The Safety Net Challenge
The Safety Net Challenge was an unprecedented community-wide collaborative effort to address the rising needs for food, shelter, health care and child care resulting from the economic crisis.
In just one month, nearly $1.3 million dollars was raised and distributed to 30 local nonprofit organizations, thanks to a collaboration between the Community Foundation and our partners the Quantum Foundation; the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County; and Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Inc. Through the Safety Net Challenge, More than 11,300 families and 200,000 individuals received food; nearly15,000 families received shelter; more than 27,000 patients received health care and 518 children received childcare
Giving came in all sizes, from $3 to $250,000. Corporate donors such as Bank of America, facilitated by the United Way of Martin County, contributed $50,000, and foundations such as the Roy J. Zuckerberg Family Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation each donated $100,000.
Joining together, we did more than could be done alone. Strengthening the safety net when our communities needed it most, we provided emergency food at House of Hope in Stuart, we helped the Urban League of Palm Beach County prevent homelessness through Foreclosure Prevention, we supported the Martin County Healthy Start Coalition in helping the uninsured receive health care and provided summer child care for hundreds of children. These are just a few ways we made an impact, together.