Children’s Home Society of Florida, the state’s oldest and largest child-serving organization, received a $100,000 donation from the The Sansing Foundation to benefit local children and their families. CHS will use the funds to help families facing hard situations compounded by the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Studies show 8 million Americans have slipped below the poverty line this year as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic. This, along with isolation, uncertainty, poor mental health and job losses have impacted families throughout Florida. Florida’s panhandle also weathered three hurricanes this year, compounding the difficulties for local families. The Sansing Foundation – a longtime supporter of CHS – increased its annual gift to a very generous $100,000 to help local children and their families find the support they need to overcome the challenges of 2020.
“The Sansing Foundation is passionate about giving back to the community, and the Children’s Home Society of Florida has a longstanding history of caring for our community’s most vulnerable children and families,” said Sandy Sansing of The Sansing Foundation. “We knew in partnering with CHS, our funds would strengthen the community as a whole by meeting families where they need it most.”
The Sansing Foundation’s gift will help more families stay safe, strong and together with crisis intervention as well as in-home parenting support with CHS’ Healthy Families program. This donation will also benefit students and their families of C.A. Weis Elementary, A Community Partnership School and assist homeless youth by providing life skills and job training, housing, mental health counseling and more. With the Sansing Foundation’s support, children, teens and their families will have the support they need to realize their full potential.
“This has been a tremendously difficult year for everyone, but especially for our families that were struggling before the pandemic,” said Lindsey Cannon, regional executive director of Children’s Home Society of Florida, serving Western Florida. “With the Sansing Foundation’s generosity, more families and children will have access to support, hope and a brighter future.”
The Sansing Foundation is funded through proceeds of Sansing dealerships; when buyers purchase a car from any Sansing dealership, they support gifts like this to help children and their families in the community.
About Children’s Home Society of Florida
On the front lines since 1902, Children’s Home Society of Florida is the oldest and largest statewide organization devoted to helping children and families. Children’s Home Society of Florida serves more than 50,000 children and family members throughout the state each year. More: www.chsfl.org.