TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently awarded mini-grants ranging from $250 to $2,500 in support of 10 different non-profit service organizations throughout Florida.
“We believe it’s important to help hard-working organizations in every corner of the community,” said Ian MacKechnie, Founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. “Collectively, they are addressing a wide range of key issues that deserve attention. We’re honored to support their efforts.”
Mini-grants went to the following organizations:
- 1 Voice Foundation, Hillsborough County: This foundation provides programs and services to children with cancer and their families by connecting them with financial, emotional and educational care. Additionally, the foundation funds cancer research. For more information, please visit: www.1voicefoundation.org
- East Tampa Business and Civic Association, Hillsborough County: The association’s mission is to develop a healthy business and community climate in order to stimulate opportunities and improved living conditions for children, families and seniors in the East Tampa Community and throughout Tampa Bay. For more information, please visit: www.etbcatampa.org
- Habitat for Humanity Marion County, Marion County: This organization builds homes and communities in an effort to eliminate substandard housing by constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. Advocates for fair and just housing policies, the organization provides training and access to resources that help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, please visit: www.habitatocala.org
- The Lula McGrady Foundation, Inc., Lake County: This foundation administers help to abused, divorced and raped women, as well as homeless teenagers, unwed mothers and high school girls who are dropouts or expelled, in Lake County. For more information, please visit: www.lulamcgrady.org
- Pace Center for Girls of Citrus County, Citrus County: The center provides girls and young women the chance at a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. For more information, please visit: www.pacecenter.org
- Partin Settlement Elementary, Osceola County: This title one school requested funds for new library books since many students do not return or pay back books. Overall, their goal is to improve literacy rates among students. For more information, please visit: www.pses.osceolaschools.net
- Plant City Black Heritage Celebration, Inc., Hillsborough County: This group offers the Plant City Community a blend of African and African American Art, culture and history. It also sponsors a summer reading program, feeds the homeless, and sponsors the Santa Sled program, which gives toys, food and bikes to families in need. Additionally, it awards scholarships to deserving high school students. For more information, please visit: www.celebration2.homestead.com
- Sarasota – Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc., Manatee County: Providing therapeutic horse related programs, this association seeks to empower and enrich the lives of children and adults with special needs. For more information, please visit: www.smartriders.org
- Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival, Hillsborough County: The festival promotes the community of Tampa Bay, and its tourists, calling upon a unique blend of African and African American art, culture and history. All events are intended to represent the entire community. For more information, please visit: www.tampablackheritage.org
- Florida Press Educational Services, Inc., Pinellas County: This organization comprised of newspaper professionals promotes literacy and critical thinking, particularly among young people. Primarily, the organization teaches students to read the newspaper critically, nurture a desire to read effectively, stimulate a concern for public issues, communicate an understanding of the free press in today’s society, encourage involvement in the self-governing process and promote the use of the newspaper as a textbook in education. For more information, please visit: www.fpesnie.org
Amscot is Florida’s leading non-bank financial services company. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Amscot Financial provides convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, including cash advances, check cashing, bill payment, money transfers, prepaid access cards and money orders. Amscot Financial currently operates 237 retail financial service centers throughout the state 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) and was recently named one of Americas’ Best Midsize Employers by Forbes. For more information on Amscot’s products and services, community involvement, and career opportunities, please visit www.Amscot.com.