Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has provided $644,000 as part of its immediate Hurricane Ian relief this week, with an aim to help teachers recover from the storm and return to their classrooms while also aiding area nonprofits to provide critical help in food provisions, early learning and youth services, mental health, and other areas.
Barancik Foundation created a $200,000 fund for the Sarasota County School District to assist staff with immediate needs and a similar $30,000 effort for the DeSoto County School District.
Another $200,000 was contributed to help ease the financial burden on thousands of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System staffers impacted by storm. About 25% of the system’s more than 8,000 employees live in the hard-hit areas of south Sarasota County.
“With our critical focus on education, we knew we wanted to target teachers,” said Teri A Hansen, the foundation’s president and CEO. “We have seen so much disruption in learning since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to do everything we can to minimize the further impact on our students from Hurricane Ian.
“We also know how hospital staff have been facing a continuing cycle of crises, and we want to help them take care of their families and get back to helping the community that needs them,” Hansen said.
Other recipients of funding and other aid include the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota and DeSoto counties, the YMCA of Southwest Florida, All Faiths Food Bank, Harvest House, Links2Success, Children First, Florida Center, and Early Learning Coalition.
Barancik Foundation and the region’s other major foundations are coordinating to make sure they are not duplicating efforts and are collaborating to provide complementary relief that magnifies impact.
Additional efforts will be made by Barancik Foundation for the longer-term recovery.