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Suncoast Charities for Children provides direct financial support to six local non-profit agencies in support of programs and services to children, teens, and adults with special needs throughout the Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto, and Charlotte County areas.  These agencies include Children First, The Florida Center for Early Childhood, The Haven, Special Olympics of Sarasota, Venice Challenger Baseball, and Loveland Center.  It also provides an annual grant to the Suncoast Foundation to help support capital needs at these same agencies, so that their program and service funding is not impacted. The financial support provided directly to these agencies and to the Suncoast Foundation, is made possible by various special event fundraisers held throughout the year and generous donations.

Here are just a few examples of how your support made an impact:

  • New preschool classroom items were purchased and financial support was provided to the Crisis Fund to assist struggling families at Children First
  • New occupational/ speech therapy test materials were purchased for therapists working with children requiring developmental therapies at The Florida Center For Early Childhood 
  • A new outdoor therapeutic activity area for children and adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities was installed at Loveland Center 
  • Therapy scholarships  were provided to Preschool children requiring speech, occupational, physical, feeding and aquatic therapies at The Haven
  • A first-ever Summer camp will be established in Sarasota County for Special Olympics Florida athletes
  • New safety helmets and uniforms were provided for individuals with physical and/or cognitive challenges participating in Venice Challenger Baseball
  • A $50,000.00 grant was made to the Suncoast Foundation to assist with the installation of new flooring at Children First, new air conditioners at The Haven, and new air conditioners along with hurricane proof windows and doors for classrooms at The Florida Center for Early Childhood