Powered by community generosity, the 2017-2018 Season of Sharing campaign raised more than $2 million for the fifth year in a row. The annual campaign to help families and individuals on the verge of homelessness received an outpouring of gifts from more than 3,000 donors.
Season of Sharing stops homelessness before it happens by providing individuals and families with the critical assistance they need to get back on their feet and stay in their homes, covering emergency expenses like medical bills, rent, child care, and transportation.
It costs eight times more to pull a family out of homelessness than to help them stay in their home. Preventing homelessness is not just economically sound — it also allows individuals and families to avoid the heartache, anxiety, and indignity of losing the place they call home. Season of Sharing has proven to be effective in helping families achieve long-term stability.
Of those who receive aid from Season of Sharing, only 15 percent apply for additional assistance the following year.
A longtime supporter of Season of Sharing, during this year’s campaign, The Patterson Foundation contributed $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. Since 2010, The Patterson Foundation has contributed a total of $3.9 million to Season of Sharing.
“Every year our community’s giving spirit inspires us,” said Debra Jacobs, president and CEO of The Patterson Foundation. “The contributions provided by The Patterson Foundation served to spur further displays of generosity from community donors throughout Season of Sharing by strengthening the impact of their gifts and helping even more local families remain secure in their homes.”
Created by the Herald-Tribune Media Group and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in 2000, Season of Sharing has provided more than $17 million in emergency funding for more than 18,000 families and individuals in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties as of November 2017. To ensure that 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to serve those in need, the staff of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, local media partners, and more than 50 nonprofit organizations donate their time and resources each year to manage and distribute Season of Sharing funds.
Visit www.CFSarasota.org to donate and learn more about Season of Sharing, and follow the conversation on social media using #SeasonOfSharing. Follow Season of Sharing on Facebook and Twitter.