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2019 Annual Meeting Update.


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2019 Annual Meeting Update.


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ANNUAL MEETING UPDATE

RSVP & Absentee ballot

The Sunday's Child annual meeting is right around the corner and we're gearing up for another great year of awarding grants to deserving Escambia and Santa Rosa County non-profits. Join us this year as we hear from the grant finalists and vote on which four non-profits will be awarded a Sunday's Child grant this year. 

JUNE 23, 2019•  1:00-4:30PM  •  MUSEUM OF COMMERCE  •  RSVP


MISSION

To promote equality and inspire inclusion across the community by awarding grants for significant charitable and economic initiatives.

VISION

A fully accepting and inclusive Pensacola Bay Area that embraces the LGBTQ citizens and their contributions to the community.


GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • To serve the community.

  • To promote a wider visibility of the LGBTQ community.

  • To promote a wider acceptance of the LGBTQ community by setting a philanthropic example.

Our ANNUAL MEETING

Join us for an afternoon of fun and friends Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the Museum of Commerce in Downtown Pensacola at 201 Zaragoza Street.  Experience the excitement of awarding $106,000 to 4 non-profits in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties. There are ten finalists:  

  • A HOPE for Santa Rosa County FL DBA Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

  • Gulf Coast Kid's House

  • Keep Pensacola Beautiful

  • Knowledge Ministries, Inc. DBA Golden Elite Track and Field Club

  • Manna Food Bank, Inc. DBA Manna, Manna Food Pantries

  • Pensacola Children's Chorus

  • Pensacola Opera, Inc.

  • Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries, Inc.

  • Studer Community Institute

  • The Arc Gateway, Inc.

You can read about the ten finalists and their grant project summaries below.

Dress:  Business Casual

Please RSVP by June 20, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact info@sundayschild.org.

  • 1:00PM – 1:30PM Registration & Mixer

  • 1:30PM – 2:00PM Introduction of Grant Awards Program

  • 2:00PM – 3:30PM Presentation from Finalists

  • 3:30PM – 4:00PM Voting & Wine Reception

  • 4:00PM – 4:30PM Grants Award Announcement

  • 4:30PM Closing Remarks

This is a private event for members of Sunday's Child or invited guests by the board of directors. No other attendees will be permitted.

If you are unable to attend, please complete and submit your absentee ballot.  You can do this by clicking the link below and completing the ballot electronically or by printing the ballot and mailing to:

Sunday's Child

PO Box 12972

Pensacola, FL  32591

The Absentee Ballot can only be submitted by one individual with a General Membership, or the one designated voter of an Ensemble Membership. 

BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019. 

Have questions? Contact us at info@sundayschild.org.

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Letter from the President.


Letter from the President.


Drew Buchanan,  President

Drew Buchanan, President

Welcome all! As we close out our fifth year, it’s important that we reflect on the progress we’ve made and the future goals and challenges we must reach and overcome. Today, members of Sunday’s Child — a collective that has reached nearly 200 individuals — will award four $26,500 grants for charitable projects that directly improve the quality of life and further the goal of equality in our community. The charities that applied are outstanding and their contributions to others is inspirational. Earlier this spring, the focus groups, led by our board members and driven by our members, worked passionately reviewing the grants and meeting the charities at site visits. They selected top finalists to compete for the record total of $106,000 in grant awards. These charities are true to the mission of Sunday's Child: they contribute greatly to our community and demonstrate inclusiveness and equality in their values. Today, we will hear presentations from representatives of these selected organizations

Afterwards, Sunday's Child members will vote to select the four grant recipients. Each general membership casts four votes. Ensemble members collaborate and vote via their chosen designated voter. 

Included in this packet is a summary of the ten finalists and a ballot. 

We have seen tremendous gains in LGBTQ rights in recent history. Today, LGBTQ Americans have more of a voice than ever, but we have seen too many setbacks as we fight for a seat at the table; the gains we have made toward equality in the last few years have been historic, but we are far from done, and we must not lose sight of that.

