The Laurel Civic Association has grown right along with the needs of South Sarasota County. Our activities, programs and advocacy are born of the needs of the children and families we serve. Major needs of our community and the entire county are decent and affordable housing, equal educational opportunities for all children, the ability to not be hungry, safe supervised care for children after school, social interaction that increases the horizon of the disenfranchised, and a clean, safe neighborhood to live in. We help the children and families we serve get closer to the goal of self-sufficiency each day with the help of our funders, volunteers and, donors.
Major needs of our community and the entire county are decent and affordable housing, equal educational opportunities for all children, the ability to not be hungry, safe supervised care for children after school, social interaction that increases the horizon of the disenfranchised, and a clean, safe neighborhood to live in.
Community Development means taking care of the people, the buildings and the land in our community. We continue to do that through education, housing related activities, annual community clean ups, collaborations with Sarasota County government and the Sandra Sims Terry Community Center, and activities for at risk children and their families. ...read more
Healthy Mind and Body
Everyone deserves not to be hungry. We do our part by serving as a distribution site for USDA Food through All Faiths Food Bank once a month to at least 96 families. Our after school Kid's Café is also supported in part by All Faiths Food Bank. Summer camp has been enhanced by a partnership with the Sarasota District Schools Food and Nutrition Services that serves hot meals to up to 120 children during summer camp. Nutritional education is an integral part of USDA and Kid's Cafe. We are visited once a month by the Sarasota County Health in Motion Van to give access to residents who might otherwise not seek any medical help. The Legacy Trail has increased walking and biking and the gym and exercise room are within walking distance for the use of the community. ...read more
Social Development & Safe Supervised Activities
Socialization is very important for low-income and disenfranchised children and their families. All of our activities are safe and supervised by positive adult role models. Everyone is allowed to and helped to expand their horizon every day in all our activities. ...read more