JFCS of the Suncoast was recently awarded a $60,000 grant from the Charlotte P. Graver Fund and Community Foundation of Sarasota County to provide support for JFCS community-based outreach programs and events. The funds will be used toward ongoing funding needs for JFCS’ seven focal areas, which include outreach and support services for families, children, youth, cancer support, veterans, Jewish healing and seniors, as well as events, which help raise additional funds for the nonprofit agency across a six-county region.
After what he describes as a "$1 million dollar miracle,'' a Wimauma pastor has purchased the church he was renting month-to-month, sparing it from being torn down to build custom homes.
Remodeling will add more rooms for the preschool, which is expected to have a capacity of some 50 to 75 students aged 2 to 4. Pricing will be affordable, on a sliding scale based on income. Early childhood education is a long-recognized need in the Wimauma community, where some are hindered by their lack of English language skills. A coalition of people concerned about the future of the community, which includes Allegany Franciscan Ministries, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the Wimauma CDC, and others are working together to expand educational opportunities.
For over 400 years, the colonial Hispanic Christmas tradition of Las Posadas has been celebrated by processions throughout the New World. Support for the event is provided, in part, by the Florida Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by the continued generosity of Florida Living History’s donors.
Twenty-six students are hard at work this summer on research that covers a broad range of subjects, from biofuel production to comparative religious ethics.
These students are tackling 18 different projects with the help of faculty mentors from a variety of disciplines. Their research is made possible by funding from the Shepard K. Halsch Endowment for Undergraduate Research and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a new research and mentorship initiative that partners Meredith with the Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, an early college high school in Raleigh.