SUNCOAST - It is the Season of Sharing once again as local organizations team up to Help women get back on their feet.

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center and the Women's Resource Center use Season of Sharing funding to help women regain independence. For those who qualify, SPARCC offers a small assistance — a $1,000 check made possible by  Season of Sharing.

The Season of Sharing fund was created in 2000 as a partnership between the Herald–Tribune and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The goal is to get emergency funds to individuals and families on the brink of homelessness in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Every dollar donated goes to people in need. There are no administrative fees and no red tape. Funds may be used for rental assistance, utility bills, child care and other expenses needed to help families get back on their feet.

Donations to the Season of Sharing fund may be made online at, or by sending a check (payable to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County) to Attn. Season of Sharing, 2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237. Contact the foundation at 941–556–2399 for more information or to request a credit card form. All donations are tax–deductible. To read stories about families helped by Season of Sharing, go to