A number of years ago, an informal mission statement found its way into our church family: “We seek to be biblically-based, Christ-centered, and spiritually-alive in all that we do.” Whether you are a seeker asking hard questions, or a long-time follower of Jesus desiring to dig deep into the truths of God’s word, we believe there is a hearty welcome for you here.
Junior League of Sarasota
The Junior League of Sarasota is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Venice Area Beautifica
For more than 20 years, the dedicated Board and active volunteers that energize Venice Area Beautification, Inc. have embraced their mission to make the City of Venice and the surrounding community a vibrant and attractive place to call home. Venice has an engaging natural charm that VABI enhances through their park and public art projects. As a vital community nonprofit, VABI takes pride in their capacity to partner effectively with governments, foundations and a variety of local associations. This ability to plan park and art projects and bring them to completion efficiently has earned Venice Area Beautification, Inc. well-deserved community respect.
Venice Area Mobile Meals
Venice Area Mobile Meals, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community supported, all volunteer organization, has delivered over 1.4 million noon-time meals to area residents since 1969. Its mission is to provide a warm, noon-time meal, daily except Sunday, to any person in the Greater Venice, Florida area unable to prepare a meal because of a physical or mental disability. Although there are no age restrictions, most meal recipients are seniors.
An average of 165 meals are delivered a day, 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, holidays included, with the help of about 200 volunteers, each providing a few hours of their time each week.
Venice Youth Boating Associatio
VYBA is a non-profit sailing organization that serves the youth of Venice, Florida, and surrounding areas. Housed in the Pram Shed on the grounds of the Venice Yacht Club, we hold summer learn-to-sail courses for beginners and advanced classes for more experienced sailors. We also maintain a year-round racing team that practices on Saturdays and competes in many major regattas state-wide.
Each summer, VYBA teaches over 100 youth, ages 9 through 14, basic sailing skills in International Optimist Dinghy (IOD) class boats. Although our main purpose is to teach basic sailing skills during summer classes, advanced classes are offered to those sailors who show interest and skill. Some of the advanced students are also offered the opportunity to join the VYBA Green Fleet year-round program.
Bitter Ends Venice Women’s Sailing Squadron
The Venice Women’s Sailing Squadron (VWSS) was born in September of 1976.
It was started by Nancy Herron who decided that Venice needed an organization for woman sailors and with the able assistance of Sally Zenker and Ann Spaulding she proceeded to create one.
A group of runners in a race who are bunched together to maintain a steady pace and draw inspiration from each other are often referred to as a “pack”, hence the abbreviated form of The Venice Running Group became the “V-Pack”.
Deciding to improve one’s life style with exercise can be intimidating and many do not even know how to start. We know because every one of us has been there! That’s why we welcome new participants, to share what we have experienced.
The V-Pack is a mix of male and female local residents and winter visitors. There are no fees, no rules, no dress code and no intimidation. The only requirement is your own commitment and determination!
The V-Pack is volunteering on behalf of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota County.
Suncoast Humane Society
Suncoast Humane Society is a 41 year old non-profit Organization providing shelter for its communities’ homeless, abandoned and abused animals. It serves 400 square miles including Charlotte county and portions of Sarasota and Lee counties. Its programs and services help more than 38,000 animals and people each year. Suncoast Humane Society is supported by individual donations, wills and bequests and grants from foundations. It receives no local, state or federal government aid, nor is it funded by national humane societies, SPCA’s or other animal protection/welfare organizations. The continuation is its programs and services depends solely upon community support. Suncoast Humane Society is one of Florida’s few “open admissions” animal shelters, it accepts all animals brought to us from within our service area. It is committed to its policy of never turning an animal away regardless of health, temperament, size or breed.
Coastal Cruisers Bike Club
Coastal Cruisers Bicycle Club has been in existence for over thirty-five years. Our membership and participation generally extend throughout Sarasota and Charlotte Counties. Even with current expanding population and development of the area, we are fortunate to find back roads and bikeways which offer viable riding routes and wonderful Florida views.
Our regularly scheduled rides and activities attempt to meet wide riding interests of members. Year round we celebrate the joy of bicycling!
Safety is priority! Fitness is motivation!! Fun and friendships are prized! Come join us as we aim to share the road and to share the rides. Visitors and Guests are always welcomed!