Youth Guidance Awarded 2018 Impact 100 Grant

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

On, Wednesday, April 18th, the membership of Impact 100 voted at the Tenth Grant Awards and Annual Meeting to select the winners of this year’s awards. Since this year’s membership consists of 466 members, four $100,000 Impact Grants were awarded, with the remaining $66,000 divided evenly among the three Merit Grant winners.
"We are very proud and excited to have developed a partnership with Impact 100 and look forward to a productive collaboration in the healthy development of children and families of Indian River County." - Felix Cruz, executive Director, youth Guidance Mentoring Academy
The four recipients of the 2018 Impact Grants are:

Economic Opportunities Council of IRC
Early Bird Program Expansion to Dodgertown Elementary

Tykes & Teens, Inc.
Little TYKES (Teaching Young Kids Emotionally & Socially)

Veterans Council of Indian River County, Inc.
Veterans Helping Veterans Program
Safety, Accessibility and Home Improvements

Youth Guidance Mentoring and Activities Program
Youth Guidance Mentoring Academy – S.T.E.A.M.

In addition, the following three nonprofits are Merit Award winners each receiving $22,000.

The Buggy Bunch
Indian River State College Foundation
Vero Beach Rowing

“The grants we received this year reflect the multi-generational community needs for food, education, healing and the need for personal dignity. I am so proud that Impact 100 will be joining these nonprofits to directly transform the lives of these individuals and thereby improve all of our lives in Indian River County,” says Grant Chair, Brenda Cetrulo. “We couldn't have done it without the tireless work of over fifty Impact 100 members who served as Grant Panel Volunteers, reviewing each of the submitted grants, conducting site visits and presenting the very best grants to our membership.”

“Our tenth anniversary year has been one of celebration and reflection,” stated Suzanne Carter, Board President. “I am very proud of our record membership number, and especially the fact that we have 83 new members, many of whom come from new and different neighborhoods. We also have a cohort of younger members, who bring excitement and energy, as well as many technical skills. We are spreading our wings in our community.”

Thank you to all the members of Impact 100 for making this, our 10th Year, a resounding success! With your dedication and support, Impact 100 has invested more than $3.8 million dollars to non-profits in Indian River County since inception.
 — with Jeffrey Shearer.

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