Manatee Children’s Services
MCS provides a full spectrum of programs serving over 16,000 children and families annually. Since its inception in 1977 as the Manatee County’s first and only emergency shelter for abused children in foster care, MCS has grown to offer programs in treatment, prevention, intervention, and residential services.
Our mission: to advocate for and provide the resources, skills, and shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention and intervention for all children and their families.
Committed to Serving Children
Tis the Season for the Annual MCS Holiday Project!
Each year during the holiday season, we look to individuals and organizations to assist in fulfilling the gift wishes of the children that we serve as part of our “Holiday Project.” The children participating in this project reside in our Emergency Shelter, one of our three long-term group homes, or are children of kinship caregivers in the MCS “Grandparents as Parents” program. All children receiving gifts through the Holiday Project have been victimized or are at risk of being victimized by child abuse.
If you or your company chooses to sponsor a child, we are kindly asking for a $50 gift card per child. Gift cards are especially beneficial to our at-risk children, as many do not ordinarily have the opportunity to shop for items of their choosing. You may also shop through the MCS Amazon account or make a financial gift earmarked as “MCS Holiday Project.” NOTE: please ensure all gift cards are active and validated.
If you are interested in making this holiday season brighter for a child in need by becoming a holiday sponsor, Please fill out and return a sponsorship form. The deadline for gift cards is 12/16/22. Thank you in advance for your support! Happy Holidays!
Giving Tuesday 2022 is almost here!
Save the date for this year’s Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2022. Every year, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. is celebrated as “Giving Tuesday,” a global movement of generosity designed to bring people together to transform communities and the world through giving.
Our focus of Giving Tuesday 2022 is “Caregiving Through the Holidays,” an initiative that will help MCS programs support our hardworking caregivers through the holidays when finances are especially challenging. Your gift will help clients like “Martha,” a grandmother who became her grandchildren’s permanent caregiver when their mom died. Through MCS, she gained a village of support and guidance through some of the hardest days of her life.
Please help MCS this Giving Tuesday with a gift to support our hardworking kinship caregivers through the holidays. You can make your gift by: