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Community partners come together for babies' first 1000 days

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05/01/2018

In Sarasota County, 52% of babies are born into low-income families who often lack stable housing, food, health insurance and other resources needed for a child's development. On April 25, 32 organizations led by the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation launched the First 1,000 Days Sarasota County campaign, which will seek ways to support low-income families during their babies’ most critical period of development.

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First 1000 Days Sarasota County Launches

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04/23/2018

First 1,000 Days Sarasota County is a collaborative initiative of 32 partners strategically led by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation and facilitated by Bill Little, the former director of the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County. The initiative has pledged to raise $1 million for a three-year pilot program to connect families in need to a system of care. The initiative launches April 25 with an announcement at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Participating partners include All Faiths Food Bank, Coastal Behavioral Healthcare, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Jewish Family & Children's Service, the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center and more.

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Kriseman Make Health a Top Priority for St. Pete

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04/20/2018

Mayor Rick Kriseman issued an Executive Order on Thursday (April 19) related to the city’s St. Petersburg’s Healthy St. Pete initiative by establishing health as a consideration in all policies and projects.

The Executive Order, only the second issued during the mayor’s tenure, will help to accelerate and improve health equity and access in St. Petersburg. The Executive Order says, “It shall be the policy of the city of St. Petersburg to apply the consideration of health, health impacts, and the social determinants of health to the city’s decisionmaking, including policy development and implementation, budgeting and the delivery of services.”

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St. Petersburg College Announces Partnership with Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

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04/12/2018

St. Petersburg College (SPC) is pleased to announce a partnership with Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (CFTB), an organization focused on connecting donors, nonprofit organizations and community leaders in an effort to make Tampa Bay a better place to live. Through this partnership, SPC was awarded a $15,000 grant to expand its mental health awareness efforts on campus.

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Cape Coral autism center on track

Release Date: 
04/12/2018

Family Initiative's support for autism in Southwest Florida has already provided many residents in the area with benefits and programs for those on the spectrum.

Their ASD playgroup, provides a warm and welcoming environment for children ages 5-16 to build social skills and make new friends on a weekly basis. They also have partnered with the Alliance for the Arts to offer an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis Art and Play Class for students ages 8-17 that focuses on social communication, engagement with peers, and working together as a group.

"We can't thank The Southwest Florida Community Foundation and Rep. Dane Eagle enough for their support. We have been working on this project for over a year and truly owe them much gratitude," added Brown.

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Multiple Sclerosis Research now Accepting Nominations for Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS ...

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04/12/2018

The Barancik Prize for Innovation in Multiple Sclerosis Research recognizes an exceptional scientist or a team of scientists whose work in MS research has demonstrated outstanding innovation and originality.

This annual prize, made possible by the generosity of the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation, is $100,000 to be used at the discretion of the recipient.

Nominees need not be current or past grantees of the National MS Society.

Read more about the nomination process, selection criteria and prior recipients. Deadline is Saturday, June 30, 2018.  

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Giving Back: Giving Challenge offers you a chance to be informed and engaged in your community

Release Date: 
04/10/2018

During the 2018 Giving Challenge from May 1-2, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is giving nonprofits and individuals the chance to go big. Each donation made on the online platform found at GivingPartnerChallenge.org will raise unrestricted dollars supporting local organizations addressing health, human services, education, environment, animal welfare and the arts. As in previous years, millions of dollars will likely be raised, and each of us has the opportunity to decide which organizations of the more than 600 we wish to support.

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