2010-2011 Charity Register

By: Hannah Wallace

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 sarasotamagazine.com.) These organizations cannot continue their good work without contributions of time, money […]


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 sarasotamagazine.com.) 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.

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Agape Flights
100 Airport Ave., Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-0990
agapeflights.com
Christian aviation ministry touches 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 care and vocational training. Executive director:Dick Armstrong 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.
 
AJC (American Jewish Committee) West Coast Florida Chapter
2055 Wood St., Suite 218,
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 365-4955
ajc.org
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.
 
All Children’s Hospital Guild of Sarasota and Manatee
9420 Old Hyde Park Place, Bradenton, FL 34202
(941) 704-5685
achgsarasotamanatee.org
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.
 
All Faiths Food Bank
8171 Blaikie Court,
Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 379-6333
allfaithsfoodbank.org
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: Sorters and events.
 
ALSO Out Youth
1470 Boulevard of the Arts,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 951-2576
alsoyouth.org
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.
 
Alzheimer’s Association—Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
1230 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 365-8883
alz.org/flgulfcoast
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; 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—Sarasota Unit
2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 250, Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 328-3754; (800) ACS-2345
cancer.org
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: Road to Recovery Drivers, gala event-planning
committee members, Relay For Life committee members, Breast Cancer Walk team leaders.
 
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
(941) 544-3783
americanheart.org
Regional director: Dana Soldati 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
lungfla.org
Regional director: Jolene Bivens Mission statement: To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
 
American Red Cross—Southwest Florida Chapter
2001 Cantu Court,
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 379-9300
flwestcoastredcross.org
Executive director: Kevin Lindberg 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.
 
Animal Rescue Coalition
47 S. Palm Ave., Suite 209,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 957-1955
arcsarasota.org
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 and various other initiatives designed to recognize the profound benefits to people of animal companionship. Volunteer opportunities: Events, feral cat program, foster program, reception.
 
Art Center Sarasota
707 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34236-4050
(941) 365-2032
artsarasota.org
Where creativity and community meet. Executive director: Fayanne Hayes Mission statement: To promote the importance of creativity as an essential element of a thriving community through innovative and inclusive art exhibitions, art education programs and services. Volunteer opportunities: Front desk receptionist, mailing committee, grant research assistants, exhibition assistance for hanging, receptions and receiving, education set-up, fund-raising committee, data entry, handyman and garden maintenance.
 
Arthritis Foundation—Southwest Region
410 12th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
(800) 741-4008
arthritis.org
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.
 
The Artist Series of Sarasota
1800 Ben Franklin Drive, B-506, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 306-1200
artistseries.net
15th anniversary season presents world-class classical and popular music concerts for a total of 50 performances October through June, most in the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum. 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.
 
Asolo Repertory Theatre
5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 351-8000
asolorep.org
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.
 
 
 
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Banyan Theater Company
P.O. Box 49483, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 358-5330
banyantheatercompany.com
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.
 
Beaches For All
7125 Fruitville Road, Unit 946, Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 870-4797
beachesforall.com
Working to provide access to the beach and other services for physically disabled. Executive director: E. Jane Danielson Mission statement: To eliminate unecessary restrictions and enhance access to services for all Floridians; to create a facility providing access to the beach for physically disabled individuals. Volunteer opportunities: Social entrepreneurship coordinator, writing business and marketing plans, videographer/photographer, social media manager, fund raising, event planning.
 
Bethesda House
1670 Fourth St., Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-1886
catholiccharitiesdov.org
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 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.
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters
of the Sun Coast Inc.
2831 Ringling Blvd., A-201,
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 331-4376
bbbssun.org
President and CEO: Joy Mahler Mission statement: To help children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with measurable impact. Volunteer opportunities: Adult volunteer mentors for children.
 
Big Cat Habitat and Sanctuary
P.O. Box 50127, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 371-6377
bigcathabitat.org
A permanent safe home for exotic animals in need. Executive director: Kay Rosaire Mission statement: 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, habitat construction, grant writing, cleaning, food prep
and more.
 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
P.O. Box 4068, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 366-3911
boysandgirlsclubs.com
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 for specific opportunities.
 
Breast Health Sarasota Inc.
3663 Bee Ridge Road,
Sarasota, FL 34233
(941) 927-2226
breasthealthsarasota.org
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.
 
 
 
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Cancer Support Community-Southwest Florida (as of Sept. 30, 2010; formerly The Wellness Community)
As of Sept. 30: 5461 Communications Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
(941) 921-5539
wellness-swfl.org
Nonmedical support organization for cancer patients and family members. Executive director: Jay R. Lockaby 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.
 
Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School
4171 Fruitville Road,
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 371-4917
cmhs-sarasota.org
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.
 
Cat Depot
2542 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 366-2404
catdepot.org
One of the largest nonprofit, no-kill feline rescue and adoption centers in the nation. Located in a state-of-the-art, 10,000-square-foot facility; education and resource center to open fall 2010. Executive director: Shelley Thayer Mission statement: To reduce the need to shelter homeless cats and to provide shelter for homeless cats until good homes are found. 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.
 
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice Inc.
1000 Pinebrook Road,
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-5581
catholiccharitiesdov.org
Social service agency serving 10 counties in Southwest Florida. In 2009, the agency assisted 41,112 people through 36 programs. President and 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.
 
Charis Center Inc.
4041 Bahia Vista St.,
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 378-1549
chariscounselingservices.com
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.
1750 17th St., Building L,
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 365-1277
cpcsarasota.org
President and CEO: Harold H. Hedley 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
childrenfirst.net
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 Elma McKay, training manager.
 
The Children’s Guardian Fund
P.O. Box 49722, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 861-4875
childrensguardianfund.org
Fund-raising arm for the Guardian ad Litem Program in the 12th Judicial Circuit serving Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties. Program manager: Judith Watson Mission statement: To provide support for 900 children in the 12th Judicial Circuit courts, for hundreds of volunteer Guardian ad Litem advocates and for teens aging out of foster care.
 
