Community Service

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Lighthouse is committed to giving back to our community. As an employer, we offer all employees two (2) days paid time per year, to serve or participate in a charity or community organization of their choice. It’s a program that no other management company provides. We believe giving back replenishes our well-being, as well as benefitting the people we serve. As a Company, we are involved in the financial support & team participation for many charities and organizations.

LIGHTHOUSE DONATES TO ALL FAITHS FOOD BANK!nonperishable-food
Recently, 637 lbs of food was collected by Lighthouse and donated to All Faiths Food Bank! Nearly 21,000 Sarasota County students and their younger siblings face hunger during the summer months. Building Connections 4u reached out to Lighthouse in an effort to help feed kids, so we gladly accepted the challenge! Thank you to all employees and clients who joined in to support this effort!
LIGHTHOUSE GIVES BACK TO THE HOMELESS COALITION OF CHARLOTTE COUNTY! gifts2
Lighthouse Property Manager, Hope Korte, and her son, choose a charity to donate to each year at Christmas time. This year, they chose the Homeless Coalition of Charlotte County. Hope invited Lighthouse employees to contribute to this endeavor, giving her three packed car-loads full of Christmas presents to deliver to the homeless children! One of the major gifts was a brand new DVD/VHS player and several boxes full of Disney movies! gifts1They were quite grateful, as there were many homeless children staying there over the holidays. Thanks to Hope’s initiative, many homeless children received Christmas gifts!
Founded in 1989, the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition leads the drive to assisting individuals and families in need. Their clients are not only the chronically homeless, but many families and individuals who were hit hard by the economy and the foreclosure crisis. While the Coalition receives support from the local government, donations are still needed to support the many programs they provide. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer, please call 941-627-4313, and find out how you can help!gifts3

LIGHTHOUSE SUPPORTS OUR TROOPS!! Lighthouse employees joined together with Stress Relievers, an informal group of family-owned companies, who joined forces to create stress relieving events with a purpose, on Wednesday, June 18, at the Bird Key Yacht Club. This month’s event sponsored our troops. Donations from many Lighthouse employees ranged from books, to snacks and personal items. “During the event, attendees were asked to write personal notes to the troops. I thought it was a great way to personalize the donations!” said a Lighthouse Employee. Col. John O’Brien of MOAS spoke about the impact these donations make on the troops receiving them. He offered 100 boxes to the attendees to take and fill up, which was good, since there were many more donations coming in, even after the event. Thank you for supporting our troops, Lighthouse staff!

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Hope you made it out to Island Fest at Ken Thompson Park, Longboat Key, on Saturday, February 21st, for a sunsational celebration! We did! We experienced a fusion of artists, vendors, musicians, island flare cuisine and much more at the beautiful bayfront locale. Vendors like Mark Watts made it easy to take a break! His EZ hanging loveseat is available at only $399! Mark will be heading to the Florida Strawberry Festival next week, so you can check out his hammocks there! Mote Marine had a great educational display and mobile fish tank. Matthews Wildlife rescue offered a peak at owls, both young and old, an iguana and the largest snake I’ve ever seen! We also enjoyed a taste of the Island from local restaurants and food trucks. The limbo contest and pass the coconut games were fun to watch! It was a great event for the entire family!


LIGHTHOUSE SUPPORTS THE CRYSTAL CLASSIC ON SIESTA KEY!photo 2 As Patron Sponsors of the Master Sandsculpting Competition November 14-18, Lighthouse partnered with Mote Marine to raise funds for endangered sea turtles. The Crystal Classic drew 11 teams from nations around the world, including Canada, the Czech Republic, Italy, Mexico, Philippines and the United Kingdom, along with multiple U.S. states. On November 13, at a VIP event, Lighthouse staff was invited to meet the artists at the Daiquiri Deck in Siesta Key Village. On November 14, we were able to see the preliminary sculpture designs. A Lighthouse employee spoke with Craig Mutch, a 20 year sand sculpting veteran from Canada, and asked, “What is the secret to creating a winning design? Mutch answered, “I am a sculptor of sand, wood and ice. I always have several designs swirling around in my head! The consistent thread of my work is that I like to implement humor into every creation.” Mutch won the People’s Choice Award last year with his design, “Dog Eat Dog World.” His 2014 design, entitled, “Captain Blue Tooth, Going Down With The Chip,” encompassed several computer related puns. Mutch also organizes a sand sculpting event in Vancouver every year. The process to build sand sculptures on such a large scale is quite involved. We witnessed some mishaps that must occur often when working with sand! It was remarkable to see how quickly the artists recovered! We had a great time seeing such great works of art! To read more about this event, and to see the winning designs, go to www.siestakeycrystalclassic.com

