SCF’s “Care and Share with Friends” Helps Senior Pet Owners

(Bradenton, Fla., May 2, 2011) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) launched “Care and Share with Friends,” an initiative to help elderly pet owners maintain their independence and enjoy the benefits of pet ownership, in response to President Barack Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge that encourages people to tackle community challenges together.

Based on data showing that many elderly pet owners who receive Meals on Wheels share one daily meal with their pets, SCF selected “Care and Share with Friends” as a service project that is responsive to our area’s unique demographics and circumstances.

Students, faculty and staff have worked together on a shared mission to host food drives on campus to restock local pantries and deliver donations to partner community organizations that serve needy elderly pet owners.  

In the 2011-2012 academic year, SCF donated 1,241 pounds of pet food to Volunteer Manatee’s Pet Awareness with Seniors (PAWS) Program and 592 pounds of food for families to local food banks. SCF Venice student clubs and organizations also raised $167 for the Suncoast Humane Society’s Pet Pantry.

In April, SCF participated in a Care and Share Challenge to boost the total donations and recognize students, employees and clubs who donated the most pet food and the most nonperishable food for families.

SCF student Dayle Florio and Jennifer Quick, SCF speech instructor, contributed the most pet food, and SCF student Felicita Correa and Jami O’Connor, SCF academic division secretary for the SCF Lakewood Ranch provost, donated the most nonperishable food for families. SCF Brain Bowl won the club category for donating the most pet food and nonperishable food for families.

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SCF students Tanner Royall and Deidre Noble and picked up food
at Care and Share drop-off locations at SCF Bradenton.

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SCF student Sebastien Guillaume helped lift boxes of pet food for the
Care and Share service project.
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SCF students Sebastien Guillaume and Ricardo Paez participated in
the Care and Share service project. 

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Dr. Priscilla Glanville, associate professor, language and literature,
and Jennifer Quick, SCF speech instructor, with  Marrion Ramdass,
president of the Nu Zeta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society,
Mandy Foster, Robert Shollar, Ezra Howe,(back row) Sebastien
Guillaume, Ricardo Paez and Abraham Sanchez.

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