Amscot Financial Contributes Mini-Grants to 18 Non-Profit Service Groups

TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#givingwednesday–Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented
financial services, recently awarded mini-grants of $150 to $5,000 in
support of 18 different non-profit service organizations located in the
Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers.

“Doing the right thing means doing right by our community,” says Ian
MacKechnie, Founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. “By supporting local
organizations we can help create a meaningful impact here in our own

Mini-grants went to the following organizations:

  • 93rd Street Community Development Corp-
    Miami. For more than 15 years, 93rd
    ST CDC has devoted its energy to passionately advocate for the hungry,
    needy, and politically under-represented members of the community. The
    Stars (Students-Teachers Achieving Remarkable Success) summer camp is
    six weeks, filled with education, swimming, recreation and
    empowerment. The camp is designed to provide a safe learning
    environment for youth K-8th. STARS provides special and
    intense assistance in Literacy, Life Skills, Physical Fitness and
    Crime Prevention. For more information, please visit:
  • Alliance of Involved Ministers, Inc., Bunnell. The program
    provides a summer camp that serves breakfast, lunch and snacks daily,
    Monday through Friday. They provide field trips; continue the
    educational practice of reading, writing and arithmetic. Throughout
    the year various agencies in the county send speakers twice weekly to
    promote the children’s social and community awareness, as well as
    build self-esteem. Year round, the children will be able to meet a few
    evenings during the week to watch movies, play games, and talk with
    other youth of their age range under the guidance of responsible
  • Benito Middle School, Tampa. Benito’s media center has evolved
    into a place where students come to develop life skills by making
    things and collaborating on ideas. They offer an after-school program
    called Makerspace, and invite students to come into the media center
    before school and during lunch to work on their creations in a
    collaborative environment. The media center is always expanding the
    educational opportunities and their goal is to be able to raise
    sufficient funds to be able to purchase a Cricut Maker and a 3D
    printer to provide access for students and faculty. For more
    information, please visit:
  • Children’s Safety Village, Orlando. They have been a leader in
    educating children about safety in the Central Florida Community for
    nearly 25 years. This organization has educated thousands of Central
    Florida children on fire and pedestrian safety, bike safety, water
    safety and other safety skills all with the mission of preventing
    injuries and fatalities of children through lifesaving education,
    advocacy and leadership. Located on 8 acres next to the Central
    Florida Fairgrounds, the CSV has its own miniature city, complete with
    miniature buildings, paved streets and sidewalks, a fire safety house
    with a working smoke machine, a functioning traffic light and railroad
    crossing and a water safety complex for swimming lessons. Children
    learn through a realistic approach in recognizing safety hazards found
    in their everyday life. For more information, please visit:
  • Deliver the Dream, Ft. Lauderdale. Founded in 1998, they
    are a non-profit, community benefit organization whose mission is to
    deliver highly effective retreats to enable those going through crisis
    or chronic illness to regain strength, mend spirits and become
    families and kids again. Families attend retreats free of charge and
    are provided the life-changing opportunity to escape the overwhelming
    stress of a serious illness. Families find time to reunite, enjoy
    recreational activities, forge new friendships, and gain support from
    other families also coping with a similar situation. For more
    information, please visit:
  • Dress For Success Greater Orlando, Orlando. They are a
    volunteer-run organization serving women throughout Central Florida.
    Their chapter was created to fill a critical need, providing
    professional attire for low-income women entering the workforce, while
    also providing career development tools and network support. More than
    70 percent of the women they serve are single mothers raising an
    average of 2-3 children. All the women served live under the poverty
    level prior to joining Dress For Success Greater Orlando. For more
    information, please visit:
  • Faces of Courage Cancer Camps, Tampa. Providing free outings
    and medically supervised overnight camps for Adults and Children
    diagnosed with any type of cancer or blood disorders. The Kid’s Camp
    will be held November 30 – December 2 for children ages 2-12 with
    cancer and their well siblings. The weekend is a respite weekend for
    the parents as they entertain the children with typical camp
    activities like canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, archery, guest
    visitors, ice cream social, Super Hero Dance and tribal drumming to
    name a few. All programs are provided at no cost to the families. For
    more information, please visit:
  • Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, Tampa. FCDI
    supports a range of programs, each serving the mission of academic and