Circus Sarasota
8251 15th St. E., Suite B,
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 355-9335
circussarasota.org
Produces a month-long show in February, education and human-service programs throughout the year. Executive director: Pedro Reis Mission statement: To provide programs at the highest level through education, human service and the performing arts. Volunteer opportunities: Ushers, administrative, box office and gala committee.
 
Community AIDS Network
1231 N. Tuttle Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 366-0461
cccsrq.org
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 Foundation of Sarasota County
2635 Fruitville Road,
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 955-3000
cfsarasota.org
Public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a bridge between individuals and the causes they support. Board chair: Charla M. Burchett Mission statement: Partnering to make charitable giving work in our community. Volunteer opportunities: Clerical work, special events and projects.
From June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010
Assets: $173 million
Total grants: $9,269,231
Total scholarships: $1,116,842
Number of grants: 1,237
Range of grants: $250 to $400,000
Number of scholarships: 564
 
Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities
4405 Desoto Road, Sarasota, FL 34235
(941) 355-8808
communityhaven.com
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.
 
The Community Music School of Southwest Florida
7222 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 101, Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 587-4026
musicschoolforall.org
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.
 
The Community Pharmacy of Sarasota County
225 Tamiami Trail S., Nokomis, FL 34275
(941) 445-5687
cpsarasota.org
Has 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.
 
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.
 
Community Youth Development
4409 Sawyer Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
(941) 922-5126
cydonline.org
Executive director: Karen Bogues Mission statement: CYD creates positive activities for youth in Sarasota County. Volunteer opportunities: Office work, event planning.
 
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
P.O. Box 902, Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 918-2100
conservationfoundation.com
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 off 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.
 
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida and the Florida Gulf Coast Inc.
1750 17th St., Unit H,
Sarasota, FL 34234
(800) 251-2227
credability.org
Provides confidential financial, credit and housing counseling,
education services and debt repayment program. Regional president: Richard J. Skaggs Mission statement: To help people achieve financial wellness. Volunteer opportunities: Education presenters, English and Spanish.
 
Crosley Estate Foundation
8374 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 704-4366
crosleymuseum.com/pages/future.htm
Restores the Crosley Estate Mansion, the original carriage house, grounds and 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Crowley Museum and Nature Center
16405 Myakka Road,
Sarasota FL 34240
(941) 322-1000
cmncfl.org
A nature and pioneer history center located on 190 acres adjacent to Myakka River; nature trails, historic buildings, weekly programs and picnic areas. Mission statement: To facilitate education and enjoyment and promote responsible stewardship of Southwest Florida nature and history. Volunteer opportunities: Land and building maintenance, historic research,
trail guides, school programs,
museum collections and exhibits, building restoration.

 

 
 
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Dattoli Cancer Foundation
2803 Fruitville Road,
Sarasota, FL 34237
(800) 915-1001, (941) 365-5599
dattolifoundation.org
Executive director: Ginya Carnahan 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.
 
Designing Women Boutique
1226 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-5293
designingwomenboutique.org
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, speakers’ bureau.
 
Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota
P.O. Box 2453, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 957-0404
diversitysarasota.org
All-inclusive chorus with a membership of diverse people who have a passion for music. Executive director: David Phillips Artistic director: Philip Alexander 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; to promote understanding and acceptance toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, ticket and advertising sales, concert production.
 
The Dorothy and Sol Levites Foundation
1951 N. Honore Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34235
(941) 377-0781
kobernickanchin.org
Dedicated to providing the aging population with residential and healthcare programs. Executive director: Darlene Arbeit Mission statement: To benefit Benderson Village, 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.
 
 
 
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Ear Research Foundation
1901 Floyd St., Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 365-0367
earrf.org
Executive director: Jennifer Moss President and founder: Herbert Silverstein, M.D. Mission statement: To research into finding better treatments for hearing loss and balance problems, education of physicians and the public and providing community service, including care for underinsured patients. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
 
Easter Seals Southwest Florida Inc.
350 Braden Ave., Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 355-7637
easterseals-swfl.org
Provides services for individuals with disabilities of all ages and their families. Therapy, respite services and an alternative high school program are available for youth, while adult day services, including art instruction, are offered to those over age 22. 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: Event planning, community involvement opportunities, board and committee membership.
 
Education Foundation of Sarasota County Inc.
1960 Landings Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 927-0965
edfoundation.net
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 our community. Volunteer opportunities: Grant readers, classroom project reviewers, science fair judges, advisory council members, office volunteers, marketing task force, scholarship selection and event committees.
 
Englewood Helping
Hand Inc.
700 E. Dearborn St.,
Englewood, FL 34223
(941) 474-5864
englewoodhelpinghand.org
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
(941) 953-2277
All-volunteer group. Executive director: Judy Alexander Mission statement: To encourage children who live in Sarasota’s four housing projects 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.
 
 
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Families Against Addictive Drug Abuse
5317 Fruitville Road, Box 121, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 256-5092
faada.info
Executive director: Cindy Harney 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.
P.O. Box 110025, Bradenton, FL 34211
(941) 928-0682
fndmanasota.com
Provides support, training, education, information and advocacy to parents and families of individuals with disabilities, special needs and the communities of Manatee and Sarasota County. Executive director: Mary Smith Mission statement: Assists families of children with disabilities and special needs to go “from heartache to hope.” Volunteer opportunities: Fund-raising events and special projects.
 
Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Inc.
P.O. Box 1432, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 330-0680
fineartssarasota.com
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. Co-presidents: Eleanor Schweigaard-Olsen, Reva van der Heym Mission statement: To promote and stimulate appreciation of the arts of Sarasota County; to establish a permanent collection of artwork by local artists and nationally recognized artists with a Florida connection; to provide community outreach grants and awards; and to provide scholarships for students studying fine arts. Volunteer opportunities: All-volunteer organization; welcomes members of all skills and interests.
 
First Step of Sarasota
1970 Main St., Fifth Floor,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-5333
fsos.org
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) and teaching yoga or art lessons to clients.
 
