Season of Sharing's $2 million+ demonstrates the power of a community movement

Season of Sharing's $2 million+ demonstrates the power of a community movement

Posted on April 02, 2015 by The Patterson Foundation

The 2014-2015 Season of Sharing campaign surpassed its goal by more than $1,200 and raised more than $2 million benefiting local families on the verge of homelessness. The funds raised will help more than 2,800 families stay in their homes.

Created through a partnership between the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Season of Sharing truly is a community movement to care for those on the verge of homelessness. The annual campaign raises money from foundations, community partners and -- most importantly -- generous individuals.

This year, the community stepped up tremendously by donating $1.5 million of the total $2.018 million raised. That's a $287,000 increase in individual funds compared to last year. Contributions from The Patterson Foundation and the Barancik family helped tip the total over $2 million.

Over the past 15 years, the campaign has raised more than $11 million to prevent homelessness. After launching the week of Thanksgiving, this year’s campaign reached the $1 million mark in early January and officially surpassed $2 million this week.

The Patterson Foundation, a longtime supporter of Season of Sharing, this year pledged to contribute $100,000 each time the community raised $500,000. By the end of the campaign, The Patterson Foundation had contributed a total of $300,000.

Season of Sharing prevents homelessness by providing targeted financial assistance for crucial needs like rent, utilities and other emergency expenses. The campaign has helped more than 9,500 families to date, with only 15 percent requiring additional assistance the following year.

Please visit www.CFSarasota.org to learn more about the campaign.


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