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The Alliance gives back 2020

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The LWRBA is pleased to announce its 3rd annual Alliance Gives Back Volunteer Days, taking place October 1, 2 and 3, 2020. This volunteer initiative connects business members and their families with Alliance member non-profit organizations to positively impact the community through various activities.

This year’s Alliance Gives Back will feature a mix of small, in-person projects, virtual activities, and supply/collection drives. In-person projects were created with health and safety in mind, following the appropriate guidelines and even going above and beyond when possible. For those not ready to participate in such activities, there are options to support our non-profits through virtual engagements or by donating much needed supplies.

No matter your personal comfort level, we hope you consider Giving Back to our community in a way that is right for you. We’re excited to make a positive impact on our community this October!

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Given this challenging year, we are excited to help strengthen our community for the 3rd year in a row by connecting LWRBA members with nearly 30 participating non-profits.

Scroll down to review the available opportunities, then click the link to sign up through our Sign-Up Genius page.

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NOTE - While sign-ups for in-person projects are now closed, there are still opportunities to participate with one of the collection drives. Sign up today to Give Back!

Thank You Alliance Gives Back Corporate Sponsors





This Year's Activities

The following are activities offered by our member non-profit organizations, designed specifically for The Alliance Gives Back! on October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This year’s Alliance Gives Back features in-person projects, virtual engagements, and support through supply donations.

(Click or scroll down to learn more about these activities.)


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TRADITIONAL (IN-PERSON) ACTIVITIES

In-person projects were created with health and safety in mind, following the appropriate guidelines and even going above and beyond when possible.
Group sizes will be limited and participating organizations have been asked to consider on-site safety precautions for volunteer projects.

All Faiths Food Bank

Thursday, October 1
8:30 am - 11:30 am / 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Location: 8171 Blaikie Court, Sarasota, FL 34240
Number of Volunteers Needed: maximum of 10 volunteers per shift

Activity Description
Food Packing: Packing boxes of canned or dried goods to be distributed at Mobile Pantries throughout the community. Set up is conveyer belt style; each volunteer will be responsible for packing a designated item(s) into each box, then they will pass it along to the next person; at the end of the assembly line, the boxes will be sealed and arranged on a pallet to be prepped for distribution.

Backpacking: Packing bags of nutritious, kid friendly food for at risk children who benefit from the free and reduced meal program provided by the public school system. "Backpacks" are delivered to schools to be distributed to students to take home with them on Friday afternoons to sustain them over the weekend.

Activity takes place indoors in a climate and temperature controlled environment. Volunteers should be prepared to be on their feet for at least 3 hours and must be able to lift 5-40 lbs boxes (if any volunteer has physical concerns, they should let a warehouse associate know and special accommodations can be made.)

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Volunteers must wear closed toed shoes. Comfortable clothing that is easy to move around in is recommended. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own masks, but we can provide masks if necessary (approved mask types are dual layer cloth masks or N95 medical masks). Gloves will be provided. Upon arrival, volunteers will have their temperatures taken in our main lobby and will have to answer a couple questions about their general health and recent travel history.

All Faiths Food Bank Contact(s):
Victoria Hasselbring
941-549-8156
vhasselbring@allfaithsfoodbank.org

About the Organization
All Faiths Food Bank (AFFB) is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. AFFB was founded in 1989 by a group of individuals who, through their respective organizations, were feeding the hungry. They combined efforts to incorporate as All Faiths Food Bank, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. AFFB has been a Certified Member of the Feeding America network since 1990.  In 2016, the Food Bank evolved in its mission, representing a shift in how we address hunger while understanding that hunger is a health issue. Since then AFFB’s mission has been: Together with our partners, we provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community. 

On-Site Safety Precautions
Masks and gloves are required. Temperatures will be taken. Volunteers will be asked to wash their hands before starting the activity (the volunteer breakroom is equipped with a sink, but we also have hand sanitizing stations set up throughout our facility). Group sizes cannot exceed 10 to comply with social distancing.

Care Net Manasota Pregnancy Center

Friday, October 2
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: 5111 26th Street W Bradenton, Florida 34207
Number of Volunteers Needed: up to 10

Activity Description
Painting the exterior side of our building.

