Amscot Financial contributes mini-grants to 24 non-profit service groups


Tampa, FL – (November 1, 2016) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently awarded mini-grants of $100 to $1,000 in support of 24 different non-profit service organizations located in the Florida communities where the company serves several million consumers.

“Helping others is important to all of us at Amscot, that’s why we continue to partner with those organizations who work hard to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most,” said Ian MacKechnie, Founder and CEO of Amscot Financial.

Mini-grants went to the following organizations:

  • Artz 4 Life Academy, Inc., Clearwater. Committed to utilizing cultural and performing arts to enhance education, promote creativity and develop life skills for children ages 6-17. For more information, please visit:
  • The Autism Society of Greater Orlando, Orlando.  From November 11th -13th they will be celebrating their annual Adventures in Autism at the Westgate River Ranch Resort by welcoming 300 children with autism and their families. For more information, please visit:   
  • Bakas horses for Handicapped Inc., Tampa. Their mission is to provide therapeutic horseback riding activities for children and adults afflicted with disabilities across a wide spectrum of physical and mental handicaps. The program assists riders with strength, balance, self esteem, self confidence, and camaraderie all in a positive experience for riders to make goals and achieve success. For more information, please visit:  
  • Centro Cultural Puertorriqueno, Kissimmee. Their mission and vision is to promote their culture, educate and provide services to the families that are in need of guidance and referrals. For more information, please visit: 
  • Citizen CPR Inc., Lakeland. CPR is a vital component of successfully reducing the premature death of sudden cardiac events and drowning. Citizen CPR has provided educational CPR classes to Middle and High School students to help reduce the risk of injury and death and improve survival rates, as of June 2016 they have trained 26,000 students. For more information, please visit:   
  • City of Apopka, Apopka. The city is working with local schools promoting pedestrian safety. They are hosting a Walk to School day promoting safe pedestrian habits. For more information, please visit:    
  • City of North Bay Village, North Bay Village.  November 5th will be the first North Bay Village Art Meets Technology Fair at Treasure Island Elementary School. The goal of the event is to help foster youth interest in the arts and technology and is open to elementary through high school age students. For more information, please email [email protected] or call (305) 479-7263
  • Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc., St. Petersburg. Their mission is to help people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work through training and employment for people with disabilities or any employment barriers. For more information, please visit:
  • Greater Orlando Children's Miracle Network, Orlando. A non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America. Children's Miracle Network Hospitals help 17 million kids each year - kids with cancer, birth defects and pediatric AIDS...organ transplant patients and accident victims...and children living with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, kidney disease and heart disease. For more information, please visit:
  • Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County, Inc., Clearwater. Habitat Pinellas builds and renovates homes to provide decent, affordable housing for families living in substandard housing or unable to afford a traditional mortgage. For more information, please visit:
  • Hosanna Corporation, Ft. Lauderdale. The Exposed the Conversation Program creates awareness in communities about incest, molestation, and rape within families.  Through this program they offer All E.A.R.S.(Education, Assistance, Resource, Support). For more information, please visit:
  • Improvement League of Plant City, Plant City. Each year the Improvement League of Plant City operates several community programs that include Striving for Excellence Academy After-School/Summer class and CSI Junior Forensics Course. For more information, please visit:
  • Lakeland Police Athletic League, Lakeland. They prevent juvenile crime and violence utilizing recreation-oriented juvenile crime prevention programs that relies heavily upon athletics, recreational activities, and education to help kids go right and stay right. For more information, please visit:
  • Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc., Orlando. The primary purpose of the Legal Aid Society is to provide quality legal services for the low-income residents, the working poor, children, and disadvantaged groups with special legal needs. For more information, please visit:
  • The Life Center of Hernando County, Brooksville.  The Life Center is a volunteer run non-profit that provides transitional housing for young, single moms and their babies who are at risk of homelessness and offers housing, life skills and some transportation. For more information, please visit:
  • Pinellas Opportunity Council, Inc., St. Petersburg. They help alleviate conditions of poverty, revitalize local communities, and promote self-sufficiency by mobilizing resources to develop and implement programs that deliver an array of services to address various individual, family and community needs. For more information, please visit:
  • Polk County School Board Student Services Department, Bartow. They support youth, families, and school board employees by enhancing mental and physical health resulting in optimal student achievement and personal success for all. For more information, please visit:
  • R.A.M.A.L. Educational and Social Services, Inc., Ocala. Helping students build a strong literacy and basic education foundation. The program offers after school tutoring, offering one to one reading assistance, mentoring, referral to resources, financial literacy, computer literacy and life skill training. For more information, please visit:
  • Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communication, Bradenton.  An Elementary School that teaches a curriculum with an added emphasis on developing strong communication skills and enhancing the creative element within every child. They offer free after-school enrichment classes, dual-language (Spanish/English) educational program, musical instruments, media and computer technology enhancements, cultural and educational field trips and much more. For more information, please visit:
  • Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, Longwood.  They provide free legal assistance for the economically disadvantaged in their community for housing, domestic violence, child protection, employment, and immigration for the past 35 years. For more information, please visit:
  • Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation, St. Petersburg.  They serve low-income, underrepresented minority children in the South St. Petersburg area by delivering comprehensive programming during the summer and after school. Their mission is to eradicate illiteracy in south St. Petersburg by empowering children through education. For more information, please visit:
  • St. Petersburg Football Booster Club, St. Petersburg.  The team is seeking funds to purchase much needed safety equipment and first aid supplies for the players to prevent injuries.  For more information, please visit:
  • Tyrone Middle School, St. Petersburg.  They are seeking to engage students and their families with an on-going issue of attendance and hope to host a Family Celebration at the end of the school year to celebrate all students with perfect attendance. For more information, please visit:
  • Volusia County Toys for Tots, Daytona Beach. Their mission is to provide  toys to over 3,750 local families with children. 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 238 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).