Our recovery is only as strong as the tools, resources, and voices that come together to create it.
As a community connector and convener, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County is committed to listening and relying on the voices of our community to guide our philanthropic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through surveys, reports and conversations, we are gathering insights from local cause leaders to better understand the severity of the ongoing pandemic’s impact on our community, and provide support in multiple ways.
As a reflection of this commitment, Community Voices was created to bring together experts from nonprofit and community organizations to share insights about our community's evolving needs in a series of virtual panel discussions.
You may listen to previous discussions or read a blog post recapping key insights and stories shared. This page will be updated as these community-wide dialogues are ongoing.
Listen to Community Voices:
Virtual Panel Discussions
Adapting the Human Services Model During a Pandemic
August 5, 2020
Meet the Panelists:
The Changing Landscape of Education: Adapting and Innovating During a Crisis
July 28, 2020
The challenges facing our education sector are revealing. From overcoming technology barriers to fulfilling the basic needs of our families, the students, parents, teachers, and providers within our community are working hard to create a constant learning environment for our children. With all this effort, the question remains: how can we adapt and innovate to transform these challenges into lasting opportunities that reflect our genuine care and value for education?
In a virtual panel discussion, four community partners alongside the Community Foundation’s Kirsten Russell, Vice President of Community Impact, and Nicole Light, Education Officer, shared valuable insights and lessons learned on how our community can respond and thrive as we approach the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
Meet the Panelists:
Executive Director of Elementary Schools
Sarasota County Schools
At Risk Specialist
Booker High School
Vice President of Operations
Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County
Great Futures Academy
Director, Suncoast Campaign for
Grade Level Reading
The Patterson Foundation
This Book is Cool!
Supporting Childhood Resiliency During a Crisis and Beyond
October 22, 2020
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has long supported children and their families. Learn through this interactive virtual discussion how bringing mental health supports to children, students, and parents is helping build a resilient community.
We will discuss collaborative community efforts involving schools, mental health therapists, mindfulness, and neighborhood support groups to understand why trauma-informed care is needed now and even more in the months and years to come.