Suggested Equipment/Provision
We will provide all the painting supplies and masks for volunteers if they need it.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Standing, squatting, using arms - typical painting abilities.

Care Net Manasota Pregnancy Center Contact(s):
Kelli O’Malley
9417511966
kellio@carenetmanasota.com

Laurie Chase
9417511966
lauriec@carenetmanasota.com

About the Organization
Care Net Manasota exists to aid women who may not be aware of their alternatives when faced with the reality of an unexpected pregnancy. By providing information, encouragement, practical help and counsel as they sort through their anxieties and fears, Care Net Manasota is a place to find life-changing answers.

On-Site Safety Precautions
6-ft stickers along the floor as well as caution tape; disinfect after each guest; follow CDC guidelines; bathroom cleaned daily; staff wears masks.

Foundation for Dreams

Thursday, October 1
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: 16110 Dream Oaks Place Bradenton, Florida 34212
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10+

Activity Description
We have 7 cabins that are home to our staff and campers when our program is operating.  We would like to have a group come out to help beautify the outside of 3 of those cabins by planting new plants and trimming back the natural landscape.

Suggested Equipment/Provision
The volunteers would be outside and there they may get dirty, so older work clothes and a hat would be recommended.  We would  also recommend bringing gardening gloves, landscape tools, bug spray and sunblock.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Volunteers would need to agree to work outside in the Florida climate.

Foundation for Dreams Contact(s):
Elena Cassella
9417465659
ecassella@foundationfordreams.org

AnnaMaria Carleton
941-746-5659
acarleton@foundationfordreams.org

About the Organization
Foundation for Dreams is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to celebrate the abilities and develop the strengths of children with special needs and chronic illnesses ages 7-17 by collaborating with families to provide individualized result-based goals, family support, and recreation in a camp environment.

On-site Safety Precautions

See Attached

ITN SunCoast

Thursday, October 1 / Friday, October 2 / Saturday, October 3
Various Times - Based on Volunteers' Availability

Location: Anywhere in Sarasota and Manatee County
Number of Volunteers Needed: 8-10

Activity Description
Volunteers would be assigned a ride for one of our members.  The would provide transportation to or from a set location.  They are provided the ride information the day before the ride is to take place.  Our riders call in a request a ride for example from their home to a doctor's office or grocery store.  ITN's Rides Coordinator would match the ride requests with the volunteer's availability.  We would then notify the volunteer of their assigned ride.

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Volunteers to provide their own vehicle.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Volunteers may be asked to escort a senior rider in/out of a door, and may be asked to fold and store a walker in their vehicle during the ride. Our motto is door thru door arm thru arm service.

ITN SunCoast Contact(s):
Nancy Bobbitt
941-364-7530
exec@itnsuncoast.org

About the Organization
The mission of ITNSunCoast is to help individuals 60 and older and adults of any age with vision challenges maintain their independence and live joyful and meaningful lives through convenient, reliable and affordable transportation.  We provide transportation with both paid and volunteer drivers to seniors and the visually challenged anywhere in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.  Transportation is a vital in keeping seniors active in their communities and ITNSunCoast helps them do that when driving is no longer a safe option fort hem

On-Site Safety Precautions
All Riders and Drivers are required to use a face covering  while in the vehicle.  We can provide face coverings, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes as needed.

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity

Thursday, October 1
7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: TBD - Habitat House being built in the City of Bradenton
Number of Volunteers Needed: up to 10 volunteers

Activity Description
Volunteers will have the opportunity to work on a Habitat house that is being built in the City of Bradenton.  No experience is necessary and volunteers will be instructed by trained skilled volunteers. All tools, safety equipment, snacks and water and safety protocols will be provided. Activities might include painting, siding, landscaping, flooring etc.

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Only requirement is that volunteers wear closed toed shoes and be willing to wear safety equipment.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills necessary. Volunteers need to be comfortable working outside or on a active worksite.

