Our mission: Enhancing Lives and Empowering Futures in Benton County.
Our vision: We envision a world where every family has hope at Christmas and opportunity for a bright future.
Sharing & Caring of Benton County works to serve Benton County’s youth in three core areas: our Christmas program, scholarships to local high school students and back-to-school assistance for families in need.
Our Christmas program
Becoming our own 501c3 in 2007, Sharing & Caring of Benton County works to brighten the holidays of local children by lending a helping hand to their families in need during the holiday season. The program serves children, through the help of sponsors, to provide clothing, shoes, toys, a food box, essential household goods and special needs. Each child who is served through our program is shopped for individually.
The generosity of our community helped us sponsor 3,460 children in 2019!! That accounts for over 1,290 families in Benton County.
“Some 16 million American children — 22 percent — live in poverty, a factor that increases their chances of academic struggles, social and behavioral problems, and depression.
Yet not all poor children are doomed to bad outcomes. Some survive and flourish despite hardships. Why? As a researcher who worked at the Yale Child Study Center from 1992 to 2005, Valerie Maholmes, PhD, suggests that poor children who succeed have a factor in common: hope.”
Stacy Lu, American Psychological Association, November 2014, Vol 45, No. 10
***COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the impact of the virus, we’re expecting a 25-40% increase in families this year. The kids need you NOW more than ever!***
Our scholarship program · Irene Medrano Scholarship Fund
If you’ve heard of or been involved with Sharing & Caring, you know the name Irene! Irene Medrano served as the Executive Director of the program from 2002-2007 when the program was under the Boys & Girls Club umbrella and then from 2007-the first part of 2018 after the program became it’s own 501c3. It is her vision, heart and fiery passion for Benton County’s youth that has fueled the growth of Sharing & Caring to include a scholarship fund.