February 17, 2020
Season of Sharing
Since 2001, United Way of Charlotte County has been the only fiscal agent in Charlotte County to adminsiter 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.
However you donate, be sure to let the Foundation know which county you wish to support, e.g., Charlotte County.
Donate by phone at: 941-556-2399 for credit cards
Donate by check by writing Charlotte County Season of Sharing on memo line to:
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
2635 Fruitville Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Recent Season of Sharing News
Community drive tops $2 million for fourth consecutive year (April 25, 2017)