Manatee County Habitat for Humanity Contact(s):
Diana Shoemaker
941-748-9100  x105
dshoemaker@manateehabitat.org

Barb Slater, Volunteer Program Manager
941-748-9100 x 110
bslater@manateehabitat.org

About the Organization
Manatee Habitat develops resources, educates, and mobilizes people to work alongside families in need, rehabilitating existing homes and building sustainable,  affordable homes, thereby improving the quality of life for families  and the community

On-Site Safety Precautions
All volunteers and staff will be required to wear masks at all times.   Staff will assign tasks and when ever possible establish a working distance of 6 ft.   All PPE equipment is sanitized daily.  A portable hand washing station has been build and is on site daily to provide thorough cleaning of hands.   Sanitizer is available as well.  All snack provided are individually wrapped as well as drinks which are individual water/juice bottles.  Temps are also taken before coming on the jobsite.

 Affiliate Construction Safety Program By Individual’s Responsibilities

Meals on Wheels PLUS

Friday, October 2
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL.

Location: Adult Day Care, Spring Forest Park 10902 State Rd. 70E. LWR, FL 34202
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Activity Description
We need shoe boxes wrapped for our Community Shoe Box Drive!

Suggested Equipment/Provision
We will provide the wrapping paper, scissors and tape.  We have a few empty shoe boxes but would be great if volunteers brought a supply of shoe boxes with them.

Meals on Wheels PLUS Contact(s):
Judi Bjork
9417490100
jbjork@mealsonwheelsplus.org

About the Organization
To assist individuals to live independently by providing nutrition and caring, supportive services.  THE “PLUS” IS BECAUSE WE ARE SO MUCH MORE THAN MEALS!

On-Site Safety Precautions
Our facility is disinfected daily even though we are not open to the public. Our staff cleans and disinfects daily and professional cleaners are on site twice a week. Our Organization practices social distancing and requires all staff, volunteers and anyone entering our buildings to wear masks.

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. (SANCA)

Friday, October 2
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL.

Location: 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, Florida 34235 - Nathan Benderson Park Playground Area
Number of Volunteers Needed: 7-10

Activity Description
For the 3rd year in a row, we would like to construct a hay maze for the community to enjoy.

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Gloves recommended.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Should be able to lift bales of hay.

Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc. Contact(s):
Stephen Rodriguez
9417246113
stephen@sanca.us

About the Organization
SANCA is a 501(C)3 non profit organization dedicated to the promotion and operations of Nathan Benderson Park.  Nathan Benderson Park is a 600-acre Sarasota County Park that is a world class multi-sport event center and community park.  SANCA mission is to improve the quality of life for our community and be an economic generator for our region.

On-Site Safety Precautions
This is an outdoor project where social distancing is more than possible.  We do clean our common high contact areas regularly throughout the day.  We would recommend volunteers wear mask, though social distancing opportunities exist throughout the project.

SunCoast Blood Centers

Friday, October 2
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL.

Location: SunCoast Blood Center, 3025 Lakewood Ranch Blvd Suite 111 Bradenton, FL 34211
Number of Volunteers Needed: 4 to 5

Activity Description
We will be having a blood drive at the donor room. Tours within in the building at different areas. Examples: Lab, mobiles, loading, volunteer area, marketing, and donation area. Discussing the importance of donating blood in the times we live in. Why we need our donors, community support, businesses and donor chairs.

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Dress causal but professional. No flip flops or open toe shoes .

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Able to see blood.

SunCoast Blood Centers Contact(s):
Cassie Vassallo
9413744630
cvassallo@scbb.org

About the Organization
SunCoast Blood Centers provides a reliable supply of quality blood products and services to hospitals and health centers in need. Our singular purpose is to collect, test, process, match, store and distribute all the blood products required to serve the hospitals and health centers in our community. As a not-for-profit, independent community blood bank, SunCoast Blood Centers distinguishes itself through outstanding customer service which is demonstrated through personalized and sincere interactions with every donor and guest and confirms our deep appreciation and respect for all who attempt to donate.

On-Site Safety Precautions
We require everyone to wear a mask while in the building due to Covid-19.

The Florida Center for Early Childhood

Thursday, October 1
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: 4620 17th Street, Sarasota, FL 34235
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Activity Description
Volunteers are needed to brighten the exterior of The Florida Center's campus in North Sarasota, which welcomes thousands of young children and their families annually. Activities will all be outdoors and include painting a newly installed fence at our sensory garden, re-painting guideposts along the entry way, and weeding/clearing brush in our calming garden.