20141111_075533us-flag-backlitNovember 11: Lighthouse staff attended the 1st Annual Sarasota Kiwanis Club Veteran’s Day Breakfast at Robarts Arena, Sarasota. Proceeds from the event supported the SCF Foundation Veterans’ Scholarship Fund. The Mayor of Sarasota, Willie Shaw, gave the most inspiring opening prayer, which left our party speechless. Followed by the familiar patriotic bugle calls, performed by Daniel Bilyeu, Field Representative of Vern Buchanan. But there was not a dry eye in the house during Lt. Colonel Jack Carter’s speech. While he saluted all veterans, he reminded the rest of us, of the many sacrifices our servicemen and women have made, that have given us the freedoms we are so blessed to enjoy today. The most memorable part of his speech was when he quoted Robert E. Lee, saying, ”Duty is the most sublime word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less.” Lighthouse would like to thank all of the service men and women for their service to our country. We salute you!

Recently, Lighthouse employees participated in the Family Fun Walk for Selah Freedom, on October 18th. Selah Freedom exists to confront the issue of sex trafficking and exploitation through advocacy, training and restorative services. Selah Freedom brings awareness to the issue of sex trafficking and provides a safe place for survivors to heal. The survivors that Selah serves are local. 100,000-300,000 American children are sold into sex slavery every year and Southwest Florida is a hub for sex trafficking. The state of Florida ranks in the top three for human trafficking. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children, please visit selahfreedom.com, and find out how you can help.

A Lighthouse employee recently attended the Florida’s Children First (FCF) Reception at the Sarasota Yacht Club on October 2. FCF works to improve the government laws and private systems that exist to serve children at risk. Christina Spudeus, Executive Director of FCF, informed us of new changes in laws within the last five months, that purpose to make a difference in the lives of many children.
Florida Youth Shine (FYS) is a statewide youth driven organization that empowers current and former foster youth to become advocates for all youth in care. FYS presented three young members at the FCF Reception, who eagerly shared their stories. One of these members, Rhiah shared that she came into foster care when she was 8 years old. She was adopted, but quickly taken away from her adoptive parents and placed back in care when she was 14 years old. Now, Rhiah is in extended foster care at the age of 18. She is a senior in High School and a recent graduate of the FYLA. She is a member of the FYS Manasota chapter.
Some new legislation has benefited Rhiah. The “Let Kids be Kids” Law went into effect July 1, 2013. This law recognizes the importance of allowing children in foster care the ability to take part in everyday activities, without the unnecessary involvement of case managers, provider agencies or the court system. Another law that went into effect January 1, 2014 was the “Extended Foster Care” legislation. This law allows adults in foster care the option of staying until the age of 21.
For more information about FCF, visit http://www.floridaschildrenfirst.org/ and for more information about FYS, visit http://www.floridayouthshine.org/

 

Below is a list of the organizations we serve, as well as some information and ways to get involved:

SOUTHEASTERN GUIDE DOGS: Create and nurture a partnership between a visually impaired individual and a guide dog, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. If you would like to learn more and get involved with this organization, please visit:

http://www.guidedogs.org

SUNCOAST BLOOD BANK: provides a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in need. Their singular purpose is to collect, test, process, match, store and distribute all the blood products required to serve the hospitals and health centers in our community. Lighthouse wanted to help, so we hosted a mobile blood drive! Read more here…

http://www.scbb.org

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SRQ: A Florida, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that builds affordable housing in partnership with those in need. If you would like to learn more and get involved with this organization, please visit:

http://www.habitatsrq.org

http://www.selahfreedom.com

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