TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently awarded mini-grants of $100 to $2,000 in support of 15 different non-profit service organizations located in the Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers.
“Helping others is important to all of us at Amscot, that’s why we continue to partner with those organizations who work hard to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most,” said Ian MacKechnie, Founder and CEO of Amscot Financial.
Mini-grants went to the following organizations:
- 2nd Chance Center 4 Boyz, Tampa. They work with at-risk boys as young as 9 years old that have experienced some type of involvement in the juvenile justice system. They provide services such as character development, academic enrichment, mentoring, community service opportunities, and positive out of school activities. For more information, please visit: www.2ndchance4boyz.org
- Early Learning Coalition of Pasco/Hernando, Spring Hill. They administer early learning programs for nearly 13,000 children annually within their communities. The children are served through the Coalition's two main programs - School Readiness, a financial assistance program for working families, and the State of Florida's Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program for all 4 and 5-year old children. For more information, please visit: www.phelc.org
- Eta Nu Education Foundation, Pompano Beach. They provide young males with the guidance and support needed to reach their full potential by developing the necessary skills to be successful. For more information, please visit: www.etanu.org
- Faces of Courage, Tampa. The grant will go towards Santa's Workshop Weekend camp for children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. This no cost weekend sleepover camp for children ages 2-12 provides a (medically supervised) weekend with other children who face the same medical issues. The patients and their siblings are allowed to get outdoors and experience traditional camping opportunities like canoeing, fishing, archery, camp fires, arts and crafts and t-shirt tie dying. For more information, please visit: www.facesofcourage.org
- FAMU, Seminole County. The Seminole County Alumni Chapter serves as an extension of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association. They support the interests of the University but focus on the educational needs of students in the Seminole County area. Each year their Chapter provides local scholarships ranging from $500-$1000 to students attending the University. For more information, please visit: www.famunaa.org
- The Florida Center for Early Childhood, Sarasota. They serve children from birth through 8 years old that need therapies and support for developmental delays, mental health problems, behavior challenges and more. For more information, please visit: www.thefloridacenter.org
- Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches and HCSO Charities, Inc., Tampa. Founded in 1957, The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches has been improving the lives of at-risk children through its six Florida locations and comprehensive programs. The Sheriffs Youth Ranches is credited with helping more than 136,000 children and families in Florida. For more information, please visit: www.youthranches.org or www.hcso.tampa.fl.us/Charities.aspx
- Friends of Tampa Firefighters, Tampa. Funds raised will be used to establish firefighter memorials, dedications and programs benefiting the Tampa Bay area. The organization will also offer training programs and provide logistical support, and subject matter experts to raise the level of competence of area firefighters. For more information, please visit: www.friendsoftampafirefighters.com
- Greater Melbourne Police Athletic League, Melbourne. They enhance the community and empower youth by building teamwork through educational enrichment programs and youth sports activities. These programs also focus on developing leadership skills, improve communication skills, and teach youth to respect others. For more information, please visit: www.greatermelbournepal.org
- Habitat for Humanity of Marion County, Ocala. Habitat for Humanity of Marion County has built over 220 homes, rehabilitated numerous homes and has helped veterans obtain the home of their dreams. For more information, please visit: www.habitatocala.org
- Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tarpon Springs. Through its exhibitions, programs, and expanding collection of 20th and 21st century art, the museum strives to engage and inspire the diverse community by providing opportunities for education, enlightenment, interpretation, and research to students, scholars, and visitors. For more information, please visit: www.leeparattner.org
- Petals of Hope Foundation, Inc., Orlando. They are dedicated to community services throughout Orange County and address needs with programs in three target areas: health, education and social welfare. For more information, please visit: www.petalsofhope.org
- St. Petersburg PD National Night Out & National Association of Town Watch, St. Petersburg. They are a crime prevention organization consisting of a network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and concerned citizens who are dedicated to the development and promotion of crime prevention in communities across the nation. For more information, please visit: https://natw.org/
- Susan Komen Foundation, St. Petersburg. They address breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. For more information, please visit: www.komen.org
- The Tiny Hands Foundation, Sarasota. The Back-to-School Backpack Brigade provides 1,600 Sarasota and Bradenton community children in need with new backpacks filled with school supplies at the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota. This initiative immediately and directly benefits thousands of local school children in need. For more information, please visit: www.tinyhandsfoundation.org
Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Amscot Financial is a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, including cash advances, check cashing, bill payment, money transfers, prepaid access cards and money orders. Amscot Financial currently operates 238 retail financial service centers throughout Florida and employs close to 2,000 associates. Amscot Financial has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of Tampa Bay’s Best Places to Work for five years (2008-2012). For more information on Amscot’s products and services, community involvement, and career opportunities, please visit the company’s website at www.Amscot.com.