Tampa, FL – (July 16, 2009) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, has made mini-grants of $100 to $500 to 10 non-profit service organizations in greater Tampa and great Orlando. The grants went to:
- Women’s Resource Center of Tampa Bay, Inc., an organization that provides transitional housing for mothers and their children. For more information, please visit their Web site at http://www.wrctbtoday.org/.
- L.A.N.E.S. Teenage Girls, Inc., Orlando. This organization coordinates a book club for teenage girls. It provides a book to participants each month, then leads a book review process, including interactive discussions about the book, visualization exercises and creating writing activities. The program is designed to each participant’s vocabulary as well as reading and writing skills.
- Academy of Latin Arts and Science, Inc., Sarasota. This group’s annual Hispanic Latino Festival showcases the Hispanic/Latino culture to the Sarasota community, providing a fun, positive atmosphere for families and entertainment for children.
- Girl Scout Troop 1406 of Orlando. This group meets at Wadeview Community Center and are committed to ensuring these scouts will grow up to be confident, courageous, and caring.
- POSH Foundation of Tampa. This organization is a network for underserved girls and single mothers. It provides yearly book scholarships for female high school seniors entering college, and provides nearly 200 economically disadvantaged students in Hillsborough County with free backpacks and other essentials for success.
- Solid Rock Ministries of St. Petersburg provides weekly counseling to at-risk children whose parents are in drug rehab. The group also provides weekly art programs; such as dance, drama and reading skills as well as sign language classes.
- Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA believes that healthy communities start by building healthy families and kids by providing values-based assets that enrich spirit, mind, and body to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.
- St. John’s Presbyterian Learning Center of Tampa. This organization is a preschool for young children. It also offers a Family Literacy Program, serving parents who are in need of adult basic education classes.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Sebring. This group’s program, “Decision to Win” is a site-based program offered to high school students at risk of not completing high school. Students are matched with a Big Brother/Sister in order to work together through a 16-lesson workbook on personal decision-making.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Tampa, This organization offers programs for victims of drunk driving; as well as programs to prevent drunk driving and underage drinking.
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.