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DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted May 28, 2014 - 11:47:30am
While doing good for one’s community is its own reward, getting recognition for the group’s efforts and financial assistance is satisfying, too.
Members of non-profit community agencies work for little or no pay to provide services and improve their communities. Often, they work under the radar of public attention.
On May 30, however, representatives of six of them came together at DeBary Golf and Country Club, along with representatives from two Sanford agencies, to be treated to a breakfast and awarded $1,000 grants.
The treat came from Wells Fargo, through its Community Partner Program, now in its sixth year. Grantees are nominated by local bank-branch managers and employees in their communities within the district, which covers West Volusia and the Sanford area in Seminole County.
Wells Fargo District Manager Sheena Tapia opened the seventh annual presentations. She explained the rationale behind the awards: "We're only as successful as the communities we serve."
Branches within the community nominate recipients, giving bankers who know the local organizations a say in the process, and representatives of those branches made the presentations.
The winners are:
• DeLeon Springs Community Association — As it did the previous two years, the DeLeon Springs Community Association received the first check. Former DeLeon Springs branch manager and current "Wells Fargo at Work" representative Matt Cooksey presented the $1,000 check to Community Association Secretary Amy Munizzi. The Community Association has improved DeLeon Springs through rezoning, petroleum contamination cleanup and is sponsoring twice-a-year festivals.
• MainStreet DeLand — DeLand Main branch manager Ryan Carney presented the check to MainStreet DeLand President Karen Puglisi, noting the improvements MainStreet DeLand has brought to its Downtown over the years.
• Florida United Methodist Children's Home — Deltona Plaza Store Manager Steven Mariec presented the check to Children's Home Vice President of Development Mark Nelson for the work the Children's Home does with children who need a home and help to prepare themselves for life.
• Community Life Center Outreach — Deltona-Providence branch representative Janice Ressy presented the check to Pastor Ben Stillwell-Hernandez of the outreach center, which helps people who need food and other assistance. Around 20 percent of the clients are homeless, Stillwell-Hernandez said.
• My Angel with Paws Inc. — Gibbs Plaza-Deltona branch representative Tom Langer presented the check to My Angel with Paws organizer Valerie Ford. The organization trains and provides service dogs to children and adults who have physical disablities.
• Boys & Girls Club of Volusia-Flagler — Lake Helen branch manager Richard Domroski presented the check to Boys & Girls Club President Joe Sullivan, who supervises operations at eight clubs in the area. The clubs teach children skills to succeed in life and be leaders in their communities.
• Mid Florida Community Services Inc. — Orange City Store Manager Maggie Pagan presented the check to Amy Thomas of Mid Florida Community Services, noting the work the organization does to help children, especially in Orange City, with the Head Start program and other services.
• Rescue Outreach Mission of Central Florida — Sanford Store Manager Raquel May presented the $1,00 check to Executive Director Andrew Powell of Rescue Outreach Mission, which provides meals and shelter to local homeless people and provides resources to keep others from becoming homeless.
• Sanford Crisis Pregnancy Center — Sanford 17-92 Store Manager Brandon Libema presented the check to Cindy Thomas of the pregnancy center, for the work the center does to offer women in crisis alternatives to abortion.
Read more about Wells Fargo community partners programs online at www.wellsfargo.com.
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