2011-2012 Charity Register

By Hannah Wallace September 1, 2011

2011-2012 Charity Register: Helping HandSarasota Magazine’s annual listing of local nonprofits highlights a selection of local nonprofits that aid the needy, comfort the infirm, guide our youth, expand our minds and lift our spirits. These listings are a testament to the thousands of inspiring people dedicated to serving the community.

This year, we’ve grouped the listings into categories for easier navigation. If you’re interested in giving your support to nonprofits in the fields of health, education, human services, the environment and animals, international aid, religion or public service, you’ll find many worthy causes here.

Each organization in our Charity Register holds a 501(c)(3) designation and is locally headquartered. Additionally, most hold fund raisers that are open to the public. (We list many of those events in these pages; for complete, up-to-the-minute calendar listings, visit us at These organizations cannot continue their good work without contributions of time, money and energy; we hope you find a way to join in their efforts as you discover their aims and their needs.

For information, comments or to suggest a nonprofit for our database, please contact Hannah Wallace at Sarasota Magazine, 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 205, Sarasota FL 34236 or email [email protected].

Arts, Culture and HumanitiesARTS, CULTURE AND HUMANITIES

The Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 306-1200

Presents world-class classical and popular music concerts for a total of 50 performances October through June, most in the Historic Asolo Theater. Executive director: John Fischer Mission statement: To present live concerts for the enjoyment and cultural enrichment of audiences in Sarasota and surrounding communities, and to support the musical education of promising young musicians through scholarships. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, artist transportation, office work, fund raising, literature distribution.

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-5118

A membership-based, private organization that serves the public, artists and arts and cultural organizations throughout the county. Executive director: Jim Shirley Mission statement: The mission of the Arts and Cultural Alliance is to advocate. Volunteer opportunities: Office administration, special programs and events.

Asolo Repertory Theatre

5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 351-8000

Producing artistic director: Michael Donald Edwards Mission statement: To entertain, engage and inspire through the highest quality professional repertory theater and superior educational programs. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, tour guides, gift shop, administrative and special events.

Banyan Theater Company

P.O. Box 49483, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 358-5330

Executive director: Jerry M. Finn Mission statement: To produce theater in the summer, to showcase outstanding actors performing in plays of high literary merit, and to maintain a summer theater festival in Sarasota to rival similar attractions in other areas of the country. Volunteer opportunities: Box office, prop search, backstage, ushers.

Circus Sarasota

8251 15th St. E., Suite B, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-9335

Florida's only nonprofit resident circus. Executive director: Pedro Reis Mission statement: To pay homage to an extraordinary circus legacy by broadening the artistic contribution of the circus through education and human service outreach programming. Circus Sarasota fulfills its mission by enriching, educating and entertaining audiences of all ages. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, administrative, box office and gala committee.


The Community Music School of Southwest Florida

7222 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 101, Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 587-4026

Individual and group music instruction, all instruments and voice. More than half the school’s students are on scholarship or are in no-fee group programs. Executive director: Mary C. Geldi Mission statement: To provide individual and group music instruction to anyone who wants to learn, regardless of age, experience or ability to play. Volunteer opportunities: Teaching, office, fund raising, events, program assistance, newsletter, publicity, grant writing, board of trustees and community advisory board.

Crosley Estate Foundation

8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 704-4366

Restores the Crosley Estate Mansion, the original carriage house, the grounds and the boat dock. Board president: David Wick Mission statement: To raise funds for the restoration, preservation, maintenance and operation of the Powel Crosley Estate. Volunteer opportunities: Annual event help, restoration.

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota

P.O. Box 2453, Sarasota, FL 34230

(888) 550-6279

Through songs of hope and inclusion, the LGBT chorus celebrates all of humanity and inspires the community to embrace equality. Executive director: David Phillips; artistic director: Derek Edward Weston Mission statement: To enhance the musical and cultural lives of members and audiences and prompt the acceptance of diversity through the presentation of quality choral music. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, ticket and advertising sales, concert production.

Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc.

P.O. Box 1432, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 330-0680

Founded in 1969, the society provides cultural and educational opportunities for its members and organizes projects that benefit the community and its visitors. The society's art collection is on public display at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. President: Reva van der Heym Mission statement: To enrich lives in the community and its many visitors by providing cultural and education programs focusing on the arts. Volunteer opportunities: All-volunteer organization; welcomes members of all skills and interests.

Florida Studio Theatre Inc.

1241 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Administrative: (941) 366-9017; Box office: (941) 366-9000

Professional theater that presents the finest in contemporary American theater. Artistic director: Richard Hopkins Mission statement: To make theater accessible and affordable to as many people as possible; to present theater that challenges with as much gusto as it entertains; to be a positive, vital change agent in the community; to operate within and for the public trust with fiscal responsibility. Volunteer opportunities: Reception, development, ushering, company management, literary, readers circle, education, production, costuming, marketing distribution and parking concierge.

Friends of the Sarasota Ballet

P.O. Box 788, Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 966-9247

Advocates and raises funds for Sarasota Ballet. President: Murray Sherry Mission statement: To support the performances and programs of the Sarasota Ballet through advocacy and fund raising. Volunteer opportunities: Events planning, fund raising, administrative assistance, dancer support, student mentoring.

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center

7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 552-5325

A 260-seat performing arts hall that presents live theater, concerts, dance and lectures. Rents to other organizations for recitals, meetings, concerts. Executive director: Ben Turoff Mission statement: To present the finest and highest quality entertainment possible in a variety of productions ranging from classical music and jazz to Broadway, comedy, drama, lectures, films and dance. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, ticket takers, office work, occasional opportunities for stage and house managers.

Gloria Musicae

3684 Glen Oaks Manor Drive, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 925-3183

Professional chamber chorus. Executive director: Rachel Assi Mission statement: To perform the highest quality music covering a broad spectrum of choral literature. Volunteer opportunities: Office work, mailings, performance setup and grant writing.

The Hermitage Artist Retreat

6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 475-2098

An artist community inspiring creativity with Old Florida history, tropical ecology and communal living with fellow Hermitage artists and the Gulf Coast community. Executive director: Bruce Rodgers Mission statement: To nurture creativity, preserve a Florida historic site, protect native ecology and serve the Gulf Coast community. Volunteer opportunities: Hospitality, transportation, beautification, fund raising, docents, events.

Historical Society of Sarasota County

1260 12th St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 364-9076

Maintains the Bidwell-Wood House (1882, Sarasota’s oldest private residence) and the Crocker Memorial Church (1901); provides docent-led tours, organizes community educational outreach programs, sponsors events, lecture series and historical arts and crafts demonstrations, shows and sales. President of the board of directors: Howard Rosenthal Mission statement: To create public awareness of the history of Sarasota County and the state of Florida; to encourage inquiry and research, preservation and the collection of artifacts and printed materials. Volunteer opportunities: Docents, gift shop, gardening, events, maintenance projects.

Historic Spanish Point

337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

(941) 966-5214

A 30-acre accredited museum on Little Sarasota Bay, Osprey. Historic buildings, gardens, nature trails, exhibits. Owned by Gulf Coast Heritage Association Inc. Executive director: Linda W. Mansperger Mission statement: To connect people of today with 5,000 years of human history in Southwest Florida by collecting, preserving and interpreting the objects significant to our region’s past. Volunteer opportunities: Tour docents, museum store clerks, admissions hosts, receptionists, gardeners.

Jazz Club of Sarasota

330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 111, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-1552

Chairman: Gordon Garrett; President: William Beckman Mission statement: To promote, perform and preserve jazz. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-5700

Preserves and enhances the legacy of John and Mable Ringling and engages a large and diverse audience through its Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Cà d'Zan Mansion, Historic Asolo Theater and historic grounds overlooking Sarasota Bay. A division of Florida State University and the official state art museum of Florida. Executive director: Steven High Mission statement: To engage visitors with collections, exhibitions, cultural programs and the Ringling estate. Volunteer opportunities: Tour guides, info desk, special events, clerical, or tram driving.

Key Chorale

P.O. Box 20613, Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 921-4845

Executive director: Richard Storm Mission statement: The performance of great choral masterworks, bringing their historic and contemporary beauty to the community. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, event coordinators, etc. Call for more information.

La Musica

P.O. Box 5442, Sarasota, FL 34277

(941) 346-2601

International chamber music festival. Executive director: Sally R. Faron Mission statement: To bring the finest musicians from Europe and the Americas to perform chamber works, both familiar and seldom-heard, to transmit the joy of performance. Volunteer opportunities: Box office, supervise rehearsals, mailings, computer work.

Lemon Bay Playhouse, Inc.

96 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 475-6756

Englewood's only community theater. 2011-2012 productions include Barefoot in the Park, The Glass Menagerie and Steel Magnolias. Managing Director: Maggie Deitsch Mission statement: To enrich Englewood and surrounding communities through theatrical productions, volunteer opportunities, education and training in the performing arts; to provide a venue for other cultural activities. Volunteer opportunities: Acting, stage managing, box office, backstage, house managing, lighting, wardrobe, ad sales, publicity and set design.

Lillette's Foundation for the Arts

P.O. Box 19643, Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 556-1330

Executive director: Lillette Jenkins-Wisner Mission statement: To promote knowledge and continued development of promising students studying the performing arts, while assisting their financial needs. Volunteer opportunities: Administrative intern, marketing intern.

Longboat Key Center for the Arts

6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key, FL 34228

(941) 383-2345

A division of Ringling College of Art and Design. Executive director: Jane Buckman Mission statement: Aspires to be a preeminent cultural institution committed to quality educational programming, exhibitions, lectures and events that serve to enhance the artistic and creative exploration of individuals and groups from the local community and beyond. Volunteer opportunities: Comittees for education, exhibitions, events and advisory.

The Miracle League of Manasota

8466 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Suite 312 , Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 284-7624

Empowering children challenged by any form of disability to enjoy the joys and thrills of baseball regardless of their ability to play.  Executive director: Laura Tellor Mission statement: Dedicated to providing an opportunity for all children and adults to play baseball, regardless of their abilities. 

North Port Art Center

5950 Sam Shapos Way, North Port, FL 34287

(941) 423-6460

Promotes the visual arts through art shows, art in public places and classes. Executive director: Carol Neagles President: Louise Hall Mission statement: To promote art appreciation, education and local artists' work throughout North Port and the surrounding area. Volunteer opportunities: Kids’ summer art program, monthly children’s art programs, gallery exhibits, general monthly meetings first Monday of the month, fund-raising events and volunteer positions in the new Art Center.

PAL Sailor Circus

2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 361-6350

After-school youth circus for children grades four through 12. Circus Director: Susan Loeffler Mission statement: To use circus arts as an alternative teaching method, providing an intervention program for youth at risk; enhance self-esteem and confidence in our leaders of tomorrow. Volunteer opportunities: Teachers, riggers, ushers, ticket sales, concessions, props and costume design, sound, lights, office assistant.

Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Inc.

P.O. Box 3407, Sarasota, FL 34230

Professional development program for gifted musicians, ages 12 to 20, founded by Itzhak and Toby Perlman. Offers premier cultural and educational outreach programs, world-class performances and events in Sarasota and surrounding communities. Executive director: Elizabeth Power Mission statement: To encourage artistic development and camaraderie among young international string musicians via a nurturing, non-competitive, world-renowned music education program. Volunteer opportunities: Call (941) 955-4942 for opportunities.