Serving as President of Sunday’s Child has been a once in a lifetime honor for me and I have cherished the relationships I’ve made and the unbelievable gratitude and support that has been received as we’ve worked to grow Sunday’s Child as a model of LGBTQ and inclusive philanthropy in the United States. It is because of your support and generosity that we are making progress, and I hope you are as inspired about these changes in our community as I am.

As a final note, I’m so thrilled to welcome our new president, Gary Rhodes, and our oncoming officers. I’m confident that Gary and our passionate board of directors will continue to serve you and the community in always upholding the values of Sunday’s Child and ensuring the Pensacola Bay Area is a place that we all feel welcome and valued.

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2019 GRANT Finalists.


2019 GRANT Finalists.


After a rigorous grant review process, our grant selection committees, comprised of Sunday's Child members, have nominated the following ten non-profits to proceed to the next round where they will present their projects to the Sunday's Child membership 0n June 23, 2019.  The top 4 will be awarded grants of $26,500 each, regardless of grant category.

 
 

A HOPE for Santa Rosa County FL dba Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

“Fix and Chip”

Organizational Overview:

Brandi Winkleman, the founder, began as a volunteer at the Santa Rosa County Shelter in 2014 where she witnessed hundreds of dogs and cats being led to the euthanasia room.  A HOPE for Santa Rosa County FL was formed in 2017 to provide low-cost spay/neuter/vaccines/micro chipping services, rescue support and community outreach programs, leading to the prevention of unnecessary euthanasia of companion animals in Santa Rosa County, Florida. A HOPE’s ultimate goal is to open a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for residents of Santa Rosa County.  Until then, A HOPE has been transporting 50-60 animals twice a month to a low cost spay/neuter clinic in Panama City. To date, A HOPE has transported over 1,100 dogs and cats to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped at low or no cost to their community. A HOPE also provides: Trap/Neuter/Return of feral cats, dog/cat food pantry, microchip reading to return lost pets to owners, animal protection program mentorship, aid in the care of shelter animals, and assistance in animal transport.  The community has embraced A HOPE’s efforts, and A HOPE has raised a new level of awareness about the need to control the number of healthy animals being euthanized in the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter. March 2019 marked the first time that no animals were euthanized at the Santa Rosa County shelter merely due to overcrowding.  Local government, recognizing the value of A HOPE’s services has demonstrated its support by leasing A HOPE the building and land it now temporarily occupies for $1 a month until it can purchase a site for its clinic.

Project Overview:

“Fix and Chip” project seeks funding to spay/neuter, vaccinate against rabies, and microchip 300 indoor cats and 100 dogs (under 50 pounds) that are owned by residents of Santa Rosa County.   Currently there are County funds available for community cats (which are feral or stray and remain outdoors) and large dogs in Santa Rosa County, yet nothing for owned cats and dogs under 50 pounds. This project will complement County funds and fill in gaps the County funds do not cover.

Community Impact:

Fix and Chips will prevent many unwanted offspring born of the project participants, lessening crowding and euthanasia at the Santa Rosa County Animal Shelter.  Altered animals are less inclined to roam and possibly end up in the shelter. Microchipping will increase the “return to owner” rate for shelter pets, presently at only 11%.  Vaccination against rabies will result in healthier animals and decrease the spread of rabies in the area served. Fix and Chips will also lessen the financial burden on pet owners who cannot afford basic veterinary care and improve the treated animals’ chances for a healthier life.  

Diversity Overview:

A HOPE has a comprehensive non-discrimination policy within its diversity and inclusion policies.  It promotes equal access to veterinary services within their geographic location and does not require proof of need or income but is open and inclusive to all. 


