Education, reliable economic supports, social capital, and health and well being are four vital aspects of helping children and their parents break the cycle of poverty. Without them, life is a constant struggle.
But when local leaders breathe life into a nationally recognized program focused on these four elements—delivered with a two-generation approach—new possibilities are created for vulnerable children and their parents right here in Sarasota.
|A graduate of the Alta Vista Certified Nursing Assistant Program celebrates with her children during graduation.
Together with visionary Anne Mosle, Vice President and Executive Director of Ascend at the Aspen Institute, Charlotte Perret brought the idea of an integrated two-generation approach to our community. By partnering with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, her dream is being realized. Leveraging generous support and enthusiasm from donors and community knowledge, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is bridging efforts of nonprofit organizations, Sarasota County Schools, community leaders, business partners, and citizens to lead real change.
Guided by task forces led by Community Foundation of Sarasota County board members and a mandate to achieve impact, we are providing opportunities for vulnerable children and their parents together.
Here is how we are creating a cycle of opportunity for vulnerable families in our community.
Funding Nonprofit Programs with Results:
- Preventing summer slide for low-income students through Alta Vista Elementary School, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County, Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County, and many other partners.
- Ensuring school readiness and wraparound care for vulnerable pre-K children through the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County.
- Providing housing, transportation solutions and access to social workers and mental health services.
Enabling Parents to Advance to Better Jobs Through Specialized Training and Education
- Awarding financial aid and scholarships to adult learners and single parents.
- Targeting training that will lead to immediate employment, including a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program for single mothers.
Preventing Homelessness and Providing Emergency Assistance
- Keeping vulnerable families in their homes with one-time emergency assistance through Season of Sharing.
- Addressing critical needs that affect a students learning in school through our Student Emergency Fund.