Outreach 2022

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Kenducky Derby

On Saturday, August 20, START members started their day early by participating in Family Promise’s first annual Kenducky Derby. START volunteers manned the prize table while high school students in the water had the task of making sure the rubber duckies floated down the river! It was a very different and fun way to support this nonprofit organization.

START Volunteers
START Volunteers

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START Volunteers getting instructions
START Volunteers getting instructions

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START Volunteers + one
START Volunteers + one

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START Volunteers
START Volunteers

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Early Learning Coalition 

START volunteers supported the Early Learning Coalition of South Sarasota County by helping one local preschool - "Le Bunnies" in Nokomis. Their immediate need was to do some organizing and deep cleaning of shelves and toys. These kind of tasks are a lot more fun in groups - much accomplished amidst the laughter!

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"Le Bunnies"
"Le Bunnies"

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"Le Bunnies"
"Le Bunnies"

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Housing for 2022 aactWorld Fest

START was approached to help the Venice Theater find housing for their international guests who would participate in the 2022 aactWorld Fest where a group of international community theaters, selected by the American Association of Community Theaters, performed during the week of June 20th to June 26th. Several members welcomed the opportunity and housed actresses from Bangladesh and Italy.

From Italy
From Italy

Maria Boldrin and Marzia Tedeschi, along with two fellow actors from their theatre troupe

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From Bangladesh
From Bangladesh

Shamima Tusty and Mashruba Musharraf

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From Italy
From Italy

Maria Boldrin and Marzia Tedeschi, along with two fellow actors from their theatre troupe

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Women’s Resource Center 

START delivered clothing donated by its members to the the Women’s Resource Center (WRC). Members will continue to support WRC through an on-going clothing drive.

WRC Thanks - First delivery
WRC Thanks - First delivery

First delivery

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Second delivery
Second delivery

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Second delivery
Second delivery

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WRC Thanks - First delivery
WRC Thanks - First delivery

First delivery

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Challenger Baseball

START members had a fun afternoon at the Venice Challenger Baseball Complex. On April 16th, members were 'baseball buddies' helping to facilitate the players around the field, served as a cheering section and provided pizza and ice cream after the game.

Challenger Baseball Complex
Challenger Baseball Complex

The complex has two fields designed to handle all physical challenges.

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Members - Buddies and Fans
Members - Buddies and Fans

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Preparing to feed the players
Preparing to feed the players

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Challenger Baseball Complex
Challenger Baseball Complex

The complex has two fields designed to handle all physical challenges.

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Supporting Animal Rescue

Thanks to START, The Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida and Satchel’s Last Resort were able to get their shelves restocked!  We collected hundreds of used towels, about 10 gallons of bleach, around 20 bottles of Dawn, 5 boxes of Brillo pads and 1 scrub brush for the Wildlife Center. We received about 50 sheets, approximately 20 fleece blankets, 10 gallons of bleach, around 20 bottles of Dawn, over 30 rolls of paper towels, one large dog crate, and several bags of dog toys and leashes for Satchel’ s Last Resort. Members volunteered to collect, temporarily store and drop off donations from the members.

Donations for Wildlife Center
Donations for Wildlife Center

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Wildlife Center
Wildlife Center

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Satchel’s Last Resort
Satchel’s Last Resort

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Donations for Wildlife Center
Donations for Wildlife Center

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