Local Licensed General Contractor Donates Funds to Provide Children with Summer Enrichment Activities
STUART, Fla. — In response to the community need for youth sponsorships to summer camp, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) and CEO Stephen Shanton and family donate funds to help children attend summer camp at the YMCA Treasure Coast. VCGFL sponsored 100 weeks and the Shanton family sponsored 50 weeks of summer camp. Summer camp is open to youth from kindergarten to 8th grade. The mission of the YMCA is to strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Weekly tuition ranges from $65-$150 and is determined by membership, location and services offered. Donations go directly to subsidize these costs for families in need.
“As a father to four amazing kids, I know how important it is for our children to have an outlet, especially now after being cooped up due to COVID. Many parents have been laid off and may not be able to afford this due to the pandemic. These have been stressful times for many. It’s time for our children to have the opportunity to make some fun summer memories. We’re committed to giving back to the community and are proud to support the amazing activities at the YMCA Treasure Coast!” says Stephen Shanton, CEO and president, Venture Construction Group of Florida.
The YMCA offers summer camp at five locations: Indiantown, Okeechobee, two in Port St. Lucie and the Stuart main campus. Camp Teddy Bear is geared for youth entering kindergarten. Camp Exploration is for youth entering 1st-6th grade. Camp Teen Exploration is for youth entering 7th-8th grade. Camps feature age-appropriate arts & crafts, sports, indoor & outdoor games, STEAM and literacy activities, swimming, and educational classes.
“Venture Construction Group of Florida has been a strong partner of the Y for over 5 years. It started after a major roof replacement project over the entire Stuart campus. Since then, they donated a pavilion roof and sponsored several key events for us. We are thankful for their support and our community is stronger thanks to the generosity of business owners like Steve Shanton. We are continually grateful for Venture’s support of our Y in many ways,” says Elisha Steocklin, executive branch director, YMCA of the Treasure Coast.
VCGFL provided massive reroofing and restoration services at the YMCA Stuart location when the property endured severe hail damage in 2015. During the project, staff and crews held a “Minion” day and dressed in costume for the younger children to help minimize nervousness caused by the construction sounds. The children were tickled to know that “Minions” were helping to put a new roof on their preschool! VCGFL recently provided restoration services to the YMCA Indiantown location after the nonprofit endured severe storm damage.
Through donations from local businesses, residents and members, the YMCA provides over $200,000 a year in scholarships to provide children and families access to programs and services, regardless of their economic circumstances. The funds are allocated to preschool and child care programs, summer camp, swimming lessons, youth sports and more. The YMCA Community Support Program follows a sliding fee scale. All YMCA members receive the same membership benefits, regardless of whether or not they received Community Support Funding. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis according to financial need. Childcare scholarships are available to youth whose parents work at least 20 hours per week, or attend school full-time.
Beginning on June 22, the Y started reopening their programs including the fitness center, child care center, group exercise classes, sports, gym, and swimming. The YMCA Treasure Coast launched in 1977 as the YMCA of Martin County, and later merged with the YMCA of St. Lucie County in July, 2000 to expand to serve four counties: Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee.
VCGFL is committed to giving back to numerous charitable and community programs throughout the year. As a local leader in construction, restoration, roofing and storm damage repairs, VCGFL has earned numerous accolades and awards for project excellence, safety, best practices, and design.
About Venture Construction Group of Florida
Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is an award-winning leader in construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas and the Caribbean. Specializing in industrial/ commercial projects, VCGFL assists property managers, condominium boards, homeowner associations, association boards, hotels, and business complexes with general contractor services, specialty construction, historical restoration, water and flood mitigation, and property repairs due to fire, flood, water, wind and hurricanes. With offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Myers, Naples, Panama City Beach, Orlando, Stuart, Tampa, San Juan, and Nassau, VCGFL is committed to operational excellence and exceptional customer service. VCGFL takes care of the details every step of the way including roofing, siding, windows, drywall, flooring, paint, gutters to rebuilding properties after major storm events from hurricanes, tornadoes, and hailstorms. VCGFL holds leading industry awards including the Owens Corning Pinnacle Award for Safety, Roofing Alliance MVP Award, Coatings Pro Contractor Award, Pro Remodeler Forty Under 40 Award, Qualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers Award, Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award, Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association S.T.A.R. Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing Awards in Sustainability and Community Service. CEO Stephen Shanton is an esteemed member of the prestigious Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). Entrepreneur Magazine hails “YEC Consists of Some of the Most Well-Respected Minds in Entrepreneurship.” Shanton is a certified member of the WindStorm Insurance Network™ and is a WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®, and WIND Certified Fellow®. VCGFL carries the industry’s leading accreditations and is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center Preferred Contractor, Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. VCGFL is a proud member of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA); Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA); Gold Coast Builders Association (GCBA); Insurance Appraisal and Umpire Association (IAUA); National Association of Environmentally Responsible Mold Contractors (NAERMC); National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA); Property Liability and Resource Bureau (PLRB); Restoration Industry Association (RIA). VCGFL is a registered U.S. Federal Government Contractor and holds leading certifications including Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor, Certified CertainTeed Contractor, and Duro-Last Certified Contractor status. VCGFL credentials have been vetted and screened through independent third-party Global Risk Management Solutions. For more information, call 866-459-8351 or visit us online at www.VCGFL.com
About the YMCA Treasure Coast
Founded in 1977, the YMCA Treasure Coast is a cause-driven charitable organization committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y nurtures the potential of every child and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being, and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors. We make sure that everyone, no matter their age, gender, race or ability, is welcomed as part of the YMCA family. Learn more at www.YMCATreasureCoast.org.
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