The Players Theatre

838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-2494

Managing director: Michelle Bianchi Pingel Mission statement: To present a diverse and entertaining slate of high-quality, volunteer-driven theatrical productions that are educating, stimulating and enriching to the entire community. Volunteer opportunities: Assisting backstage, in the scene shop, box office or costume department; usher or intern at The Players Performing Arts Studio.

Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation

P.O. Box 1754, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 953-8727

President: Debra Flynt-Garrett Mission statement: To preserve and enhance our historic places. Volunteer opportunities: Homes tour, annual meeting, walking tours, seminars.

Sarasota Ballet of Florida Inc.

5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-0099

Director: Iain Webb Mission statement: To enrich lives, capture emotions and strengthen the community through the art of dance. Volunteer opportunities: Administrative support, mail campaigns and more.

The Sarasota Choral Society

4411 Bee Ridge Road, Box 237, Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 343-9894

The up-to-300-voice chorus, full orchestra and professional soloists have performed the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah annually for 67 years. Artistic director: Geneviève Beauchamp Mission statement: To further and promote individual and group singing and choral activities of all kind. Volunteer opportunities: Singing in the chorus, board positions, various community and production tasks.


Sarasota Chorus of the Keys

P.O. Box 51751, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 312-5587

Award-winning men’s show chorus. Executive director: Jim Stoup Mission statement: To preserve and further develop the original American art form of four-part a cappella harmony while striving for musical excellence, contributing to the community’s cultural development, and providing charitable support to choral students and the culturally deprived. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Concert Association

P.O. Box 1714, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 955-0040

For more than 65 years, the association has brought classical music to the area and sponsored outstanding local classical, popular, jazz and folk artists. President: John Goodman Mission statement: To bring the greater Sarasota community the finest classical music at the lowest price possible. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Film Festival Inc.

332 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 364-9514

In its 14th year, the Sarasota Film Festival is a 10-day event providing excellent films, events and other programming to our Gulf Coast community Executive director:  Mark P. Famiglio Mission statement: To celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community. Volunteer opportunities: Year-round operations and festival positions.

Sarasota Film Society

10715 Rodeo Drive, Suite 8, Bradenton, FL 34202

(941) 364-8662

Owns and operates Burns Court and Lakewood Ranch cinemas, presenting quality films from around the world. Executive director: Barbara Caras Mission statement: To exhibit international, independent and American films to foster a greater understanding of the world by exposing audiences to the rich cultural lessons films have to offer. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Museum of Art/SMOA

2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 309-SMOA (4662); (877) 498-SMOA

A division of Ringling College of Art and Design. President: Wendy G. Surkis Mission statement: To interweave exhibitions, educational programs and community outreach initiatives to engage a diverse audience and serve as a destination for creative discovery and discourse. Volunteer opportunities: A start-up organization with a variety of evolving opportunities.

Sarasota Opera

61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-8450

Executive director: Susan T. Danis Mission statement: To produce outstanding opera true to the vision of the composer, and entertain, enrich and educate the community and patrons from across the state and the world. Volunteer opportunities: Call Susan Reeves, volunteer coordinator, ext. 243.

Sarasota Opera Guild

61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 350-3638

All-volunteer group that supports the Sarasota Opera and its youth opera programs. President: Mary Cook Mission statement: To foster, promote and increase knowledge and appreciation of opera in the community in conjunction with the Sarasota Opera Association. To encourage and assist young singers; to sponsor projects to raise funds for the opera. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Orchestra

709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-4252

Now in its 63rd season, Sarasota Orchestra features more than 100 concerts annually and a nationally recognized education program. President and CEO: Joseph McKenna Mission statement: To promote chamber and symphonic music locally, statewide and nationally by presenting performances of the highest artistic excellence, providing broad-based educational programs of the highest quality, and making both available to the broadest possible constituency. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, receptionist, mailings, volunteer auxiliaries, special events and planning committees.

Sarasota Orchestra Association

709 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 685-0425

 President: Becky Miller Mission statement: To advance and support the activities of, and to raise monies for the Sarasota Orchestra; to foster and promote musical knowledge, education and artistic appreciation in the community, and to encourage and assist young musicians. Volunteer opportunities: The association welcomes volunteers of all skills and interests.

Sarasota Season of Sculpture

P.O. Box 48951, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 928-4445

Public art and sculptures on the bayfront in Sarasota and the community. Chair of the board of directors: Susan McLeod Mission statement: To display and encourage quality, accessible public art in order to enrich the cultural and educational experience of residents and visitors to the community. Volunteer opportunities: Web, administrative, docents, event helpers.

South Florida Museum

201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 746-4131

Southwest Florida’s largest natural and cultural history museum. Executive director: Brynne Anne Besio Mission statement: To engage and inspire learners of all ages; we protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and the universe. Volunteer opportunities: Docents, manatee care, information desk, other support.

Van Wezel Foundation

777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 366-5578

Executive director: Norman Olshansky Mission statement: To enrich lives of members of the Gulf Coast Community, with an emphasis on children, through the performing arts while supporting the needs of the Van Wezel, the region’s premier performing arts hall. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Venice Art Center

390 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 485-7136

Begun in 1958, offering local and nationally recognized exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and more, lectures, art classes for all ages, fine art sales and a gift gallery. Executive director: Mary Morris Mission statement: To provide cultural resources to the community and to encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all its forms. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, exhibition committee, receiving and hanging, opening receptions, reception desk and gift shop.

The Venice Symphony

P.O. Box 1561, Venice, FL 34284

(941) 488-1010

75-piece symphony orchestra that presents classical, pops, summer music camp and symphony in the schools. Executive director: Jean Peters Mission statement: To present symphonic concerts and promote an appreciation of musical arts in the community. Volunteer opportunities: Usher, fund raising.

Venice Theatre

140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-1115

Award-winning community theater offering classics, concerts, cabarets, family theater and cutting-edge productions in two theater spaces. Artistic and executive director: Murray Chase Mission statement: To celebrate and nurture creative expression, to foster human communication and understanding, and to delight and challenge audiences through theater and the performing arts of the highest quality. Volunteer opportunities: Performing, technical theater, scenery construction, painting, costume construction, box office, ushering, mailings and more.

West Coast Civic Ballet

2251 Hickory Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 504-6762, (941) 400-6277

Provides quality dance performances in classical ballet and contemporary dance for audiences of all ages. Executive director: Deborah Vinton Mission statement: To provide quality training and performance opportunities for area artists in classical and contemporary dance to enhance community appreciation and participation in visual and performing arts. Volunteer opportunities: Community service, marketing, advertising, website, box office, fund raising, ushering, production, backstage.

WBTT (Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe)

P.O. Box 1086, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 366-1505

The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe of Florida, Inc. (WBTT) is the first and only professional black theater company on Florida's West Coast. Producing artistic director: Nate Jacobs Mission statement: To produce plays that promote and celebrate the African-American experience to diverse audiences while using its productions as a vehicle for supporting African-American artists and building the self-esteem of African-American youth. Volunteer opportunities: Administrative work, office and technical crew.

The Woman’s Exchange

539 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-7859

Established in 1962, a nonprofit, tax-exempt consignment store whose revenues provide direct grants to local arts organizations and to individual students pursuing an education in the arts. Executive director/CEO: Karen Koblenz Mission statement: To enrich and strengthen arts-related programs and to encourage creativity in organizations and individuals throughout the community. Merchandise to be sold in the store is accepted either for donation or consignment. Volunteer opportunities: Cashier, intake, pricing, sales, wrappers.


World Dance Arts Foundation Inc.

100 Third Ave. W., Suite 170, Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 758-9129

Develops, funds and sponsors curriculum-based social dance programs for public school students (elementary and middle). Has shared the joy of dancing with more than 4,000 students in Sarasota and Manatee counties thus far. Executive director: Anna Christine Smart Mission statement: To promote, educate and expand the art of ballroom dancing. Volunteer opportunities: Teacher's aides in public school classrooms to assist our qualified ballroom instructors.


Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School

4171 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-4917

Provides a quality education centered in gospel values. President: Sister Mary Lucia Haas Mission statement: To provide an excellent values-based education in a small family-oriented environment while emphasizing service to God and the community. Volunteer opportunities: Event coordination, donation solicitation, ticket sales, mailings, computer entry, decorating, hospitality.

Education Foundation of Sarasota County Inc.

1960 Landings Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 927-0965

Secures private funds to ensure educational opportunities that public dollars cannot provide for more than 41,500 children in local schools. Executive director: Cindy L. Kaiser Mission statement: To invest in every child's success through the generosity of the community. Volunteer opportunities: Science Fair Judges, Teacher of the Year interview panel, home computer training and distribution for students in need, Academic Olympics volunteers (via AAUW Sarasota and Venice branches), teacher grant application readers, grant project site

Forty Carrots Family Center

1500 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-7716

Parenting education programs that focus on the first five years of life; accredited preschool and professional training center. Executive director: Betsy Kane-Hartnett Mission statement: To strengthen families through educational programs for parents, children and professionals in the field. Volunteer opportunities: Special events, grant writing, clerical, data entry, graphic design and more.

G.WIZ—The Science Museum

1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 309-4949

The Blivas Science and Technology Center. Executive director: Molly D. Morgan Mission statement: To be the gateway for lifelong adventures in science. Volunteer opportunities: Education, exhibit maintenance, visitor services, landscaping, administrative assistance, mailings.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)

5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211

(941) 756-0690

The largest medical school in the country, with campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Penn., and Bradenton, Fla. The Bradenton campus is home to 630 medical students and 400 pharmacy students. Executive director: John Ferretti, D.O. Mission statement: To prepare students to become osteopathic physicians and pharmacy practitioners through programs of excellence in education, research, clinical care and community service. Volunteer opportunities: Fashion show at Saks Fifth Avenue; student scholarship fund dinner and auction gala on Oct. 15.

The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc.

1750 17th St., Building D, Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 955-0421

Free, one-on-one, needs-based tutoring for basic literacy (reading and writing) and ESOL (English speakers of other languages), including financial literacy, health literacy, family literacy, workforce/workplace and conversation classes. Executive director: Shon Ewens Mission statement: To build a more literate community by helping adults and families improve English language communication skills through personalized, needs-based tutoring. Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, program administrators, special events, outreach, speakers’ bureau, Books Alive performing group, office help, committees and more.

Literacy Volunteers of South Sarasota County

Venice Public Library, 300 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-8994

Recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide free tutoring to adults in English as a second language and basic reading improvement in south Sarasota County. President: Sandy McIntyre Mission statement: To provide one-on-one tutoring and small group classes for English as a second language (ESL) and basic literacy at no cost to the adult learners. Volunteer opportunities: Reading and English tutor, tutor trainer, interviewer, board member, community outreach, fund-raising event chair and more.

New College Foundation Inc.

5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 487-4686

 President: Andrew Walker Mission statement: To ensure New College of Florida has the financial resources to fulfill its mission of developing knowledge pioneers. Volunteer opportunities: Office, special projects, events.

New College Library Association

5800 Bay Shore Road TKC, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 487-4600

Raises funds for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and sponsors educational forums as an affiliate of New College Foundation. Director of events and membership development: Johnette Cappadona Mission statement: To provide enhancement funding for the Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College of Florida and intellectual stimulation for the greater community. Volunteer opportunities: Special projects, event committees.


