by Wilma Norton in Donor Stories,Giving
Donor inspired to fund mental health counselor for Mort Elementary
While many of our donors know exactly where they would like to direct their giving, others ask us for guidance. It's gratifying when we can make a perfect match.
That's what happened late in 2016 when Jim Stuckey contacted us. He advises the Arthur L. Stuckey Family Fund, established by his late father in 1992. Jim said he and his siblings wanted to make a grant to an education project but they weren't sure where their grant could best be used.
As it happens, we had just received a grant application from the Children's Home Society of Florida, which was looking to put a trauma trained mental health counselor at Mort Elementary in Tampa, a community school in an area of extreme poverty and homelessness. Children's Home Society and others partner with the Hillsborough Public Schools at Mort to offer services beyond the classroom, including parent workshops, health and wellness and financial literacy.
If Mort could get the counselor established, the program could be sustained by health insurance.
Jim liked the idea so much that he made the grant for more than was requested. And he and others from the Foundation went to visit the school to see everything that is happening there to serve the needs of children and parents.
"This is great," Jim said. "This is exactly what I had been looking for."
ABC Action News also did a segment on the program.