The First Tee of Sarasota/Manatee
P.O. Box 52728, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 993-0046
thefirstteesarasotamanatee.org
Provides 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 learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and values through the game of golf. Volunteer opportunities: Assistant coaches.
 
The Florida Center for Child and Family Development
4620 17th St., Sarasota, FL 34235
(941) 371-8820
thefloridacenter.org
Works to strengthen and support families by providing prevention and early intervention services and mental-health counseling expertise. President and CEO: Katheryn E. Shea Mission statement: To promote the healthy development of young children, their families and our communities. Volunteer opportunities: Festival of Trees committee members.
 
Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch, Bradenton/Sarasota Campus
751 Rye Wilderness Road,
Bradenton, FL 34212
(941) 776-1777
youthranches.org
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.
 
Florida Studio
Theatre Inc.
1241 N. Palm Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
Administrative: (941) 366-9017
Box office: (941) 366-9000
floridastudiotheatre.org
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.
 
Florida Winefest and Auction Inc.
P.O. Box 4193,
Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 952-1109
floridawinefest.org
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: 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: Call for specific opportunities.
Total grants: $200,000
Number of grants: 16
Range of grants: $5,000-$40,000
 
Forty Carrots Family Center
1500 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 365-7716
fortycarrots.org
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, their children and professionals in the field. Volunteer opportunities: Special events, grant writing, clerical, data entry, graphic design and more.
 
The Foundation for Dreams
16110 Dream Oaks Place,
Bradenton, FL 34212
(941) 746-5659
foundationfordreams.org
Funds and operates Dream Oaks Camp, a therapeutic camping program for children ages seven to 17 with varying special needs and abilities. Director of camp operations: Jodi Franke Mission statement: To provide fun, educational and recreational experiences in an outdoor camp environment; to enhance the lives of children ages seven to 17 with physical and developmental disabilities and serious illnesses. Volunteer opportunities: Camp activities, office, special projects and events.
 
Founders Garden Club of Sarasota
P.O. Box 5004, Sarasota, FL 34277
(941) 927-0749
Member of Garden Clubs of America. President: Rebecca McFadden 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.
 
Friends of Sarasota County Parks
6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, FL 34241
(941) 486-2706
foscp.org, legacytrailfriends.org
Nonprofit dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of community parks, trails and recreation programs of Sarasota County. President: Marshall Pridmore 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, subcommittees.
 
Friends of the Selby Public Library, Inc.
P.O. Box 2255, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 365-5228
selbylibraryfriends.org
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.
 
 
 
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G.WIZ—The Science Museum
1001 Boulevard of the Arts,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 309-4949
gwiz.org
The Blivas Science and Technology Center. Director: Molly D. Morgan Mission statement: To be the gateway for lifelong adventures in science. Volunteer opportunities: Admissions, museum docents, summer camp.
 
Genesis Health Services
3333 N. Washington Blvd., Suite 3, Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 957-1970
genesishealthclinic.org
Healthcare agency serving the uninsured and underinsured, 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.
 
Gifts From God of Sarasota Inc.
1872 18th St., Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 485-4707
gifts-from-god.org
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.
 
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Inc.
4780 Cattlemen Road,
Sarasota, FL 34233
(941) 921-5358
gsgcf.org
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: Sue 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
girlsincsrq.org
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
gs-humanservices.org
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: Assistance with files.
 
The Glenridge Performing Arts Center
7333 Scotland Way,
Sarasota, FL 34238
(941) 552-5325
theglenridge.com/calendar.htm
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
3688 Glen Oaks Manor Drive, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 925-3183
gloriamusicae.com
Professional chamber chorus. Director of development and marketing: June LeBell 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.
 
Goodwill Foundation
7501 15th St. E., Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 355-2721
goodwillindustries.org
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. President: The Rev. Don Roberts Mission statement: To turn donations into
good jobs, good homes and good neighborhoods. Volunteer
opportunities:
G.I.V.S. volunteer neighborhood program.
 
Greater Sarasota Junior Golf Association
P.O. Box 1665, Venice, FL 34284
(941) 366-0445
sarasotajuniorgolf.com
Executive director: Judy Christman Mission statement: To introduce juniors to the world of golf. Volunteer opportunities: Instruction, registration and scorekeeping.
 
Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice
601 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34285
(941) 486-4600
gulfcoastcf.org
As Florida’s largest community foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice 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: To improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. Volunteer opportunities: Grants and scholarships review committees.
Assets: $178.5 million
Total grants: $11.3 million
Number of grants: 1,123
Range of grants: $50-$500,000
Average grant size: $10,019
 
Gulf Coast Diabetes Foundation
2100 Constitution Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 957-5099
gulfcoastdiabetesfoundation.org
Local, all-volunteer foundation established in 1983; provides grants to Senior Friendship Clinic for Diabetic Care, Health Department Gestational Diabetic Program, Selby Library (for books on diabetes management), scholarships for area children to attend diabetes camp, 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 opportunities, board membership.
 
Gulfcoast Legal
Services Inc.
1750 17th St., Unit I,
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 366-1746
gulfcoastlegal.org
Serving the Sarasota community for more than 30 years. Sarasota managing attorney: Elizabeth M. Boyle Mission statement: To provide high-quality legal services and to establish, advance and protect the rights of low-income persons to health, basic shelter, income and quality of life. To persons who are without adequate means to employ other counsel, GLS provides civil legal assistance in the areas of mortgage forecloser defense, veterans’ benefits, elder law, housing, predatory lending, tenants’ rights, mobile home law, consumer law, disability, domestic violence, divorce, immigration, human trafficking and deportation defense, and farm workers’ rights. Volunteer opportunities: Volunteer attorneys, internships, receptionist, secretarial assistance, paralegal interns.
 
 
 
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Habitat for Humanity Sarasota Inc.
1757 N. East Ave., Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 365-0700
sarasotahabitat.com
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
habitatsouthsarasota.org
Building new homes and rehabili-tating foreclosers for cost-burdened families in need of affordable housing. Families purchase the home from Habitat with 0 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. A hand up to homeownership. Volunteer opportunities: Photographers to document building stages, dedications and events. Construction, office assistance, family selection, family support communities, church liaison, site selection, newsletter, speakers’ bureau, finance and development, retail, repair of furniture and appliances.
 
Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County Inc.
1750 17th St., Building A,
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 373-7070
healthystartsarasota.org
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 well-being of pregnant women, infants and small children. Volunteer opportunities: Assist with fund-raising events and activities.
 
Hearing Loss Association
of Sarasota
4140 Central Sarasota Parkway,
Suite 1221, Sarasota, FL 34238
(941) 966-8999
hlas.org
Affiliated with the Hearing Loss Association of America, the nation’s foremost membership, support and advocacy organization for people with hearing loss. President: Edward Ogiba Volunteer opportunities: Chapter officers, speakers, fund raising, public relations, mentors.
 
Hearts Afire
1425 S. Osprey Ave., Suite 7,
Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 552-1584
heartsafire.us
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 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.
 
The Hermitage Artist Retreat
6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223
(941) 475-2098
hermitage-fl.org
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.
 
H.I.S. K.I.D.S. By the Sea
P.O. Box 19355, Sarasota, FL 34276
hiskidskonnection.org
Serving children with cancer and their families. Executive director: Connie L. Miles Mission statement: To provide an ongoing support system to childhood cancer patients and their families. Volunteer opportunities: Sorting teddy bears, holiday adoption assistance, grocery and store gift cards.
 
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.
 
Historic Spanish Point
337 N. Tamiami Trail,
Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 966-5214
historicspanishpoint.org
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.
 
Honor Sanctuary Animal Rescue
8435 Cooper Creek Blvd.,
University Park, FL 34201
(941) 302-0933
honorsanctuary.org
Board president: Cindy Morton 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 intake shelter and ranch in east Manatee County, and Paw’s Attic thrift store in west Bradenton.
 
Humane Society of Manatee County
2515 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 747-8808
humanemanatee.org
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
hssc.org
The community’s largest no-kill shelter for adoptable pets. Executive director: Deborah Robbins Millman Mission statement: The Humane Society of Sarasota County 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.
 
 
 
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InStride Equine-Assisted Therapy
P.O. Box 365, Nokomis, FL 34274
(941) 412-9333
instridetherapy.org
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: Partnered with horses, to challenge individuals with special needs to reach their highest potential. Volunteer opportunities: Hands-on work with riders and horses, barn duties, special events, office assistance.
 
 
 
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Jazz Club of Sarasota
330 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 111, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-1552
jazzclubsarasota.org
Chairman: Gordon Garrett President: William Beckman Mission statement: To promote, perform and preserve jazz. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
 
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Sarasota-Manatee, Inc.
2688 Fruitville Road,
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 366-2224
jfcs-cares.org
Social service agency. President and CEO: Rose Chapman Mission statement: To provide comprehensive counseling and social services to people confronting life’s challenges. Volunteer opportunities: Hospital visitations, mentors, tutors, religious services, office and clerical.
 

 
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota/Manatee Inc.
580 McIntosh Road,
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 371-4546
Jfedsrq.org
Since 1959, the Federation 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; light administrative duties.

 

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road,
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-5700
ringling.org
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. Interim director: T. Marshall Rousseau 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.
 
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: Marian Strickland 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, committees, 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
jasarasota.org, jamanatee.org
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: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Volunteer opportunities: Facilitate K-12 classroom program in five or six visits.
 
The Junior League of Sarasota Florida Inc.
3300 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 3, Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 953-5600
jlsarasota.org
President: Angie Stringer 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.
 
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
7341 Professional Parkway E., Sarasota, FL 34240
(941) 907-0811
jdrf.org
Executive director: Jeannie Kawcak 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.
 
 
 
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Keep Sarasota Beautiful
1660 Ringling Blvd., Fifth Floor, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 861-5399
scgov.net
A certified affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc. 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: 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.
 
Key Chorale
P.O. Box 20613, Sarasota, FL 34276
(941) 921-4845
keychorale.org
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.
 
 
 
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Lakewood Ranch Community Fund
3103 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 556-5442
lwrfund.org
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 our community by promoting philanthropy, responding to community needs and granting funds. Volunteer opportunities: Grant selection, outreach, humanitarian selection committees.
 
La Musica
P.O. Box 5442, Sarasota, FL 34277
(941) 346-2601
lamusicafestival.org
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.
 
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, FL 34211
(941) 756-0690
lecom.edu
The largest medical school in the country, with campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Penn., and Bradenton, Fla. The Bradenton campus is home to 600 medical students and 400 pharmacy students. Executive director: John Ferretti 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: Student scholarship fund dinner and auction gala on Oct. 16.
 
Laurel Civic
Association Inc.
509 Collins Road, Laurel, FL 34272
(941) 483-3338
laurelcivic.org
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: Mentors, homework tutors, listeners for the Earning By Learning summer reading program, fund raising, grant writing, newsletter, events, clerical, board of directors.
 
Legal Aid of Manasota Inc.
1900 Main St., Suite 302,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-0038
legalaidofmanasota.org
Civil law firm for income-eligible clients who seek equal justice under the law. Executive director: Linda Harradine Volunteer opportunities: Attorneys, paralegals and administrative support for basic office work and special projects.
 
Lemon Bay Conservancy Inc.
2980 Placida Road, Suite 201, Englewood, FL 34224
(941) 830-8922
lemonbayconservancy.org
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.
 
Lemon Bay
Playhouse Inc.
96 W. Dearborn St.,
Englewood, FL 34223
(941) 475-6756
lemonbayplayhouse.com
Englewood’s only community theater. Managing director: James E. Hanushek 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, back stage, house managing, lighting, wardrobe, ad sales, publicity and set design.
 
Lemur Conservation Foundation
P.O. Box 249, Myakka City, FL 34251
(941) 322-8494
lemurreserve.org
One-hundred-acre lemur reserve that partners with universities and zoological institutions for captive breeding, noninvasive research, education and in-situ projects aimed at conserving Madagascar’s primates. Executive director: Michael Stern Mission statement: To preserve and conserve the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education and reintroduction. Volunteer opportunities: Help maintain lemur enclosures and grounds, clerical projects.
 
