A group of local businesspeople established a nonprofit organization to help employees of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office who are experiencing extraordinary personal or family need. The organizers of the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Charitable Foundation, Inc., which has a 501(c)3 status, recognize that, despite the incalculable contribution law enforcement agents make to our quality of life, the economic protection they receive is often inadequate in the face of extraordinary personal or family circumstances.
“Law enforcement foundations are not uncommon in Florida,” said Mike Quillen, Chairman. “Our complete focus will be on those employees of the Sheriff’s Office who are going through individual or family crises. Crises not only impact individuals, but the Office as well.”
Quillen noted one experience faced by a Deputy whose child had a brain tumor. “Wear and tear on a vehicle traveling to frequent chemo treatments and expensive deductibles take its toll on a family. Many Sarasota County residents feel a special connection with these first responders, and want to help if extraordinary needs arise.”
The Foundation intends to have an annual fundraiser, an annual fund appeal, and will participate in the annual Giving Partner Challenge through the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. All donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.
In addition to Quillen, the four-member Board of Directors consists of: Kelly Caldwell, Treasurer; Lt. Debra Kaspar, and Anne Rollings, Directors. The Board will be solely responsible for fundraising and granting to families. Our Foundation Administrator is Kim Noyes.