Help Us Give Back to the Community!
Volunteer Sign-Ups Now Live for The Alliance Gives Back!

The LWRBA is proud to introduce The Alliance Gives Back! Volunteer Days 2018, set for October 4th and 5th. This is your chance to give back to the community. The Alliance is encouraging all its member businesses and professionals to consider dedicating a few hours of their time on one or both our Volunteer Days. While volunteering, each volunteer participant will receive their own “Alliance Gives Back” T-shirt as a way to promote teamwork and unity!

Not only are we strengthening our community by working together, but volunteering has been proven to foster strong connections between people because of the shared core values that bring them together in the first place.

Volunteer Sign-Ups Now Live!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE SIGN UP PAGE

Sign up early - We suspect some opportunities will fill up fast!
(See below for complete outline of available volunteer activities.)

We're Still Accepting  Sign-Ups!

Although our original deadline has passed, we will continue to accept volunteer sign-ups until September 21st!


Volunteer Activities

The following are activities offered by our member non-profit organizations designed specifically for The Alliance Gives Back! on October 4th and 5th. If you have any questions about a particular activity, please reach out to the organization contact listed with each activity.

*Please note that day/time of activities may be subject to change based on weather, volunteer response, or other factors.

After volunteers have signed up for their activity/activities of choice, organizations will communicate directly with participants about additional information about your activity in the weeks leading up to October 4th and 5th.

Click or scroll down for details on each volunteer activity:

American Cancer Society (THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL)

October 5, 1-4 p.m.
Location: American Cancer Society
Number of Volunteers Needed: 12

Type of Activity
Paint Kindness Rocks to place along the path of our Make Strikes Against Breast Cancer Walk. The Breast Cancer Survivors each get to find a rock and carry it with them the rest of their walk. (The walk is October 20th)

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Just for fun (and photos) maybe dress in pink! Rocks and paint will be provided.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Arts and crafts ability is nice, but picture ideas will be supplied.

Additional Information
Click to see a photo of the Kindness Rocks.

American Cancer Society Contact:
Janet Bell
941-328-3771

Janet.Bell@cancer.org
Website

All Faiths Food Bank (THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL)

October 4, 8:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Location: All Faiths Food Bank

Number of Volunteers Needed: 2-12

Type of Activity
Volunteers will be packing and sorting through food donations received from community partners. These donations then go out to over 60 sites throughout Sarasota and DeSoto counties, where over 66,000 clients get nutritious food they need.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Comfortable clothing, closed-toes shoes, utility/gardening gloves (not required, but can be helpful)

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Bending, lifting, and/or carrying

All Faiths Food Bank Contact:
Cassie Wegeng
941-549-8156

cwegeng@allfaithsfoodbank.org
Website

Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County


October 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Boys & Girls Club of Manatee County

Number of Volunteers Needed: 4-6

Type of Activity
Help the B&GC of Manatee County organize their garage.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Gloves

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Must be able to lift and move boxes. No special skills needed.

B&GC Manatee Contact:
Willie Cooper
941-761-2582
willie.cooper@bgcmanatee.org
Website

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

October 4, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & October 5, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota County
Number of Volunteers Needed: 12

Type of Activity
Organize books in our library. – 2 volunteers
Clear and weed our garden beds.  – 2 volunteers
Clear off our tennis courts.   – 2 volunteers
Entire Club wipe down & sanitize. We do this several times a year to prevent the spread of germs. – 6 volunteers

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
No, we will provide all the tools necessary for each project. However, we would suggest wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills needed.

B&GC Sarasota Contact:

Dawn Bouck
941-366-7940
DBouck@bgcsarasota.org
Website
Easterseals – Southwest Florida

October 4, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. & October 5, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Easterseals Classrooms
Number of Volunteers Needed: Any

Type of Activity
Volunteers will participate in the classrooms and become familiar with the programs offered by Easterseals – from 6 weeks to age 87.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
No special equipment needed.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills needed, other than having a heart for disabilities.

Easterseals Contact:

Debbie Timpone
941-355-7637 x402
dtimpone@easterseals.swfl.org
Website
Education Foundation of Sarasota County

October 4, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. & October 5, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Location: October 4 at LWR High School & October 5 at Booker Middle School
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10-15

Type of Activity
Using a rubric, volunteers will evaluate teacher application for classroom grants.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
No special equipment needed.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills needed.

