Amscot Financial Contributes Mini-Grants To 11 Central Florida Service Agencies


Tampa, FL – (June 5, 2009) Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, has made mini-grants of $100 to $250 to 11 non-profit service organizations in greater Tampa and great Orlando. The grants went to:

The Center for Drug Free Living, Inc., Kissimmee. The overall goal of the Center’s Prevention and Intervention Programs is to provide comprehensive prevention and early intervention services through school and community-based programs that serve youth and adults in Central Florida. The programs collaborate with community organizations, social service agencies, school districts, housing authorities, city and county governments, and area businesses.

National Council of Negro Women, Tampa Chapter. The Tampa Metropolitan Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. develops and empower young African American women through the provision of essential developmental information.

Annual Backpack program by Solid Rock Church of God, Kissimmee. This organization is sponsoring their third annual “back to school extravaganza” in August 2009. This event will provide backpacks and school supplies for more than 200 students.

Kids House of Seminole, Inc., Sanford. Its mission is to aid children by providing all necessary services for children who are victims of abuse, from report and investigation through treatment and prosecution in a friendly, non-threatening environment.

Breaking Barriers, Palm Bay. A service for refugees, orphans and unaccompanied children. Activities are rescue / save operation for abused children. The agency works to unite families by providing transportation, transitional housing, computer programs, and literacy services.

Advocates For Safer Communities, Riverview. The mission of this organization is to educate and create awareness among youth, families and communities through promotion of programs, intervention, literature and other strategies to assist in the decrease of potential violent tragedies from occurring.

Peachtree of Life Foundation, Tampa. Its mission is to educate young women about the devastating consequences of teenage pregnancy and the importance of education and proper planning.

Family Service Centers, Inc., Clearwater. The promise of Family Service Centers is to empower children and families to be safe, healthy, and resilient by leading the community in the best practices of counseling, education, and advocacy.

Friends of the James Weldon Johnson Library, St. Petersburg. The Friends of the James Weldon Johnson Library is a nonprofit group whose purpose is to support the library through volunteerism, fund-raising activities, and sponsorship of programs and services.

YMCA of the Suncoast, High Point community, Clearwater. This nonprofit provides programs and services, giving youth, individuals and families more options for achieving healthy lifestyles, academic and financial success, and quality community life.

BIG SIS, Inc., Orlando. This agency is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for positive change in the lives of women and young girls. BIG SIS, Inc. is dedicated to the reintegration and empowerment of these women in becoming independent, goal-oriented and self-sufficient in society.

Founded in 1989, Amscot Financial employs more than 2,000 associates who work at the company’s 174 retail branches and at the company’s corporate headquarters in Tampa. The company currently operates retail locations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties.

Amscot Financial offers an array of convenience-oriented financial services, including the cashing of personal checks, out-of-state checks and government checks; cash advances; Western Union wire transfers, notary services, pre-paid debit cards and income tax preparation. Amscot Financial also offers consumers the ability to purchase money orders – with no service fees.