GOOD DEEDS: Publix donates $5,000 to Safe Children Coalition

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Achievers alums Jelani Mays, left, and Regina Mantero volunteer during the November 2021 distribution of nearly 800 Thanksgiving meals to families in need.
Achievers alums Jelani Mays, left, and Regina Mantero volunteer during the November 2021 distribution of nearly 800 Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

To assist at-risk middle and high school students in achieving their educational, career and life goals, Publix Super Markets Charities recently awarded a grant of $5,000 to Safe Children Coalition.

These funds will directly support SCC’s Achievers program, which empowers at-risk, minority and other disadvantaged students to set and achieve goals in both their educational and personal lives, encouraging continuous growth in the areas of personal development, college preparation, community service and leadership, cultural enrichment, and career options.

Thanks in part to foundation and corporate support, the program also provides scholarship opportunities to successful participants as they transition from high school to college.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has provided a $59,461 grant to Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. This funding comes at a crucial time, when financial stresses are impacting the ability of people in Sarasota County to access vital sexual and reproductive health services.

The funds are now available to help uninsured and underinsured people in Sarasota County area access birth control, emergency contraception, acute care (STI/HIV testing and treatment of infections) and transgender care.

Funding for this grant was provided in part by the Charlotte Jones Fund and the Evelyn Hanig Osterweil Fund II from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Grants for Safe Children Coalition, Planned Parenthood