Opportunities To Help Hard-Hit Members Of Our Community

We can help economic victims of the coronavirus while they await federal aid


At our March and April virtual meetings, we discussed what we can do to help those in our community who have been slammed by the shut-down of the economy to facilitate social distancing. 

Here are a number of opportunities close to home to help those hit by the economic crisis -- and to put a stimulus check you may not need to a very good use.

  • A one-time opportunity to make matched donations to numerous local charities is the 24-hour 2020 Giving Challenge. The challenge will run from noon on Tuesday April 28th to noon on Wednesday April 29th. Charities raising money during the challenge that we discussed at our meeting were Family Promise of South Sarasota County and the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition. Family Promise, which works with Englewood churches to support homeless and vulnerable families, has lined up additional matches.
  • If you've canceled with your hairdresser or house cleaner, please consider paying them anyhow.
  • In Charlotte County, you can help support residents who are suddenly without a paycheck by making a matched donation to the Charlotte County Community Foundation. For information, call 941-637-0077.
  • In Sarasota County, the annual Season of Sharing (the Herald Tribune and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County) is once again collecting to assist with rental needs, child care, utility bills and other expenses. Online donations can be made here. Call 941-556-3000 for more information.
  • United Way of South Sarasota County has establshed a Coronavirus Recovery and Relief Fund. Donate to this fund here. Checks can be mailed to United Way of South Sarasota County at 157 S. Havana Road, Venice, FL 34292. For info contact Barbara Cruz at 941-484-4811 or barbara@uwssc.com.
  • Write a check to Englewood Meals On Wheels and send it to Englewood Meals on Wheels, PO Box 782, Englewood FL 34295.