Additional Information About This Project

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Dress for outdoor Florida weather.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Painting or gardening experience helpful, but not necessary. Volunteers will need to be comfortable standing for periods of time while they paint, reaching, bending, etc.

Additional Information
Please see attached document with photos of the projects we are requesting help with completing. Thanks!

The Florida Center for Early Childhood Contact(s):
Kristen Theisen
9414478135
kristen.theisen@thefloridacenter.org

About the Organization
The Florida Center for Early Childhood provides therapeutic services, early education and family counseling. Programs serve infants and children through age 10 or fifth grade who have, or are at risk of, developmental delays, disabilities, or emotional trauma. The agency's mission is "to help build and foster strong families and expand the potential of young children."

On-Site Safety Precautions
Masks are required in common areas if social distancing is not possible. The buildings are cleaned daily, with surfaces wiped down regularly. Visitors are by appointment only, to limit contact.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts

Thursday, October 1 / Friday, October 2
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: 838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
Number of Volunteers Needed: 8-10

Activity Description
The theatre will be vacating its current location at that time.  We would be using volunteers to help us in that move. Likely hauling costumes and packaging and moving stage props. There may be, at that time other duties more closely riveted to our mission, but at this time, its hard to place exactly what duties will be available.

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Shorts and casual wear is preferred. Our only request is that NO flip flops or sandals be worn. Participants must wear closed toed shoes, tennis shoes or other comfortable shoe wear.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Perhaps some stairs and some lifting.

Additional Information
The theater life sounds glamorous, but it is usually a great deal of hard work. We do make things fun and are super organized when dealing with the needs of the theater and our volunteer helpers.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts Contact(s):
Jeffery Kin
9413652494
jefferyk@theplayers.org

Alyssa Goudy
9413652494
alyssag@theplayers.org

About the Organization
The Players Centre is literally and figuratively ON THE MOVE!   As the area's first performing Arts Organization, the mission of the theater is unwavering even in this age of Covid.  for 90 years we have been a part of the fabric of the community and our mission is to "Entertain, educate and engage the community through high quality live theater."

On-Site Safety Precautions
Masks are required at all times. Social distancing is practiced but not always attainable.

VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES

For your convenience, a number of organizations will be offering ways to engage and give back virtually, from the comfort of your home or office.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

Thursday, October 1 / Friday, October 2
During Work Hours

Location: At volunteer's place of work
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Activity Description
BBBS has a need for volunteer mentors and we currently have about 50 children waiting to be matched throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. We're asking Alliance member volunteers to help identify and contact people (e.g., family members, friends, and business associates) who might make a great mentor and invite them to attend a BBBS volunteer information session via Zoom on Wednesday, October 14. There will be a morning session and evening session for anyone interested in learning more about becoming a Big.

We'll provide Alliance volunteers with a telephone script, template email, and event flyer regarding the BBBS volunteer info sessions they can share with individuals they reach out to. We'll also host a brief Zoom meeting with Alliance volunteers for this project on Thursday (10/1) morning to share a little more with them about our organization before they begin their outreach. Our goal is to get 50 attendees for the 10/14 information sessions.  As an incentive, BBBS will provide prizes to the top three "recruiters" who get the most people signed up!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast Contact(s):
Shelly Van Dusen
941-413-5221
svandusen@bbbssun.org

About the Organization
Big Brothers Big Sisters creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.  We serve children ages 6-21 throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties, and match them with strong, caring and positive role models to help put them on a successful path in life.

Children First Inc

Thursday, October 1 / Friday, October 2
Flexible Time - Based on Volunteer's Schedule

Location:
Number of Volunteers Needed: This can be done by more than one group or company

Activity Description
Do you work in a fun place for a preschooler to explore? How would you like to take preschoolers to work with you...Virtually that is!  We are looking for videos/pictures of what you and your business does!  Do you make food, run a warehouse, work in construction, care for animals or people, or work in a service industry? So many possibilities!  The presentation can show the clothes you wear, the tools you use, the people you meet, how to create, build or repair, and what it looks like when you are done!  The videos don't have to be long. We will provide you with a format or templet to use.  The videos can be submitted through DropBox.  We will post them on our Children First You Tube channel as a teachers’ resource and for the children and families to watch and learn.