Additional Information
Because this is a cornerstone of the Education Foundation, we value community input and look forward to expanding our reach to LWRBA.

Education Foundation Contact:
Lori Aberle Gentile
941-927-0965
lgentile@edfoundationsrq.org
Website
Florida Cancer Specialist Foundation

(THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL)

October 4, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. & October 5, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Florida Cancer Specialist Foundation Office
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10-12

Type of Activity
Volunteers will be creating coasters that would serve as gifts for our upcoming Wine, Women & Shoes fundraiser. We are looking to decorate 250 small tiles.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Volunteers are asked to donate the materials. In total, 250 (4”x4”) nonporous tiles. Ranger Alcohol Ink: black, red, sliver, gold. Rubbing Alcohol. Paint brushes. Spray sealer.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills needed, however, arts and crafts abilities are a plus. Volunteer would make and decorate about 20 tiles each.

Additional Information
This activity does not have to take place at our office, though a conference room is available to reserve.

Florida Cancer Specialist Foundation Contact:
Andrea Doggett
941-677-7191

adoggett@flcancer.com
Website

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity

(THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL)

October 4, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Location TBD
Number of Volunteers Needed: 1-15 flexible

Type of Activity
One of the best things about volunteering with Habitat is that you actively work side by side with community members and homeowners. This creates a truly unique and impactful volunteer experience that allows us to work *with* families on their homes rather than *for* them. The LWRBA volunteer team would be participating in either building a new home or one of our brush with kindness projects (actual project will vary depending on construction timeline). A Brush with Kindness is an extension of our construction build program where we work with seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities to provide critical home repair or exterior painting to maintain safe and secure homes. With either project they'll be out in the community working on a home, either helping to construct it or paint it.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
We provide everything they'll need on site (I.e. hard hats, paint brushes, safety goggles, etc.). The only thing we do ask is that volunteers wear closed toed shoes (no flip flops) and clothes they don't mind getting dirty in.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills needed. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and many have never picked up a hammer before. We'll teach you what you need to know!

Additional Information
Click to view construction volunteer FAQ sheet.

Habitat for Humanity Contact:

Crystal Grazer
941-748-9100 x116

cfrazer@manateehabitat.com
Website

Manatee County YMCA

October 5, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Manatee County YMCA
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2-5

Type of Activity
Volunteers will lend a hand in cleaning and landscaping of the facilities.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Comfortable clothing (shorts)

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills needed.

Manatee County YMCA Contact:
Jeremy Lavigne
941-725-2700
jlavigne@manateeymca.org
Website

Meals on Wheel PLUS/Food Bank of Manatee
(THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL)

October 4, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Food Bank of Manatee
Number of Volunteers Needed: 6-8

Type of Activity
Volunteers will sort food collected at MOW's annual Stuff the Bus food drive.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
No special equipment needed.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills needed.

Meals on Wheels PLUS Contact:
Scott Moeckel
941-920-5380

smoeckel@foodbankofmanatee.org
Website

Meals on Wheel PLUS

October 4, 9:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. & October 5, 9:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Location: Various around Manatee County
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2-6

Type of Activity
Volunteers will deliver meals to homebound seniors around Manatee County.
Volunteers will attend an hour-long orientation, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at 811 23rd Ave E, Bradenton and deliver meals across Manatee County. Volunteers should be finished by 1:45 p.m. Volunteers may pair up for meal delivery.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license, a reliable vehicle, car insurance, able to pass a level one background check, and a cell phone. GPS is strongly recommended.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Volunteers should have a desire to serve the elderly, be comfortable navigating roads in Manatee County, and deliver meals with a smile and kind word.

Additional Information

Applications must be completed and submitted in advance of the delivery day, along with a copy of your driver’s license.

Meals on Wheels PLUS Contact:
Jackie Godlewski
941-747-4665 x1230
jgodlewski@mealsonwheelsplus.org
Website

The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Inc.