Lighthouse of Manasota
7318 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-1404
lighthouseofmanasota.org
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.
 
Lillette’s Foundation for the Arts
P.O. Box 19643, Sarasota, FL 34276
(941) 556-1330
lillettesfoundation.org
Launched in 2005. 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.
 
The Literacy Council of Sarasota Inc.
1750 17th St., Building D,
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 955-0421
sarasotaliteracy.org
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. Part of the Manasota Workforce Literacy Alliance, offering workplace/workforce training for businesses and employees. Executive director: Kristin Szafraniec 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
literacychangeslives.org
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 promote literacy among adults with the potential to increase their skills in speaking, reading and writing English. Volunteer opportunities: Reading and English tutor, tutor trainer, interviewer, board member, community outreach, fund raising, event chair and more.
 
Longboat Island Chapel, Aging in Paradise Resource Center
6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, FL 34228
(941) 383-6491
islandchapel.com
Social service program to address the needs of the community as it ages. Programs available to all in the community, regardless of religious affiliation. Executive director: The Rev. Ken Gill Mission statement: To provide a safe, caring environment for ongoing education, support, service
and enrichment, with primary focus on the areas of memory loss,
grief, caregiving, prevention and socialization, enabling those in our local community to live with as much dignity, health and quality as possible. Volunteer opportunities: Varied.
 
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: To be a pre-eminent cultural institution committed to quality educational programming, exhibitions, lectures and events that serve to enhance the artistic and creative exploration of individuals from the local community and beyond. Volunteer opportunities: Committees for education, exhibitions, events and advisory.
 
Lou Gehrig’s Disease Association of Southwest Florida Inc.
P.O. Box 11104, Sarasota, FL 34278
(941) 955-4771
lgda-als.org
All-volunteer organization offering support groups, equipment loan
closet, resource library and respite care. Executive director: Vicki Watkins 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.
 
Loveland Center Inc.
157 S. Havana Road,
Venice, FL 34292
(941) 493-0016
lovelandcenter.com
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: Assisting in classes, tutoring, mentoring, computer lab and workshop help.
 
Lutheran Services Florida
P.O. Box 848, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 358-6330
lsfnet.org
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.
 
 
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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida
1223 S. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 952-9474
wishcentral.org
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, speakers’ bureau.
 
Manasota Association for Retarded Citizens
3659 Cortez Road W.,
Bradenton, FL 34210
(941) 752-2976
manasotaarc.org
Provides day, residential and employment service programs for adults with disabilities in Sarasota and Manatee counties to develop employability and daily living skills. Interim executive director: Tré Littlefield 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 such as programs and planning, fiscal, resource development, government and community relations.
 
Manasota BUDS (Bringing Up Down Syndrome)
8374 Market St., Suite 113,
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 907-0499
manasotabuds.org
Volunteer-based organization serving parents and their children with Down syndrome. 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: Respite, therapists, general and legal.
 
Manatee Community Foundation
3103 Manatee Ave. W.,
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 747-7765
manateecf.org
A philanthropic partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, MCF is dedicated to serving Manatee County’s charitable donors. MCF empowers donors to create lasting legacies—permanent charitable funds that address our community’s needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow. Executive director: Marilyn Howard Volunteer opportunities: Grant and scholarship committees, special event committees.
From June 1, 2009
to May 31, 2010
Total grants:
$1,024,426
Total scholarships: $34,583
Number of grants: 205
Range of grants: $100-$50,000
Number of scholarships: 37
 
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-5731
selby.org
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.
 
Marriage Builders
P.O. Box 51888, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 685-8490
marriagesavers.info, 2getherforever.com
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: mayorsfeedthehungry.org
All-volunteer organization. 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. Volunteer opportunities: Find out during weekly 11 a.m. meetings at City Hall, August through January.
 
Mental Health Community Centers Inc.
240-B S. Tuttle Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 953-3477
mhcci.com
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: Arts and crafts, office support, activity leadership and maintenance/gardening.
 
Moffit Cancer Center Foundation
12902 Magnolia Drive,
Tampa, FL 33612
(888) 663-3488
moffitt.org/giving
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 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.
 
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-4441
mote.org
Marine research and education organization and public Mote Aquarium that draws nearly 300,000 visitors annually. President and CEO: Dr. Kumar Mahadevan Mission statement: To advance the science of the sea. Volunteer opportunities: Available year-round.
 
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.
 
Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc.
2801 Fruitville Road, Suite 140, Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 951-7890
mdausa.org
Provides research funding, comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. District director: Erin Authier Mission statement: To cure muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research.
 
 
 
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National Alliance On Mental Illness of Sarasota County Inc. (NAMI-SC)
1532 U.S. 41 Bypass, Suite 146, Venice, FL 34293
(941) 957-3626
namisarasotacounty.org
A family advocacy support and educational organization for those affected by mental illness. Acting vice president: Mary Jeffrey 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
ncjw.org
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, 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, nontraditional scholarships, Hope House Women’s Shelter.
 
National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-Florida Chapter
2701 Maitland Center Parkway,
Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751
(800) 344-4867
nationalmssociety.org/flc
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
neurochallenge.org
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, health volunteers to advise clients (RNs, social workers, etc.).
 
New College
Foundation Inc.
5800 Bay Shore Road,
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 487-4686
ncf.edu/foundation
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: Call for specific opportunities.
 
New College Library Association
5800 Bay Shore Road TKC,
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 487-4600
Executive director: Margaret Boyd 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: Office, special projects, event committees.
 
New Gate-Field School
5237 Ashton Road, Sarasota, FL 34233, and 11011 S.R. 72, 34241
(941) 922-4949, (866) 338-0321
newgate.edu
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.
 
North Port Art Center
5950 Sam Shapos Way,
North Port, FL 34287
(941) 423-6460
northportartcenter.com
Promotes the visual arts through art shows, art in public places and classes. 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, fund-raising events and volunteer positions in the new Art Center.
 
