(Southwest Florida) November, 2019, Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy, Inc. (SMART) is pleased to announce their receipt of a grant for $3730 from Overwatch Alliance. The grant will be used to support their Warriors in Transition program, which is aimed at empowering veterans with an emphasis on leadership, team building, and physical and emotional wellbeing.
“We are so grateful for the continued support of Overwatch Alliance,” said Dee Danmeyer, executive director of SMART. “We are proud of our Warriors in Transition program and the support it provides to our veterans. This grant will allow us to expand our outreach and better serve the brave men and women of our military.”
Located in Goodlettsville, Tennessee Overwatch Alliance is a non-profit organization that partners with small, community-based charities to provide support and resources for American military veterans and their families. For more information, visit www.overwatchalliance.org
Established in 1987, Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) is a non-profit organization that provides horseback riding, carriage driving and equine-assisted activities for individuals with disabilities. Located in eastern Manatee County, SMART is a mostly volunteer organization that serves over 650 individuals with disabilities each year, including people with a variety of challenges such as autism, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, and Down syndrome, as well as individuals with terminal illness, emotional or mental health conditions, and hearing, speech or vision impairments. Among the activities offered are therapeutic horseback riding and driving, a literacy program, and programs for veterans, women with breast cancer, at risk youth and teens, and victims of human trafficking. Volunteers age 14 and over are welcome to join the organization at any time after completing an orientation and training program.