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 $9,500 to eight Treasure Coast non-profit organizations that benefit women and children in our community at their September 6 meeting.
Boys & Girls Club of St. Lucie County received a grant of $1,000 for their SMART Girls program, a prevention and education program that addresses problems such as drug and alcohol use and premature sexual activity. This grant will provide the programming to 20 girls.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of the Treasure Coast received a grant of $1,500 for their Children’s Hearing Aid Bank program that provides hearing aids to children in need. This grant will provide hearing aids for three children in St. Lucie County.
Life Builders of the Treasure Coast received a grant of $1,500 for their Building Lives, Strengthening Families program which provides financial assistance to families impacted by the criminal or dependency court system. This grant will provide four female head-of-household families with assistance.
Mustard Seed Ministries received a grant of $1,000 for their Women’s Hygiene program. The program provides women with female-oriented personal hygiene kits containing deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, soap, hand lotion and feminine products. This grant will provide kits to 214 women.
PACE Center for Girls received a grant of $1,500 for their Academic and Counseling Day program. The Academic and Counseling program provides at risk girls between the ages of 11 and 17 an academic program to prevent school dropout and to assist girls to move into their correct grade. This grant will provide programming to 155 girls.
St. Lucie County Education Foundation received a grant of $1,000 for their Teacher Grants prgram. The Teacher Grants program provides grants to individual teachers and schools with a goal to impact children in the following areas: Support for Low Performing Students, Improving Literacy, STEM Education, Career & Technical Education, Teaching Quality, and Increasing Graduation Rates. This grant is matched dollar for dollar by the State of Florida and will impact more than 100 students.
The Arc of St. Lucie County received a grant of $1,000 for their Afterschool and Summer Children’s program for disabled children who have an Individualized Education Plan, or 504 plan, through their St. Lucie School. The program offers tutoring assistance in addition to recreation, field trips and games of all types. This grant will serve 30 children.
Treasure Coast Food Bank received a grant of $1,000 for their Teen Pantry Program. The Teen Pantry program impacts the lives of young adults by providing personal hygiene items to middle through high school-aged adolescents, as well as appetite fulfilling breakfast and snack items. This grant will serve 200 teens.
The need for funding always is great. This year there were 27 applications requesting over $25,000. 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 29th Annual Fashion Show to be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, 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 37-year-old professional organization dedicated to promoting the interests of business women and serving our community. For more information visit www.pslbw.com. Follow their Facebook page for updates about events, programs and community involvement.