Additional Information
This is a wonderful opportunity for our preschoolers to learn about and connect with their community.

Children First Inc Contact(s):
Jean Ward
941-685-4373
jward@childrenfirst.net

About the Organization
Children First, Inc. is the Head Start/Early Head Start grantee for Sarasota County. Our Mission: Strengthening children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being.

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Thursday, October 1 / Friday, October 2
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL.

Location: Virtual (See details about supply pick-up below.)
Number of Volunteers Needed: 5

Activity Description
The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation project will be assisting with making volunteer appreciation gifts to be distributed to over 400 volunteers statewide. Due to COVID-19, we could not hold any in-person appreciation events or parties in 2020. This virtual project will be hands-on as the gift will include a small hand sanitizer in a decorated bag with a personal "Thank you" message attached.

Project supplies will be provided to each volunteer.

Pick-up details:
Date: Wednesday, September 30
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: 5985 Silver Falls Run, Suite 210, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211
On-site contact: Carley Paganelli, Volunteer Program Manager

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Each volunteer needs their own scissors (not supplied). We will supply the additional supplies (Hand Sanitizer, ribbon, treat bags, custom “thank you” note and craft example) to each volunteer to work on virtually.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
No special skills. This is a craft based project so therefore cutting with scissors, stuffing bags etc.

Additional Information
In previous years, the businesses that participated with our project helped defray the costs of the supplies, etc. Again, we would like to ask for a defray of supply costs (custom paper, ribbon, and treat bags) = $50 per group. This was greatly appreciated and noted in each business.

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation Contact(s):
Carley Paganelli-Kristich
616-498-1165
carley.paganelli@flcancer.com

About the Organization
A cancer diagnosis can change everything. For some,  it may mean the added stress of financial hardship. Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was created to help patients who need financial assistance while undergoing treatment. The Foundation allows those fighting cancer to concentrate on recovery rather than their overdue rent, mortgage, electric, or water bill.   Providing non-medical, financial assistance to adults undergoing cancer treatment in Florida to allow them to focus on fighting cancer.

On-site Safety Precautions
Our current safety practices: We ask everyone to wear a mask while visiting the Foundation Each guest must have a temperature taken at the main Foundation entrance door before picking up individual supplies.

Humane Society of Manatee County

Friday, October 2
1:00 - 4:00 pm

THIS ACTIVITY IS FULL.

Location: Facebook Live - Like our Facebook page Humane Society Manatee
(Supply kits will need to be picked up prior to the activity date.)
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10 +

Activity Description
Make cat nip bombs and dog ball toys! To make a cat nip bomb, take a precut 6x6 piece of fabric and lay flat, place a cotton ball dipped in cat nip in the middle of the fabric, gather fabric edges together, tie and knot, making a sachet. To make a dog ball toy, take precut upcycled t-shirt strips and lay two pieces in an x, place tennis ball in middle of the x, tie and knot the ball inside the two pieces, braid the dangling  t-shirt pieces together, and complete the dog toy!

Cat Nip Bomb Instructions

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Kits will provided with supplies. Need to pick up one week prior to the event.

Humane Society of Manatee County Contact(s):
Tisha Przybylski
(941) 747-8808 ext 315
tisha@humanesocietymanatee.org

Nervely Sanvil
(941)747-8808 ext 331
Nervely@humanesocietymanatee.org

About the Organization
Humane Society of Manatee County is committed to leading Manatee County in fostering compassion and respect for animals through care, education and collaboration.

The Mark Wandall Foundation

Friday, October 2
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: via Zoom
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2-10

Activity Description
Correspond with the children and teens we serve!   Join us for a zoom call where you will learn more about The Mark Wandall Foundation. Volunteers will then be asked to write uplifting, encouraging notes to the children and teens.  Necessary physical distancing guidelines have exacerbated the isolation many of our kiddos were already feeling. A simple card in the mail helps break this isolation. Over the past months we have been sending notes to our kiddos and have found they really enjoy getting mail and knowing someone is out there thinking about them.  Volunteers will be given a list of names and ages of children receiving the notes. Due to confidentiality, the foundation will make arrangements to pick up the notes from volunteers and address.