 
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Operation Serving Children
5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 105, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 809-7780
oscrelief.org
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.
 
ORT America
580 McIntosh Road,
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 907-0317
ortamerica.org
Raises funds for vocational and technical schools in the United States and all over the world. Coordinator: Barbara Warshaw Mission statement: To enable students to develop lifetime skills and become independent and contributing members of society; improve American public education, promote quality vocational/technical education. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, tutoring and mentoring in schools, gift wrap.
 
The Out-of-Door Academy
444 Reid St. (preK-6) and
5950 Deer Drive (7-12),
Sarasota, FL 34242 and 34240
(941) 349-3223
oda.edu
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.
 
 
 
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PAL Sailor Circus
2075 Bahia Vista St.,
Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 361-6350
sailorcircus.org
After-school youth circus for children in grades four through 12. Circus director: Patty Campbell 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.
 
People for Trees
3597 Froude St.,
North Port, FL 34286
(941) 426-9752
peoplefortrees.com
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.
 
Perlman Music Program/Suncoast Inc.
P.O. Box 3407, Sarasota, FL 34230
perlmanmusicprogramsuncoast.org
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, noncompetitive, world-renowned music education program. Volunteer opportunities: Call (941) 955-4942 for opportunities.
 
Pet Therapy Inc.
2128 Hyde Park Circle,
Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 358-2225
pet-therapy.org
Uses pets, 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 and loneliness, increasing social interaction and sensory stimulation, and inspiring a sense of purpose 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.
 
Pierian Spring Academy
P.O. Box 110141,
Bradenton, FL 34211
(941) 716-2471
pierianspringacademy.org
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 duties.
 
Pines of Sarasota Foundation Inc.
1501 N. Orange Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-6293
pinesofsarasota.org
President: Estelle Crawford Mission statement: To support Pines of Sarasota, a nonprofit, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center with an assisted-living and secured Alzheimer’s/dementia component. Pines has led the way in senior care for more than 60 years, providing care for seniors, including those who have outlived their financial resources. Volunteer opportunities: Varied; flexible schedules can be accommodated.
 
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc.
736 Central Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-3913
myplannedparenthood.org
A nonprofit 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.
 
Plantation Community Foundation
500 Rockley Blvd., Venice, FL 34293
(941) 497-4826
Foundation with 500 members who raise funds for south Sarasota County not-for-profit agencies. Giving has reached $2 million since its inception in 1988. President: Mary Juday Mission statement: To improve the quality of life in south Sarasota County. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
As of April 30, 2010
Total grants: $93,600
Number of grants: 38
Range of grants: $1,000-$5,600
 
The Players Theatre
838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-2494
theplayers.org
Upcoming 81st season features a Broadway theater series, a SNAP! (Something New At Players) series, a Summer Sizzler series and the Players Studio. 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.
 
Police Athletic League of Sarasota County Inc.
2075 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 316-8108
sarasotapal.org
Offers after-school programs. 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
pregnancysolutions.org
Executive director: Mary Jane Schneiderhahn Mission statement: To provide caring, confidential counseling, maternity and baby needs plus accurate information and literature to allow women to discover the available resources for them and their children. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
 
Project 180
P.O. Box 25684, Sarasota, FL 34277
(850) 445-5682
project180reentry.org
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. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raising, public relations, volunteer management, land acquisition.
 
 
 
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Renaissance Manor
1401 16th St., Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-8645
renaissancemanor.org
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.
 
Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 351-5100
ringling.edu
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
rclassociation.org
President: Grace Riker 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 Program, Inc
1 Indian Ave., Venice, FL 34285
(941) 480-3178
rotaryfutures.org
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.
 
 
 
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Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC)
2139 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 365-0208
sparcc.net
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, children’s team, Treasure Chest secondhand store.
 
St. Francis Animal Rescue
1925 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34293
(941) 492-6200
stfrancisarfl.org
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, fund raising, socializers, data entry, newsletter assistance, thrift store volunteers.
 
Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School
315 41st St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
(941) 746-2121
saintstephens.org
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; 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.
 
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 directors: 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
salvationarmysarasota.com
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
samaritangulfcoast.com
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 Alliance for Historic Preservation
P.O. Box 1754, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 953-8727
historicsarasota.org
President: Debra Flynt-Garrett Mission statement: To preserve and enhance our historic places. Volunteer opportunities: Homes tour, annual meeting, walking tours, seminars.
 
Sarasota Area Sports Authority
P.O. Box 663, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 350-3464
sarasotasportsauthority.org
President: Patrick Calhoon 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.
 
The Sarasota Ballet Association
7619 Sandalwood Way,
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 925-9280
sarasotaballetassociation.org
Its 400 members advocate and raise funds for Sarasota Ballet. President: Barbara Schott Mission statement: To support the programs of the Sarasota Ballet of Florida in order to increase public awareness and audience development through education, understanding and appreciation of the art of dance. Volunteer opportunities: Telemarketing, events, dance student mentors and administrative support.
 
Sarasota Ballet of Florida Inc.
5555 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-0099
sarasotaballet.org
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, donor services, telemarketing.
 
Sarasota Chinese Academy
567 Pine Ranch East Road,
Osprey, FL 34229
(941) 531-9069
sarasotachineseacademy.org
Chinese language classes and cultural programs to all individuals regardless of race, faith, sex or ethnic origin. Executive director: Barry Zhang Mission statement: To provide quality Chinese language instructions, promote understanding and appreciation of traditional Chinese culture, history and philosophy; and promote friendship and serve as a liaison between the American Chinese community and the non-Chinese-speaking community. Volunteer opportunities: Teachers, school administrators, fund raising
 
The Sarasota Choral Society
4411 Bee Ridge Road, Box 237, Sarasota, FL 34233
(941) 343-9894
sarasotachoralsociety.org
The up-to-300-voice chorus, full orchestra and professional soloists have performed the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah annually for 66 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
chorusofthekeys.org
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 Coalition on Substance Abuse
701 McIntosh Road,
Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 377-7736
scosa.org
Comprising representatives from all aspects of the community, including youth, parents, law enforcement, religious organizations and civic groups. 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 Concert Association
P.O. Box 1714, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 955-0040
Presents a classical music series featuring internationally known artists. Membership coordinator: Jim Taylor Mission statement: To foster the development of an appreciation for the musical arts by sponsoring professional presentations through a not-for-profit, audience subscription plan; to present concerts which feature a variety of quality music; to set reasonable ticket prices, in order to make the concerts available to all individuals. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
 
Sarasota County Arts Council
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-5118
sarasotaarts.org
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 Sarasota County Arts Council is to advocate. Volunteer opportunities: Office administration, special programs and events.
 
