Caring & Sharing of South Walton Launches Covid-19 Relief Fund
May 4, 2020 by SoWal Staff
Like many organizations across the country, Caring & Sharing of South Walton has seen a rapid increase in the number of people in need of food and financial assistance. The local nonprofit has risen to the occasion, serving more people than ever before, while also launching a relief fund to help other organizations in need.
“While we continue serving our neighbors in need in Walton County, we also want to support other nonprofit organizations doing the same,” Executive Director Carly Harmer said. “COVID-19 has had a financial impact on many nonprofit organizations, putting the services they offer in jeopardy.”
In response to widespread requests for support, the Caring & Sharing board of directors has elected to redirect surplus funds, which had been set aside for a new building, to help the community through uncertain times. These redirected funds will enable the organization to launch the Caring & Sharing Neighborhood Fund. Once the Thrift Store reopens, the organization will dedicate 10 percent of sales to continue funding the initiative. In addition to supporting individuals in need through Caring & Sharing’s current programs, The Caring & Sharing Neighborhood Fund will also aid the efforts of other nonprofits in the community with similar missions.
Gifts to the fund can be made now at www.caringandsharingsowal.org/caring-during-covid19. The organization is currently creating a streamlined application process for local nonprofits affected by COVID-19 in need of financial support for programs that serve the community. For up-to-date information on this process, visit the Caring & Sharing website or Facebook page.
Caring & Sharing provides food, clothing, prescription, rent and utility assistance to individuals in need. Despite temporarily closing its thrift store to protect the health of clients and volunteers, Caring & Sharing has provided 745 bags of food to 382 families, 1,269 individuals, in Walton County over the last month through its drive-through food pantry operation. Additionally, they distributed more than $22,000 in funds in April to help members of the community pay rent and utility bills during these challenging times.
“We are seeing a lot of people who have never needed our services before,” Harmer said. “We are thankful for the generosity of our community, enabling us to keep up with the increased demands.”
Caring & Sharing is currently seeing clients Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in their offices at 112 Lynn Drive in Santa Rosa Beach. Those seeking services must meet USDA Guidelines to qualify for assistance and be a resident of Walton County. Unemployment is currently a qualifier. For more information about Caring & Sharing and their services, please visit www.caringandsharingsowal.org or call 850-267-2866.
Caring & Sharing of South Walton provides food and financial assistance to our neighbors in need through the support of volunteers and contributors. Founded in 1994, the organization serves more than 1,000 individuals each month.
Caring & Sharing provides food, clothing, prescription, rent, and utility assistance to individuals in need Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The organization also works to connect clients with other resources and pastoral care in our community. Special programs run throughout the year to help the families celebrate the holidays and prepare for back to school. Caring & Sharing operates a Thrift Store on site to generate funds for its programs run. Donations of clothing, furniture, and household accessories are accepted Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., pick up can be arranged for larger items.