Community Care: Stories of Impact

May 17, 2024

2024 Giving Challenge Competitive Campaign Prizes Awarded to 63 Nonprofits

By Press Release, Blog, Homepage - Blog,

Nearly $100,000 was awarded to organizations through contests of creativity and strategy. SARASOTA, FL – Prizes for the 2024 Giving Challenge have been announced, with an additional 63…

February 15, 2024

“Season of Sharing” Surpasses $4.2 Million in Donations in 24th Annual Campaign

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Seven matching gifts totaling $700,000 contributed by The Patterson Foundation enhance the millions provided by the community to support neighbors in need all year long. SARASOTA, FL – T…

February 12, 2024

Season of Sharing and the stories we write together

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If you've ever experienced the joy of reading a book with a child or making up a story with them, then you know how the guidelines we rely on as adults - like every action has an equal and opp…

December 21, 2023

Generous Bradenton woman gets a hand up from Season of Sharing after being wiped out

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, The Herald-Tribune Media Group, Saundra Amrhein,

Returning home earlier this year to find her utilities shut off and all her furniture gone was quite a blow to Isabelle Speaks, especially since she has spent her life paying gifts forward.

December 18, 2023

Season of Sharing helps new Sarasota parents hit by string of catastrophes

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, The Herald-Tribune Media Group, Saundra Amrhein,

Ashley Wedig's life began to change thanks to a broken bathroom sink.

It was 2017, and she was renting a not-so-great duplex in Englewood.

"Go find Craig," the landlord s…

November 22, 2023

North Port mom faces past trauma; Rebuilt life began to spiral after her own mother died

By Story, The Herald-Tribune Media Group, Story of Impact - Featured, Saundra Amrhein,

Shawana Perkins crawled into bed that night a week before Thanksgiving 2020, exhausted but content.

Life was good. She was providing for her daughters on her own since her divorce a…

November 13, 2023

A healing path: Season of Sharing helps Bradenton father in life of grief and growth

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

The phone buzzed in Steven Bender's pocket and his handheld radio squawked. "Steven, what is your location?" came the voice of a colleague over the speaker. Steven whisked out the office door,…

November 8, 2023

Bradenton mom finds stability through work, studies and an assist from Season of Sharing

By Blog, Story, The Herald-Tribune Media Group, Saundra Amrhein,

Sometime between sleeping in her mother's living room and paying for Uber rides to work every day, Sondra Evans knew something had to give.

She'd always been independent and had a j…

June 27, 2023

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards nearly $150,000 to Alzheimer's and dementia awareness and support groups

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Four local nonprofit organizations have received funding for brain research and support programs In recognition of June as International Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, the Commun…

June 21, 2023

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Nearly $1 Million for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

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An additional $720,000 has been earmarked for future funding Just as a new hurricane season gains steam, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County has awarded nearly $1 million to local nonp…

June 1, 2023

A Time to Every Purpose

By Blog, Mischa Kirby,

“In recovery new needs continue to emerge. We continue to learn and unearth new things that you can’t know in those initial days, weeks, and months after a disaster.” &ndash…

May 5, 2023

Harvest House awarded $120,000 grant to support '2Gen' programs

By Blog, Homepage - Story of Impact,

Harvest House has received a $120,000, three-year grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to provide classroom equipment for the organization's Life Enrichment Campus and to sup…