    community development. Their programs help student robotics teams,
    contribute to developing economic capacity, and support inspired
    living and learning experiences. For more information, please visit:
  • Helping Hands Community Outreach, Miami. They created a
    Teen Elite club to provide a safe place, outside the confines of
    school and home for teens ages 14-18 years old. They will endeavor to
    give youth a sense of ownership, and the pride of belonging to an
    “Elite Club” through various workshops and hands on projects Helping
    Hands will engage youth with Social Activities, Community Outreach
    Projects, Jr. Life Guard/Aquatic Activities, Civic Engagement,
    Entrepreneurial Training, Homework help, and a full Wellness Program.
  • Jackson Educational Foundation, Inc., Tampa. They provide
    tools, scholarships, and support services for low income to moderate
    income families and individuals to achieve their goals towards
    educational success. They are having their 4th Annual Back
    to School Bash on August 5th. They will be giving out free
    backpacks, school supplies and lunch to families in need. For more
    information, please visit:
  • Lauderhill Police Department, Lauderhill. Anti-Bullying
    Walk-a-Thon is an initiative to raise awareness and promote activities
    that help youth make ethical and healthy choices. The campaign is
    proposed for October 2018 to unite with other communities around the
    world participating in the Global Anti-Bullying Walkathon. The event
    offers to educate and raise awareness against bullying. Youth will
    participate for free and will be provided with an orange t-shirt to be
    worn during the walk that will display a message stating; “Lauderhill
    Police Department – You’re Not Alone, We’re Here for You.” For more
    information, please visit:
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Tampa. They advocate on
    behalf of black women and girls to promote leadership development and
    gender equity in the areas of health, education and economic
    empowerment. For more information, please visit:
  • New Jerusalem M.B. Church, Tampa. On August 11-12 they are
    hosting a Mental Health Conference “Shape Mind, and Body and Soul.”
    They want to bring awareness to Mental Health and Mental Issues and
    will be honoring students scholarships for seniors going into this
    field. For more information, please visit:
  • People Helping People, Spring Hill. They are dedicated to
    trying to put an end to hunger in Hernando County. PHP runs a Weekend
    Blessings Program that feeds 685 children each week with a weekend
    food backpack delivered to their schools each week. This backpack
    contains ready to eat food for all the children in the household to
    keep them fed in a food insecure housing environment. These children
    are served during the week at their school through a free/reduced
    lunch program but there is no other agency that provides free food to
    these students for the weekend. PHP started this program in 2009
    feeding 50 children and they now feed upwards of 685 students per
    week. For more information, please visit:
  • Special Olympics Florida, Clermont. They provide a free
    year-round sports training, athletic competition and medical care for
    children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Through
    quality-based athletic programs, the athletes they serve are empowered
    to achieve healthier lifestyles, gain self-confidence and form
    meaningful friendships. For more information, please visit:
  • Solid Rock Community Church, Kissimmee. They will be sponsoring
    their 10th Annual Back to School Extravaganza, Saturday, August 4,
    2018. They will provide each child with a bundle of school supplies to
    help the needy students have a great start. The bundles will contain
    the necessary tools such as pens, pencils, notebooks, crayons,
    folders, binders, loose-leaf paper etc. For more information, please
  • Tiny Hands Foundation, Sarasota. On Saturday August 4th 2018
    the Back-to-School Backpack Brigade will attempt to provide more than
    1,500 to Sarasota and Bradenton community school children in need with
    new backpacks filled with school supplies at the Boys & Girls Club of
    Sarasota. This will benefit thousands of local school children in
    need. For more information, please visit:
  • We’re HERE To HELP Inc., Tampa. Their mission is to guide
    economically and academically challenged students as they complete
    educational requirements needed to become valuable members of the
    workforce and earn gainful, living wage employment. For more
    information, please visit:

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Amscot Financial is a leading provider of
convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, including cash
advances, check cashing, bill payment, money transfers, prepaid access
cards and money orders. Amscot Financial currently operates 236 retail
financial service centers throughout Florida and employs close to 2,000
associates. Amscot Financial has been recognized by the Tampa Bay
Business Journal as one of Tampa Bay’s Best Places to Work for five
years (2008-2012) & was recently named as one of Americas’ Best Midsize
Employers by Forbes. For more information on Amscot’s products and
services, community involvement, and career opportunities, please visit
the company’s website at


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