New Gate-Field School

5237 Ashton Road & 11011 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 922-4949, (866) 338-0321

An independent, college prep, coeducational Montessori school serving children from 18 months through high school. Also home to an accredited teacher education program. Head of School: Tim Seldin Mission statement: To cultivate a love of life and inspire academic excellence. Volunteer opportunities: Guest lecture, internship, institutional development, community outreach and projects.

ORT America

580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 312-7720

A global network of schools and training programs in 55 countries, providing marketable skills that enable 300,000 students and beneficiaries annually to attain successful careers, become community leaders and live independently. Executive director: Andrew Polin Mission statement:  Volunteer opportunities: Volunteering at an assisted living facility, holiday gift wrapping at local malls.

The Out-of-Door Academy

444 Reid St. (preK-6) and 5950 Deer Drive (7-12), Sarasota, FL 34242 and 34240

(941) 349-3223

Sarasota’s only independent, college-preparatory pre-K through grade-12 school. Head of School: David V. Mahler Mission statement: To provide an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, athletics and the arts. Volunteer opportunities: School fund raisers, art and music program assistants, office assistance, library aides.

Pierian Spring Academy

1750 17th St., Building L2, Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 716-2471

Provides noncredit adult education courses to Sarasota’s retirement community. Executive director: Robert V. Carlson Mission statement: To provide courses in the humanities, the arts and sciences for adults seeking an academic experience. Volunteer opportunities: A variety of administrative and leadership opportunities.

Ringling College of Art and Design

2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234-5895

(941) 351-5100

One of the country’s premier private, independent, nonprofit art and design colleges. President: Dr. Larry R. Thompson Mission statement: To provide programs leading to a degree that prepares students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design. Volunteer opportunities: Various; contact development office.

Ringling College Library Association

P.O. Box 4071, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 925-1343

President: Stacey Corley Mission statement: To contribute to the ongoing development of Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library and act as a catalyst for the educational growth of students, faculty and community.

Rotary Futures College Resource Center

1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 480-3178

Community-based post-secondary resource center located on the campus of Venice High School, which is open to students of all ages in the Venice area. Executive director: Kim Kindell Mission statement: To educate, inspire and motivate students of all ages to gain access to post-secondary education and/or training by linking education, career and life opportunities.

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

315 41st St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209

(941) 746-2121

An independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school for students of all faiths, pre-K 3 through grade 12. Head of School: Janet S. Pullen Mission statement: To provide a superior academic program that prepares each student for a college or university compatible with the individual’s academic ability, interest and needs; to instill in each student a love of learning, an active respect for all members of the school community and a fundamental sense of integrity; and to provide a nurturing environment that values independence, self-worth, physical health, spiritual awareness and responsible global citizenship. Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, classroom assistance, fund raising, business partnerships and coaching.

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning

c/o G.WIZ: 1001 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-6404

Celebrating its 41st season in 2012, SILL offers 91 lectures featuring U.S. policy experts for “Global Issues,” as well as world-renowned musicians, singers and composers for “Great Performers.” President: Joy Mcintyre Mission statement: Dedicated to excellence in adult education for those interested in contemporary global policy issues as well as music performers and their works. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, greeters, parking facilitators, logistics administrators.

St. Martha Catholic School [new mission statement??]

4380 Fruitville Road

Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-4181

A junior kindergarten (age 3) through eighth grade elementary school welcoming children of all faiths and integrating a message of Jesus. Pastor: The Rev. Fausto Stampiglia Mission statement: To provide each student with the diverse tools to develop strength in faith, excellence in knowledge and to build character through service, done in partnership with Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Catholic Church. Volunteer opportunities: Library, cafeteria, school spirit store, Rosary Group, Heart to Heart, accelerated math, after-school programs, technology lab.

State College of Florida Foundation

P.O. Box 1849, Bradenton, FL 34206

(941) 752-5390

Executive director: Peg Lowery Mission statement: To secure and manage private resources to enhance educational opportunities for the State College of Florida. Volunteer opportunities: Special events, investment and scholarship committees, Legacy Society.

University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-4582

Upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level programs and continuing professional education. Regional chancellor: Dr. Arthur Guilford Mission statement: Delivers innovative education and relevant scholarship for the benefit of local, national and global communities. Volunteer opportunities: Contact Barb Lewis, [email protected] or (941) 359-4737.

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Animal Rescue Coalition

1408 State St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-1955, ext. 8

 Executive director: Brenda Terris Mission statement: To end the killing of adoptable dogs and cats in Sarasota and Manatee counties by means of a proactive spay/neuter program, comprehensive adoption efforts, a feral cat program and various other initiatives designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship. Volunteer opportunities: Events, feral cat program, foster program, reception.

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary

7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 371-6377

A permanent safe home for exotic animals in need. Executive director: Kay Rosaire Mission statement: To provide a permanent home for exotic, endangered and other animals in need; to give people an opportunity to have a close encounter with exotic animals in an entertaining and educational environment; to foster appreciation for animals and stress the importance of habitat preservation. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, help with weekend demonstrations, flyer distribution, yard care, habitat construction, grant writing, cleaning, food preparation and more.

Cat Depot

2542 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 366-2404

Free-roaming, no-kill feline rescue, adoption, education and resource center. A leader in feline healthcare and mental wellbeing, Cat Depot houses more than 125 cats and kittens on any given day. Executive director: Shelley Thayer Mission statement: Dedicated to helping abandoned, homeless and injured cats and kittens with medical care, food and love. Volunteer opportunities: Cat socializers, tour guides, welcome center receptionists, retail workers, adoption assistants, off-site events, fund raisers, cat transporters, fosters, bottle feeders, vet tech assistants and more.

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

P.O. Box 902, Osprey, FL 34229

(941) 918-2100

Land trust. Executive director: Albert G. Joerger Mission statement: To protect the character, natural integrity and biodiversity of the bays, beaches and barrier islands and their watersheds of Florida’s Gulf Coast by holding conservation easements and owning nature preserves, educating for responsible land stewardship, collaborating with individuals, organizations and communities. Volunteer opportunities: Volunteers welcome.

Founders Garden Club of Sarasota

P.O. Box 25612, Sarasota, FL 34277

Member of Garden Club of America. President: Ann Moore Mission statement: To stimulate interest in horticulture and the artistic use of plant material; to promote the protection of trees, shrubs, wild flowers and birds; to encourage civic beautification; to foster education regarding conservation and preservation of natural resources. Volunteer opportunities: Nov. 14-15, 2011. Luncheon and floral art design presentation and workshop featuring California designer Natasha Lisitsa, Sarasota Yacht Club. For more information, contact Sara Bailey, [email protected]

Friends of Sarasota County Parks

6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241

(941) 468-2222

Nonprofit dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of community parks, trails and recreation programs of Sarasota County. President: Kirsten Sheets Mission statement: To promote, enhance and maintain community support for Sarasota County parks and public recreational lands through activities, fund raising and volunteer efforts. Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising events: concessions, parking, sub-committees. Chapters: park amenities, events.

Honor Animal Rescue

4951 Lorraine Road, Bradenton, FL 34211

(941) 302-0933

Board president: Rob Oglesby Mission statement: To assure compassionate and humane treatment of all animals in the community; to help animals and owners in need of assistance; to honor animals and those who take care of them. Volunteer opportunities: Nate’s Place, the Ranch, and Paw’s Attic thrift store in west Bradenton and Petco.

Humane Society of Manatee County

2515 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 747-8808

 Executive director: Denise Deisler Mission statement: To provide affordable spay and neuter services, regardless of income and residency; to assist pet owners in providing alternatives to surrendering their pet to a shelter, including pet food and behavior training. Volunteer opportunities: Foster parents, off-site events, dog training, cat cuddling, administration.

Humane Society of Sarasota County Inc.

2331 15th St., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 955-4131

The community’s largest no-kill shelter for adoptable pets, offering pet adoptions, pet therapy, obedience classes, children’s programs, volunteer opportunities and low-cost and no-cost spay/neuter programs. Executive director: Deborah Robbins Millman, APR Mission statement: Relies on community funding to pursue its mission of promoting responsible pet ownership and securing permanent homes for all adoptable animals. HSSC provides abandoned pets with compassionate care and shelter, offers pet adoptions, humane education, affordable spay/neuter services, and programs for children, seniors and those with special needs. Volunteer opportunities: Matchmaking, cat cuddling, dog walking, canine coaching, pet therapy, special events, off-site adoption, administration and foster parents.

Lemon Bay Conservancy Inc.

2980 Placida Road, Suite 201, Englewood, FL 34224

(941) 830-8922

Land trust focused on preserving lands in the greater Lemon Bay community and Charlotte Harbor. President: Jim Cooper Mission statement: To forever protect and preserve the natural features of Lemon Bay, Charlotte Harbor and its surrounding water and uplands, through property acquisition and management, comprehensive environmental education, and regional advocacy of appropriate land and water conservation policies, programs and practices. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, preservation promotion, outdoor activities like planting and trail blazing at the Wildflower Preserve.

Lemur Conservation Foundation

P.O. Box 249, Myakka City, FL 34251

(941) 322-8494

One hundred-acre lemur reserve that partners with universities and zoological institutions for captive breeding, non-invasive research, education and in-situ projects aimed at conserving Madagascar’s primates.  Contact: Kate Lippincott, Pattie Walsh Mission statement: To preserve and conserve the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education and reintroduction. Volunteer opportunities: Animal care, construction projects, landscaping, clerical work.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-5731

A 9.5-acre tropical gardens along Sarasota Bay that showcases the world’s most spectacular collection of rare tropical plants. CEO: Tom Buchter Mission statement: To further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with emphasis on epiphytes, and to provide enjoyment to those who visit the gardens. Volunteer opportunities: Many, from garden docents to gardeners, special events, administrative.

Mote Marine Laboratory

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-4441

Marine research and education organization and public Mote Aquarium. President and CEO: Dr. Kumar Mahadevan Mission statement: Today’s research for tomorrow’s oceans. Volunteer opportunities: Available year-round; visit

People for Trees

3597 Froude St., North Port, FL 34286

(941) 426-9752

A native tree advocacy group since 1997 that works to promote the importance of a healthy, native tree canopy through community projects, events and educational opportunities. Executive director: Alice White Mission statement: To promote awareness about the importance of protecting and maintaining a healthy, native tree canopy. Volunteer opportunities: Tree plantings, monthly Eco-Kids Club, Florida-friendly landscaping workshops, annual tree festival, maintaining community garden projects, school programs.

St. Francis Animal Rescue

1925 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293

(941) 492-6200

No-kill cat and kitten rescue with adoptable and resident cats, as well as cats in foster homes. Also helps when possible with feral colonies. Board president: Jill Clark Mission statement: To help stray, homeless or unwanted cats in our community; to promote responsible pet ownership; to promote spaying and neutering. Volunteer opportunities: Adoption counselors, events and fund raising, socializers, data entry, newsletter assistance, thrift store volunteers.

Sarasota Garden Club Inc.

1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-0875

Men and women volunteers interested in gardening and floral design. Executive director: Ginger Vance Mission statement: To encourage skill in gardening and floral arts, foster civic beautification, support conservation and public awareness of conserving green space, and to oppose actions that damage the environment. Volunteer opportunities: Youth gardening (ages three to 18), butterfly gardening, nursing home outreach.