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Writing pen, note cards of choice with envelope embellishments for decoration is desired. Postage stamps.

The Mark Wandall Foundation Contact(s):
Wendy Orlando
941-266-5178
Wendy@themarkwandallfoundation.org

About the Organization
The Mark Wandall Foundation facilitates programs to break the isolation of grief children, teens and young adults experience after the death of a parent, sibling or guardian.  Children in grief are children at risk.  Through partnerships with Comfort Zone Camp and the Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy (SMART) as well as a college scholarship program, the foundation works to transform a child’s broken spirit into a beautiful spark that will light the way to a happy, healthy and optimistic future.

UnidosNow

Thursday, October 1 (Training)
4:30 - 6:30 pm

Saturday, October 3 (FAFSA Assistance)
4:30 - 7:00 pm

Location:  Virtual - Zoom
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10-15

Activity Description
We would like to recruit volunteers who can be trained to assist seniors in high school with FAFSA completion. October 1st will be dedicated to properly train potential volunteers and October 3rd will be dedicated to provide assistance to students to complete their FAFSA applications.  We will be using Zoom break out rooms to provide individual assistance and guarantee the privacy they need.

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Volunteers need to have access to a reliable computer with a camera to receive the training and to provide assistance to the students.

Physical Requirements/Special Skills
Basic computer skills.

Additional Information
Completing the FAFSA application means free money for students.  Some students may be eligible for up to $6,000.  This money can be transferable to any post-secondary institution ( local college or any university) to pursue a career. Traditionally students have not completed a FAFSA application because they and their parents did not how to do it.  There were close to 2.5 million dollars in pell grants left at the table in our region. We want to make sure that students take advantage of this opportunity to file a FAFSA application.

UnidosNow Contact(s):
Luz Corcuera
9418400266
Luz@unidosnow.org

About the Organization
To empower the growing Hispanic/Latino population in the region to achieve the American dream through education, integration, and civic engagement.

SUPPLY DRIVES / COLLECTIONS

While not all organizations had the ability to participate with volunteer projects, we wanted to provide them with another opportunity to receive support from members willing to give. These non-profits are accepting much needed items and supplies throughout the coming weeks. See the listings below for details on needed items, drop-off times and locations. Some are even offering online wish lists to make donating simple as can be.

If you're unable to give back through one of the projects above, this is great way to impact one or more of our region's non-profits!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County

Direct Support Through Amazon Wish List

CLICK: Visit Amazon Wish List

Critical Needs
Serving over 2,400 Manatee County youth across 5 locations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County is asking for supplies for traditional learning, e-learning, activities, and more. These supplies can be sent directly to us through Amazon.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County Contact(s):
Xavier Oliver
941-761-2582 x109
xavier.oliver@bgcmanatee.org

About the Organization
Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County is much more than an out of school time and summer program. It is THE positive place for kids to develop lifelong friendships, build character and citizenship, enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle, and achieve academic success. Our keys to success are met by bringing the kids who need us most into an environment where they can have a magical Club experience which then leads towards changing and even saving their lives. Our Clubs are safe, affordable and FUN for all school-age children.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County

Direct Support Through Amazon Wish List

CLICK: Visit Amazon Wish List

Critical Needs
Various supplies to support club members, such as school supplies, recreational equipment, snacks, and more.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County Contact(s):
Kat Carver
941-366-3911
kcarver@bgcsarasota.com

About the Organization
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential and become productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Cat Depot

Items may be dropped off at Cat Depot - 2542 17th Street, Sarasota, Sunday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Anyone interested in donating can park in our main lot and ring the buzzer to the right of our front door. Donations can be left safely outside and a staff member will collect them upon receiving the notification. Donors can also call ahead and reach us at 941-366-2404.

Drive Description
We would be seeking personal and/or corporate donations of cat care and food items, such as dry food, canned wet food, litter, toys, etc.  We rely on these donations to not only feed and care for inhouse cats awaiting adoption, but also for our Food Bank.  This is a monthly campaign where we provide free cat food for low income, eligible residents in the greater Sarasota community.

