There really aren't enough words to describe the feeling of appreciation for so many of you supporting this year's Giving Challenge. "Thanks" doesn't begin to cover it, but here's a summary of yesterday's scenario.
I had business out of town and could only help on this year's event through social media, but that didn't mean I wasn't just as exciting as everyone in the Friendship Center's office in Sarasota. In fact, I called in twice yesterday morning, once around 10:00 and again at 12:15 pm just after the Challenge closed.
I spoke with the Friendship Centers' CEO, Erin McLeod and there's no way I can describe the excitement in her voice as she gave me the results. This year we went substantially over the goal and with the matching donation component from the Patterson Foundation, more than doubled last year's donations, breaking $30,000.
The Friendship Centers are a non-profit and every dollar that comes in goes to building strength into this amazing community resource. I know I've shared this information twice already, but down below are the statistics showing how many community members received support in 2014.
Now, thanks to your generosity, 2015 will more than likely grow even more. So, a big thank you to everybody who helped us spread the word, donated and have shown your support for an amazing community resource.
The slogan for the Friendship Centers is "People Helping People" and this year through the Giving Challenge it was obvious how many of you share the same feelings. THANK YOU!
- The Health Clinics served 3,619 patients representing 13,646 visits!
- The Friendship Centers served 269,190 meals in FOUR different counties.
- At the Living Rooms in Sarasota, Venice and Ft Myers, 278 clients received 89,429 hours of care.
- There were 634 caregivers who received 3,357 hours of support and education through the Caregiver Resource Center. (In 2013 the CRC helped change my life and my Dad's while we were dealing with my mother's Alzheimer's.)
- The Senior Centers served 1,480 clients during 16,890 visits.
- Friendship Centers' Case managers worked with 1056 clients and the Friendship at Home program served 1,025 clients.
- Last but not least, 1,000 volunteers provided 68,882 hours of service with an in-kind value of $3,250,595.