Friday, October 9, 2015


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.

Friday, April 24, 2015

1st Quarter 2015 SATCH GRANT and SATCH CAPITAL 2014 final update

The winners of the 1st Quarter Satch Grant are
Catholic Charities Weekend Hunger Backpack Program, Micanopy Middle School and Tower Square Pediatrics.  Each of these organizations will receive $500 to further initiatives that will help the populations they serve. They are able to make a big impact with just a $500 donation.

Catholic Charities mission is to provide services to anyone in need, regardless of race or religion. Catholic Charities currently serves almost 800 students in the Weekend Hunger Backpack Program, and the number is continually growing. WHBP staffers assess the family's food needs and every Friday provide backpacks filled with enough food to feed the child and any dependent siblings for the weekend. Catholic Charities can fill 60 backpacks for children to take home with a donation of $500

Micanopy Middle School is a free public charter school which serves and supports students through academics but also by promoting the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens to teach and reinforce important and personal life skills. This grant will help the school start a butterfly garden to provide a unique learning experience in the natural world and also provide a way to invite the community to share in the project.

Tower Square Pediatrics a part of UF Health Pediatric Primary Care has been participating in the Reach Out and Read Program since 1998. This program promotes early literacy and school readiness by incorporating children's books into pediatric well-child visits and coaches parents on the importance of reading aloud to their children. Books are given to children at their well-child examinations, from 6 months to 5 years of age. Each child should receive a total of 9 books by their 5-year well-child visit. This great program hopes to enhance each child's literacy and their love for reading.

SATCH CAPITAL 2014 Final Update
A portion of Satch Capital 2014 was awarded to Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG) to help with their final renovations and we attended their grand opening in March. Another part went to PACE Center for Girls-Alachua who used the funding to enhance their outdoor area as a place for the girls to study, talk and be outside! There were still funds left, so the giving committee chose Youth Combine. Youth Combine is a local after-school fitness program that empowers youth with the values of hard-work, dedication and responsibility through effective fitness programming and education. Youth Combine is on it's third year of providing after-school fitness for middle school students. It currently serves two middle schools but wants to expand and a van (to transport their fitness gear from site to site) is the future for Youth Combine. The van will take Youth Combine's programming to more kids throughout the city. They hope to acquire a van within a month or so. Congratulations! Over $12,000 was donated to SWAG, PACE and  Youth Combine with this Capital grant. Thank you Satchel's customers for giving back!

Friday, March 13, 2015


Satchel's had a work party at First Magnitude Brewing Company in February to assemble seven picnic tables for PACE Center for Girls. Since 1988 PACE Center for Girls-Alachua has been serving girls ages 12-18 in our community PACE values all girls and young women, believing each one deserves an opportunity to find her voice, achieve her potential and celebrate a life defined by responsibility, dignity, serenity and grace.

Satchel himself delivered the picnic tables with the help of Ridgway Roof Truss and saw the great potential for PACE to expand its covered and uncovered outdoor space. So Satchel's also donated three patio sets like the one pictured below. Satchel's believes in PACE and appreciates the important part it plays in our community.

Friday, January 23, 2015


The Giving Committee had ten applications for SATCH CAPITAL this year. It was a very tough decision and still is! We are trying to be creative with the funds we have and disburse them wisely to impact as many people as we possibly can.

So far Satchel's was able to give the Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG)
a grant of $6,000 to help with their final renovations so they will be able to open their new clinic in 2015. SWAG is a grassroots non profit that advocates for seven low-income neighborhoods in SW Gainesville and provides access and health care that has long been beyond the reach of that part of our community. SWAG has been operating out of a trailer for seven months has seen over 600 patients with numbers increasing each month. This Capital Grant should cover the expenses for SWAG to complete the last part of their renovation as required by the county - the parking lot. Here is a before photo taken recently. An after photo will be posted as soon as the job is done!

Satchel's is also throwing a work party at First Magnitude Brewing Company to assemble seven picnic tables for PACE Center for Girls. Since 1988 PACE Center for Girls-Alachua has been serving girls ages 12-18 in our community who have been identified as dependent, truant, runaway, delinquent or in need of academic skills. PACE's purpose is to intervene and prevent school withdrawal, juvenile delinquency, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and welfare dependency in a safe and nurturing environment.  These picnic tables will further improve the outdoor gathering space the girls need to socialize with one another and/or provide a quiet place for personal reflection.

We are making sure these funds cover the needs of SWAG and PACE in the next couple weeks and if there is Satch Capital left over we hope to award another organization soon.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

4th Quarter Satch Grant 2014 Awarded

Fourth Quarter Satch Grants for 2014 were awarded this week. 
These two organizations are striving to make a big difference in our community.

Green Generation Environmental Youth Summit  Awarded $1000

The Cultural Arts Coalition holds its Green Generation Environmental Youth Summit on February 7, 2015. This event brings together high school and college-aged youth groups to learn about local environmental issues and to develop a plan for completing community service projects in our community. Students serve on the organizational committee along with community groups such as: Alachua County Environemntal Protection Department, Alachua County Public Schools, Florida Organic Growers, Gainesville Job Corps, Sierra Club and Sustainable Santa Fe (just to name a few). An estimaed 125 students and their advisors will attend this year's summit. After the summit the students plan will be implemented and completed after careful documentation and tracking. The GGEYS educates the community as a whole on how to become environmental stewards.

Women netWorking With Women: 4Ws Network Inc.  
Awarded $200 

Women netWorking With Women's mission is to educate, empower and enhance the quality of life for women in Gainesville. Their current project is to provide a pantry for women in the community to receive living essentials such as food baskets, clothing and counseling services. The Gainesville Police Department has provided the space and this donation will help them obtain shelving for the items and maybe chairs for the patrons. Satchel's is donating $200 credit from The Repurpose Project for  4W to use for their pantry.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 SATCH CASH Recipients

Every 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 2015 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. Please send applications to Satch Capital awards will be announced in the next couple weeks.

In 2014, we donated a total $13,571 to a variety of worthy causes from the ATM fund: 

January:  Center for Autism and Related Disabilities $872
February:  Dance Alive  $1065
March: The Repurpose Project  $1247
April: Sequential Artists Workshop  $1217
May:  Helping Hands Clinic $1154
June:  Civic Media Center  $1051
July:  Big Brothers Big Sisters $1233
August:  Howard Bishop Middle School $1286
September:  Tylers Hope for Dystonia  $1012
October:   Peaceful Paths $1214
November:   Rebuilding Together North Central Florida  $1204
December:  Bread of the Mighty Food Bank $1016

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