Government

August 29, 2015

Cheri Wright-Jones

President

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

33290 US Highway 19 N, Suite 269

Palm Harbor, Florida 34684

Dear Ms. Wright-Jones:

I appreciate this opportunity to share with you our vision for the future of the Children’s Care Academy of Pinellas and how it aligns with the funding priorities of Allegany Franciscan Ministries. On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I am privileged to submit this brief Letter of Inquiry introducing the Quick Bites Café, a nutritional complimentary on-site food program for children whose parents or caregivers are undergoing cancer treatment. We humbly request your consideration of a grant in the amount of $25,000 to help us expand our childcare program in the central west part of Pinellas County, Florida.

Established as a 501(c)3 organization in 2013, the mission of the Children’s Care Academy of Pinellas is to nurture children in a safe, educational and loving environment focusing on providing complimentary care for children whose parents or caregivers are undergoing cancer treatment. Our mission is being fulfilled through the on-site complimentary academic tutoring and cancer care counseling services offered at the academy. Enrollment in the Children’s Care Academy continues to grow, sparking the need to expand our outreach to include a complimentary nutritious food program.

Caring for children whose parents or caregivers are undergoing cancer treatment is a growing need in our community. Those suffering with cancer face many obstacles; loss of wages, lack of insurance coverage and for those with children, potential lack of childcare, which can be an especially demanding experience for the single parent or caregiver. The demanding treatment schedule can take time away from the family and make some of the easiest tasks difficult to perform.

The Children’s Care Academy of Pinellas offers on-site academic tutoring and cancer care counseling services to help promote education and healthy emotional well-being for children and parents. Academic tutoring, made possible with a partnership with the local school board is available for school-age children by certified educators from within the community. Child psychologists help to provide emotional support for children with questions and concerns regarding their parent’s cancer treatment. The academy also offers counseling opportunities for parents as part of their treatment plan to help further encourage the healing process.

Your support will enable our organization to expand our care-giving mission to include a complimentary on-site food program in an effort to achieve two very specific outcomes for the community we serve:

· Each child guaranteed at least one nutritious meal a day

· Making a contribution in offering a better quality of life

Achieving the above-mentioned outcomes will provide nutrition to children who may not otherwise receive a hot nutritonal meal due to the extenuating cirumstances that can result from cancer treatment furthering enhancing the quality of care offered to the children while extending a better quality of life for each family served.

Your commitment in helping to provide a better quality of life to families undergoing cancer treatment will help produce a more emotionally healthy community and laying the ground work to offer Children’s Care Academy outreach programs beyond the borders of the central west portion of Pinellas County, Florida. We sincerely hope Allegany Franciscan Ministries will join us in our quest in serving those receiving cancer treatment in our community.

The Children’s Care Academy program expansion budget is $50,000. Your gift in the amount of $25,000 will be very benefical in helping to expand our outreach program. Investing in the Children’s Care Academy of Pinellas will make a significant impact on the cancer care community in helping to improve the quality of life of those receiving cancer treatment. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (727) 411-1111. We genuinely appreciate your invitation of this Letter of Inquiry and trust you will appreciate our mutual passion for transforming lives to offer an invitation for a full proposal.

Sincerely,

Denise Colburn, President

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