Welcome Club of Sarasota/Manatee members work diligently as volunteers and fundraisers for local charities. In 2019, our efforts will be directed towards supporting four worthwhile organizations who strive to help better the lives of those less fortunate as well as improve the environment of Manatee and Sarasota counties.


Their non-profit agencies include: The Haven, The Sertoma Speech Clinic, Loveland Village, Children First, Challenger Baseball and Special Olympics for Sarasota County. Over 8,000 children, teens and adults are serviced every year. Children First also under Suncoast, serves over 600 of Sarasota’s most vulnerable children birth to 5 years old and their families.

Our efforts will be used to support Children First. Under their auspices families and children participate in Early Head Start, Head Start, and/or Elaine’s Kids all of which help a child’s educational and emotional growth and development.

TURNING POINTS – Bradenton/Manatee County Non Profit

Turning Points provides free services to assist individuals and families on their path to financial stability and independence. Last year 10,000 homeless individuals were helped. Services include, breakfasts, hot lunches, a free clinic for dental and medical services, hot showers, restrooms, and laundry facilities. Free personal hygiene kits, clothing, books, and toys are available. Their financial department assists with past due rents on utilities, legal assistance, Veteran Services, Yellow Ribbon Program and transportation assistance.


Established in 2003, they serve the homeless and underprivileged adults and children of greater Sarasota.  Their Community Store is open 6 days a week and 100% of all donations are used to provide services.  Every Saturday their store provides free school supplies to children. They are affiliated with the Humanitarian Aid and Community Outreach Organization – which collect canned foods and toiletry items and are then distributed every Friday to children and adults.


This was founded and initially funded by The Andrew and Judith Economos Charitable Foundation. Governmental and other research associates will continue to support this necessary Institute. 

This program will be investigating Karenia Brevis, the organism that causes Red Tide in Florida’s West Coast marine waters.  Their research will be shared and collaborated with other research organizations.  They will also be working to learn how chemical contaminants impact marine mammals and other marine organisms; research sources of toxins, educating people who live, work and play along the beaches.  This new institute is an important effort towards improving the health of the Florida coastline.

The Welcome Club provides ongoing support for these charities as well: