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Community Engagement

In 2018, the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance has formed a committee focused on Community Engagement. This Committee works with our members and local partners to foster relationships and engage business members and their resources with local non-profit and community organizations to fulfill community needs.

If you are interested in helping us give back to the community, we encourage you to get involved and visit our next meeting. Committee details listed below:

Community Engagement Committee

Meeting Time: 1st Wednesday of Every Month, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Meeting Location: LWRBA Boardroom, 8430 Enterprise Circle, Suite 140, Lakewood Ranch

Time Commitment: 4-6 Hours per Month

Committee Chair: Erik Hanson, Norton, Hammersley, Lopez & Skokos P.A. (ehanson@nhlslaw.com)

Volunteer Opportunities

Sarasota Local College Access Network

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County is the backbone to the Sarasota Local College Access Network, a collective impact model. We are a launching a community-wide campaign for high school seniors and their families to complete their FAFSA financial aid applications and Florida Bright Futures Scholarship applications. We are seeking volunteers to help students and their families fill out their FAFSA applications. The United Way of the Suncoast is hosting volunteer training, which is mandatory. We would love your help!

Volunteers can sign up directly here: Tinyurl.com/fafsa-volunteer


Sarasota School District Rockin' Reader Program

Sarasota County Schools Office of Community Involvement, in partnership with the TeamUP Volunteer and Partnership Council, is looking for volunteers with a passion for reading to commit one hour a week to read to two children in Kindergarten. You will receive a free training on how to be most effective while reading aloud to children. Reading to children is one of the most important factors in their future success and we want to set these children up to meet their full potential!

This Rockin' Reader opportunity will take place at Gocio Elementary School near Lockwood Ridge and University Parkway and Bay Haven school for Basics Plus near the Ringling art school.

If you are interested in being a Rockin' Reader and would like more information, please contact Tanice Knopp at awetyk@yahoo.com.

Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading needs volunteers to join us as we prepare Kindergarten Readiness Bags for incoming kindergartners in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties.

These materials are designed for parent-child interactions to help the little ones transition between pre-k and kindergarten. Get a sneak peek into nearly 20 tools that help kids succeed in school. The cherry on top... hanging out with SCGLR is always a good time.

ACCESS THE SCGLR VOLUNTEER CALENDAR TO REGISTER

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

A key focus for the committee’s first year is to support early childhood reading initiatives in Sarasota and Manatee counties. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County enhances the potential of students, promotes excellence in teaching and inspires innovation in education, guided by strategic philanthropy.

Volunteer opportunity examples within the interest areas include:

  • College & Career Readiness - Career Chats speaker, Mentoring in Student Success Centers, Reviewing scholarship applications, Hosting a student workshop in a Student Success Center (i.e. interview skills, financial literacy, etc)

  • STEM & Innovation - STEMSmart Summit judge, #SRQHacks Hackathon mentor or judge

  • Teachers/Professional Development - Reading and scoring teacher-submitted grants

  • Special Events - Serving on event committees, Assisting with event-related planning and logistics

Visit their Sign-Up Page to Get Involved Today!

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Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

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