Home for the Holidays.

While this phrase describes a warmth that many of us feel over the holidays, the meaning seems more profound than ever. Like many of you, I love my home but goodness knows, between working from home, living at home, raising a family at home, and eating all of our meals at home, some days I want tot get in the car and drive nonstop to the open plains of the Midwest!

This year, I have a renewed appreciation for my second home - the home to so many agencies and hardworking staff - our campus on 17th Street. Witnessing the wonderful network pull together during a time of crisis and need like never before will be one of the most meaningful memories of my professional life. Truly selfless acts performed every day to keep members of our communities sustained, supported, hopeful, and loved.

Today we are asking you to join this effort with a gift. An incredible group of donors have come together to match your donation to our Annual Appeal. Please click the donate button to ensure our agencies' home on the Campus of Caring remains affordable, accessible, and connected.

Home is where your heart is, and our hearts are with you.
Dr. Kameron P. Hodgens
Executive Director & CEO
These fellow believers have collaborated to match all gifts up to 
$25,000
Jack D. and Jane Kidd
Mark and Gail Welch
Skip and Gail Sack
Sam and Norma Savin

Roger Capote and Antonio Pinho
Nick and Danielle Gladding
Drs. Bart and Kameron Hodgens
Bill and Debbie Partridge
Roy Truby and Golden Clifton
Bruce and Amy Zeitlin
Nick and Janet Zennario
NEWS IN OUR THREE PROGRAM AREAS
1. Nonprofit Sustainability
Shapiro Grant
The Shapiro Memorial Grant allows each of our tenant partners up to $1,000 in a given year for any mission-related expense they choose.

Parenting Matters recently used this resource to purchase a tablet for working with parents in their home. Their mission to educate and support parents for stronger families involves in-home visits where they must have access to a variety of digital tools.
Andrea Lane
View from the Front Desk
Not everyone gets excited about fences. But this month, we were so happy to see a corner of our campus get a much-needed fence-lift.

"It's easy to stop seeing things day in and day out. I love our maintenance staff for seeing through that to keep the campus beautiful," says Andrea Lane, Receptionist & Administrative Assistant.
2. Campus Connection
Agency Spotlight
Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County Provides Leadership to Preschools and Parents in COVID-19
Tenant partner Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County collaborated with the Barancik Foundation earlier this year to compile recommendations from the CDC, Department of Health, and lessons learned in the field to establish clear operating protocols for Sarasota County childcare facilities amid COVID-19.

Not only did the community taskforce help create safety guidelines for local centers, their efforts also help guide and support families of little ones who were, and continue to be, actively making childcare decisions.
GS Connects - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Lillian Elliott of Women's Resource Center
Earlier this year, the Glasser/Schoenbaum board and staff made a commitment to provide a platform for continued, open, and non-judgmental conversations about how to move forward together.

We were so glad to welcome Lillian Elliott, Director of Operations at Women's Resource Center, to speak with some of our board, staff, and campus partners to lead a discussion about the real meaning of "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" and building positive leadership to reflect the intentions that go with them. The event was sponsored by Gulf Coast Community Foundation.
3. Community Resources and Leadership
Glasser/Schoenbaum Receives Multi-Year Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Systems for Action, a national program office of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is engaging Glasser/Schoenbaum in a two-year $200,000 study to assess the capacity of our community's social service organizations to meet clients' needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project will be compared to data from a previous 2017 study. Findings will guide efforts to strengthen the capacity of other communities to meet the health and social needs of their residents.

Glasser/Schoenbaum is proud to be partnering with Visible Network Labs, a network data science and strategy company, who will lead the methodology and evaluate the outcomes of the data.
Community Alliance - Annual Legislative Summit
The Community Alliance's Legislative Advocacy Committee in November featured keynote speaker Kurt Wenner of Florida TaxWatch, a research institute and government watchdog. He talked to participants about the state's budget, and answered questions about the status of CARES Act funding.

After his presentation, each of the nine committee leaders practiced their 2-min pitches for their recommended priorities to state legislators. That pitch session will take place in the spring at the annual Legislative Breakfast.

The Community Alliance of Sarasota County is a group comprised of organizations in Sarasota's human services community. Membership is open and encouraged. If you would like to learn more, contact Charlene Altenhain.
Season of Sharing
Glasser/Schoenbaum's Community Liaison, Christina Russi, works tirelessly and compassionately to ensure the emergency funding program from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County reaches those who are in the most pressing need.

That program is called Season of Sharing, and this month marked the launch of their annual campaign. In partnership with this resource, the Herald Tribune produced this fantastic article about the fund and its importance in our community. Click here to watch her short interview.
Birds Eye View
Cycling for Good
After Thanksgiving, one may (or may not) be looking for ways to burn a few extra calories. This year, Claudia Baeza of Pineapple Yoga + Cycling Studio took the opportunity to partner with The Overton in Rosemary Square for a day of outdoor cycling and yoga - for charity!

As a beneficiary, Glasser/Schoenbaum raised $1,775 from participants...and sponsors of participants! Friends and staff enjoyed a vigorous class on socially-distanced bikes in the open-air courtyard.

Thank you to those who donated to this fantastic day!

And thank you to Pineapple Yoga and their nonprofit arm, the Dharma Footprint Project, for hosting a terrific opportunity to benefit our community.
MATCH YOUR DONATION FOR OUR ANNUAL APPEAL
18 human service nonprofits call Glasser/Schoenbaum home.

We ask you to help us connect, support, and sustain this neighborhood of nonprofits. Our hearts are with you.

In a year of twists and turns, the community looks to our human service network to provide stability and support. Our network relies on donors like you who believe in its value.

In lieu of a major fundraising event this year, we are appealing to you to help us reach our match goal of $25,000.

Please donate today at a level that is meaningful to you.
These fellow believers have collaborated to match all gifts up to 
$25,000
Jack D. and Jane Kidd
Mark and Gail Welch
Skip and Gail Sack
Sam and Norma Savin

Roger Capote and Antonio Pinho
Nick and Danielle Gladding
Drs. Bart and Kameron Hodgens
Bill and Debbie Partridge
Roy Truby and Golden Clifton
Bruce and Amy Zeitlin
Nick and Janet Zennario