health, nutrition, and fitness for the creative mind and healthy body.  This Satch Grant will purchase 18 exercise balls for a 4th grade class helping students with overall strength and posture and enabling ADHD students to better control their impulsive movements.

Exercise balls like these will be integrated in Amber Warnock's 4th grade classroom.
Project Makeover --Sidney Lanier School Awarded $500

Project Makeover is a UF student-run organization that is devoted to improving learning environments in the Gainesville community.  Their mission is to beautify Alachua County schools by creating a more exciting and dynamic learning environment. This Satch Grant supports hundreds of volunteers to renovate the library at the Sidney Lanier Center, a special education school.

BONUS!! Solar Gators Awarded $500

Solar Gators are striving to bring the first-ever University of Florida solar car to a national competition. This team of students believe that UF has the talent and diversity needed to revolutionize tomorrow's transportation and create a lasting change in the race towards clean energy.  They even agreed to place a Satchel's bumper sticker on the completed solar car.

3rd Quarter 2013 Satch Grants

Newberry High School -- Thespian Troupe 5901  Awarded $500

Recent budget cuts in the arts programs at Newberry High School forced Newberry to look art, drama, TV production and most of its music classes. This $500 Satch Grant directly supports the Newberry HS theater troupe so they can attend District and State competitions. In the past 6 years, the troupe placed No. 1 and 2 in the District for acting, singing, play writing and costume.  In the past 5 years, the group placed FIRST and SECOND in the STATE for the same categories. It is our pleasure to help this dedicated and proud team. Go Panthers!

Newberry HS Thespian Troupe 5901 eagerly await their Satchel's Pizza.
Gainesville Areas AIDS Project  Awarded $500

The GAAP program has been in business for more than 19 years. The group's mission is to provide household and social support for local people affected by HIV/AIDS. This Satch Grant supports the TREE outreach part of the project, which supplies at no cost a montly supply of toilet paper, laundry detergent, bleach, dish soap, shampoo, household cleaners, razors, shaving cream, toothpaste and brushes, soap and feminine hygiene products. The projects serves more than 3,000 individuals living with HIV and AIDS in Alachua County.

Florida Organic Growers -- Gift Gardens  Awarded $500

FOG promotes local organic and sustainable agriculture and food production. GIFT GARDENS is one FOG program that provides resources and education to low-income residents, empowering them to grow their own food, increase self-sufficiency, and beautify their yards and neighborhoods. This Satch Grant helps to provide support and materials to maintain existing successful gardens in the program. 

UF Rock Climbing Team  Awarded $100 + $50 Gift Card

This athletic team from Gainesville, Fla., placed SECOND at the National Collegiate Climbing Series. Go Gators!