Top, President Bruce Blazej thanks Gay Hawk, the executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Pinellas County, for speaking during the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Kiwanis’ breakfast meeting Jan. 18. Above, Sharon Grant is inducted into the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid Pinellas by Blazej, her sponsor.
LARGO – Gay Hawk, the executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Pinellas County, was the featured speaker at the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Kiwanis at their breakfast meeting on Jan. 18 at The Royal Palms of Largo.
NAMI-Pinellas focuses on support, education, and advocacy with nationally developed outreach programs that are coordinated and presented by nationally trained consumers and family members. They also conduct Crisis Intervention Team Training, a 40-hour course to help law enforcement officers in dealing with mentally disturbed people, thus reducing the use of force while enhancing officer safety.
Also during the meeting, Sharon Grant was inducted into Kiwanis membership. Grant is the office manager for Suncoast Voices For Children, which provides financial assistance and community resources in Pinellas and Pasco counties to fulfill the unmet needs of abused and neglected children in the foster care system.
The Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas offers volunteer members the opportunity to serve the community, while learning leadership skills to enhance their own lives. For more information about the Kiwanis, contact Bruce Blazej at 536-0412. Visit www.largokiwanis.org or www.facebook.com/KiwanisClubLargo.