Port St. Lucie Business Women Grant Wishes
of Local Non-profits

– Every year the Port St. Lucie Business Women awards grants from money raised in the organization’s annual spring Fashion Show. The Community Action & Grants committee presented awards totaling $10,500 to seven Treasure Coast non-profit organizations that benefit women and children in our community at their October 3 meeting.

Council on Aging of St. Lucie received a grant of $1,500 for their Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels provides homebound and functionally impaired clients with low cost nutritious meals in their homes to promote health, independence and to avoid premature nursing home placement. This grant will provide meals to two individuals all year.

Friends in Pink received a grant of $1,500 for their Friends in Pink Recipient Services program. The Recipient Services program is a way to help pay for the expenses of surgeries, or medical treatment, for women and/or children diagnosed with breast cancer. This grant will provide assistance for two individuals.

Grace Packs received a grant of $1,500 for their weekly weekend meal program to local food-insecure children. In St. Lucie County, more than 20 percent of children are considered food insecure. Grace Packs currently provides a weekend meal program in 28 participating schools, with hopes of adding four additional schools by the end of the first semester.

Grace Way Village received a grant of $1,500 for their Matthew’s Cafe program. Matthew’s Café is an opportunity for families in need to receive a free, restaurant-style hot meal and fresh salad bar in a welcoming atmosphere on Sunday evenings. This grant will provide meals to 1,300 individuals.

Sarah’s Kitchen received a grant of $1,500 for their Feeding the Hungry program. Sarah’s Kitchen hosts five feeding sites throughout St. Lucie County. Sarah’s Kitchen also operates a mobile feeding program that offers hot meals, brown bag lunches and other needed supplies. This grant will provide meals to 16,000 children.

The Inner Truth Project received a grant of $1,500 for their Guiding Good Choices program. Guiding Good Choices-Family Therapeutic Workshop is a 30-hour, 10-week program designed to allow participants to heal as a family through a compassionate process with a team of qualified professionals and case managers. This unique program incorporates peer family support, family meals, adventure therapy (kayaking & ropes courses), individual therapy for spouses of survivors and practical guides to use at home. The grant will serve between 20 to 25 families.

Tykes & Teens received a grant of $1,500 for their Outpatient Services program. The grant will provide supplies for use by the St. Lucie County therapists in art and play therapy. Services will be provided to children ages 5 through 12. This grant will serve 100 individuals.

The need for funding always is great. The Port St. Lucie Business Women’s Community Action & Grants Committee will continue studying critical community needs to make decisions for future funding.

Plans are underway for the Port St. Lucie Business Women’s 30th Annual Fashion Show to be held on Saturday, April 18, 2020, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, 12600 N.W. Harbour Ridge Blvd., Palm City. This event is the organization’s major fundraiser that supports its Community Action Grants & Awards to local non-profit agencies that work with women and children in our community and provides scholarships for women attending Indian River State College.

The Port St. Lucie Business Women is a 39-year-old professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of businesswomen and serving our community. For more information visit www.pslbw.com. Follow their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.