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More Than 1 Million Dollars Raised for Season of Sharing Through Community Generosity

December 18, 2019
SARASOTA, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2019) – Through the generosity of community donors, more than $1 million has already been raised for Season of Sharing to strengthen people on the verge of homelessness. This milestone has sparked a second $100,000 contribution to the annual campaign from The Patterson Foundation. To encourage continued support, the foundation will contribute additional $100,000 gifts to Season of Sharing each time the community raises $500,000 for the campaign through Jan. 31, 2020.

For 20 years, Season of Sharing has served as a vital safety net for individuals and families in our community on the verge of homelessness. Created by the Herald-Tribune Media Group in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, the campaign provides emergency funds for expenses such as rent, utility payments, child care, transportation, and other critical needs that can jeopardize a person’s ability to retain their home. Since its inception in 2000, more than $22 million has been raised through Season of Sharing and helped more than 35,000 individuals and families in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

“The immense generosity that flows through our community during Season of Sharing is what the holiday season is truly about,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “Each year, Season of Sharing proves to be an integral part of our region’s DNA. The Patterson Foundation is proud to strengthen the momentum in supporting this invaluable campaign.”

The Patterson Foundation has contributed $4.4 million to Season of Sharing since 2010. Beyond the foundation’s support, the staff of the Herald-Tribune Media Group, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, media partners, and more than 60 nonprofit organizations donate hundreds of hours for overhead costs to ensure that 100 percent of the funds raised serve those in need.

For every dollar spent on helping someone remain in their home, it costs $8 to get them back into one, and studies continually show that the most effective way to prevent homelessness is to stop it before it happens. Each year, Season of Sharing presents an opportunity for the community to help these people achieve housing security for the long term. Of those who receive support through Season of Sharing, 85 percent do not require additional assistance the following year.

To donate and learn more about Season of Sharing, visit www.CFSarasota.org, and 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 The Patterson Foundation website and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.

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