The Giving Challenge is a 24-hour online giving event that allows people in our region to come together to raise money for local nonprofits. Be The One and help your community and donate to us during this event.
Join the Giving Challenge 2020 beginning today, Tuesday, April 28th at Noon. It only lasts 24 hours. Your support will mean a great deal to our local community.
As you know, due to the pandemic, our libraries are closed, our Community Enrichment Series presentations, our Author Luncheon and all other public events have been postponed. This has a major impact on our efforts to serve Braden River Library and build the funds needed for our library.
Be the One
Often, we don’t realize that we can all make the world a better place. In the past 12+ months we’ve taken time to ask many of you what you want in your new community library. Think about that vision now. And take this opportunity to Be The One to help make it a reality.
During this campaign we are asking you to Be The One to pitch in and help us be able to meet our funding goal for the new library. Funding will be required well before it opens, as the librarians will be planning how best to stretch the budget.
All donations up to $100 are matched dollar for dollar by The Patterson Foundation during this challenge. For example, a donation of $25 effectively delivers $50 to the Friends via the matching funds and $100 is really worth $200. But you are free to donate any amount. We welcome any and all donors regardless of the size of a donation. You can Be The One to make a difference.
Our Friends group also lends support to the Braden River Library to allow our community residents to enjoy benefits from our efforts now and not just when the new library opens.
During this year’s Giving Challenge, we sincerely appreciate any donations you are able to make to support the Friends. We hope you can Be The One and help our community for now and the future. The Giving Challenge is an online event so it meets social distancing guidelines.
When you decide to Be The One, you send a message that you care about others and take the opportunity to make the world a better place. That is done by real people in real communities one at a time.
Your willingness to share, particularly in a time when financial resources may be stretched, is a true marker that you will Be The One.
When is the Giving Challenge?
The #GivingChallenge2020 takes place beginning at Noon on Tuesday, April 28th and ends at Noon on April 29th. Your donation will include you among the special people who demonstrate what Be The One truly means.
Why is the Giving Challenge important to the Friends?
Lakewood Ranch residents have been requesting a community library for 25 years. Finally, Manatee County has committed to building a new one north of the Premier Sports Campus on Post Boulevard!
This will be more than just a library. It will be a community center that brings area residents from all generations together where we can learn, play, connect and contribute to the experiential and future economic growth of our area and its people.
But it’s going to be up to us, the citizens and supporters of our libraries and our community. We are living in uncharted territory that will affect all of us for some time to come. Help make sure we come out stronger than ever with a donation.
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28, 2020 beginning at 12:00 pm (noon) through Wednesday, April 29, 2020 ending at 11:59:59 am.
Don’t our tax dollars cover this?
Manatee County dollars are already stretched to cover the costs of the library facility and staff salaries. Little to no funding is provided for programs. For example, the summer reading program for children is totally supported with funds from the Friends.
Equipment for the Makerspace, such as Dash the robot, sewing machines and 3-D printers and items for the Library of Things Collection (fishing rods, cake pans, musical instruments) for our new library will mostly all be sponsored by our Friends organization. Joining us in the Giving Challenge will go toward these things.
Be the One and help us raise as much as we can!
How can I Be The One and donate?
This is an online donation event with a very limited time period. You click on this link and set your level of donation. The campaign only runs for a specific 24 hours, so we urge you to act right away when it begins.
We need your help to make the Giving Challenge a success!
Your contribution to our Giving Challenge will be the difference between all these programs and materials remaining only great ideas or becoming a reality for our community. Now more than ever it will take all of us together to meet the needs here.
Our supporters say it well
We asked our Board members why they chose to serve.
Here’s what they have to say:
Alice: “I am on the Board to serve my community and promote my lifelong love of reading and libraries.”
Tara: “I feel it is extremely important to provide not only my children but all children the opportunity to have access to the best educational resources available. It is our responsibility to help shape their future and making sure we have the appropriate library facility is an integral part of this.”
Jennifer: “When I moved here, it was as a stay-at-home mom who had spent many hours at our local library in PA with my babies/toddlers. I was astonished that there was not a library within the boundaries of Lakewood Ranch.”
Jim: “I am a strong believer in the value of libraries to our community and the people living here. I feel libraries are particularly important for the children. Serving on the board is an opportunity to help develop a library for Lakewood Ranch.”
Regina: “I enjoy volunteering and am passionate about our community having a library. As such, I am willing to do anything I can to make this happen.”
Sue Ann: “The LWR and East County area need a library close to home. As a retired educator I see the value and impact libraries have on early learners as well as teens. I can’t wait until the new library opens!”
Joanie: “I was dumbfounded when I learned at my first Music on Main there was no library in Lakewood Ranch! It is such an essential component of a good community. I am a voracious reader of both e-books and real books. The library is essential to my budget as I could not afford to buy all that I read.”