Since the beginning of the nonprofit in 2006, Sharing and Caring has distributed $252,846.62 back to the community.

Sharing and Caring Foundation is making a difference and is growing.

This year is the organization's 14th year of fundraising and its second year to distribute beds to area children of families who are in need of assistance to provide a comfortable night’s sleep for the children.

Sharing & Caring Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that raises funds to assist Camden, Miller and Morgan counties in providing to children in need. Sharing and Caring was developed locally with the specific purpose to help local people and organizations provide support to those in need. Since the beginning of the nonprofit in 2006, Sharing and Caring has distributed $252,846.62 back to the community.

In January 2015, Sharing and Caring started a program called “Winkin’ Blinkin’ and Nod” to assist in providing twin beds for children. Since the start of the program, more than $26,000 has been spent in providing 144 children from birth to the age of 18 with new beds and/or bedding to help them receive a good night’s sleep. Beds are purchased by Sharing and Caring from Missouri Furniture in Camdenton and are picked up by the families receiving the bed at their warehouse.

In April, grant checks were distributed to local organization to help in funding or raising awareness about their organization to the community. CADV will be using half the money received for gas gift cards for clients and the other half as the start of funding for the 2018 Light Up The Night event held each year in April.

Camden County Child Advocacy will be using the funds to help fund the 2017 Arts in the Park Program held the first Saturday in October at Linn Creek City Park. Children’s Learning Center will use theirs for a new Apple computer. Helping Hands Homeless Shelter will use the funds to assist with families staying at their facility. Lamb House will be using the grant to help purchase shoes for kids with the program they have been doing for years and have set up with the school nurses. Medical Missions for Christ will now have additional funding for their dentistry and prescription drug program.

Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition will be using its funds for training law enforcement and possibly victim advocate training.

As Sharing and Caring looks to the future and attempts to close the gap between funding requests and funds available, it needs an influx of new volunteers and involvement. Anyone interested in joining Sharing and Caring Foundation as a board member or to volunteer is asked to contact President Rhonda Wilkening at 573-286-7945.

Representatives from the Board of Directors are always available for the opportunity to visit with civic and other groups to share information about the Foundation’s mission, accomplishments to date, and to request your support.