 
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Gulf Coast Kid's House

“Getting Families Back Together”

Organizational Overview:

In 1998 a group of individuals had a vision and a desire to develop a safe place for kids who are victims of child abuse. In 2004 Gulf Coast Kid’s House (GCKH) opened its doors and since then has served over 21,000 children. Its mission is to facilitate the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and promote child abuse prevention awareness through community education. At GCKH, professionals representing 7 government and not-for-profit agencies have come together to provide a collective and coordinated experience for these victims of child abuse under one roof. In this safe and comfortable place the children do not have to re-tell their experiences over and over again.  One of the goals of GCKH is to get families back together in a healthy way. It guides clients to things such as parenting and finance classes, and other services the children might need or benefit from. GCKH also coordinates supervised visitation between children and family members to repair or strengthen relationships before families are reunited.

Project Overview:

Gulf Coast Kid’s House purchased and renovated a house across from its existing facility in East Hill in Pensacola. This house will provide a safe, private place for supervised visits between parents and children. Supervised visits are necessary when children are removed from an abusive home and are parent(s) are working with the system to be reunified. The grant funds will be used to furnish two rooms and the reception area of the house with child-friendly décor and activities, providing an opportunity for families to bond in a safe, home-like environment. Furnishings will include comfortable and durable furniture, games, books, video games.

Community Impact:

In 2018 GCKH served over 3000 children who were victims of child abuse. Presently supervised visits, which occur daily, have to be in places like parks or fast food restaurants which give little opportunity for interaction and to work on skills.  In these settings, privacy is also an issue for the family. A safe and comfortable environment for supervised visitation sessions will make the experience more pleasant for all, especially the children, and hopefully expedite the reunification process and decrease need for foster placement.

Diversity Overview:

Gulf Coast Kid’s House has comprehensive anti-discrimination and harassment policies that covers all phases of engagement and covers the clients it serves, volunteers, employees and anyone it associates with. The health insurance is transgender inclusive. Further, GCKH routinely provides staff with Lunch and Learn trainings to promote inclusiveness. It has gender neutral restrooms.

 
 

Keep Pensacola Beautiful

“KPB's Dedicated Programs Truck”

Organizational Overview:

Since 1979, Keep Pensacola Beautiful (KPB) has focused on litter removal and prevention, recycling education, and community beautification. KPB’s mission is: “At Keep Pensacola Beautiful, we believe the quality of life in Escambia County is dependent on our ability to preserve and enhance our environment.” KPB has several ongoing projects.  “Paint Your Heart Out,” is an initiative where volunteers do painting, pressure washing and light home maintenance on homes nominated by community members and selected based on financial need. KPB surveys average litter levels throughout the county, and focuses its services on areas with higher levels, often lower income areas. Also, in January, KPB planted 40 trees in several parks, a project it intends to do annually.    KPB contracts with Escambia County Parks and Recreation to service trash cans at 76 parks and boat ramps. KPB provides volunteers with the resources they need to clean up their communities, plant trees, and actively recycle. In addition to organizing volunteer events, KPB coordinates court-ordered community service.

Project Overview:

The grant application is for a used half-ton pickup truck with a crew cab, a vehicle wrap, and the first year’s increase in insurance.  KPB has room in its budget for ongoing maintenance (it has a preventative maintenance schedule policy) and insurance for the additional vehicle in the coming years. This truck would be used to provide volunteers the resources they need to clean up their communities, plant trees, and actively recycle.  An additional truck will improve productivity and efficiency thus broaden the scope and number of KPB’s projects and events.

Community Impact:

Keep Pensacola Beautiful targets the areas of the community that are most in need. The one truck KPB owns is used extensively, and volunteers often use their own vehicles to transport materials and people.  The success of KPB’s initiatives is sometimes hampered by a lack of equipment. Having an additional truck would help KPB expand the scope and number of its projects and events, visibly benefitting the community.  KPB surveys average litter levels throughout the county, and focuses its services on areas with higher levels, often lower income areas. Cleaned and improved parks and neighborhoods improve residents’ sense of safety and security, they encourage outdoor family and youth activity, and they help maintain/sustain property values

Diversity Overview:

In addition to serving those communities that are under-served and economically depressed, KPB is also committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members, prospective members, staff, vendors, clients, volunteers and the general public.  Its comprehensive non-discrimination policy includes gender expression and sexual orientation. Some volunteers are part of court-ordered community service and KPB actively recruits among them to become paid employees. This is beneficial because it can be hard to obtain employment with a criminal record.  

