Florida has seen a 36% increase in the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Each year, Sarasota County students face urgent needs that impact their ability and desire to learn and thrive in the classroom. While our community recognized that a lack of necessities such as clothes, shoes, glasses, medical treatment, or food due to a challenging economic situation should not limit a student from achieving success, interested donors had limited ways to help.
Urgent needs require immediate attention. Yet, while social services were available for longer-term obstacles, student emergencies often left teachers, bus drivers, counselors, or other staff members reaching into their own pockets to alleviate the need.
Florida has seen a 36% increase in the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. In Sarasota County, half (over 20,000) of all students fall under this category.
In 2013, the Student Emergency Fund was established by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in partnership with The Patterson Foundation to address the pressing issues impacting our students’ ability to learn. The fund provides last-resort, one-time funding for local students that pays for critical items necessary to keep students in school and ready to learn, such as:
- Clothing, Glasses, Shoes, and Other Personal Items
- Medical Treatments & Medicine
- Vision Care
- School Supplies
The Patterson Foundation has endowed the Student Emergency Fund in perpetuity to ensure that future generations of students could receive the help they need in order to thrive in and beyond the classroom.
The Student Emergency Fund provides last-resort, one-time funding to help keep students in school.
How to Receive Help
The Community Foundation works closely with Sarasota County public and charter schools to ensure that funds are responsibly maintained and can be distributed quickly to get children the resources they need to learn without distractions caused by their economic circumstances.
Student Emergency Fund
To provide one-time, last-resort funding to ensure that financially needy students have the resources they need to be productive and engaged in learning.
For more information on ways to donate, contact us at 941-955-3000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.