Thursday, October 4, 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: USF Sarasota-Manatee
Number of Voluneers Needed: 6

Type of Activity

Volunteers will assist in preparing an annual mailing, including stuffing and labeling envelopes.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
No special equipment needed.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills needed.

Perlman Music Program Contact:
Kurt Rachwitz
941-350-2338
kurt@pmpsuncoast.org
Website

Prospect Riding Center

October 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Prospect Riding Center
Number of Volunteers Needed: Flexible

Type of Activity
We enjoy sharing our terrific horses with others. They often need extra care. Volunteers may help with grooming horses, clean up of grounds, ranch care, and arena equipment care.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Close-toed shoes required. Sunscreen, bug spray, and water recommended.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Some lifting, bending, and carrying.

Additional Information
Participants will have to complete some required volunteer paperwork.

Prospect Riding Center Contact:
Susan Tambone
941-713-1736
prospectridingcenter@gmail.com
Website
SANCA at Nathan Benderson Park
(THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL)

Day & Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Nathan Benderson Park
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2-8

Type of Activity
Nathan Benderson Park would like to construct a temporary hay maze (maze made from hay bales) at the park for the month of October. SANCA would prepare plans/layout and provide the hay, anchors and direction.  This would be a fall fun activity to be enjoyed by Sarasota families for free.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Volunteers should bring gloves.  Long pants and shirts recommended since hay can get itchy. If volunteers have sledge hammers/mallets, tape measures, squares (etc..) that is great, but SANCA will provide the equipment needed.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Ability to follow the layout is a plus.  With minimal volunteer support, the job will require physical stamina. The more volunteers, the less physical activity on each individual.

Additional Information
More information will be provided for the project, including location at the park and the plans

SANCA Contact:
Stephen V. Rodriguez
941-724-6113

stephen@sanca.us
Website

Sarasota Christian School

October 4, Time TBD
Location: Sarasota Christian School
Number of Volunteers Needed: 4-6

Type of Activity
Volunteers will talk with middle and high schoolers in a "TED-Style" setting, sharing personal and/or career advice and experiences.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
No special equipment needed. Please advise if you have A/V requirements.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills needed.

Sarasota Christian School Contact:
Laura Randall
941-371-6481 x 260
lrandall@sarasotachristian.org
Website

SunCoast Blood Bank

October 4, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. & October 5, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Number of Volunteers Needed: 6-10 Volunteers

Type of Activity
Our volunteers will help us to make a blood drive at Lakewood Ranch Medical Center a success.

  • Tasks include but are not limited to the following:
  • Come to the blood drive and donate blood!
  • Share marketing materials with the community.
  • Create social media postings about the blood drive.
  • Educate donors on how to prepare for a successful donation. ( information materials will be provided.)
  • Create a fun, save, and successful donation environment the day of the blood drive.
  • Invite High School, College, or University sports teams in the community to help us promote the effort.
  • Invite Senior Clubs to promote the effort.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
No special equipment needed.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Social media outreach skills appreciated in advance of the blood drive.

Additional Information
Click to view the Blood Drive flyer.

SCBB Contact:
Cindy Winning
941-201-9970
cwinning@scbb.org
Website

The Players Centre for Performing Arts

October 4, 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: The Players Centre for performing Arts
Number of Volunteers Needed: 5-6

Type of Activity
The Players Centre needs help cleaning and organizing its costume storage area in preparation for their costume sale and moving.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Close-toed shoes. If you have dust allergies, please bring a mask. Please bring a bottle of water; it can get very warm in costume loft.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Ability to go up and down stairs, and some heavy lifting.

Players Centre Contact:
Alyssa Goudy
941-365-2494
production@theplayers.org
Website
The Women’s Resource Center

October 4, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & October 5, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Women’s Resource Center
Number of Volunteers Needed: 4-8

Type of Activity
Volunteers would install a paver pathway from the back of the facility around the side building to the front entrance, after removing sod and leveling path.

Suggested Equipment/Provisions
Shovels, rakes, level, tools to install paver walkway, wheelbarrow to move paver stones.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
We are requesting experienced “landscape enhancement” volunteers. Additionally, the pavers will be heavy.

Women’s Resource Center Contact:
Leslie Tilton
941-747-6797
Ltilton@mywrc.org
Website

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