 
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Knowledge Ministries Inc  dba Golden Elite Track and Field Club

“Club Transportation Van”

Organizational Overview:

The Golden Elite Track and Field Club was founded by Army veteran Michael Etheridge in 2007 when he realized that there were many kids of various ethnicities with social-economic challenges who were unable to participate in organized sports. Golden Elite became a nonprofit in 2014.  Its mission is to educate youth and parents about the importance of positive results that come from leading a physically active, drug-free lifestyle while living with integrity, to instill due respect for oneself, one's character, and one's conduct. On average it serves 80-100 boys and girls ages 4-18 years old annually in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. It is the only community-based track and field club. It has helped more than a thousand local youth achieve their personal life goals and a number of past athletes have received track and field college scholarships. Many of the children involved in Golden Elite are only able to participate because the club provides transportation to those in need.

Project Overview:

The Golden Elite seeks a 15 passenger van to help transport its athletes to and from practices and competitions, and to carry equipment for outdoor competitions. The club is committed to providing transportation to children who would otherwise be unable to participate.  However, it has gone through 4 private vehicles and understands that using private vehicles is no longer a viable way of meeting the increasing transportation needs, sometimes 5-6 days per week.  Grant funds will be used to purchase the van and will cover initial insurance and maintenance. Golden Elite’s annual fund-raising event will cover the subsequent years of insurance and maintenance.  

Community Impact:

A 15-passenger van will allow Golden Elite to keep all the youth together and the transit time could be used for  team-building and group mentorship. Helping to ease the transportation barrier will give the youth of Escambia and Santa Rosa County the opportunity to do something positive with their spare time that will not lead them on the path to destruction, jail or juvenile detention. These activities will keep them focused on being positive contributors to society, and will allow them to experience a safe and friendly environment where they can learn and excel in accordance with their own abilities.

Diversity Overview:

Golden Elite Track and Field Club adopted a comprehensive non-discrimination policy in 2011 that includes gender expression and sexual orientation. Information learned at Sunday’s Child workshops has been used to educate leaders, youth, parents, and community on the importance of diversity and inclusion for all.  This welcoming acceptance is reflected in the current participation of a transgender child.


 

Manna Food Bank, Inc. dba Manna, Manna Food Pantries

“Project 3030”

Organizational Overview:

The Manna Food Bank was founded in 1983 as a local, grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Manna’s mission is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food-related needs of vulnerable populations, and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. Manna has been providing groceries directly to individuals and families in need and offering all services free of charge in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties without any government funding. Instead it receives funding from individuals, foundations, faith-based organizations, corporations and businesses.  Manna is nonsectarian, community focused and volunteer supported. It currently operates three food distribution pantries and nine specialty food programs, in collaboration with partnership organizations in the two-county area which have identified vulnerable children, families, elderly, and HIV positive individuals.

Project Overview:

Manna seeks funding to purchase and install new warehouse equipment and signage, providing more efficient, effective and safe operations at its facility at 3030 N. E Street.   Specifically, Manna intends to purchase new equipment including food storage bins, a scale and scale ramps, an access ladder, cargo nets and wheel riser ramps. These items will allow staff and volunteers to safely store and transport food items, access the warehouse loft, and more efficiently facilitate the intake/output of food items. Interior and exterior signage will be directional and informational.  Signs include directions for guests, instructions for food sorting, and identifying markers. The total project cost is $26,797 with the additional $297 to be covered by the Manna’s Facilities and Equipment budget. Manna would purchase all equipment and signage to have them in place before their November 2019 food drive.

Community Impact:

With a Sunday’s Child grant, Manna will be able to direct an additional $26,500 in food assistance—the equivalent of 15,900 meals—to individuals and families in need, instead of spending it on necessary equipment and signage.  Additionally, the purchase of the food storage bins will eliminate the expense of purchasing cardboard storage, saving additional funds in the long term. The project will have an operation-wide effect, touching more than 10,000 clients and more than 5,000 volunteers in just the first year alone.

