As a community-wide campaign founded on collaboration and partnership, Season of Sharing has empowered neighbors to help neighbors, individuals, and families in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties who are in crisis regain stability.
United Way of Charlotte County is the fiscal agent for these funds in Charlotte County, collaborating with local case management agencies to assist residents in need with rent, mortgage, and utility assistance.
In Charlotte County, hundreds of hard-working families are one paycheck away from the threat of homelessness. Our community’s most vulnerable are struggling to simply survive and provide for their families. To break this vicious cycle, one-time emergency financial assistance for immediate basic needs is key.
Season of Sharing is an open invitation to all members of our community to give what they can to empower and help their fellow neighbors.
Over the campaign's 20-year history, this time-tested and trusted resource has distributed more than $29 million to more than 35,000 families and individuals who have been able to get back on their feet thanks to our community's generosity.
Read more about "Amazing blessings from Season of Sharing donors" in this Herald-Tribune opinion piece published February 6, 2021.
Congratulations on 20 years!
Pictured on the left are representatives of some of the fiscal agencies for Season of Sharing including United Way of Charlotte County Executive Director, Angie Matthiessen. These ladies are celebrating another record-breaking year for the Season of Sharing campaign at an official wrap-up gathering in February 2020.
To read more, click here: Season of Sharing celebrates record fundraiser
Season of Sharing Impact
Since 2001, United Way of Charlotte County has been the only fiscal agent in Charlotte County to administer these funds which is a grant provided by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. In that time, close to 3 million dollars have been invested in Charlotte County to help close to 4,000 residents. United Way of Charlotte County continues to work with 13 organization and their case managers across the county to judiciously distribute these funds.
These are true stories from local Charlotte County residents that have benefitted from Season of Sharing:
Mr. and Mrs. Taylor own their home. While Mr Taylor has been undergoing chemo treatments, Mrs. Taylor has been the sole breadwinner. In addition, Mrs Taylor fainted, her arm was fractured and additional medical issues were discovered, so she was out of work as well. As a result they fell behind in their mortgage payment. All they need was a little bit of help to get them back on track. Mrs. Taylor is doing well and has returned back to work. Mr. Taylor fully intends to return to work in the next couple of months.
Ms. Simpson went to the emergency room in May, where they found a mass on her kidney. Unfortunately she is struggling and has been out of work due to medical treatments. She is hoping to have a much needed surgery within the next few months. However, all of this has caused her to fall behind in her rent. For Ms. Simpson, there is hope. She plans to return to work once she has the surgery and is recuperated.
Season of Sharing helps individuals and families from helps individuals and families from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties who are on the verge of homelessness to stay in their homes. Funds may be used for rent or mortgage and utility bills.
Now in its 19th year, Season of Sharing was created by the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Season of Sharing has raised and distributed more than $19 million since its inception to help 20,000 individuals and families. Only 15% require additional assistance the following year.
The partnership is enhanced by a collaboration of media partners - significant matching dollars from The Patterson Foundation, The William G and Marie Selby Foundation and other funders; and donors of large and small contributions.
YOU CAN HELP
Donations to the Season of Sharing fund may be made online at www.cfsarasota.org/season-of-sharing, or by sending a check payable to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Attn: Season of Sharing
2635 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34237
Contact the foundation at 941-955-3000 for more information or to request a credit card form. All donations are tax-deductible.
However you donate, be sure to let the Foundation know which county you wish to support (i.e., Charlotte County).