Cat Depot Contact(s):
Eric Bodenrader
941-366-2404
ericb@catdepot.org

About the Organization
Cat Depot is a free roaming rescue, adoption and education center recognized for excellence and leadership in finding homes for thousands of homeless and abandoned cats.  We provide quality resources to our community, which includes low cost and affordable resources, medical services, outreach, educational programming and pet food assistance.

Easterseals Southwest Florida

Drop Off Times and Locations TBD

Drive Description
ART FOR EVERYONE!  Our Pre-K and Elementary Academy (ABA) have a need for supplies for art programs such as paints, construction paper, crayons and pencils to help keep our children engaged in creative projects as they develop and grow.  Our Art Initiative is dedicated to allowing our clients to express themselves through painting, photography and ceramics as well as other fun projects that help to enhance creative spirits. Most of our artists' work is sold from our campus galleries or from showings around town -- our clients 70 percent of the proceeds and the other 30 percent goes to buy new supplies. Canvases, paints, colored pencils and paper help to produce new art!

Additional Information
With COVID19 restrictions for our already-medically challenged populations, on-campus volunteer opportunities are not available this year.

Easterseals Southwest Florida Contact(s):
Carrie Rasmussen
941-355-7637 x. 406
crasmussen@easterseals-swfl.org

About the Organization
Easterseals Southwest Florida has offered the highest quality of care and services to children, youth and adults with special needs so that they can enjoy access, opportunities and a variety-filled life. For nearly 75 years in our region, individuals and their families have turned to us for resources and support with a continuum of care throughout their lives -- from six weeks to senior years -- with services that includes therapies, Pre-K through 12th grade education and employment services as well as enriching activities that help them to live life to the fullest.

Harvest House

Direct Support Through Online Wish List

CLICK: Visit Online Wish List

Drive Description
We are looking for assistance in gathering supplies for both our clients and our staff of essential workers. Harvest House has not stopped serving the community throughout the crisis and does not plan to stop. We have a wishlist through our partner - Quinnd Wishlists - that allows community members to shop online for items our clients specifically need. All profits earned by Quinnd through the wishlist are donated back to us, so donations count twice!

Additional Information
For more information on what we do, please visit harvesthousecenters.org.

Harvest House Contact(s):
Shaelina Holmes
7869161735
shaelina@harvesthousecenters.com

About the Organization
Harvest House is a human services housing provider in Sarasota and Manatee counties. We provide supportive housing, addiction recovery, and case management services for families, young adults, veterans, and single adults recovering from addiction. Our missions is to champion hope and transform lives by revitalizing neighborhoods and providing service-enriched housing programs. 

HOPE Family Services, Inc.

Direct Support Through Online Wish List

 CLICK: Visit Amazon Wish List

Support Through Item Drop Off - Location will be shared after donors register on the sign-up page 

Drive Description
At HOPE we provide services and items free of charge to survivors and their children. Often times many survivors arrive to our Emergency Safe Shelter with only the clothing they are wearing and it is often unsafe for them to return home. We would like to request the help from our community volunteers to assist us with collecting items/supplies from our Wish List (both in hard copy and on Amazon) to be provided to the women and children staying at our shelter. October is domestic violence awareness month and this would be a fantastic way to show our community support to survivors.

HOPE Family Services, Inc. Contact(s):
Kayla Terrel
9417478499
kayla.terrel@hopefamilyservice.org

About the Organization
HOPE Family Services (HOPE) is Manatee County's State only certified domestic violence agency. HOPE's mission is to promote safety, strength and well-being to those affected by domestic violence in Manatee County. HOPE's services are available 24/7 and are free and confidential.

JFCS of the Suncoast Inc

Supply Drop Off Times and Locations TBD

Location: 2688 Fruitville Rd. 34237
Number of Volunteers Needed: 10

Activity Description
Please donate or collect donated items from your local church or business for seniors.  We will be putting together 100 gift bags for seniors with the following items: Hard Candy  Stamps Notepad/Pen Hand Lotion/Sanitizer Chap stick Gift Cards to Publix/Walgreens/Wal-Mart No skid socks Tissues Magnets

Suggested Equipment/Provision
Please deliver your collected items and/or gift bags to Karen at JFCS of the Suncoast located on Fruitville.

