November 28, 2022

When everything is lost: Season of Sharing gives boost to retired Sarasota woman

By Blog, Homepage - Story of Impact, Saundra Amrhein,

It is the waterfall that she recalls most. Sue Moritt could see it from her kitchen window, rivulets tumbling 36 feet over stone. Moritt had designed the house herself and together with her…

November 21, 2022

Dreams on hold: Season of Sharing impacts two generations hurt by Sarasota housing crisis

By Blog, Saundra Amrhein,

Pamela Dillon remembers when Sarasota felt like the rainbow’s end. It was 17 years ago, and Dillon was 13, a teenager happy to trade in Vermont’s winter clothes for a bathing suit…

November 16, 2022

Suddenly alone: Season of Sharing helps Sarasota woman on a new path in retirement

By Blog, Story, Saundra Amrhein,

Agnes Hollander, 75, of Sarasota, with her late husband Frank. PHOTO PROVIDED BY AGNES HOLLANDER They fell in love with Florida together. Like many retirees, Agnes Hollander moved to…

November 15, 2022

As Season of Sharing launches new campaign, need is high in Sarasota and Manatee counties

By Blog, Story, Saundra Amrhein,

For many local residents, the last several years have felt like a three-punch knockout. Just as the region was still reeling from the pandemic and the housing crisis, Hurricane Ian hit. T…

October 31, 2022

Sarasota's Lofts on Lemon affordable workforce housing opens its doors to residents

By Homepage - Story of Impact, Saundra Amrhein,

Katie Dore spent the summer on pins and needles. Like hundreds of Sarasota County residents, the 31-year-old preschool teacher had put her name in the hat for a unit at Lofts on Lemon in downt…

October 31, 2022

Laurel Civic receives grant for youth empowerment programs

By Homepage - Story of Impact,

LAUREL — The Community Foundation of Sarasota County gave a $25,000 grant to Laurel Civic, which will help support its youth empowerment programs. Since 1969, nonprofit Laurel Civic has…

October 10, 2022

OPINION: Recovery Fund will help the Suncoast heal - and rebuild

By Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Story of Impact, Debra Jacobs,

The scope of damage caused by Hurricane Ian is still being revealed to our community and will continue for some time as devastation continues to unfold. It’s likely that we will be r…

October 6, 2022

Typical Post-Disaster Giving Practices Could Hamper Hurricane Ian Recovery

By Ben Smilowitz,

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, a familiar narrative is already taking shape. It goes like this: A major disaster sparks a flood of donations to the big relief organizations. These groups…

September 20, 2022

Giving Circles Bring Together Like-Minded Philanthropists to Help Those in Need

By Elizabeth Djinis,

The last 10 years have seen the creation of a number of giving circles—organizations that require an annual minimum donation and work together on a membership basis. The residents of Sar…