Save Our Seabirds

1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 388-3010

 Executive director: Lee Fox Mission statement: To rescue injured native and migratory birds, evaluate, stabilize, initiate medical therapy, rehab and hopefully release; to educate the public and train people for oiled wildlife response. Volunteer opportunities: Greeters, gift shop, boardwalk attendants, rehab assistants, bird rescuers, grounds maintenance, cage cleaners.


Advocates for Better Hearing

4221 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 922-1242

An interactive showroom for the hard-of-hearing and deaf that demonstrates most of the available assisted listening devices, such as amplified or captioned telephones, “hearing televisions” or multi-sensory doorbells. President: Flo Innes Mission statement: To make the hard-of-hearing and deaf aware of all the assisted listening devices, services and technology available to support more meaningful communication and lifestyles. Volunteer opportunities: Receptionist, showroom staff, community outreach advocates.

All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota and Manatee

9420 Old Hyde Park Place, Bradenton, FL 34202

(941) 704-5685

President: Denise Berceau Mission statement: To enhance the availability of services and quality of care for the children of Sarasota and Manatee counties through fund raising and community awareness for All Children’s Specialty Care Centers of Sarasota and Manatee and All Children’s Hospital of St. Petersburg. Volunteer opportunities: Visit website or call for information.

Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

3277-A Fruitville Road, Suite 1, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 365-8883

 Executive director: Gloria J.T. Smith Mission statement: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Volunteer opportunities: Special events committees, support group facilitation, client advocacy, office support and special projects.

American Cancer Society—Mid-Coastal Area

2970 University Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 328-3750; (800) ACS-2345

Serving Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto. Area executive director: Cynthia Dunlap Mission statement: To eliminate cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Volunteer opportunities: Event planning and team leaders for Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; driving patients to treatments, patient service program coordinators, office assistance.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

(800) 257-6941 ext. 8189

 Regional director: Whitney Carney Mission statement: To build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Volunteer opportunities: Start! Heart Walk, Go Red for Women Luncheon, spokespeople.

American Lung Association

8950 Dr. M. L. King Jr. St. N., Suite 205, St. Petersburg, FL 33702

(800) LUNG-USA

Fights the diseases and environmental poisons that harm the lungs of people in the Gulfcoast area. Regional director: Jolene Bivens Mission statement: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

Arthritis Foundation-Southwest Region

410 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205

(800) 741-4008

 Community development director: Lee Lewis Mission statement: To improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. Volunteer opportunities: Arthritis education, special projects/events, community advocate, clerical duties, fund-raising and volunteer instructors to be trained for exercise or aqua programs, Tai Chi for Arthritis and the arthritis self-help course.

Breast Health Sarasota Inc.

3663 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 927-2226

Raises funds for Sarasota women and their families in need. Chairs: Deanna Doyle, M.D.; Suellen Kaeb Mission statement: To facilitate breast cancer prevention and early detection for women of Sarasota County in need. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Cancer Support Community-Southwest Florida

5461 Communications Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240

(941) 921-5539

Nonmedical support organization for cancer patients and family members. Executive director: Carl Ritter Mission statement: To help people affected by cancer enhance their health and well-being through participation in a professional program of emotional support, education and hope. Volunteer opportunities: Outreach, clerical, fund raising, event support.

Community AIDS Network

1231 N. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-0461

Comprehensive care clinic providing medical, dental, case management and therapy services for people who are HIV positive. Executive director: Michael Cuffage Mission statement: To provide a continuum of medical, social and education services essential to the health and well-being of those infected with HIV disease and to enhance public awareness and prevention of HIV. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, administrative duties, HIV testing, counseling, professional presentations, events and many other areas.

The Community Pharmacy of Sarasota County

225 Tamiami Trail S., Nokomis, FL 34275

(941) 445-5687

Dispensed and advocated more than $1,045,000 worth of prescription medication, over-the-counter medications and medical supplies to uninsured and needy Sarasota County residents. Executive director: Kimberly Chmielewski Mission statement: To provide access to routine prescriptions to uninsured and needy residents. Volunteer opportunities: Licensed pharmacists, pharmacy techs, clerical, reception.

Dattoli Cancer Foundation

2803 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

(800) 915-1001, (941) 365-5599

Nonprofit organization for prostate cancer education, support and research. Executive director: Donald Kaltenbach Mission statement: To raise awareness of prostate cancer and the need for early and annual screening, provide information and support to newly diagnosed patients and foster research into better diagnostic tools and treatment options. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Ear Research Foundation

1901 Floyd St., Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-0367

 Executive director: Jennifer Moss. President and founder: Herbert Silverstein, M.D., F.A.C.S. Mission statement: To research into finding better treatments for hearing loss and balance problems, to educate physicians and the public and to provide community service, including care for uninsured patients. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Genesis Health Services

3333 N. Washinton Blvd. Suite 3, Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 957-1970

Healthcare agency serving the uninsured and under-insured, as well as others in need of low-cost medical, dental and mental health services. Staffed by volunteer licensed healthcare professionals. Executive director: James McCloud Mission statement: To ensure that all families have access to affordable, quality healthcare, with a focus on preventive protocols, in order to prevent the onset or progression of serious illness. Volunteer opportunities: Medical, dental and mental health professionals, clerical and office help.

Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation

2100 Constitution Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34231

(941) 957-5099

Local, all-volunteer foundation established in 1983 that works collaboratively with other organizations; provides grants to Senior Friendship Clinic and other organizations for diabetic care and education, the Health Department’s Healthy Start Gestational Diabetic Program and more. President: Walter Konrady Mission statement: To establish and administer funds to benefit people with diabetes in the Florida Gulf Coast region. Volunteer opportunities: Philanthropic, board membership.

Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Inc.

1750 17th St., Building A, Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 373-7070

Public-private partnership of agencies and individuals dedicated to improved pregnancy outcomes and the optimum growth and development of young children. Executive director: Jennifer Highland Mission statement: To improve the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, infants and small children. Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer executive board, fund raising, event planning, delivering educational materials to local community outlets.

Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota

4140 Central Sarasota Parkway, suite 1221, Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 966-8999

Local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America, the nation’s leading education, support and advocacy organization for people with hearing loss. President: Edward F. Ogiba Mission statement: To help the 110,000-plus people in Sarasota and Manatee counties with hearing loss to improve their hearing and communication skills at home, at work and about the community. Volunteer opportunities: Chapter officers, professional advisors, audiologist ambassadors, mentoring, advocating hearing access.

H.I.S. K.I.D.S. By The Sea

P.O. Box 19355, Sarasota, FL 34276

(941) 918-8400, (941) 302-8411

Serving area children with cancer and their families. Executive director: Connie L. Miles Mission statement: To provide an ongoing support system for childhood cancer patients and their families. Volunteer opportunities: Collecting new/unused toys, holiday adoption assistance, grocery and store gift cards.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

7341 Professional Parkway E., Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 907-0811

Executive director: William Rice Mission statement: To find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Volunteer opportunities: Community outreach, advocacy, and participation in fund raisers.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association of Southwest Florida Inc.

P.O. Box 11104, Sarasota, FL 34278

(941) 955-4771

All-volunteer organization offering support groups, equipment loan closet, resource library and respite care. Executive director: Sandra Katz Mission statement: To promote public awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), raise funds to provide services to people with ALS and their families and assist researchers in finding a cure for this disease. Volunteer opportunities: Patient coordination and services, support group facilitation, fund raising, administration, support and equipment inventory.

Mental Health Community Centers Inc.

240-B S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 953-3477

Provides daily programs at four drop-in centers in Sarasota, Venice, Arcadia and North Port that bring the members into the mainstream of society. Executive director: Carolyn Eagen Mission statement: To provide support services to adults with mental illness and disabling emotional problems. Volunteer opportunities: Office support, activity leadership and maintenance/gardening.

Moffit Cancer Center Foundation

12902 Magnolia Drive, UTC-FOUND, Tampa, FL 33612

(888) 663-3488

Moffit Cancer Center builds partnerships with local hospitals, like Sarasota Memorial Hospital, to reach cancer patients with research-based treatments. Director and CEO: William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D. Mission statement: To contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer by raising philanthropic donations. The foundation is dedicated to cancer research, patient care and community education, serving Sarasota and Manatee counties as well as all of Florida. Volunteer opportunities: Events committees, including sponsorships, auction and chance drawing.

Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc.

2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 140, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 951-7890

Provides research funding, comprehensive healthcare and support services, advocacy and education. District Director: Nicole Kurz Mission statement: To cure muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. Volunteer opportunities: In-house office support and event volunteers.

National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Florida Chapter

2701 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751

(800) 344-4867

Provides emergency financial assistance, medical equipment, counseling, education seminars and family support services to people affected by multiple sclerosis. President: Carroll Franklin Mission statement: To end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis. Volunteer opportunities: Assist with annual MS Walk in Sarasota County and peer counselors.

Neuro Challenge Foundation

4411 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 246, Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 926-6413; (888) NCF-GIVE

Dedicated to providing medical, educational and emotional support to those suffering with debilitating life challenges such as Parkinson’s disease. Supports innovative approaches to healthcare that improve quality of life for everyone in Sarasota. Executive director: Doreen Sutherland Mission statement: To enhance the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers through service, education and research. Volunteer opportunities: Event and fund-raising planning committees (golf tournament and fashion show), volunteers to teach patients about local healthcare resources, distribute information and office volunteers.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc.

736 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-3913

A family planning organization that has been helping women, men and teens make responsible choices about their sexual health for more than 44 years. Planned Parenthood currently operates seven health centers in the region. President and CEO: Barbara A. Zdravecky Mission statement: To ensure the right of all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health by providing direct services, education and advocacy. Volunteer opportunities: Serving on event committees, assisting with mailings, copying and collating educational and/or clinical forms.

Prader-Willi Syndrome Association (USA)

8588 Potter Park Drive, Suite 500

Sarasota, FL 34238

(800) 926-4797

Executive director: Evan Farrar Mission statement: PWSA (USA) is an organization of families and professionals working together to raise awareness, offer support, provide education and advocacy, and promote and fund research to enhance the quality of life of those affected by Prader-Willi syndrome. Volunteer opportunities: Office, advocacy, web and social media.

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.

1515 S. Osprey Ave., Suite B-4, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 917-1286

An independent not-for-profit organization that primarily supports Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, but also awards grants to other Sarasota County not-for-profit healthcare organizations to meet the community’s changing medical needs. President and CEO: Alexandra (Alex) Quarles Mission statement: To improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sunshine from Darkness

5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228

(941) 308-MIND

The world’s leading organization dedicated to raising funds for mental health research. Administrator: Marlene Hauck Mission statement: To educate, advocate and help create awareness in order to erase the stigma. To raise funds for mental health research in order to develop new preventative measures, better diagnoses and improved treatments. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure—Florida Suncoast Affiliate

P.O. Box 12848, St. Petersburg, FL 33733

(877) 506-6927

President: Gina Kravitz Mission statement: To save lives and end breast cancer by empowering people, ensuring quality of care and energizing science to find cures. Volunteer opportunities: E-mail [email protected] for more information.

United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee Inc.

1090 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-3599

Executive director: Norma Israel Mission statement: To provide people with disabilities the support necessary to enable them to live a full and productive life that includes a home, family, work and community participation. Volunteer opportunities: Reception, events.

