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      Good Works from page 5

         “The Cleveland Clinic has a long history of partnering
      with like-minded organizations to improve the lives of the
      community we’re serving. Partnerships are key. We’re so much
      more effective when we partner and collaborate with others.”
         Karen McElveen with the Sebastian Exchange Club
      presented a check for $10,000 to Chief Executive Officer
      Caroline Vinyard to be allocated to a soon-to-come sensory
      healing garden. The garden’s design will help children by
      improving health outcomes. These gardens provide a place
      of refuge and promote healing in children, families, and the
      professionals working in the field. Any environment can   map, I thought it would be a great resource to have something
      promote healing, but gardens are particularly able to do so   like this for our community,” McCarthy said.   awareness of food insecurity, so people feel more empowered
      because humans are hard-wired to find nature engrossing and      McCarthy combined data using Google Maps to create a   to reach out and get help.”
      soothing. Additional funding is needed.           map that can be easily shared and embedded on community      Applications  for  the  next class  of Students United
         For more information, or to sign up for our second annual   partners’ websites in hopes that the nonprofit community   members are open until Sept. 23 for students in grades 9 to
      golf tournament, presented by Remnant Construction on May   will embrace the resource. In the future, he hopes student   11 who are Martin County residents. For more information
      21 at St. Lucie Trail Golf Course, please visit  volunteers will update and expand the map to ensure that the   or to apply, visit United Way of Martin County’s website at
                                                        listed resources remain up to date.      
      Neighbor Who Took In Little                         for help here in Martin County. I hope to continue to build
                                                           “We are fortunate to have many places people can turn
                                                                                                             To access the Food Finder Map, visit www.
      Girl Awarded For Advocacy

         Not all children have
      advocates. Fortunately for
      one  8-year-old  girl  in  the
      local foster-care system, Jenny
      Starts was there to be that
         Starts and her husband,
      Brent, took on the role of
      caregiver earlier this year when
      their friend and neighbor, who
      was a foster parent, could no
      longer care for the child.
         Communities Connected for Kids recently awarded Jenny the
      Topaz GEM – or Going the Extra Mile – award for her advocacy
      for the child’s dental and health care. Communities Connected
      for Kids oversees and coordinates the child-welfare community
      in Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties.
         The little girl “ended up spending a lot of time with us when
      our friend’s mother passed away, so we said we could just keep
      her with us,” said Starts, a former foster care and adoptions
      recruiter in the California system of care.
         The couple began the process of becoming what is called
      a “Level 1” caregiver – someone who is licensed to care for a
      specific child rather than any child in need of a foster home. And
      that’s when the real advocacy began.
         “She had a need for dental care that required sedation that
      case management had been working on for several months,” said
      Mary Altiery, case management supervisor in Martin County
      who nominated Starts for the award.
         When an appointment in Orlando didn’t work out, Starts
      began working with case management to find a provider who
      could help.                                                      Our men’s health experts
         “Mrs. Starts was able to locate a local dental surgeon who
      was able to get the child in immediately,” Altiery said. “She
      went above and beyond in advocating for that little girl and to              are here for you.
      considerable time and expense to herself to get the child the
      dental care needed.”
         Starts’ tireless advocacy extends beyond her own home. She        You keep the things you care about in top shape – your health
      is currently in the process of opening a Christian-based school
      with her friend Meghan Pybus. The Stuart school opened its       shouldn’t be any different. From routine checkups and annual prostate
      doors Aug. 15.                                                    screenings to leading-edge treatments, the experts at Cleveland Clinic
         The mission of Communities Connected for Kids is to           Martin Health provide complete care on the Treasure Coast. Our team
      enhance the safety, permanency and well-being for all children   utilizes the latest techniques and technology, including robotic-assisted
      in Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast through a community         surgery, to treat a wide range of men’s health conditions close to home.
      network of family support services.

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      To Make A Difference

         For Martin County residents struggling to put food on
      the table, a new resource is available – the Martin County
      Food Finder Map. Created by United Way of Martin County
      Students United Member and Clark Advanced Learning Center
      senior Evan McCarthy, the map indicates where free meals
      are available, including food pantries, soup kitchens, food for
      seniors and food for children when they are out of school.
         McCarthy was inspired to create the map through his
      experience with United Way of Martin County’s Students
      United program, which was designed to empower students
      to mobilize community resources and make a positive impact                      1 out of 8 men will be
      through the spirit of service.
         Students visit local nonprofit agencies where they learn             diagnosed with prostate cancer.
      about the services they provide and the clients they serve.
      Students learned that over 11 percent of Martin County                 Request an appointment with one of our specialists.
      residents lack access, at times, to enough food for an active,    Visit to learn more.
      healthy life.
         While many food resources are available, finding them
      can be challenging as there wasn’t one comprehensive central
      resource that listed all free meal options. “When I saw that
      United Way of Palm Beach County had created a food finder
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