Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast was recognized with the “Collaboration: Summer Work Program Team Award” at the 30th Annual Governors Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Award Luncheon. GES partnered with Mobile Works, Mississippi State University and Alabama Department Of Rehabilitation Services to provide training and employment for transitional students.
This morning, IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area announced the 15 finalists for their annual grants, which will total $1,082,000.
Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast is one of three Impact 100 grant finalists in the Family category. Winners will be selected in mid-October. Goodwill Easter Seals’ project, YES Pensacola, or Youth Excelling for Success, is a complete approach for teens and young adults struggling to gain educational, workforce and financial literacy skills. Teens will be able to make an individualized plan to gain a high school education, as they pick up job skills and certifications. In YES Pensacola, they will learn to budget for emergencies and setbacks, making it less likely they will lose their jobs or sink into debt.
Three finalists in each of five categories announced Wednesday include:
ARTS & CULTURE
— Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society, Inc.
Project: Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society Historical Center
— The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe, Inc.
Project: Native American Cultural Center
— St. John’s Cemetery Historical and Educational Foundation, Inc.
Project: The OUTDOOR MUSEUM at St. John’s Historic Cemetery
— The ARC Gateway, Inc.
Project: Jeff’s Corner Garden at The Arc Gateway
— Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Inc. (IHMC)
Project: IHMC Interactive High IMPACT Displays
— Milk and Honey Outreach Ministries, Inc.
Project: Building Precious GEMS
ENVIRONMENT, RECREATION & PRESERVATION
— Greater Pensacola Junior Golf Association, Inc. (The First Tee of Northwest Florida)
Project: Golf and Life Skills Training Facility
— Northwest Florida Marine Education and Discovery of Gulf Ecosystems, Inc. (Navarre Beach Marine Science Station)
Project: Coastal Conservation Corp
— The Pensacola Rowing Club, Inc.
Project: Youth Rowing Program
— Goodwill Industries-Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast, Inc. (Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast)
Project: YES: Youth Excelling for Success
— Manna Food Bank, Inc. (Manna Food Pantries/MANNA)
Project: Fighting Hunger – Better, Faster, Stronger!
— Studer Community Institute, Inc.
Project: IMPACT Brain Bags
HEALTH & WELLNESS
— Escambia Search and Rescue, Inc.
Project: Sea, Air and Land Capabilities Improvement Initiative
— EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless, Inc.
Project: Street Outreach Housing First Accessibility Project
— PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
Project: Go Reach
For details, visit www.impact100pensacola.org
A great, big THANK YOU to Baker High School Jr. Civitan Club, showing their community spirit by helping spruce up the grounds of Goodwill Easter Seals’ main campus! Weeding, parking lot cleaning, and a quick tour of the services available at GES are helping these students become better connected citizens, and helping US create a more welcoming atmosphere on campus! Thanks, Jr. Civitans!!