Community Care: Stories of Impact

October 16, 2020

Season of Sharing: A mother hangs in the balance

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

Wilson, 38, said she is faced with a dilemma as a single mother to two boys who are learning at home virtually while, at the same time, her mother who lives with her is at higher risk of contr…

October 14, 2020

Season of Sharing gives mother of three confidence

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

For the last seven years, Angelica Solivan’s job has been to help families in North Port find support through programs as a social worker. She never thought she would find herself in nee…

September 29, 2020

Season of Sharing helps the Micheli family return to normalcy

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

Life for the Micheli family has returned to normal. At least as normal as possible in a pandemic. But over the last six months, Michael Micheli, his wife, Kelly, and his 15-year-old son, Nikko…

September 28, 2020

Season of Sharing: A single mother is thankful for the help, though she still struggles

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

Collins, 25, is a single mother to 3-year-old Justin and 7-year-old Eli. Life before the pandemic was hard enough with her ex-boyfriend’s job at McDonald’s providing the only inco…

September 28, 2020

Mothers Helping Mothers receives $10,000 grant for new cribs

By Story, Homepage - Story of Impact, Alejandro Romero,

Mothers Helping Mothers has been awarded a $10,000 Community Impact Grant to purchase cribs for families in need as part of the MHM COVID-19 Emergency Order project.

September 23, 2020

Season of Sharing: 'Finding peace mentally, even in the loudest places'

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

Shaterra Chism took three of her sister’s kids into her home to live with her over the last two years. After being laid off in March, her water was shut off and her car was about to be r…

September 21, 2020

After learning of woman's financial struggles, readers reach out to help

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

Each reader who emailed after reading Lefan’s story wanted to hire her for weekly or monthly cleanings. That could mean over a dozen potential new jobs for Lefan, who said she has been l…

September 18, 2020

A mother finds full-time work after husband's death

By Story, Angie DiMichele,

After her husband passed away in May, Colin turned to the church and community for help when she returned to no job and piling bills and funeral costs. Through Season of Sharing, Colin receive…

September 16, 2020

Season of Sharing: As Florida nursing homes reopen, a Sarasota hairdresser gets her job back

By Story, Angie DiMichele,

After nearly six months of waiting for a call to return to work, Kathy Mitchell returns to doing what she loves: hairdressing and connecting with her clients in residential and long-term care…

September 15, 2020

Artificial reefs offer mangrove-like nursery habitat. supported by Community Impact Grant

By Story, Earle Kimel,

The Center of Anna Maria Island has 145 units of the Ocean Habitats-made minireefs either installed or contracted for installation in and around Anna Maria Island – including 28 that wil…

September 14, 2020

Season of Sharing: Sarasota housekeeper eyes more business

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

Diana Lefan is hoping for snow. Maybe then the usual annual snowbirds will migrate to Sarasota for the winter months, even as the coronavirus pandemic has forced many businesses to stay closed…

September 8, 2020

Season of Sharing: Bradenton housekeeper struggled with bills after losing work, but her optimism perseveres

By Story, Angie DiMichele,

Once businesses began to close amid early warnings of the coronavirus, Strader’s work became less reliable, and she was laid off from the cleaning company where she had worked for a year…