$100,000 contributions will be made in response to key milestones reached by community giving during the campaign The Patterson Foundation will contribute $100,000 for every $500,000 raised by the community for Season of Sharing, the region’s annual campaign to help individuals and families on the verge of homelessness. There is no cap on number of these contributions the community can activate during Season of Sharing, which runs through Jan. 31, 2019. Created by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Herald-Tribune Media Group, Season of Sharing has raised and distributed more than $19 million to help more than 20,000 individuals and families throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties since its inception in 2000. The Patterson Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the campaign and has contributed more than $3.9 million to Season of Sharing since 2010.
“Thousands of our friends and neighbors in need have been able to weather life’s hardships and remain safe in their homes through Season of Sharing’s effective approach to strengthening people in our community,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The Patterson Foundation’s continued support aspires to once again elevate the community’s generosity.”
It costs eight times more to pull a family out of homelessness than to help them retain their home. Season of Sharing helps individuals and families stay in their homes by providing financial assistance for critical needs like rent, utility payments, child care, transportation, food vouchers and other emergency expenses. Of those who receive aid from Season of Sharing, only 15 percent require further assistance the following year, indicating that the campaign generates sustainable impact for families in need.
There are no operating costs associated with Season of Sharing. Every year, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, media partners and more than 60 organizations donate their time, resources and expertise to ensure that every dollar raised is distributed directly to people on the verge of homelessness.
Visit www.cfsarasota.org to donate and learn more about Season of Sharing. Join the conversation on social media using #SeasonofSharing.
About The Patterson Foundation
The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations and communities. The Foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit their website here and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.
Photo courtesy of Season of Sharing FB page.