April 2021 was an exciting month for SWAG!

Lots happened for SWAG during April 2021! During this month, Capoeira students participated in a special belting ceremony to honor their hard work. Also, SWAG patrons participated in an employability workshop at the Family Resource Center. Then, employers came onsite for a job fair. In addition, SWAG raised $5,750 through The Amazing Give: Workday Edition. Our Community Dinner served 65 meal grab-and-go meals. And finally, the SW Health Clinic began offering COVID-19 vaccines.

Capoeira students were promoted!

Students who practice Capoeira at the SWAG Family Resource Center have been working hard! Therefore, Ms. Doce, the instructor with Capoeira Massapê Gainesville, held a special belting ceremony onsite to honor their dedication. Thank you so much to Ms. Doce and all those who helped raise funds to get cords and uniforms for these amazing young people.

The Family Resource Center hosted an employment event series.

The SWAG Family Resource Center held an Employability Workshop on Thursday, April 8th. Participants received training in application and interview skills as well as CPR/First Aid certifications. Many thanks to all who helped make this event possible as well as to those who participated!

Following the Employability Workshop, the Family Resource Center held an on-site Community Job Fair on Monday the 19th, April 2021. Employers in attendance included Alachua County Public Schools, Episcopal Children’s Services, Trader Joes, and Healthcare Agencies (e.g., Granny Nannies, Home by Choice, Comfort Keepers).

We exceeded our Amazing Give fundraising goal!

SWAG was very excited to participate in The Amazing Give fundraiser on Thursday the 22nd, April 2021. Overall, The Amazing Give raised $1,160,000 between 95 nonprofits in just 12 hours! Moreover, thanks to 36 donors and some fun pop-up prizes, we raised $5,750 for SWAG. Thus, we exceeded our goal of $5,000 by $750!

We are especially grateful for the generosity of Joi R. Canton, daughter of SWAG visionary Joan Canton, as well as Beverly Diaz and The Wagmore Foundation. In addition, board member Dorothy Thomas found the first pop-up prize and split the winnings between SWAG and the CHILD Center. We are amazed, humbled, and ever grateful for this opportunity to sustain our services and programs. Thank you so very much to everyone who contributed to this effort in financial and non-financial ways.

The April 2021 Community Dinner served 65 meals.

Tacos were on the menu this month, served grab-and-go style out of the Family Resource Center. Partnership for Strong Families staff along with SWAG board members and volunteers worked hard to make this event a success. A special thank you to longtime volunteer Jane Doig for cooking!

The SW Health Clinic began offering COVID-19 vaccines.

The Alachua County Health Department started administering COVID vaccines at the SW Health Clinic on Monday, April 26. As a result, vaccines are now available on Mondays by appointment only. In addition, testing and vaccine events continue throughout the community. Vaccinations are also available at high schools for students ages 16 and up. For additional information about vaccines available to Alachua County residents, call 352-334-8810. You can call between 8:00 am and midnight during any day of the week.