The MSC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Michael Saunders & Company, completed its summer grant distribution cycle this week, providing 41 non-profit organizations throughout the Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties with $58,390 collectively. With contributions from more than 650 agents and 120 employees, the selected organizations fulfilled the MSC Foundation’s mission to fund causes offering communities shelter, sustenance, education and a path to self-sufficiency. Grants were distributed during special events at 12 of our office locations throughout the Gulf Coast starting in July.
Since launching in 2011, the MSC Foundation has provided $613,950 to 177 organizations across Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and Lee Counties – ranging from youth and family services to underserved arts and literacy programs.
Agents and employees that wish to participate have the option of giving by way of their salary, sales commission or through one-time donations throughout each cycle. They can then nominate organizations to the MSC Foundation Board of Directors that oversees the day-to-day management of the foundation and reviews donation requests.
“The MSC Foundation and its commitment to utilizing a strong network of community-minded professionals to enact positive change is a true representation of the core values at Michael Saunders & Company,” said the company’s president, Drayton Saunders, who is also the vice president of the foundation. “We are proud of our team of agents and staff who give both time and resources to the communities we serve on the Gulf Coast.”
The organizations listed by county area are the causes MSC Foundation contributions were granted to this cycle.
Manatee County Organizations
HOPE Family Services, Inc.
PACE Center for Girls
Ss. Peter and Paul the Apostles Conference
“So far this year, the Ss. Peter and Paul the Apostles Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society has assisted over 400 families in Manatee County with their emergency needs,” said nominating team member Jeri Murphy of Michael Saunders & Company. “As an individual, I can’t do much to help all those in my community but working as a group with likeminded people we are able to make a difference and show those struggling that there is still someone that cares.”
Manatee River Pram Fleet
We Care Manatee, Inc.
Just For Girls/Manatee County Girls Club, Inc.
Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee
“In order for people to learn, create or develop, they must have their basic nutritional needs met. That is one of the major benefits of Meals on Wheels Plus of Manatee,” said Susan Goldstein, the MS&C Commercial agent who nominated the organization. “It is heartwarming to know this organization offers these resources to the community through initiatives like the summer backpack program that gives school children access to nutritious meals throughout the summer.”
Take Stock in Children of Manatee County
Books for Kids (Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch
Sarasota County Organizations
The Florida Center for Early Childhood
Camp Mariposa (Jewish Family and Children Services)
Community Foundation of Sarasota County (Let’s B Safe Fund)
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota, Inc.
Forty Carrots Family Center
Yummy Stuff Club, Inc. (Children’s Healthy Pantry)
Community Coalition on Homelessness (Turning Points)
Florida Veterans for the Common Sense Fund, Inc.
The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s, Inc.
First Step of Sarasota, Inc.
Girls Inc. of Sarasota
SOAR Learning Center
Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.
Manasota Operation Troop Support
“I’ve have seen first-hand the struggle that our troops face when assimilating back into civilian life after deployment,” said Beth Ward of Michael Saunders & Company Marketing who nominated the organization. “Manasota Operation Troop Support does an amazing job providing resources but more importantly continuing to recognize the sacrifice that was made for our country. That genuine acknowledgment alone makes them true champions of their cause and an organization I’ll always stand behind.”
Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County
Truly Valued, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Inc.
Pines of Sarasota Foundation
Teen Court of Sarasota, Inc.
American Red Cross of Southwest Florida
Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc. (FELT)
Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Inc.
Sarasota YMCA, Inc./Safe Children Coalition Project
Charlotte County Organizations
Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, Inc.
“When we first moved to Port Charlotte, my wife Shannon and I had no idea there was such a vast issue with homelessness in the area,” said Mitch Mesenburg, the nominating agent from Michael Saunders & Company. “Upon visiting The Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, I was amazed by their commitment to our veterans and by their entire operation in general, feeding hundreds daily and supplying shelter to so many. I knew from that moment this was an organization vital to the community.”
The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E.)
“I have supported The Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies (C.A.R.E) for some time now and believe in their vision to provide support to those affected by violence and abuse,” said Misty Raines, the Michael Saunders & Company agent who nominated the organization. “C.A.R.E. goes above and beyond the immediate need to build a foundation for victims to rise above violence and become confident and productive. I am looking forward to becoming more active within C.A.R.E. programs to stop human trafficking.”
Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County
Englewood Area Cancer Foundation
“Being a breast cancer survivor, I am so grateful for what the Englewood Area Cancer Foundation, Inc. (EACF) does for those battling this terrible disease,” said Sharon Rodgers, the Michael Saunders & Company agent who nominated the organization. “I am blessed to have love and support in my life, but also to have the insurance to cover the expense of treatment. Not everyone is as fortunate. More warriors are surviving and living with cancer thanks to organizations such as EACF.”
Crossroads Hope Academy
Operation Second Chance
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