Diversity Overview:

Manna has a comprehensive non-discrimination policy that is posted in areas visible to clients, volunteers and staff members.  Last year, a Program VISTA volunteer attended diversity training and shared the experience with staff at their weekly meeting. Signs that indicate a gender by word or visual depictions have been removed from all single-stall restrooms at the Manna facility, and they have been replaced with signs that simply say “Restroom”.  

 
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Pensacola Children's Chorus  

“Baby Beats: Whole Child Development through Music Making”

Organizational Overview:

The Pensacola Children’s Chorus (PCC) was founded in 1990 as a venture of the Pensacola Symphony.  Its mission is to provide quality music education and performances to include traditional classical choral training and musical theater to enrich the lives of children from all religious, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds.  Through its music activities, the PCC helps to foster the personal and social growth of its members and promotes their sense of self-esteem, accomplishment, and pride. In recent years, PCC has embarked on new educational and community outreach endeavors in keeping with its long range vision of a more active and widespread musical community.  PCC’s three main initiatives are: mainstage performances with 3 performed annually, arts-based education, which provide opportunities for personal growth and leadership opportunities, and community outreach, which allows musical partnerships with community organizations and the art leaders in Escambia and Santa Rosa school districts.

Project Overview:

Pensacola Children Chorus seeks to expand its outreach and jumpstart cognitive development through community music programs for infant and pre-K children and their parents with focus on the underserved population. Utilizing Kindermusik, a well-established music and movement curriculum steeped in childhood development research, age-based music classes will be offered free with need-based transportation the first year and sliding scale costs and other venues in subsequent years to address the needs of both access and affordability.  The grant funds will be used for the Kindermusik training, program fees, classroom equipment and storage, age-appropriate musical instruments, and supplies to make the PCC’s facilities more infant friendly and safe. The total project cost is $28,512, with the additional funds to be covered by PCC’s operating budget and fundraising efforts.

Community Impact:

The Baby Beats project will expand the impact of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus by allowing children from the age of 6 months to pre-K and their parents to benefit from this program.   In addition, offering transportation for families during the first year and expanding the location of the project in subsequent years will increase the socioeconomic diversity of the Chorus’ clientele.  Creating a more active and widespread musical community will enhance the personal and social growth of infant and pre-K children. Engaging children with music at a young age creates opportunities for future musical and arts participation.

Diversity Overview:

Pensacola Children’s Chorus’s code of conduct reflects its commitment to being a safe, inclusive and diverse organization.  All employees, volunteers, and youth participants sign a statement of behavioral expectations including a statement that clearly establishes the LGBTQ population as a protected class. The success of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus in establishing a safe environment is reflected in the fact that several of their youth participants have come out within the confines of their Chorus participation.

 
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Pensacola Opera, Inc.

“As One”

Organizational Overview:

The Pensacola Opera was founded in 1983  by a group of community volunteers. It is the only opera company in Northwest Florida and one of only five professional opera companies affiliated with Opera America in the State of Florida.  The mission of Pensacola Opera is to enrich the culture of Northwest Florida by producing professional opera performances and by offering educational programs and other opera related community events for people of all ages, interest and backgrounds.  The Artists in Residence program provides free opera performances at schools, adult retirement communities and other venues throughout the Northwest Florida area. Additional programs include: pop-up performances, brown bag opera, dinner and an aria and a two-week long Opera Camp for ages 8 through 17, where participants learn about audition/voice techniques, stage presence, building sets, and more.  Through the educational programs, these artists impact over 40,000 children and adults in the community each year.

