Recently retired art teacher Gena Luoma began volunteering at the Loveland Center — an organization whose mission is to help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities — just over a year ago when she relocated to Venice from Columbia, Maryland. In the 12 months since, she’s clocked more than 370 hours of service, become vice president of the Lovelanders (which hosts social events, raises funds and volunteers on the center’s behalf), served as vice chair for the annual Christmas BBQ fund raiser and earned the title of Loveland’s Volunteer of the Year. READ HERE
Sean McLaughlin has joined Venice’s Loveland Center as chief operating officer. In his new role, McLaughlin will lead the agency’s execution of programmatic and service-centered strategies, oversee the day-to-day operations of programs and services, and assist the CEO in advancing the new direction of Loveland Center. READ HERE
Venice’s Loveland Center recently hired Patrick Guerin III as its new CEO. Guerin has over 25 years of experience in the human services industry, and will be tasked with executing the Loveland Center’s vision, raising funds and working to ensure its continued support in the community. READ HERE
VENICE (Sarasota Herald-Tribune) — Glasses of apple juice raised high, Loveland Center clients, board members, staff and guests gathered Thursday morning to toast the completion of a new accessible garden built as part of an Eagle Scout project by Jonathan C. Dreier.
Jennifer Bushinger, director of community impact for Loveland, noted during her toast that Dreier, 17, raised $3,500 in three months and brought 26 volunteers to help build four raised garden beds and transform a neglected space into an area of opportunity. READ HERE
VENICE – Jonathan Dreier of Englewood raised $3,500 and relied on 26 volunteers to help build a new garden for the Loveland Center in Venice.
The garden beds are raised to accommodate some of the Loveland clients in wheelchairs. Dreier says he chose Loveland for this project since he has some relatives with developmental disabilities. READ HERE
Loveland Center is a community dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities reach their goals, and live a life full of opportunities and experiences. A Suncoast Boy Scout raised over 3,500 dollars to beautify their garden. READ HERE