HomeGrown Heroes

Homegrown Hero: Cheryl Johnson

Meet Cheryl Johnson, a board member and volunteer for the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch. We recently spoke with Cheryl about what she does for the shelter and why it is important for the community to have places like this. If you are not familiar with the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, they are an organization who rescue animals in need and find adoptive homes for them. Cheryl tells us they also educate people on

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HomeGrown Heroes: Holley Dekmar

Holley, a full time mother of four, wanted to do something to help her local community. With the stay at home order in place, kids being homeschooled and most places closed to the public, she had to get creative. She turned to social media, starting a fundraising group on Facebook called Giving Back 941. Her goal is to help as many local nonprofits as she can by raising funds through a fun and innovative online

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HomeGrown Heroes: Prospect Riding Center

by Jessica Waller Prospect Riding Center (PRC) is a therapeutic and recreational horseback riding center focused on helping individuals with special needs overcome physical, developmental, and psychological challenges. Located on over 20 acres in Myakka City, the staff and volunteers provide a warm, nurturing, and safe environment for riders to develop core strength and balance, enhanced self-esteem, and increased communication and social skills. The fun and educational experience is aimed at promoting a lifelong interest

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HomeGrown Heroes – Connie Kauffman

Founder of Empowerment Gulfcoast After their 30-year-old son (middle child), who had overcome opioid addiction, passed away from thyroid disease, possibly triggered by his previous drug use, Connie and Chuck Kauffman began to search for answers. They kept circling back to one over-riding factor: loss of hope. With friends and other concerned community members, Empowerment Gulfcoast, Inc. formed to help young adults counter that struggle by offering a multi-faceted approach: professional counseling (if needed), financial

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HomeGrown Heroes: Giving Alliance Myakka City

Giving Alliance of Myakka City, Inc. (GMAC) conducts programs to promote, uphold, and empower the general welfare of the community by providing access to human resources to those in need. Programs target Manatee County, FL residents, living in Myakka City and nearby areas. GAMC Directors include Dan Cacchiotti, Rose Riggle, Yvonne Aronin, Kerri Carter, Dennis Wallick, Carl Patrick. Not only are they Directors, but they also volunteer regularly. It takes all of them to make

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HomeGrown Heroes- TIFF

Your loved one is in crisis! You need to know! by Sandra Krug Tiffany Marie Olson was a beautiful young lady from Manatee County. She enjoyed the ocean. And, like all of us at Farmhouse Animal and Nature Sanctuary, Tiffany also loved all animals. She cherished her dog Simba. Simba had been found injured on the side of the road as a puppy and had surgery to mend injuries to her hindquarters. Tiffany adopted and rehabilitated her.

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