Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Community Impact Grant

Community Foundation of Sarasota County Awards Community Impact Grant to JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation

Thanks to a grant of $2,750 recently awarded by the Arthur T. Esslinger Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation will be able to provide transportation assistance to individuals who are prohibited from driving due to seizures through a collaborative partnership with ITN Suncoast to ensure that these individuals can attend the monthly Epilepsy Support Group.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that will impact 1 in 26 people during their lifetime. Seizures are unpredictable and directly impact the health and safety of the individual. Epilepsy also has a significant stigma that oftentimes results in social isolation. “Thanks to this community impact grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, JoshProvides will be able to offer individuals the opportunity to participate in our monthly Epilepsy Support Group, thereby maintaining a community connection and combatting social isolation,” stated Andria Bilan, CEO.

“Addressing emerging needs and opportunities is central to our Community Impact Grant program,” says Abigail Oakes, Director of Community Impact at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. “We are proud to partner with organizations like JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation that enhance lives and create meaningful connections across generations. Collaborative initiatives like this help ensure that every one of us can feel like we belong in our shared community.”

The Epilepsy Support Group is held the first Tuesday of the month at the State College of Florida, Lakewood Ranch Campus. For information about the Epilepsy Support Group please call JoshProvides at 1-800-706-2740 or contact by email info@JoshProvides.org.

About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County: The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of $418 million in more than 1,500 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $21.5 million dollars last year in the areas of education, the arts, health and human services, civic engagement, animal welfare, and the environment. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has been able to grant more than $274 million to area nonprofit organizations to our community thanks to the generosity of charitable individuals, families, and businesses. For more information, visit www.CFSarasota.org or call (941) 955-3000.

About JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation: JoshProvides works to improve the lives of those living with epilepsy or other seizure disorders. www.JoshProvides.org