Wobbly Feet

3207 48th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221

(941) 421-9246

Raises funds to support scientific research toward the development of treatments and a cure for Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T). Executive director: Samantha Dzembo Mission statement: To fund medical research for the treatment and cure of Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T), and to provide an education, an Internet-based support group and financial support to families of children diagnosed with A-T for needed medical equipment not covered by insurance. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raisers.


Agape Flights

100 Airport Ave., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-0990

Christian aviation ministry touching the lives of more than 1 million people in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas through its affiliated missionaries, providing education, community health, clean water, evangelism, medical services, orphan car Executive director: Allen Speer Mission statement: To transport continuous and critical relief supplies to support missionaries, their families and their unique missions; to share the good news of Jesus Christ through the missionaries it serves. Volunteer opportunities: Sort mail, package medicine and donated supplies, aircraft and facility maintenance, computer entry, office work, website design.

All Faiths Food Bank

8171 Blaikie Court, Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 379-6333

Solicits, warehouses, processes and distributes food to nonprofit agency partners offering hunger relief. Executive director: Daniel E. Dunn Mission statement: To feed those in need, reduce food waste and educate the community about hunger and nutrition. Volunteer opportunities: Sort food and event help.

ALSO Out Youth

1470 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 951-2576

A drop-in center, outreach support groups, HIV education, youth speak-out panel and diversity training. Executive director: Susan Westcott Mission statement: To promote the health and safety of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex and questioning youth. Volunteer opportunities: Support group facilitators, office work, special events, program presenters.

American Red Cross—Southwest Florida Chapter

2001 Cantu Court, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 379-9300

CEO: Megarie VanSickel Mission statement: To provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Volunteer opportunities: Disaster mitigation, disaster relief, health and safety instruction, clerical, data entry and reception.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Inc.

2831 Ringling Blvd., A-201, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 331-4376

President and CEO: Joy Mahler Mission statement: To help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better. Volunteer opportunities: Adult volunteer mentors for children ages six to 18.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

P.O. Box 4068, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 366-3911

Provides after-school and summer programs in a structured environment for children ages six to 18, enhancing lives through education, physical activity, social development and cultural enrichment. President and CEO: J. Mack Reid Mission statement: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Volunteer opportunities: Call Yvonne Zaccone, (941) 366-7940.

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Charis Center Inc.

4041 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 378-1549

Offers professional counseling and family-life education for all ages. Executive director: Shirley Good Mission statement: To provide professional counseling and family-life education services to meet the emotional, relational and spiritual needs of individuals and families.

Child Protection Center Inc.

720 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-1277

Contact: Doug Staley Mission statement: The prevention, intervention and treatment of child abuse. Volunteer opportunities: Special events, fund raising, individual program support.

Children First

1723 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 953-3877

Provides comprehensive services to more than 600 of Sarasota County’s lowest-income families and their children from birth to five years. President and CEO: Philip D. Tavill Mission statement: To strengthen children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being. Volunteer opportunities: Call Samantha Fillette, volunteer coordinator.

The Children's Guardian Fund

P.O. Box 49722, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 504-9515

Fund-raising arm for the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 12th Judicial Circuit serving Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Development chair: Nancy Parrish Mission statement: To provide support for more than 1,000 children in the 12th Judicial Circuit courts, for hundreds of volunteer Guardian ad Litem advocates and for teens aging out of foster care.

Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities Inc.

4405 Desoto Road, Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 355-8808

Helps lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities through education, occupational training, skill training, employment services and community living programs. President and CEO: James J. Doherty Mission statement: To empower the lives of children, teens and adults with disabilities, one person at a time. Volunteer opportunities: Selby Preschool, plant nursery/organic garden, administration, maintenance, adult occupational training, art program.

Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County Inc.

P.O. Box 178, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 366-6693

600 meals a day to residents in Sarasota. Executive director: Tom Gillis Mission statement: To deliver noon meals six days a week, holidays included, 52 weeks a year to shut-ins in Sarasota. Volunteer opportunities: Drivers, kitchen workers.

Community Youth Development

4430 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 922-5126

Provides positive, drug-free activities for Sarasota County teens. Executive director: Karen Bogues Mission statement: CYD creates positive activities for youth in Sarasota County. Volunteer opportunities: Office work, event planning.

CredAbility (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling)

2831 Ringling Blvd., 216E, Sarasota, FL 34234

(800) 251-2227

Provides confidential financial, credit and housing counseling, education services and debt repayment program. Regional president: Richard Schram Mission statement: To help people achieve financial wellness. Volunteer opportunities: Education presenters—English and Spanish.

Designing Women Boutique

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-5293; estates division: (941) 366-5299

Sarasota’s premier philanthropic shopping experience for consigned, donated and new designer fashion and accessories, home furnishings, accents, antiques and collectibles. Professional estate liquidation and downsizing services. Executive director: Pamela Day Mission statement: To meaningfully grow the funding for arts and human services through innovative marketing of unique couture apparel, fine home furnishings and estate liquidation. Volunteer opportunities: Sales , data entry, administrative support, speaker’s bureau.

The Dorothy and Sol Levites Foundation

1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 377-0781

Dedicated to providing the aging population with residential and healthcare programs. Executive director: Darlene Arbeit Mission statement: To benefit its residents and other 501(c)3 organizations supporting Jewish elderly in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Volunteer opportunities: Special event committees and projects; programs enhancing life on campus for residents.

Easter Seals Southwest Florida Inc.

350 Braden Ave., Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-7637

President and CEO: Wm. Laddison Waldo Mission statement: To provide exceptional services for persons with disabilities and their families by empowering individuals to live their lives to the fullest extent. Volunteer opportunities: Helping make improvments to the facility, including painting, landscaping and clean-up days; helping care for and entertain children at Project Rainbow’s drop-off respite events; assisting with planning and carrying out events; graphic design and printing.

Englewood Helping Hand Inc.

700 E. Dearborn St., Englewood, FL 34223

(941) 474-5864

Community-supported social services agency that offers food pantry, rent/mortgage assistance, utilities assistance and referrals. State of Florida ACCESS computer, fax and phone for food stamps, Medicaid and temporary cash assistance. Executive director: Victoria Rice Mission statement: To provide social services to Englewood area residents. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and food pantry work.

Every Child Inc.

1700 North Drive, Sarasota, FL 34239-5017

(941) 953-2277

All-volunteer group. Executive director: Judy Alexander Mission statement: To encourage Sarasota’s neediest children to stay in school by providing school supplies, holiday parties, supporting after-school programs and summer camps, as well as operating a food pantry and clothes closet. Volunteer opportunities: Donations and distribution of school supplies, new books, holiday gifts.

Families Against Addictive Drug Abuse

5317 Fruitville Road, Box 121, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 256-5092

 Executive director: Carl Weinrich. Mission statement: To reduce the abuse of prescription drugs and the use of illicit drugs in Florida through education, networking and advocacy from the community level upward. Volunteer opportunities: Handing out literature; assistance with mailings and fund raising.

Family Network on Disabilities of Manatee/Sarasota Inc. (FND Manasota)

P.O. Box 110025, Bradenton, FL 34211

(941) 928-0682

Provides support, training, education, information and advocacy to parents and families of individuals with disabilities, special needs and the communities of Manatee and Sarasota counties through a variety of events, programs and specialized services. Executive director: Mary Smith Mission statement: To assist families of children with disabilities and special needs to go “from heartache to hope.” Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising events and special projects.

First Step of Sarasota

1970 Main St., Fifth Floor, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-5333

A comprehensive center for drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation serving more than 15,000 individuals, primarily from Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Executive director: David J. Beesley Mission statement: To prevent and treat alcohol and drug addictions and associated disorders. Fostering fully functioning, productive individuals by offering a full array of services in partnership with our community. Volunteer opportunities: Infant caregivers, fund-raising events (day of and committee).

The Florida Center for Child and Family Development

4620 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 371-8820

Works to strengthen and support families by providing prevention and early intervention services and mental-health counseling expertise. President and CEO: Katheryn E. Shea, LCSW Mission statement: Building strong families one child at a time. Volunteer opportunities: Festival of trees committee members.

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Bradenton/Sarasota Campus

751 Rye Wilderness Road, Bradenton, FL 34212

(941) 776-1777

Residential program to nurture needy, neglected boys and girls and provide a warm sense of security, guidance and tenderness. Program Director: Dwight Lord Mission statement: To prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens through a broad range of family-centered activities. Volunteer opportunities: Tutors, mentors.

Foundation for Dreams Inc.

16110 Dream Oaks Place, Bradenton, FL 34212

(941) 746-5659

Funds and operates Dream Oaks Camp, a therapeutic camping program for children ages seven to 17 with varying special needs and abilities. Executive director: Jodi Franke Mission statement: To offer an exceptional camping experience for children with special needs and chronic illnesses, ages seven to 17. The unique programs focus on each child's abilities and are specifically designed to strengthen their social skills, self-esteem and independence in a safe, barrier-free environment. Volunteer opportunities: Camp activities, office, special projects and events.

Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc.

4780 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 921-5358

Designed to meet the needs and interests of girls ages five through 17 and help them reach their full potential in a supportive, all-girl environment. CEO: Susan R. Stewart Mission statement: To build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Volunteer opportunities: Leaders, mentors, event directors, trainers and workshop coordinators, consultants, fund raisers, drivers and speakers.

Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County

201 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-6646

Local affiliate of a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to empowering girls aged six and up to be self-confident, responsible and well-rounded individuals. Executive director: Stephania Feltz Mission statement: Inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Volunteer opportunities: Tutoring, sports, program facilitation, reading, storytelling and more.

Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center

1750 17th St., Building J-1, Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 365-4545

Seventeen nonprofit social agencies co-located on a campus and comprising 13 rent-free office buildings that provide preventive and treatment services to the less advantaged in Sarasota. President: Phillip King Mission statement: To enhance the human services delivery system by making low-cost services accessible on one campus and maximizing resources for services to the underserved by providing free office space to service providers. Volunteer opportunities: Technology and administrative assistance.

Goodwill Foundation

7501 15th St. E., Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-2721

Fund-raising arm of Goodwill Industries-Manasota, which provides employment, housing and neighborhood services to more than 15,000 individuals annually throughout Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee and DeSoto counties. Vice president: Veronica Brandon Miller Mission statement: To turn donations into good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods. Volunteer opportunities: Literacy classes, neighborhood events and youth programs.

Guitar Sarasota

P.O. Box 15772, Sarasota, FL 34277

Box office: (941) 360-7399

Presents concerts with outstanding artists from around the globe and invites distinguished teachers to teach master classes to local and regional students. Artistic director: Thomas Koch Mission statement: To promote the education, appreciation and cultural significance of the classical guitar as a solo and chamber music instrument.

Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc.

1750 17th St., Unit I, Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 366-1746

Serving the Sarasota community for more than 30 years. Executive director: John P. Cunningham, Esq. Sarasota managing attorney: Elizabeth M. Boyle, Esq. Mission statement: To provide comprehensive, personal legal advocacy, counseling and education for vulnerable individuals and families. For persons who are without adequate means to employ other counsel for civil legal matters, GLS provides legal assistance in the areas of mortgage foreclosure defense, elder law, housing, predatory lending, tenants’ rights, mobile home law, consumer law, disability, domestic violence, low income tax clinic, and immigration in the areas of human trafficking, residency, abandoned or abused children and workers’ rights. Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer attorneys, internships, receptionist, secretarial assistance, paralegal interns.

Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc.

1757 N. East Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 365-0700

 Executive director: Renee Snyder Mission statement: To provide decent, affordable housing for people in need so they may build better lives for their families. Volunteer opportunities: Construction, committees, office help, special events, home improvement outlet and furniture store help.

Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County Inc.

280 Alligator Drive, Venice, FL 34293

(941) 493-6606 also on Facebook

Building new homes and rehabilitating foreclosures for cost-burdened families in need of affordable housing. Families purchase the home from Habitat with zero percent interest mortgage for 25 years. Executive director: Judith H. Wilcox Mission statement: To work in partnership with God’s people in need, to provide affordable, safe and decent housing. Volunteer opportunities: Photographers to document building stages, dedications and events; construction, office assistance, family selection, family support committees, church liaison, site selection, newsletter, speakers’ bureau, finance and development, retail store, repair of furniture and appliances.

InStride Therapy

P.O. Box 365, Nokomis, FL 34274

(941) 412-9333

Hippotherapy program serving more than 150 children and adults, ranging in age from two to 82, from Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto and Charlotte counties. Executive director: Donna L. Blem Mission statement: Partners with horses to challenge individuals with special needs to reach their fullest potential. Volunteer opportunities: Hands-on work with riders and horses, barn duties, special events, office assistance, facility maintenance.

Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc.

2688 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-2224

Social service agency. President and CEO: Rose Chapman Mission statement: Guided by the Jewish tradition of helping all people, JFCS provides comprehensive counseling and social services to those confronting life’s challenges. Volunteer opportunities: Mentors, tutors, hospital visitations, religious services, office and clerical.

Joining Our Youth (JOY)

P.O. Box 48702, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 360-9207

Volunteer mentors and supporters to abused, neglected and abandoned youth aging out of the foster care system. President: Tish FitzGerald Mission statement: To improve the quality of life for youth aging out of foster care through unconditional moral support, mentoring and targeted services. Volunteer opportunities: Mentors, fund raising, committee, regularly scheduled special events for youths, volunteering in clothes boutique, Trendy Threads.

Junior Achievement

6710 Professional Parkway W., Suite 200, Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 361-1410

World’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs delivered by volunteers from the business community. Education program manager: Jim Brown Mission statement: Workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Volunteer opportunities: Facilitate K-12 classroom program in five or six visits.

Laurel Civic Association Inc.

509 Collins Road, Laurel, FL 34272

(941) 483-3668

Serving families through educational and community development activities that address hunger, after-school homework assistance, summer programs, adult education and community support for the underserved. Executive director: Sandra Terry Mission statement: To combat community deterioration through education and community development by providing services that have an overall positive and permanent effect on the community and lead to educated youth and self-sufficient adults. Volunteer opportunities: Board of directors, mentors, homework tutors, listeners for the Earning By Learning summer reading program, fund raising, grant writing, newsletter, events, clerical.

Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.

1900 Main St., Suite 302, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-0038

Civil law firm for low-income individuals and families in Sarasota and Manatee; partners with local lawyers who donate their time and expertise. Contact: Linda Harradine Mission statement: To provide equal access to justice for those who cannot afford to pay an attorney. Volunteer opportunities: Attorneys, paralegals and administrative support for basic office work and special projects.

Lighthouse of Manasota

7318 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 359-1404

Provides specialized training helping people with vision loss to maintain an independent lifestyle. Serves Sarasota, Manatee, Desoto, Charlotte and Highlands counties. Executive director: Janice T. Felski Mission statement: To advance the individual growth and independence of adults and children with vision loss. Volunteer opportunities: Drivers for client classes.

Aging in Paradise Resource Center

6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228

(941) 383-6491

Outreach initiative of the Longboat Island Chapel designed to provide programs and services for the community. Senior pastor: The Rev. Ken Gill Mission statement: To create a community partnership that will serve as a center for ongoing education, support, service and enrichment. The primary focus will be in the areas of wellness, socialization, memory, mobility and age-related transitions enabling those in the community to live with dignity, health and quality of life. Volunteer opportunities: Varied.

Loveland Center Inc.

157 S. Havana Road, Venice, FL 34292

(941) 493-0016

Provides adult day training, supported living, respite, elderly day care, job coaching and community volunteer opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. President and CEO: Carl Penxa Jr. Mission statement: To help adults with developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest. Volunteer opportunities: One-on-one tutoring in reading and math, quality control assistance in the workshop program, student entertainment.

Lutheran Services Florida

P.O. Box 848, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 358-6330

Social services. Guardianship program director: Anne Ridings Mission statement: To promote healing, help and hope to people in need and protect incapacitated individuals from abuse, neglect and exploitation while ensuring they live their lives with dignity and respect. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Make-a-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida, Sarasota Region

1223 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 952-9474

Regional Director: Michelle Butler Mission statement: To grant wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Volunteer opportunities: Wish granting, fund raising, speaker’s bureau, medical outreach.

Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens

3659 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, FL 34210

(941) 752-2976

Provides day, residential and employment service programs for adults with disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee counties to develop employability and daily living skills. Acting executive director: Dierdra Walker Mission statement: To enhance the dignity and independence of adults with disabilities, enabling them to choose and realize their goals through participating in community-based opportunities and individualized programs. Volunteer opportunities: Family support groups, clerical assistance, committees of the board such as programs and planning, fiscal, resource development, government and community relations.

Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome)

8374 Market St., #113, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

(941) 907-0499

Volunteer-based organization serving parents and their children with Down syndrome, helping more than 200 families in the community. Executive director: Stacy Quaid President: Michael Feduccia Mission statement: To provide families with a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking and to promote the understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome. Volunteer opportunities: Music, art and speech therapists, respite care at monthly meetings.

Manatee Hope

3821 E. S.R. 64, Bradenton, FL 34208

(941) 745-5111

Provides speech, occupational, physical, behavioral and mental health therapies and chiropractic services to individuals in Manatee and Sarasota counties who otherwise could not afford these services. Executive directors: Lena Thoresen, Kathy White Mission statement: To keep families in need from falling through the social services safety net; to provide comprehensive support for these families by connecting clients to community resources that provide housing, employment and educational assistance; to keep families intact, improving their capacity to access appropriate services while teaching them methods to effectively manage their serious emotional and physical challenges. Volunteer opportunities: Flea market booth, distributing materials and selling tickets for the Black and White Benefit. Call Candace, (941) 302-2228.

Marriage Builders

P.O. Box 51888, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 685-8490

Provides educational services to create a network of mentor couples who teach relationship, communication and conflict resolution skills. Also provides faith- and community-based professional coaching and counseling services to individuals, couples and families. Executive directors: Jim and Marlene Campana Mission statement: To strengthen marriages and families through education and collaborative initiatives that in turn will build up our communities’ future. Volunteer opportunities: Special events and planning committees, marketing, fund raising and office support.

Mayor’s Feed the Hungry Program

P.O. Box 1992, Sarasota, FL 34230

Contact through website.

All-volunteer organization sponsoring events and activities to help feed people in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Executive director: Joel C. Swallow Mission statement: To feed the hungry primarily during holiday seasons by raising funds to provide food gift cards, conducting food drives and sponsoring community feedings.

Mission: Seniors International Inc.

8499 S. Tamiami Trail, Box 201, Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 927-9112

 Executive director: Ivona Adams-Smith Mission statement: To assist seniors in need in Sarasota County and Eastern Europe, regardless of nationality, race, gender or ability, in encouraging life-enhancing, meaningful, productive activities. Volunteer opportunities: Planning, preparation and running events, collecting donations, providing support services and participating on the advisory board.

Mothers Helping Mothers

5933 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 953-7572

All-volunteer organization that provides donated free basic necessities to families in need. President: Madeline Brogan Mission statement: To meet the resource needs of families in Sarasota County who are struggling to help themselves. Volunteer opportunities: Helping in Children’s Clothes Closet store.

National Alliance On Mental Illness of Sarasota County Inc. (NAMI-SC)

1532 U.S. 41 Bypass, Suite 146, Venice, FL 34293

(941) 957-3626

A family advocacy support and educational organization for those affected by mental illness. President: Gerald Cashion Mission statement: To improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. Volunteer opportunities: Advocacy, education, fund raising, grants, media, clerical.

National Council of Jewish Women, Sarasota-Manatee Section

523 Habitat Blvd. Osprey, FL 34229 and 401 S. Palm Ave.,  Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 342-1855

Volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century, taking a stand on child welfare, women’s rights and reproductive freedom. Co-presidents: Barbara Berkowitz and Marge Ellin Mission statement: To improve the quality of life for women, children and families. Volunteer opportunities: Vision and hearing screening, mentoring, advocacy, domestic violence and abuse prevention, non-traditional scholarships, Hope House Women’s Shelter, Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program.

Operation Serving Children

5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 105, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 809-7780

A domestic and global educational child relief agency. Executive director: Rich Vannucci Mission statement: To call all to focus on children, provide basic needs, relief and education about the global village we live in. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising.

Pajama Program, Suncoast Chapter

1770 S. Oval Drive, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 350-5234

Collects new pajamas and books for foster and other vulnerable children, from newborn to 18 years old, in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Chapter president: Valerie Dorr Mission statement: To provide comfort and love in the way of new pajamas and books, in order to create a warm and nurturing bedtime environment for vulnerable youngsters living under difficult circumstances. Volunteer opportunities: Sponsoring new pajama/new book drives, sorting and distributing, fund raising.

Pet Therapy Inc.

3117 47th St., Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 358-2225

Uses pets (primarily puppies and dogs), children and adult volunteers to brighten the lives of older members of the community and those confined to nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and VA hospitals. Executive director: Kathy Alexander Mission statement: To honor our elders and those confined within facilities by reducing stress, increasing social interaction, increasing sensory stimulation, inspiring a sense of purpose and reducing loneliness through the services of animals, youths and adult volunteers. Volunteer opportunities: Office help, fund raising and special events, dog washing, grooming and care, veterinary assistance and animal-loving board members.

Pines of Sarasota Foundation Inc.

1501 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-6293

President: Estelle Crawford Mission statement: Established in 1990 to support the capital, programmatic and endowment needs of Pines of Sarasota, a senior-care campus providing assisted living, skilled nursing and Alzheimer’s dementia care to seniors, even after residents outlive their financial resources. Volunteer opportunities: Varied; flexible schedules can be accommodated.

Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc.

2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 316-8108

Offers after-school programs to provide a safe place for children to learn and achieve. Executive director: Deputy John Cox Mission statement: To provide a safe environment for kids to participate, learn and achieve while developing positive relationships with law enforcement. Volunteer opportunities: After-school programs at PAL Sailor Circus. On-going fund-raising opportunities.

Pregnancy Solutions

1680 B Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34293

(941) 408-7100

 Executive director: Mary Jane Schneiderhahn Mission statement: To provide free pregnancy testing, limited-scan ultrasounds, confidential counseling, educational programs, baby needs and material support and resources in the community to new parents and their children. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Project 180

P.O. Box 25684, Sarasota, FL 34277

(941) 677-2811

Residential self-help program for men exiting Florida’s prisons and jails Executive director: Barbara Richards Mission statement: To reintegrate former offenders into community life as productive, self-sustaining citizens through education, rehabilitation and job skill training. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, public relations, volunteer management, land acquisition.

