Community Care: Stories of Impact

January 15, 2021

Season of Sharing fosters 'sense of pride' for Aaron Dent

By Story, Angie DiMichele,

Living alone during the coronavirus pandemic has been less than ideal for many, but for 33-year-old Aaron Dent, the seclusion has fostered a sense of pride. After having lived with his parent…

January 15, 2021

Season of Sharing: Rental assistance is 2020 finale for Farah Pickstock

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

Farah Pickstock was dressed and ready for her job interview Monday morning hours before it would start. Just as she has done for nearly eight months now, Pickstock faced the day — a day…

January 13, 2021

Affordable housing complex 'Lofts on Lemon' breaks ground

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Laura Finaldi,

There may be plenty of jobs in downtown Sarasota, but when it comes to finding affordable, convenient housing for the workforce, there aren't a lot of options. That's why community stakeholder…

January 8, 2021

Season of Sharing allows server to repair COVID-19 damage

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

As the onset of the devastating coronavirus pandemic is nearing its one-year mark, Jennifer Godsey is one who is still reeling in the wake of the financial damage she incurred last March. For…

January 6, 2021

The Patterson Foundation Surprises Season of Sharing Agencies

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, The Patterson Foundation,

During a surprise virtual event, The Patterson Foundation awarded a one-time honorarium of more than $450,000 to dozens of nonprofit agencies in attendance for all their hard work in the Seaso…

January 5, 2021

Masala Giving Circle gives toys, books to Newtown community

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Tempo News,

On December 19, 2020, The Masala Giving Circle partnered with Dollar Dynasty, Inc. to distribute toys, books, school supplies and other needed items to children in the Newtown community. Masa…

January 5, 2021

Community Foundations Are Helping County Go Green

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Michael Kavate,

This article was published on January 5, 2021, by Inside Philanthropy. Florida’s Sarasota County seems, at first glance, like unlikely ground for lessons on climate change philanthropy.…

January 4, 2021

Season of Sharing strengthens father's meaning of sacrifice

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

Raymond Kester sacrifices sleep. He wakes up at 5 a.m. to arrive at his construction job in Port Charlotte before 6 each morning, fueled by only a few hours of rest each night. The 40-year-o…

December 31, 2020

Season of Sharing helps Bradenton woman get back on her feet

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

For months, Amanda Bywaters spent restless nights lying in bed, typing questions into Google and hoping the answers that popped up on the screen could put her mind at ease. She searched for j…

December 23, 2020

Season of Sharing helps pay rent before baby undergoes heart surgery

By Story, Angie DiMichele,

Baby Jarel turned one year and a month old this week. The fact that Jarel is home and in good health is not something parents Mario and Maria could have expected a year ago. The only tell-t…

December 23, 2020

Community raises more than $2.5 million for Season of Sharing

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

At the campaign's halfway mark, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's Season of Sharing campaign has now received more than $2.5 million in donations from the community and local found…

December 23, 2020

Season of Sharing helps Bradenton senior with rent amid family health struggles

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

Mary Jackson’s struggle to keep up with bills is not new. Even before she sought assistance from Turning Points in November, Jackson’s attempts at juggling bills on her limited in…