Be The One - Let's Go Places!

Posted by: Sam Valentin on Thursday, April 5, 2018

LET'S GO PLACESThe Giving Challenge is back! After a hiatus in 2017, this annual event will be taking place from noon to noon on May 1st - 2nd and is YOUR chance to BE THE ONE to make a difference in our community! The 2018 Giving Challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation.  The theme—BE  THE ONE—is inspired by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s belief that  each  and  every  one  of  us  has  the potential to impact a person, a cause, and a community.

Part of what makes the Giving Challenge so impactful are the matching donations provided by The Patterson Foundation. Every unique donation (up to $100 per donor) is matched by The Patterson Foundation 1 to 1. That means YOUR donation to Goodwill Manasota can go twice as far in changing the lives of individuals with barriers to employment here in our community!

Since 2012, individuals just like you have given more than $28 million in unrestricted funds to support the missions of organizations that mean the most to them. In 2016, the Giving Challenge brought in more than $13.4 million in a single 24-hour period! Of that total amount, Goodwill Manasota received over $25,000 in donations to help fund our mission! This means that thanks to YOU Goodwill is able to have an even more significant impact in the four counties we serve. In 2017, utilizing funds raised during the 2016 Giving Challenge, we were able to make a difference in the lives of 11,672 people, place 555 people in jobs, assist 360 veterans as they reintegrated back into the civilian workforce, provide 19,540 hours of on-the-clock training to our team members, and divert more than 41 million pounds from local landfills!

With your ongoing support and incredible generosity, we’re hoping to make this year our best Giving Challenge yet! We believe in teamwork and the idea that we’re stronger when we work together, which is why this year we are continuing the tradition of partnering with another local non-profit for the Giving Challenge. In 2016, we partnered with The Florida Center for Early Childhood and this year we are excited to be partnering with iTN (Independent Transportation Network) SunCoast - a volunteer based transportation service for seniors and the visually impaired.

Through this Giving Challenge collaboration, Goodwill Manasota and iTN SunCoast plan to combine our resources to introduce a new audience to each organization and motivate individuals to take part in the challenge and make a difference! Together with your support, we can all BE THE ONE for seniors in our community looking to go places. In fact, Let’s Go Places is the name of our combined effort!

When transportation is easily accessible, individuals can gain the freedom to volunteer or work again, which bolsters a person's dignity, self-respect and feeling of being valued by others. Seniors in need of employment but who do not have access to transportation will be able to find a job at Goodwill and access a door-to-door ride with iTN SunCoast. Even those not looking for jobs can benefit from the collaboration as Goodwill provides frees classes, activities, and of course, SHOPPING!

You don’t need to be rich to be a philanthropist – you just need to care. Show your support for the causes that mean the most to you this Giving Challenge with a donation in ANY amount. Mark your calendars for May 1st at noon and get ready to BE THE ONE to make a difference!

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