Sarasota Family YMCA
One S. School Ave., Suite 301, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 951-2916
thesarasotay.org
A 65-year-old organization that touches nearly 80,000 lives though four fitness branches; offers youth and family development programs within four counties. President and CEO: Paul B. Smith Mission statement: To build strong kids, strong families, strong communities. Volunteer opportunities: Call or visit thesarasotay.org/volunteer
 
Sarasota Film Festival Inc.
332 Cocoanut Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 364-9514
sarasotafilmfestival.com
In its 13th year, the Sarasota Film Festival is a 10-day event providing excellent films, events and other programming to our Gulf Coast community. 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
filmsociety.org
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 Garden Club Inc.
1131 Boulevard of the Arts,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-0875
sarasotagardenclub.org
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.
 
Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART)
4800 C.R. 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
(941) 746-1493
smartriders.org
Serves 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
Changing locations,
Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 330-2273
sarasotapregnancy.com, sarasotapregnancy.org
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.
 
Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Inc.
1515 S. Osprey Ave., Suite B-4, Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 917-1286
smhf.org
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.
 
Sarasota Museum of Art (SMOA)
2700 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 309-4729
ringling.edu/smoa
A division of Ringling College of Art and Design, SMOA will be Sarasota’s first museum devoted to modern and contemporary art. 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
sarasotaopera.org
Executive director: Susan T. Danis Mission statement: To produce outstanding opera true to the vision of the composer; to entertain, enrich and educate the community and patrons from across the state and the world. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
 
Sarasota Opera Guild
61 N. Pineapple Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 350-3638
sarasotaopera.org/sog.htm
All-volunteer 630-member group that supports the Sarasota Opera and its youth opera programs. President: Janet Huelster 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
sarasotaorchestra.org
Now in its 62nd 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) 539-3500
seasonofsculpture.com
Public art and sculptures on the bayfront in Sarasota and the community. Contact: Brenda Terris 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.

 

Save Our Seabirds
1708 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 388-3010
saveourseabirds.org
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.
 
SCOPE (Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence)
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 202, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-8751
scopexcel.org
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 initiatives, Community Report Card, event-related work (registration desk or set-up), website help, speakers’ bureau, research, graphic design, grant writing.
 
Second Chance-Last Opportunity
1933 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 360-8660
secondchancelastopportunity.org
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 Farmers’ Market.
Senior Friendship Centers
1888 Brother Geenen Way,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-2122
seniorfriendship.com
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 1,600 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
shamrockersusa.com
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.
 
ShelterBox
8374 Market St., Suite 203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
(941) 907-6036
shelterboxusa.org
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. Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided relief to more than 1 million survivors of more than 100 disasters in 70 countries. Executive director: Veronica Brandon Miller 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: Representatives (making presentations for community awareness), response team (highly trained volunteers to deliver ShelterBoxes).
 
South County Family YMCA
701 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 492-9622
veniceymca.org
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.
 
South Florida Museum
201 10th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34206
(941) 746-4131
southfloridamuseum.org
Southwest Florida’s largest natural and cultural history museum. Executive director: Brynne Anne Besio Mission statement: To engage and inspire learners of all ages; protect, interpret and communicate scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and the universe. Volunteer opportunities: Docents, manatee care, information desk, other support.
 
Southeastern Guide Dogs
4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221
(941) 729-5665
guidedogs.org
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
sosarasota.org
Nonprofit organization that provides equipment, facilities, program support and funding to Sarasota County’s Special Athletes. Executive director: Maggie Riggall Mission statement: The mission of Special Athlete Boosters is 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
sosarasota.org
Year-round sports training and athletic competition in variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities. County coordinator: Maggie Riggall Volunteer opportunities: Event personnel, office, coaching, transportation and chaperoning athletes.
 
State College of Florida Foundation
P.O. Box 1849, Bradenton, FL 34206
(941) 752-5390
scffoundation.net
Provides financial education assistance for students. 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.
 
Suncoast Center for Independent Living Inc.
2989 Fruitville Road, Suite 101, Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 351-9545
scil4u.org
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: Keith Kitchens 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, classroom and special event assistance.
 
Suncoast Communities Blood Bank
1760 Mound St., Sarasota, FL 34236
(866) 97-BLOOD
scbb.org
Medical director and 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.
 
Suncoast Charities for Children
5317 Fruitville Road, Suite 43, Sarasota, FL 34232
(941) 371-8820 ext. 1800
suncoastcharitiesforchildren.org
Formerly known as the Suncoast Foundation for the Handicapped, provides funding to select local nonprofit agencies serving children with special needs. Board president: Robert Soran Volunteer opportunities: Call (941) 371-8820 ext. 1800.
 
Suncoast Pajama Program
1770 S. Oval Drive,
Sarasota, FL 34239
(941) 350-5234
pajamaprogram.org
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.
 
Sunshine from Darkness
5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive,
Longboat Key, FL 34228
(941) 308-MIND
sunshinefromdarkness.org
The world’s leading organization dedicated to raising funds for mental health research. Liaison: Emily Walsh Parry Administrator: Marlene Hauck Mission statement: To raise and distribute funding for the most promising psychiatric disease 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
komensuncoast.org
Executive director: 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 volunteers@komensuncoast.com for more information.
 
 
 
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Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County
P.O. Box 48186, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 358-4407
takestocksarasota.org
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.
 