Renaissance Manor

1401 16th St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-8645

Affordable assisted living for adults suffering from mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness in order to live independently or with support. Executive director: Scott Eller Mission statement: To provide high-quality, permanent, supportive housing for adults who have been diagnosed with mental illness; to ensure that low-income individuals receive equal opportunity housing and services that sustain their functionality in the economy. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)

2139 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 365-0208

 Executive director: Olivia Thomas Mission statement: To provide free, confidential services to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and to promote a violence-free community through awareness and education. Volunteer opportunities: Hotline, shelter, hospital team, court advocacy, Treasure Chest secondhand store.


St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Martha’s Conference

4480 Fruitville Road (kitchen); 512 S. Orange Ave. (thrift store), Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 953-5477

Thrift shop to raise funds and distribute bags of food; new kitchen called HOPE (Help Our People Eat). Executive director: Yve and Dave Comeau Mission statement: To clothe and feed the less fortunate. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Salvation Army Sarasota Area Command

1400 10th St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 364-8845

Meets basic human needs by providing food, shelter, counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and financial assistance for those in need. Area commander: Major Phillip L. Murphy Mission statement: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Volunteer opportunities: Intake counselors, meal servers, Christmas volunteers, disaster volunteers, maintenance, painters, youth mentors, administrative assistants, youth community service and computer mentors.

Samaritan Counseling Services of the Gulf Coast

3224 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 926-2959

Faith- and community-based outpatient mental-health counseling center that provides services to low-income clients. Executive director: The Rev. Richard O. Howell Mission statement: To strengthen individuals and families through professional Christian counseling services. Volunteer opportunities: Board members, marketing, fund raising and office help.

Sarasota Coalition on Substance Abuse

701 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 377-7736

Comprising representatives from all aspects of the community, including youth, parents, law enforcement, religious organizations, civic groups and more. Two main programs: Project AIM, responsible alcohol vendor training; Drug-Free Workplace, assisting businesses with the creation and implementation of a formal Drug-Free Workplace program. Executive director: Curt Lavarello Mission statement: To promote a substance abuse-free environment through increased community awareness and advocacy. Volunteer opportunities: Event committee.

Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)

4800 CR. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211

(941) 746-1493

Therapeutic horseback riding and carriage driving program serving more than 200 individuals with special needs, ages five and up. Executive director: Gail Clifton Mission statement: To enhance the physical, emotional and cognitive growth of individuals with special needs through a quality educational and recreational therapeutic horseback-riding and carriage-driving program. Volunteer opportunities: Horse handlers, side walkers, administration, facility maintenance, marketing, fund raising.

Sarasota Medical Pregnancy Center

2451 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 330-2273

A faith-based agency offering free, confidential services to women and men facing unplanned pregnancies. Executive director: Mandy Smith Mission statement: To educate, empower and equip women, men and families in Sarasota County to make healthy, life-affirming choices related to their sexuality and child-bearing. Volunteer opportunities: Peer counselors, office help, ultrasonographers, registered nurses, liaisons from local supporting churches and organizations.

Second Chance-Last Opportunity

P.O. Box 1027, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 360-8660

A life skills education and training center offering classes and services to at-risk youth and their families. CEO: April Glasco Mission statement: To provide life-management skills training, counseling and referral services to those on the edge of poverty who face multiple health, social and economic challenges. Volunteer opportunities: Help with donor liaison, building campaign, special events committees, client events and holiday food distribution and a monthly booth at the Farmer’s Market.

Senior Friendship Centers

1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 955-2122

Provides vital services for older adults, including day services, caregiver support, health and dental care, meals for the homebound, senior centers and supportive aging services. The Friendship Volunteer Center matches volunteers of all ages with opportunities throughout Sarasota County. President and CEO: Robert J. Carter Mission statement: To empower individuals, families and communities through healthy and supportive aging services, activities, education and volunteerism. Volunteer opportunities: More than 1,500 volunteers serve in every aspect of the Senior Friendship Centers; Friendship Volunteer Center places volunteers at more than 400 nonprofit organizations throughout Sarasota.

ShamRockers USA

88 Tall Trees Court, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 321-6208

Teen running, triathlon and international travel club, teaching teens to run half marathons around the world. Executive director: Diane Lyons Mission statement: To coach kids about the physical determination required to cross a finish line and the fiscal responsibility of covering their expenses through skilled fund raising. Volunteer opportunities: Runners and coaches.

Southeastern Guide Dogs

4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221

(941) 729-5665

Operating under the belief that every person who is visually impaired should have the opportunity to live an independent, empowered life. CEO: Titus Herman Mission statement: To create partnerships between individuals with visual impairments and guide dogs, facilitating life’s journey with mobility, independence and dignity. Volunteer opportunities: Puppy hugging, dog walking, puppy raising, breeder hosting, administrative support, special events.

Special Athlete Boosters Inc.

P.O. Box 2112, Venice, FL 34284

(941) 412-0402

Provides support to Sarasota County’s Special Athletes, including equipment, facilities, program support and funding for professional staff. Executive director: Maggie Riggall Mission statement: To develop local resources, both human and financial, that allow athletes with intellectual disabilities to train, compete and achieve the highest levels of personal growth and satisfication in programs such as Special Olympics. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising and special events.

Special Olympics Sarasota

P.O. Box 2112, Venice, FL 34284

(941) 412-0402

 County coordinator: Maggie Riggall Mission statement: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Volunteer opportunities: Event personnel, office, coaching, transportation and chaperoning athletes.

Suncoast Center for Independent Living Inc.

2989 Fruitville Road, Suite 101, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 351-9545

Provides advocacy, peer counseling, information and referral, employment services, independent living skills training, medical and computer loan and home modification to persons with disabilities. Executive director: Alexis Martin Mission statement: To help people with disabilities achieve their full potential through independent living services and advocate the elimination of social and physical barriers to community integration. Volunteer opportunities: Refurbishing computers, teaching computer classes, peer counseling, independent living skills training and special event planning

Suncoast Charities for Children

5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 43, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-8820 ext. 1800

Provides funding to select local nonprofit agencies serving children with special needs. (Formerly known as Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped.) Board President: Jack Cox Mission statement: Serving local children with special needs since 1985. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County

P.O. Box 48186, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 358-4407

Scholarship and mentoring program for at-risk youth from low-income families. Executive director: Lisa A. Bechtold Mission statement: To identify at-risk youth, place them in an environment of success, provide them with mentors and program support/case management to enable them to achieve high school graduation and gain entrance into post-secondary education. Volunteer opportunities: Mentoring, special events, committees, life skills and career development trainers.

Tidewell Hospice, Inc.

5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 552-7500

The local not-for-profit hospice since 1980, TideWell cares for patients with advanced illness and their families, serving residents of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. Executive director: Gerry D. Radford, CHE Mission statement: To help people live well by providing care, comfort and compassion. Volunteer opportunities: Patient/family support, clerical activities, life review, expressive arts, greeters at hospice houses, pet therapy, clowning, gardening, music programs and more.

Trinity Charities Inc.

7225 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 355-0847

Trinity Charities is a not-for-profit HIV/AIDS service organization providing education, support and financial aid to those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Executive director: Hank Hueber Mission statement: To provide educational, prevention and support services related to HIV/AIDS for our population in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding underserved area. Volunteer opportunities: Bimonthly food pantry.

United Way of Sarasota County Inc.

1445 Second St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-2686

Since 1947 United Way of Sarasota County has been a critical part of this community. The organization works to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a famliy through retirement and good health. Acting president and CEO: Katie Knight Mission statement: To improve the lives of people and their families by mobilizing and uniting the caring power of the community. Volunteer opportunities: Visit

United Way of South Sarasota County

157 Havana Road, Venice, FL 34292

(941) 484-4811

Funding 43 local programs through 30 local agencies serving the people of Venice, North Port, Englewood, Laurel, Nokomis and Osprey. Executive director: Steve Brett Mission statement: To increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. Volunteer opportunities: Community impact committee, community partnership committee, events committee.

Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County

340 S. Tuttle, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 366-1700

Creating personal, social and professional growth opportunities for all women; providing women with strategies for living that strengthen themselves, their families and their communities. Executive director: Janice Zarro Mission statement: To be the dynamic leader in supporting, recognizing and celebrating the contributions of women; to anticipate and address the changing issues facing women in the community; to be a strategic partner in strengthening the quality of life and economic vitality of the community. Volunteer opportunities: Peer counseling, employment and business success, administrative support, Encore & More consignment shop, events committees.


AJC (American Jewish Committee) West Coast Florida Region

1605 Main St., Suite 612, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-4955

Established in 1906 to work toward a world in which all peoples are accorded respect and dignity. Executive director: Brian Lipton Mission statement: To safeguard the welfare and security of Jews in the United States, in Israel and throughout the world; to strengthen the basic principles of pluralism around the world as the best defense against anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry; to enhance the quality of American Jewish life by helping to ensure Jewish continuity and deepen ties between American and Israeli Jews. Volunteer opportunities: Standing committees related to programs, membership, development, community relations, education and pluralism and ad hoc committees.


8374 Market St., Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

(941) 907-6036

Global disaster relief organization. “ShelterBoxes,” delivered to those displaced by disasters throughout the world, supply families of up to 10 people with a tent, water purification system, cook stove, blankets, children’s activity kit and other tools. President: Emily Sperling Mission statement: To provide humanitarian aid in the form of shelter, warmth and dignity to people displaced by natural and other disasters worldwide. Volunteer opportunities: Ambassadors (making presentations for community awareness), response team member (highly trained, to deliver ShelterBoxes).

United Nations Association of the United States America Sarasota-Manatee Chapter

P.O. Box 2427, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 359-9760

A program of the United Nations Foundation. President: Karlene Sadri Mission statement: To inform, inspire and mobilize Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations, strengthening the UN systems and achieving the goals of the UN Charter. Volunteer opportunities: Program development, public relations, fund raising, computer technology, hospitality, speaker’s bureau, special events, Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC), committee chairs: education, membership, community liaison.

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Beaches For All

7125 Fruitville Road, Unit 946, Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 870-4797

Working to provide access to the beach and other services for physically disabled. Executive director: E. Jane Danielson Mission statement: To create a complex providing access to the beach (from the parking lot to the water) for the physically disabled, mobility impaired and seniors. The BFA complex will be a prototype as the first such complex in the country to offer true accessibility. Volunteer opportunities: Social entrepreneurship coordinator, writing business and marketing plans, social media manager, fund raising.

The Community Foundation of Sarasota County

2635 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 955-3000

Public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a bridge between individuals and the causes they support. President and CEO: Roxie Jerde Mission statement: Partnering to make charitable giving work in the community.

From June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011

Assets: $196.9 million

Total grants: $10,483,744

Number of grants: 1,402

Range of grants: $250 to $313,341

Number of scholarships: 686

Community Video Archives (CVA)

1235 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 365-7052

President: Annette Scherman Mission statement: To record and preserve a living history of the community and its outstanding people. Volunteer opportunities: All-volunteer organization, except for professional video producers, who are paid per project.

