To celebrate 25 years of business, Matthews Eastmoore is excited to be giving back to the Sarasota community. At the beginning of this year, we announced that we would work with Sarasota’s local charitable organizations to conduct 25 Acts of Kindness in 2017. We’re happy to announce that we’ve already completed our first four – two in January and now two more in February!
In February, we volunteered with Girls Inc. and competed in a charity obstacle course race with United Way Suncoast. Read on for more details about these events.
Empowering the Next Generation of American Women
Girls Inc. began during the American Industrial Revolution to help girls maximize their new employment opportunities. Although a lot has changed since then, Girls Inc. is still committed to challenging young women to push their boundaries through academic, physical and emotional education.
Girls Inc. addresses some of the fundamental challenges girls today face. To help out with their cause, on February 4th, Matthews Eastmoore team members Martin Garcia, Brenda Guilinger, Marcia Muldoon, Art Hardy, Susan Narring, Alisa Vizcarra and Tricia Bernier lent a hand to paint and fix-up the locker room at Girls Inc.
The team volunteering at Girls Inc.
Alisa Vizcarra working hard on the trimming.
Martin Garcia inspecting the finished product!
Girls Inc.’s Mission
Research done by Girls Inc. shows the immense pressure that American girls deal with to fit in with societal expectations of women, including how they are supposed to look, act and dress. They also face negative stereotypes about both their behavior and their intelligence. These factors can make it difficult for girls to believe in themselves and to reach their full potential. Girls Inc. works to empower girls and help them succeed in life.
“1 in 6 girls will not finish high school. 78% of high school girls report being unhappy with their bodies. Over 1 in 20 teen girls become pregnant each year. The highest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world. 1 in 4 girls will be a victim of childhood sexual abuse.
While our [Girls Inc] goal is to reach all girls… Of those we serve, 71 percent are girls of color and 71 percent come from families earning $25,000 or less. Forty-seven percent are from single-parent households, most of which are headed by women.” [quote from Girls Inc website]
Understanding Obstacles in Our Community
On February 18th, Keith DuBose, Josh Dell, Pat Crauwels, Alisa Vizcarra, Alison Prouty and Maureen Kuzma raced, volunteered, and also supported the competitors at the United Way Suncoast Obstacle Course Race. The course included 18 obstacles over three miles, including wall climbs, crawls and more. The event brings attention to the obstacles people in the community face and how United Way Suncoast works to help. Proceeds of the race fund educational and financial stability initiatives through United Way Suncoast, including the new career training program.
Getting dirty at the bear crawl.
Girls Inc. hosts benefit luncheons in the local Sarasota area, and accepts donations and corporate sponsorship. If you would like to contribute to their mission, and help empower girls to overcome challenges, please see their website here.
The Matthews Eastmoore team with their medals and ME Beastmoore Team t-shirts.
United Way Suncoast’s Mission
United Way began in 1887 when a priest, two ministers and a rabbi came together with a goal of serving others. Today, United Way Suncoast is committed to connecting people, creating change and impacting lives through their ideal of: Mobilizing the citizens of the community to give, advocate and volunteer.
“More than 635,000 households in the region (Citrus, Desoto, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties) are unable to afford the basics despite working hard, according to the updated United Way ALICE® Report.
Across our region, nearly 431,000 households live above poverty but below the ALICE threshold, or the basic cost of living. Combined, ALICE and poverty households, account for 41% percent of households in the region.
The ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – Report, places a spotlight on hardworking, and yet struggling residents who have little or no savings and are one emergency from falling into poverty. ALICE was originally introduced in 2014…” [quote from United Way Suncoast website]
To contribute to the work of United Way Suncoast, you can volunteer, advocate or donate. Investments help end generational poverty in United Way Suncoast’s three strategic impact areas: school readiness initiatives for students 0-12 years old; high school graduation initiatives for students 13-18; and financial stability initiatives for adults. Please see their website for details.
Stay tuned for our March update and to read about our next two Acts of Kindness, volunteering at Booker Elementary School and hosting a blood drive! Also, learn about our two completed Acts of Kindness from January, volunteering with the All Faiths’ Food Bank and theBrotherhood of Men.
Posted by Matthews Eastmoore on March 10th 2017