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GFWC North Pinellas awards grants
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SAFETY HARBOR – The General Federation of Women’s Clubs North Pinellas Woman’s Club Chapter recently distributed $11,000 in donations to organizations on June 17 at the Safety Harbor Public Library. Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

• Brookwood Florida, Inc. received $1,000 to pay for bed linens and towels for about 24 residents in its troubled teen girls’ program and foster teen residents.

• Clothes to Kids, Inc. received $1,000 to pay for underwear, socks, and uniform tops for school-age children of low-income or in crisis in Pinellas County.

• Gulf Coast Dental Outreach, Inc. received $1,000 to pay for lab expenses of crowns, dentures, etc. given to patients who are at 150 percent poverty level at the north Pinellas County office.

• Random Acts of Flowers received $1,000 to help pay for air conditioning in the warehouse where flowers are assembled. This group recycles flowers from weddings, funerals, etc. and gives them to identified healthcare patients at no cost.

• Science Center of Pinellas, Inc. received $1,000 to fund camp materials used in the scholarships for low-income students in Pinellas County. The camp cost is $225 per student with $25 being for materials. The grant will pay for the materials for 40 campers on scholarship. The camp encourages STEM concepts for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade.

• Suncoast Voices for Children Foundation Inc. received $1,000 for 20 Graco Pac n Play cribs for infants in unsafe sleeping conditions. Child protection investigators may take a child from a home and put them in a foster care home or relative’s home if there is not a crib in the home. The agency provides the crib.

• Wheelchairs 4 Kids Inc. received $1,000 for wheelchairs, assistive devices or home or vehicle modifications for children with physical disabilities.

• The club also awarded $1,000 in scholarship money to Women on the Way to pay for the expenses of women attending St. Petersburg College. Women on the Way is a resource and support center developed to help women succeed in college. Many women trying to enter or return to college face time and resource challenges, and this program helps meet some of their basic needs and offer opportunities for leadership, friendship and community service.

Additionally, the GFWC North Pinellas gave out the following member chosen donations:

• Friends of the Island, Inc. Caladesi Discovery Center received $1,000 for the construction of an open air, interpretive facility rising from the old observation tower site at Caladesi Island State Park. There will be a 25-foot observation deck, hands-on exhibits featuring the history, habitat and wildlife on one of the last remaining natural barrier islands in Florida.

• Kimberly Home received $1,000 for one washer and dryer for the residents’ laundry room addition for its pregnancy center.

• Camp Freshstart received $350 to sponsor a foster child in a weeklong summer camp for children ages 7 to 14. Each child is given a duffel bag filled with shoes, a swimsuit, a beach towel and other essentials needed. Swimming, crafts, woodworking, archery, sports and music are just a few of the activities they experience. The camp is committed to providing hope, direction and life changing experiences for children in foster care.

• Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center Safety Harbor got $300 to sponsor a child in an academic summer camp for 10 weeks. The camp is designed to help low-income children grow their love of learning. It stimulates young minds to be able to unleash their learning potential in school and fosters a positive learning environment.

• Canine Companions for Independence received $200 for service dog training for wounded veterans who have fought for the U.S.

• Community Pride got $150 for supplies and equipment used at a childcare center that serves children ages 2 months to 6 years who have been exposed to poverty, prejudice, homelessness and violence. The curriculum provides self-esteem, independence and enrichment.
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