Project Overview:

Pensacola Opera will present three performances of the one act opera titled “As One”.  The opera follows Hannah, a transgender woman, through her discovery of her gender identity and learning how to love herself in a world in which she is not accepted.  The opera’s creative team consists of cowriters, transgender documentarian Kimberly Reed and librettist Mark Campbell, with music by lesbian composer Laura Kaminsky. Since its premier in 2014, it has become the most produced new opera in North America.  Pensacola Opera’s production of “As One” would be the Florida’s premiere. In conjunction with the performance of “As One”, Pensacola Opera will also include community events, programs, exhibits, and film presentations to create and strengthen awareness for the transgender community.  The grant will be used for professional fees and lodging, lighting/projections, costumes, and music royalties. The total project cost is $75,000 and the additional funds will be covered by a $25,000 guaranteed donation, ticket sales, production sponsorships, and endowment funds.

Community Impact:

Attendees of  “As One” will be significantly touched  by the power of its music and the honesty of its presentation.  Those who only attend the ancillary events (panel discussions, receptions, films, etc.) will also be positively impacted with increased awareness of and knowledge about the transgender community. The anticipated impact is the willingness to view the experience of the LGBTQ community and particularly the transgender community through new eyes.

Diversity Overview:

Pensacola Opera has a non-discrimination policy in place that includes gender identity and sexual orientation which applies to all Opera associated personnel and those not directly associated. Pensacola Opera currently has six full time employees, of which three openly identify as LGBTQ.

 

 

Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries, Inc.  

“Power of Evaluation – Using Data to Tell Our Story”

Organizational Overview:

Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries (PUMCM) originated as an outreach of Richards Memorial United Methodist Church to address hunger in the Brownsville Community.  PUMCM became a separate nonprofit in 2007 that is not a church. Its mission is to promote the dignity and welfare of the under resourced in the Pensacola community by addressing their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. PUMCM was selected as the nonprofit recipient to receive rebranding under a new more inclusive organization name by the end of 2019.  In the past three years, PUMCM has served over 83,696 hot meals, and it increased the number of meals served by 40% from 2017 to 2018. PUMCM other current programs addresses improving the quality of life of the underserved with vouchers to the thrift shop, mail service, addiction and educational resources, job placement. PUMC also provides short-term, low-rent shelters, particularly for those completing inpatient rehabilitation, to help people move from crisis to stability.  It has housed 90 people and 74% have had successful outcomes.

Project Overview:

PUMCM seeks funding to build its organizational capacity through establishing and implementing integrated measurement and evaluation across all of our programs. PUMCM will use grant funding to hire a consultant to develop and implement an evaluation program alongside staff, volunteers, and participants to ensure its effectiveness and oversee the implementation of the industry-standard Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).   This will allow the organization to track and progress toward achieving program objectives, improving long-term program effectiveness, and better serving the community through continuous quality improvement. By communicating clearer results, PUMCM will be able to attract and maintain new and continuation funding, and support advocacy and shared learning. The goal of the project is to become a data-driven organization in a better position to apply for federal and other grants.  The total project cost is $36,000 with the additional funding from individual contributions and the organization’s rent fund.

Community Impact:

The community impact will be an organization that is better able to provide services to targeted population because they will have the data to know the processes that work best to help program participants in this community achieve stability.  Additionally, lessons learned will be shared with stakeholders and others as part of a learning community to help other nonprofits.

Diversity Overview:

PUMCM has a comprehensive non-discrimination policy for members, volunteers, vendors and provision of services. It promotes a welcoming environment by display of the rainbow flag in the dining hall for all who enter to see that it promotes and supports equality and inclusion, and serves anyone and everyone in need. There is no requirement to participate in any religious program.

 

Studer Community Institute

“Early Learning Natural Play Space”

Organizational Overview:

The Studer Community Institute (SCI) was founded in 2014 to track the progress of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. SCI became a nonprofit in 2016 with the mission of improving the quality of life in Pensacola. SCI has focused on kindergarten readiness in Escambia County where the kindergarten readiness rate is 46%.  SCI’s current early education programs include: Brain Bags which gives early literacy gift bags to new mothers, Newborn Intervention video project, and Parent Outreach in partnership with the Area Housing Commission (AHC), which provides affordable housing for low-income families. These programs as well as the proposed Early Learning Natural Play Space fit within its goal of making Pensacola an “Early Learning Community.”   

