Pensacola IMPACT 100 donates more than $1 million to charities

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PENSACOLA — IMPACT 100 of Pensacola Bay awarded more than $1 million to charities at their annual meeting Sunday, Oct. 15.

Among the 10 winners, a handful of the charities are located here on the Emerald Coast.

The Arc of the Emerald Coast, My Father’s Arrow’s, Feeding the Gulf Coast and Santa Rosa Kid’s House were all awarded $107,700.

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area is a local women’s philanthropy group. Each member donates $1,000 which is put toward grants. Charities are chosen through a grant review process and members make a final vote at the annual meeting.

“At the end of today, $9.395 million has been awarded to nonprofits in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties since 2004 in the form of significant grants that make a lasting impact,” said Meri Asmar, president of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area in a press release.

Here is a list of the Emerald Coast charities and the projects that will be supported from the grants.

The Arc of the Emerald Coast

Founded in 1992, The Arc of the Emerald Coast is an affiliate of The Arc of the United States offering services to individuals of all ages with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Funds used from the IMPACT grant will to purchase two handicapped accessible vans to transport individuals to the adult training center in Milton.

My Father’s Arrows

My Father’s Arrows is charity based in Jay which provides support to abused, abandoned and neglected children in the community. Funds from the IMPACT grant will be put toward a project called Mama’s House. Mama’s House is one-stop placement opportunity for the children in the local foster care system. IMPACT funds will be used to construct a 3,000-square-foot addition to Mama’s Home which will consist of an apartment for the mentoring family who lives on-site and a great room for family activities. Mama’s House will provide the area with additional space for up to 48 children in foster care.

Feeding the Gulf Coast

Feeding the Gulf Coast is a local food band affiliated with the national organization Feeding America. The food banks has distributed more than 22 million pounds of food last year. IMPACT funds will be used for a generator to install in the Milton facility so that the food bank can provide food and supplies to residents in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties during disasters. Remaining funds will be used to build a fence around the generator and for supplies needed for disaster response.

Santa Rosa Kid’s House

Santa Rosa Kid’s House is a child advocacy center serving to treat and prevent child abuse and neglect in Santa Rosa County. Funds from the IMPACT grant will be used for a project titled Changing for Children.

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