Thursday, July 24, 2014

Second Quarter Satch Grants Awarded

Second Quarter Satch Grants for 2014 were awarded this week. 
Take a look at these local programs which give back to our community.

Florida Springs Institute  Awarded $500

The mission of Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute is to provide a focal point for improving understanding of springs ecology and to foster development of science-based education and management actions needed to restore and protect springs throughout Florida. This Satch Grant will provide financial support for the Manatee Habitat Restoration Experiment. This project uses water hyacinth to kill phytoplankton algae and clean manatee habitat at Kings Bay in Crystal River.  

Kids Dress 4 Success, Inc.  Awarded $500

KD4S provides school uniform clothes to underprivileged public school students in Alachua County. Because kids grow so quickly they need more than one uniform to make it through a school year. Kids Dress 4 Success, Inc. collects new and gently used public school-approved uniform clothes and delivers them directly to the schools. This Satch Grant will facilitate the purchase of over one hundred shirts which will be distributed in Alachua county public schools.

UCG Mommy Reads  Awarded $500

Mommy Reads is a social justice outreach project of the United Church of Gainesville. This photo was taken of the group just outside the Florida Women's Reception Center south of Gainesville.  The goal of Mommy Reads is to help mothers connect with their children through children's books. Volunteers meet individually with the FWRC mothers and grandmothers, assisting with selecting books and recording the women reading the books.  The recordings are transferred to an MP3 player and the books, MP3 player and a note from mom are shipped to the children, providing them with the opportunity to hear the sound of their mother's voice reading a story selected just for them. This Satch Grant will allow UCG Mommy Reads to send books and recordings to 40 children.