Project Overview:

The Early Learning Natural Play Space would provide an educational play space within Moreno Court. The goal of the project is to work with the families of Moreno Court to teach the caregivers strategies for incorporating learning into everyday play activities.  Grant funds will be used for professional fees and creating the outdoor play space which will consists of a garden with native plants and play fixtures aimed at fostering creativity, problem-solving and early learning (e.g. shapes, numbers, and colors) in a semi-structured environment.  The project is part of the Make Play Smart effort, which aims to build learning experiences into the external environment. It is based on the Early Learning Sensory Garden at the Bodacious Brew which was designed by the architects for this project.  Once installed on property donated by the Area Housing Commission, the play space will be maintained by the staff and SCI and AHC volunteers.  SCI will incorporate the play space into its existing parent education programs at Moreno Court.

Community Impact:

There are 81 children ages birth to 5 years residing at Moreno Court. These children will attend Warrington Elementary School, which is among the lowest performing schools in the state on standardized assessments.  Enhancing early learning through natural play and providing caregiver education on child development and early learning will improve the kindergarten readiness of the current and future children of Moreno Court, and benefit them throughout their educational careers. The broader impact will emerge as the Early Learning Natural Play Space becomes a model for other properties of the Area Housing Commission.

Diversity Overview:

SCI has a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. All volunteers and employees of SCI undergo orientation that includes training in SCI’s non-discrimination policies. SCI’s volunteer and events coordinator is a member of the LGBTQ community and the face of SCI for all volunteers.

 

The Arc Gateway, Inc.  

“Spread the ARC”

Organizational Overview:

The Arc Gateway was founded in 1954 by a group of parents of children with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to provide the best possible life experiences for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  It had a name change in 1992 for national branding from ARC standing for “Association for Retarded Citizens of the US” to the word “Arc” to remove the ‘R’ word and recognize people first and disability 2nd. The Local chapter is the 4th largest out of 40 in Florida but was the second to last to rebrand when it aligned with National and State name and logo in 2017. The Arc Gateway serves around 1,000 people with I/DD in Escambia and Santa Rosa County annually. Current programs offer its clients a range of services to include: job-training skills, employment services, adult learning and support, residential services, senior adult programs, and therapy and early intervention services for children.

Project Overview:

The proposed project is a "Spread the Arc" rebranding campaign to strengthen awareness about The Arc Gateway’s services within the community. The first six months will be a building period to incorporate new physical signage, a completely new user-friendly website, print ads, commercials, and a brand-new marketing video to share with the public. The second six months will be a time for The Arc to maintain and continue to strengthen its plans. The Arc is confident that these timeframes will help it to have a successful rebranding campaign to strengthen awareness about The Arc’s services within the community. In January 2019, The Arc hired a marketing/PR professional with extensive knowledge and experience who not only will lead the rebranding project but also maintain the website once redone in a more user-friendly format. The total project cost is $29,420 with the additional funds being covered by The Arc.

Community Impact:

Completion of the rebranding campaign will result in increased awareness and inclusion of people with disabilities in the community.   The community will know, understand, appreciate and respect The Arc Gateway and the many individuals with disabilities who need and benefit from the programs and services.

Diversity Overview:

The Arc Gateway programs promote choice and independence through community inclusion and integration.  The commitment to diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination is reflected in its policy manual and actions to include:  in-service training, participation in the Pride in the Park and Stamped Film Festival and changing “Mother/ Daughter Tea” to “Prince /Princess/Parent Punch Party”.


This is a private event for members of Sunday's Child or invited guests by the board of directors. No other attendees will be permitted.

If you are unable to attend, please complete and submit your absentee ballot.  You can do this by clicking the link below and completing the ballot electronically or by printing the ballot and mailing to:

Sunday's Child

PO Box 12972

Pensacola, FL  32591

The Absentee Ballot can only be submitted by one individual with a General Membership, or the one designated voter of an Ensemble Membership. 

BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2019. 

Have questions? Contact us at info@sundayschild.org.