Getting Involved Here on the Suncoast

We live in some of the prettiest places, from beaches to sunsets, amazing concerts, to wonderful museums. Suncoast features something for everyone. Unfortunately, many children, animals, homeless residents, and others do not have the luxury of a nice roof over their heads, food in their bellies each night, and the like. Luckily, so many of us use our resources to get involved with the many charities and organizations that help with so many of these concerns. Each year millions of dollars are raised right here on the Suncoast to bolster the needs of those who have so much less. If you are looking for a new place to volunteer your time and energies, we have compiled the following list, which is by no means exhaustive of the numerous amazing nonprofits that grace the shores of the Suncoast.


All Faith’s Food Bank – Together with our partners, we are involved in providing healthy solutions to end hunger in our community.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Sarasota and Desoto Counties – These clubs help to empower youth to achieve their full potential through a host of programs for children of all ages.

Bridge a Life – whether they are involved in providing meals, practical training, or safe and professional childcare for a night out, this organization supports and equips foster and adoptive parents as they impact the lives of their children.

Clara’s Clubhouse Inc. – Clara’s Clubhouse Inc. is a nonprofit corporation with a specific focus on helping families of children with Unique Sensory needs through education and support.

Dawning Family Services – They create sustainable change in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable families.

Friends of Manatee County Animal Services – This organizations’ goal is to enrich the lives of the Manatee County shelter animals.

Habitat for Humanity SRQ – Habitat for Humanity believes the prescription for improved health, happiness, higher education, financial stability, and a brighter future starts with permanent, affordable housing. We build strength, stability, and self-reliance through homeownership.

House of Gaia – “Happy Community Center” is involved in areas of social inclusion, social responsibility, social justice. Our programs are based on the science of happiness for participants of all ages and abilities.

Hungers End – Manatee – Hungers End’s mission is to “End Hunger in America, one community at a time.” They operate a food pantry and Blessing Closet, serving 1200 Suncoast families a month.

Loveland Center – Transforming lives one day at a time. Their mission is to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their lives to the fullest.

North Port Coalition for Homeless/Needy Children, Inc aka – Back Pack Angel – packing essential hygiene items directly to schools, daycares, and organizations that serve children in need of these items.

Realize Bradenton – Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that promotes redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming places, engaging people, and realizing possibilities.

Rescue Garage – Chez Malinois dba Rescue Garage rescues, rehabilitates, retrains, and rehomes vulnerable and at-risk dogs and provides educational tools and support, community outreach programs, and advocates on behalf of stable dog ownership and animal welfare issues.


Suncoast Charities for Children – Serving children, teens, and adults with special needs since 1985.

The Humane Society of Naples – Southwest Florida’s premier no-kill pet shelter, adoption center, animal clinic, and professional dog training agency

The Blessing Bags Project  – This team is dedicated to the homes and less fortunate, providing critical basic needs by taking food and supplies right to the people who require it most.

The Sarasota Ballet Enriches lives, captivating emotions and strengthening the community through the art of dance.

Whether you want to help children, the homeless, fur babies, arts enrichment or the elderly, there are charities for you to lend your resources of time and monies here on Suncoast. We hope that those that also need a helping hand can use this list as a resource to find what they need, from hygiene products to food or job support, to get back on the road to the happiest life possible. Thank you to all that volunteer here on the Suncoast.

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