Chuck Howard

Caring and Sharing for 40 years

Caring and Sharing for 40 years

It started in 1979 in a firefighter’s garage. As explained by long time volunteers, the VanDerryt family were saddened to discover that a local family impacted by a house fire would have nothing for Christmas. They stepped up, and before they knew it, Don, Rudy and their daughter Teresa were helping 15 families in dire […]

Caring and Sharing a grassroots movement

Caring and Sharing a grassroots movement

Few long-standing nonprofits can claim an administrative cost of less than 1%, but Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County has been operating with that thin margin for more than 30 years. The organization relies entirely on volunteers rather than paid staff to provide support to south Santa Rosa families in need during the […]

South end critiques Land Development Code

South end critiques Land Development Code

A comprehensive rewrite of the Santa Rosa County Land Development Code gained weigh in from residents of south Santa Rosa Aug. 15 during a public open house at Tiger Point Community Center. County staff lined up at information tables as roughly 24 citizens made their rounds to ask questions and formally propose changes to one […]

Caring and Sharing brings local Christmas joy

Caring and Sharing brings local Christmas joy

While countless Christmas donations of toys, food, clothes and cash were brought in by Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County this year, the group faced a logistical challenge in getting all those items collected, sorted and distributed to 216 families in need. Churches, schools and other organizations across south Santa Rosa needed to […]

Holidays brightened for South Santa Rosa families

Holidays brightened for South Santa Rosa families

Hundreds of families in Navarre and Gulf Breeze were able to have a Thanksgiving meal this year thanks to Caring and Sharing of South Santa Rosa County. Oriole Beach Elementary School’s cafeteria was packed Friday and Saturday night as volunteers sorted thousands of food items along the tables and prepared meal boxes for distribution. Caring […]

Caring and Sharing feeds a community

Caring and Sharing feeds a community

What began as a one-family mission to bring toys to local children for Christmas has grown into an organization that serves more than 200 families over the holiday season.  Caring and Sharing first began when the Holley-Navarre Fire Station collected toys for local children for Christmas.  At the time, Don VanDerryt was the newly appointed […]