The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee

8586 Potter Park Drive, Sarasota, FL 34238

(941) 993-0046

Provide people of all backgrounds ages five to 18 an opportunity to develop life-enhancing values including confidence, perseverence and judgment through the game of golf. Currently touches the lives of more than 1,200 children. Executive director: Lexi McKenney Mission statement: To impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Volunteer opportunities: Assistant coaches, board members.

Florida Winefest and Auction Inc.

P.O. Box 4193, Sarasota, FL 34230-4193

(941) 952-1109

Premier food and wine event that funds grants for disadvantaged children’s programs and at-risk youth in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Volunteer executive director and event coordinator: Sandy W. Loevner Mission statement: To provide the children of our community the opportunity and encouragement they need to realize their dreams and potential while providing the life skills necessary to become productive members of society. Volunteer opportunities: Email [email protected].

Friends of the Selby Public Library, Inc.

P.O. Box 2255, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 365-5228

President: Jeanne Brown Mission statement: To support and coordinate with Selby Public Library and the community in the development of services by raising funds, providing a volunteer base to assist library staff and advocating the use and growth of library services. Volunteer opportunities: Bookstore and library volunteers.

Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association

P.O. Box 1665, Venice, FL 34284-1665

(941) 366-0445

Executive director: Judy Christman Mission statement: To introduce juniors to the world of golf. Volunteer opportunities: Instruction, registration and scorekeeping.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

601 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34285

(941) 486-4600

As Florida’s largest community foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation uses its resources to identify and respond to community needs and opportunities. Serves donors who wish to create a legacy in the community. President and CEO: Teri A. Hansen Mission statement: Together with the donors, to transform the region through bold and proactive philanthropy. Volunteer opportunities: Grants and scholarships review committees.

From July 1, 2010 to June 15, 2011

Assets: $200 million-plus

Total grants: $13,950,000

Number of grants: 2,000

Range of grants: $20 to $1,000,000

Average grant size: $7,000

The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc.

3300 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 3, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 953-5600

President: Lisa Ward Mission statement: To promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Keep Sarasota Beautiful

1660 Ringling Blvd., Fifth Floor, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 861-5399

A certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc.’s waste-reduction and beautification program. Manager: Sandra Washington Mission statement: To educate the public and promote interest and participation in the overall improvement and beautification of the environment throughout Sarasota County. Volunteer opportunities: Serve on committees, advisory board; adopt a road, park or shore; the Great American Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup, cigarette butts 365-TAGS hotline anti-litter program, golf tournament, volunteer recognition program, chapter program.

Lakewood Ranch Community Fund

3103 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 556-5442

A donor-advised fund of the Manatee Community Foundation and a philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County focused on increasing philanthropy and grant making in the Lakewood Ranch area. Executive director: Marilyn Howard Mission statement: To enhance the quality of life in and near the community by promoting philanthropy, responding to community needs and granting funds. Volunteer opportunities: Grant selection, outreach, humanitarian selection committees.

Manatee Community Foundation

3103 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205

(941) 747-7765

A philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, MCF is dedicated to serving Manatee County’s charitable donors. Executive director: Marilyn Howard Mission statement: Connecting the charitable interests of donors with the ongoing needs of the community. Volunteer opportunities: Grant and scholarship committees, special event committees.

From June 1, 2010, to May 31, 2011

Total grants: $1,303,966

Number of grants: 213

Number of scholarships: 30

Navy League of the United States—Sarasota/Manatee Council

P.O. Box 5531, Sarasota, FL 34277

(941) 320-1781

Citizens supporting America’s sea services: Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Merchant Marine. President: Marla Vignocchi Volunteer opportunities: Varied.

Plantation Community Foundation

500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, FL 34293

(941) 497-4826

All funds go to south Sarasota County not-for-profit agencies. President: Mary Helfrick Mission statement: To improve the quality of life in south Sarasota county. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Area Sports Authority

P.O. Box 663, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 350-3464

Founded in 2001, SASA promotes, recognizes and develops awareness for sports programs, athletes and events in the Sarasota area and provides scholarships for local student athletes. President: Nicole Rissler Mission statement: To provide community outreach and awareness of sports programs and events in the Sarasota area, including offering scholarships and college tuition grants to qualified high school athletes. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.

Sarasota Family YMCA

One S. School Ave., Suite 301, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 951-2916

Committed every day to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Sarasota Y has been at the heart of the community for 66 years and cares for families in four counties. Executive director: Paul B. Smith Mission statement: Building strong kids, strong families, strong communities. Volunteer opportunities: Call or visit

SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence)

1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 202, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-8751

Engages the community in dialogue and action around relevant issues to improve the quality of life in Sarasota County. Executive director: Tim Dutton Mission statement: To connect and inspire citizens to create a better community. Volunteer opportunities: Community Data Initiative, Neighborhoods Initiative, event-related work (registration desk, set-up), website help, database help, Constant Contact newsletter design, research, graphic design, grant writing.

South County Family YMCA

701 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285

(941) 492-9622

President and CEO: Ken Modzelewski Mission statement: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit. Volunteer opportunities: Varied.

Suncoast Communities Blood Bank

1760 Mound St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(866) 97-BLOOD

Executive director: Kevin Lindberg Medical Director/CEO: Dr. Mark J. Magenheim Mission statement: To provide a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in need. Volunteer opportunities: Customer service, office and clerical, donor recruitment, special events, education, courier, maintenance.

Venice Area Beautification

257 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285

(941) 207-8224

Nurtures and develops enhancement and beautification projects, including the Venetian Waterway Park, Patriots Park, John Nolen Park, public art murals and the Venice Arboretum. Executive director: Debbie Luce Mission statement: To make the Venice area a more beautiful place to live, work and play. Volunteer opportunities: Trailblazer bike patrol, Pepper Patrol, trailhead/office, special events.

WEDU / Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting Inc.

1300 North Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607

(800) 354-9338

One of the largest public media organizations in Florida, WEDU, supported primarily through individual memberships, serves 16 counties in West Central Florida. President and CEO: Susan Howarth Mission statement: To offer a weath of award-winning inspirational, educational and enlightening content over a variety of multimedia platforms, including television programming, website, the monthly member magazine, Premiere, and various special events and educational outreach activities. Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising and community outreach events, membership drives, office support, special mailings and Community Advisory Board.

William G. Selby & Marie Selby Foundation

1800 Second St., Suite 750, Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 957-0442

Donates grants for capital projects to nonprofit organizations in Sarasota and surrounding counties. President: Sarah H. Pappas Mission statement: To invest in people through academic scholarships and support of capital projects of local organizations.

As of May 31, 2011

Assets: $61,324,262

Total grants: $2.29 million

Range of grants: $10,000-$65,000

Average grant size: $35,000


P.O. Box 2540, Sarasota, FL 34230

(941) 894-6469

A low-power, nonprofit, non-commercial radio station serving the residents of Sarasota. Executive director: Arlene Sweeting Mission statement: To feature locally produced programming and present cultural, artistic and political perspectives currently underrepresented in the media; to inform and empower listeners to play an active role in WSLR and in their community. Volunteer opportunities: Program hosting, event help, music librarian, office work.

WUSF Public Media/Classical WSMR 89.1

4202 E. Fowler Ave., TVB 100, Tampa, FL 33620

(941) 359-4240

A public service media organization that celebrates educational, cultural and artistic excellence and is an authentic source of information for people of the greater Tampa Bay and Sarasota region. Associate development director/Sarasota contact: Jennifer Meyer Mission statement: To provide the community with outstanding educational, cultural and public affairs programming, productions and community outreach services through our media platforms: radio, television, online and mobile. Volunteer opportunities: Mailings and station tours.

YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Inc.

One S. School Ave., Suite 302, Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 951-1336

President: Karin E. Gustafson, CFRE Mission statement: Donors participate in a variety of innovative giving programs that allow the Sarasota Y to create stellar programs and services that support children and families in the community. Volunteer opportunities: Board, estate sales, office, community coalition for children.


Bethesda House

1670 Fourth St., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 366-1886

A ministry of Catholic Charities that provides group support, case management, a food pantry, laundry, shower, assistance with housing and benefits to those infected with and affected by the HIV/AIDS virus. Executive director: Sandy Gallagher, LCSW Mission statement: To provide warm and compassionate services that respond to the physical, emotional and social needs of persons diagnosed with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Volunteer opportunities: Transportation, food pantry, shopping, food drive, fund raising, gardening.

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc.

1000 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL 34285

(941) 488-5581

Social service agency with 22 offices located throughout the 10 counties of Southwest Florida. In 2010, the agency helped 40,602 people through a variety of programs and services. CEO: Peter Routsis-Arroyo Mission statement: To serve and empower all in need, regardless of race, nationality or creed, in devotion and adherence to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.


Gifts From God of Sarasota Inc.

1872 18th St., Sarasota, FL 34234

(941) 485-4707

Services include the Salt Light and Grits Food Pantry and the Barnabas House Men's Residential Discipleship Program. Executive director: Michael Butterfield Mission statement: Reach the needy for Christ. Volunteer opportunities: Serve meals to the poor and homeless Sundays at 3 p.m. and Tuesdays at 5 p.m.; Adopt-a-Block Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Hearts Afire

1425 S. Osprey Ave. #7, Sarasota, FL 34239

(941) 552-1584

Florida-based international organization focusing on delivering three foundational pillars of service: outreach missions, evangelical/family mission trips and children’s Christian summer camp scholarship programs. President: Vilma M. Vega, M.D. Mission statement: To transform lives on the mission field through the promotion of healthcare, education and evangelical outreach. Volunteer opportunities: Team members to join trips to various third-world countries; office help, packing supplies for trips, answering phones.

St. Jude Church/Hispanic-American Center

3930 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34235

(941) 955-3934

A program of the Diocese of Venice that helps newly arrived immigrants adapt to life in Sarasota. Executive director: Father Celestino Gutierrez Mission statement: To provide information and referral for social services, promote pride in heritage, foster cultural awareness and encourage meaningful participation in the wider community. Volunteer opportunities: Bilingual receptionists, fund-raising committee, holiday project, toys and food for the needy.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota Manatee

580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232

(941) 371-4546

Since 1959, the Federation, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, has raised and distributed funds for humanitarian and social services, both Jewish and non-Jewish, locally and overseas. It also implements educational, cultural and social programs locally. Executive director: Howard Tevlowitz Mission statement: To save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in Sarasota, Manatee, Israel and around the world. Volunteer opportunities: Event planning committees, writing, editing and photography for the Jewish community newspaper, Jewish News, administrative duties.

Temple Beth Sholom Schools: Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and Goldie Feldman Academy

1050 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 552-2770

Both schools are part of Temple Beth Sholom, a conservative Jewish congregation. Executive director: Kavita Vasil Mission statement: Both schools offer an exemplary academic program, recognizing the gifts of each child, helping each achieve his or her highest potential. Students are guided through Jewish traditions and universal values with respect for all people and their diverse backgrounds. Volunteer opportunities: Contact [email protected]

Westcoast Center for Human Development

403 N. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 365-7543

Center of schools and programs that aim to advance spiritual growth and enlightenment through music, prayer and healing. Executive directors: Bishop Henry L. Porter and Marvin Hendon, Ph.D. Mission statement: To serve as a multiracial, multicultural center for human development, helping people reach their maximum potential. Volunteer opportunities: Mentors, tutors, fund raisers, talent and folk show participants, musicians to work with children, public relations, marketing, ticket sales, learning and interaction speakers for students. 
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