Temple Beth Sholom Schools: Justin Lee Wiesner Preschool and Goldie Feldman Academy
1050 S. Tuttle Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 552-2770
tbsschools.org
Part of Temple Beth Sholom, a conservative Jewish congregation. Executive director: Kavita Vasil Mission statement: To offer an exemplary academic program recognizing the gifts of each child and helping each child achieve his highest potential while guiding him through Jewish traditions. Volunteer opportunities: Contact kvasil@tbsschools.org.
 
TideWell Hospice, Inc.
5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238
(941) 552-7500
tidewell.org
The local not-for-profit hospice since 1980, TideWell serves residents of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. President and CEO: Gerard (Gerry) D. Radford Mission statement: To provide the highest
quality of care that embraces a comprehensive continuum of services for patients and families living with advanced illness within the communities it serves, regardless of ability to pay. 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
trinitycharities.org
Executive director: Hank Hueber Mission statement:
To provide educational, prevention and support services related to
HIV/AIDS for population in Sarasota and Manatee counties and the surrounding underserved area. Volunteer opportunities: Bimonthly food pantry.
 
 
 
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United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee Inc.
1090 S. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 957-3599
ucpsarasota.org
Executive director: Wendy Mann Resnick 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.
 
United Nations Association of the United States America—UNA-USA Sarasota-Manatee Chapter
P.O. Box 2427, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 359-9760
unausa.org
Nonpartisan membership organization. President: Karlene Sadri Mission statement: To educate, 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, speakers’ bureau, special events, Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC), committee chairs: education, membership, community liaison.
 
United Way of Sarasota County Inc.
1445 Second St., Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 366-2686
uwsrq.com
Since 1947, United Way of Sarasota County has worked 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 family through retirement and good health. President and CEO: Alexander L. Young Mission statement: To improve the lives of people and their families by mobilizing and uniting the caring power of the community. Volunteer opportunities: Visit uwsrq.com/getinvolved.
 
United Way of South Sarasota County
157 Havana Road, Venice, FL 3422
(941) 484-4811
uwssc.org
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.
 
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
8350 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-4200
sarasota.usf.edu
Upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level programs and continuing professional education. Regional chancellor: Dr. Arthur Guilford Mission statement: To deliver quality education to upper-division baccalaureate and master’s students in an active research environment; to nurture leadership, critical thinking and an appreciation for learning; to advance cultural, social, environmental and economic well-being. Volunteer opportunities: Call for specific opportunities.
 
 
 
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Van Wezel Foundation
777 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 366-5578
vwfoundation.org
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 Area Beautification
257 N. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 207-8224
vabi.org
Nurtures and develops enhancement and beautification projects, including the Venetian Waterway Park, Patriots 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.
 
Venice Art Center
390 Nokomis Ave. S.,
Venice, FL 34285
(941) 485-7136
veniceartcenter.com
Begun in 1958, the area’s oldest and largest community art center, 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
thevenicesymphony.org
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
venicestage.com
Award-winning community theater. 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.
 
 
 
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WEDU / Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting Inc.
1300 North Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
(800) 354-9338
wedu.org
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 wealth 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.
 
West Coast Civic Ballet
2251 Hickory Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34234
(941) 504-6762, (941) 400-6277
westcoastcivicballet.com
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
wbttroupe.org
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.
 
Westcoast Center for Human Development
403 N. Washington Blvd.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-7543
westcoastcenter.org, henryporter.com, lovecampaign.tv
Center of schools and programs that aim to advance spiritual growth and enlightenment through music, prayer and healing. Executive director: Bishop Henry L. Porter, Marvin Hendon 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.
 
Wildlife, Inc. Education and rehabilitation Center
P.O. Box 1449, 
Anna Maria, FL 34216
(941) 778-6324
wildlifeinc.org
Curator: Gail Straight Mission statement: To provide care for injured and orphaned wildlife, with the goal of returning all native species back to the environment; or, when conditions are too severe, to provide humane and painless release from suffering. Also, to educate the public and heighten environmental awareness. Volunteer opportunities: Community awareness demonstrations, grant writing, habitat cleaning, feeding and more.
 
William G. Selby & Marie Selby Foundation
1800 Second St., Suite 750,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 957-0442
selbyfdn.org
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, 2010
Assets: $54,752,430
Total grants: $2.32 million
Number of grants: 38
Range of grants: $10,000-$150,000
Average size of grants: $50,000
 
Wobbly Feet
3207 48th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34221
(941) 421-9246
wobblyfeet.org
Executive director: Samantha Dzembo Mission statement: To provide an education, an Internet-based support group and financial support to medical professionals who conduct research surrounding Ataxia Telangiectasia; to provide support to families of children diagnosed with A-T. Volunteer opportunities: Fund raisers.
 
The Woman’s Exchange
539 S. Orange Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 955-7859
womansexchange.com
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. Awarding more than $7 million to date. President: Susan C. Sweeney 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.
 
Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County
340 S. Tuttle, Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 366-1700
thewomensresourcecenter.org
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.
 
World Dance Arts Foundation Inc.
100 Third Ave. W., Suite 170,
Bradenton, FL 34205
(941) 758-9129
worlddancearts.org
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 qualified ballroom instructors.
 
WSLR
P.O. Box 2540, Sarasota, FL 34230
(941) 894-6469
wslr.org
A low-power, nonprofit, noncommercial 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 Broadcasting
4202 E. Fowler Ave., TVB 100,
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-8700
wusf.org
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. General manager: JoAnn Urofsky 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, the Radio Reading Service and the Internet. Volunteer opportunities: Mailings, telephones, membership campaigns, station tours and reading for the visually impaired.
 
 
 
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YMCA Foundation of Sarasota Inc.
One S. School Ave., Suite 302,
Sarasota, FL 34237
(941) 951-1336
sarasota-ymca.org
President: Karin E. Gustafson Mission statement: To support the mission of the Sarasota Family YMCA by raising financial support for programs, services and facilities. Volunteer opportunities: Board, estate sales, office, community coalition for children. n
 
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