JFCS of the Suncoast Inc Contact(s):
Karen Pharo
9414006685
kpharo@jfcs-cares.org

About the Organization
We are asking for individuals and organizations to collect the following for seniors:  (We will be putting the items together in gift bags and delivering them to seniors in isolation).  Hard Candy  Stamps Notepad/Pen Hand Lotion/Sanitizer Chap stick Gift Cards to Publix/Walgreens/Wal-Mart No skid socks Tissues Magnets

 

Precautions
I will be outside of the building, wearing a mask and gloves and will have hand sanitizer available.  Please deliver items wearing a mask and deliver no more than two people at a time.

The Twig Cares, Inc.

  CLICK: Amazon Wish List

OR

Drop Off: Friday, October 2nd
at The Twig - 826 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL 34285

Activity Description
We give out over 3000 items free of charge every single month to children in foster care. Many of these children come in to foster care with only the clothes on their backs. They often come in to care barefoot or with shoes that do not fit their feet. We are asking LWRBA members to help support these precious children by collecting new sneakers and socks. By proving sneakers you will help these children feel comfortable and loved, while fitting in with their peers. We serve newborn babies through young adult who have recently aged out of the foster care system so all sizes and welcomed and needed.

Additional Information
Please visit our website www.TheTwigCares.com to learn more about our organization.  Thank you for helping us bless the lives of children in foster care throughout Manatee, Sarasota, DeSoto, and Charlotte counties.

The Twig Cares, Inc. Contact(s):
Nicole Britton
9412207958
nicoleb@thetwigcares.com

About the Organization
Our mission is to encourage and inspire the lives of children in foster care by meeting their needs in practical ways. Our boutique is only open to children in foster care where they can shop with dignity for clothing and shoes completely free of charge. Beyond clothes we are providing these children with love and encouragement while helping to boost their self esteem.

Tidewell Hospice

CLICK: Amazon Wish List

Activity Description
Supply drive for Fidget mats.  Fidget mats are activity mats for Alzheimer's patients with items like ties, zippers, tactile items. 

Tidewell Hospice Contact(s):
Stacy Groff
9418941753
sgroff@tidewell.org

About the Organization
Since 1980, Tidewell has provided the highest quality care to patients and families living with advanced illness, while honoring human dignity and personal choice. Tidewell strives to treat the whole person — fulfilling physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs — and views the patient and his/her family as a unit. You are invited to explore all the programs and services Tidewell has to offer. You will discover Tidewell is really about building relationships — providing the comfort and support to deal with complex and difficult issues while finding joy in each day.

United Way Suncoast

Drop-offs can be made at our Manatee/LWR Office – 4215 Concept Court, Bradenton FL 34211 by scheduling a time with Jessica Maxon-Berrier – 941-932-8259 or email jmaxon-berrier@uwsuncoast.org. We’re flexible on drop-off/delivery times, contact Jessica to schedule!

Activity Description
Teachers are vital to the success of our students’ success. As each school year begins, teachers are responsible for personally providing the supplies necessary for their classroom. At United Way Suncoast, we are inspired to support our educators so that our community’s students can have access to the best resources possible for their success.  This year we are leading a Teacher Supply Drive. Volunteers will join us by collecting the items in the attachment. United Way Suncoast will then coordinate the distribution of supplies directly to teachers.

Needed Items: DIY Teacher Kits

United Way Suncoast Contact(s):
Jessica Maxon-Berrier
814-762-4975
jmaxon-berrier@uwsuncoast.org

About the Organization
To provide leadership that improves lives and creates lasting community change by mobilizing the caring people of our communities to give, advocate, and volunteer. United Way Suncoast fights for the education and financial stability of every person in the communities we serve.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AS A VOLUNTEER

NOTE - While sign-ups for in-person projects are now closed, there are still opportunities to participate with one of the collection drives. Sign up today to Give Back!

8430 Enterprise Circle, STE 140
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

941-757-1664 | info@lwrba.org

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