Amscot Financial contributes mini-grants to 10 non-profit service groups


Tampa, FL – (April 22, 2015) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, recently gave mini-grants of $250 to $1,000 to 10 non-profit service organizations in the Florida communities it serves. 

“Helping others is important to all of us at Amscot, that’s why we continue to partner with those organizations who work hard to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most,” said Ian MacKechnie, Founder and CEO of Amscot Financial.

Mini-grants went to the following organizations:

  • AMIkids Volusia, Tampa.  AMIkids is dedicated to providing their communities' troubled youth a promising future by reclaiming the kids that society has given up on and helping them develop into responsible and productive citizens. They reach out to the kids in their care to develop responsibility, accountability and get their education and lives back on track.  For more information, please visit:
  • Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at USF, Tampa. CARD provides education, consultation, coaching and assistance to families and individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities and serves individuals from time of diagnosis throughout their lifespan. They serve over 6,000 families and professionals throughout 14 Florida counties at no cost to the family. For more information, please visit: 
  • Dress for Success Tampa Bay, Tampa. The mission of Dress for Success Tampa Bay is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. For more information, please visit:
  • James B Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center, St. Petersburg. Their youth program serves low-income, free and reduced students and seeks to help create a healthy environment where youth are nurtured through enhancement of their academic skills, healthy living and eating, mentoring, tutoring, literacy skills and community development.  For more information, please visit:
  • Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay, Clearwater. Junior Achievement is dedicated to empowering young people to own their future economic success by educating them as to the opportunities, principles and realities of the 21st Century global marketplace.  They are the pre-eminent resource for financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurial education experiences for elementary and secondary students in Florida. For more information, please visit:
  • Lighthouse Ministries Inc., Lakeland. The Success Shelter Life Learning program is for men, women and women with children who need a place of refuge and restoration to create new lives.  They provide direction, encouragement, accountability and discipline in a structured environment that reinforces positive behavior and lifestyle changes that lead to successful outcomes by supplying residential programs that break the cycle of alcohol and drug dependency, domestic abuse and as sex trafficking, as well as teach meaningful life skills and provide men, women and women with children supportive services and aftercare to maintain long-term, sustained independence. For more information, please visit:
  • Pasco Mental Health Foundation, New Port Richey. They provide vouchers for uninsured and under-insured clients to receive mental health services, including therapy, evaluation and medication while also delivering training and support to youth and parents through educational seminars and Pasco Youth Initiative community events.  For more information, please visit:
  • Project Team Inc., Miami. Their mission is to positively impact the lives of at-risk youth in the South Miami-Dade county area by providing support and learning opportunities that promote character development and life enhancing skills for success.   Our vision is promoting self-esteem, social competence and avoiding high risk behavior by providing relationships with professional adults who work to help youth reach their potential and become productive citizens in society. For more information, please contact or call (305 )763-7856.
  • The Life Center of Hernando, Inc., Brooksville. They provide housing, life skills training and guidance to young single mothers and their children. Parents are directed to educational opportunities, job training, employment, and life skill programs that cover finances, food management, childhood development, interpersonal skills, health and hygiene and emergency solutions. For more information, please visit:
  • We’re Here to Help Inc., Tampa. Their Integrated Training for Personal Advancement and Youth Success (IT PAYS) program focuses on mentoring students who have been accepted into a higher education institution or vocational school despite social, economic and academic challenges. Many are the first members of their families to pursue higher education goals. For more information, please visit:

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Amscot Financial is a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, including cash advances, check cashing, bill payment, money transfers, prepaid cards and money orders through its wholly owned division, Amscot International Money Order Company.  Amscot Financial currently operates more than 200 retail financial service centers throughout Florida and employs more than 2,000 employees. Amscot Financial has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of Tampa Bay’s Best Places to Work for five years.