Community Care: Stories of Impact

March 5, 2021

"Let's B Safe" Teaches Students to Protect Themselves From Sexual Abuse

By Story, Wendi Lane,

While many schools are teaching students how to stay safe from COVID-19, one Manatee school is making sure kids know how to keep their bodies safe from sexual predators. Students at Visible Me…

March 1, 2021

Venice Cat Coalition Saves Lives, Overcomes COVID-19 Shutdowns

By Story, Venice Cat Coalition,

The call for help was typical. A Nokomis, FL resident who loves animals had taken on far more than she could afford and was at wit’s end. She had 9 nursing mother cats and over 35 tiny n…

February 17, 2021

A Survivor & Her Dog: SPARCC's Animal Welfare Impact

By Story, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center,

The trauma of domestic violence not only adversely affects Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) survivors it impacts their pets as well. A pet may be used by abusers as leverage to contr…

February 15, 2021

Season of Sharing's inspiring impact

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

The life-altering impact that a disaster has on our lives is more pronounced now than at any time in recent memory. Much like a catastrophic hurricane, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the fo…

February 7, 2021

Incredible blessings from Season of Sharing donors

By Story, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Story of Impact, Matt Sauer,

It was 343 days ago that the first case of COVID-19 found its way into this place we call home. Since then, we have all changed our lives in previously unthinkable ways – and swiftly, to…

February 7, 2021

Over $3.7 million donated to 21st Season of Sharing campaign

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Angie DiMichele,

As the Season of Sharing fundraising campaign ends, the campaign’s 21st year proved to be another record-breaking one with the community raising over $3.7 million. The Community Foundati…

February 6, 2021

Placemaking and Possibilities for All Generations

By Story, Roxie Jerde, Homepage - Story of Impact, Story of Impact - Featured,

The places we call home hold value far beyond any ZIP code or pin on Google Maps. Our front doors are the starting line for the personal relationships, job opportunities and time spent with ot…

January 31, 2021

Season of Sharing: I want to hear from you

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Angie DiMichele,

When people think of Sarasota, they are likely to think of the beach, the expensive homes, the wealth. But what drew me to Sarasota wasn’t those things. It was the idea that I could sha…

January 29, 2021

The Florida Center Receives Support to Benefit Vulnerable Children

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact,

To protect the health and safety of children and staff at Starfish Academy preschool sites, a grant was awarded from the Edward K. Roberts Emerging Needs Fund of The Community Foundation of Sa…

January 29, 2021

After rent help, Venice woman hopes to start anew

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Angie DiMichele,

Suzi Kotler-Neidorff always has seemed to make it work. But she does not call it coincidence or luck. She’d rather call it synchronicity. She is a firm believer in the idea that things h…

January 28, 2021

Family Promise of South Sarasota County - Bridge Housing Program

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Scene Magazine,

Family Promise of South Sarasota County (FPSSC) is pleased to have received $29,800 from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Equity and Access Grant Program. FPSSC received the…

January 27, 2021

Season of Sharing gave needed help to stay-at-home mom

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Angie DiMichele,

Newly single in April, a former stay-at-home mom turned to gig work. It hasn’t been enough. At 6:30 each morning, Katrina Perkins’ alarm goes off. By 7 a.m., she is searching for…