Community Outreach

In the spirit of giving back and making our community a better place to live and work, RASM is partnering with several deserving area organizations to offer volunteer assistance and financial aid.

rasm-gives-back-logoEach year, the RASM Community Outreach Committee selects community projects to partner with. The 2017 projects are listed on this page. Click on the organization for more information about how to get involved.

Who: Children’s Healthy Pantry (Sarasota) and Feeding Empty Little Tummies (Manatee) both work to ensure that school children in need are fed.

Event: Children’s Food Drive

Benefiting: Children’s Healthy Pantry currently provides granola bars, crackers and bottled water to over 6,000 students each month. Feeding Empty Little Tummies (F.E.L.T.) provides nutritious meals for Manatee County’s homeless children, particularly during the weekends and during school vacation, serving approximately 55,000 meals per year.

How: RASM Volunteers will help support these groups by collecting requesting food from both organizations. The Community Outreach Committee will post regular reminders on food donations, in addition to the type of food in greatest need.

  • May – Children’s Healthy Pantry – Granola Bar & Water Bottle Drive!
  • July – Feeding Empty Little Tummies – Mac & Cheese Drive! (individual packages)

Who: The Blessing Bags Project is an organization of volunteers who collect hygiene and clothing items for the thousands of homeless and nearly homeless of Manatee and Sarasota counites.

Event: RASM Drop Off Sites

Benefiting: The Blessings Bags provides hundreds of “Blessing Bags” each month to various service centers that aid the members of our community who are struggling financially.

How: Drop off site in both the north (10910 Technology Terrace) and south offices (2320 Cattlemen Road). Member can bring items at any time.

  • Hotel or sample size toiletries, toothbrushes, deodorant and more.
  • Socks, coats and blankets for distribution during cold spells.
  • Small stuffed animals for homeless children.
  • hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug repellent, chap stick, lotion
  • reading glasses, combs/brusheS
  • tampons and pads, band-aids, disposable razors

 

“Our goal is to work towards the day that we are no longer needed, when homelessness ceases to be the daily reality for thousands of people in Manatee and Sarasota counties,” said Betsy Plante, President and Co-founder of The Blessing Bags Project.

Who: The Sarasota Family YMCA works to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

Event: Sarasota YMCA Baltimore Orioles Spring Training Days at Ed Smith Stadium

Benefiting: Proceeds support the youth and family programs at the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. branch of the Sarasota Family YMCA

How: Fifteen volunteers will be placed at several different parking lots and will either direct cars to designated parking areas or help collect money at the entrance of each lot. Volunteers will receive a hat and shirt and will be granted entrance to the game.

When/Where:

  • Orioles Game Parking Assistance
    Passed

“This is one of our biggest fundraisers for the year… without the support of the community we would not be able to [reach our goal]; however, with the support of RASM this year I am confident that we are poised to go above and beyond!” Keith Quick, Vice President of Frank G. Berlin Sr. YMCA.

Who: Since 1984, Habitat for Humanity Sarasota has provided safe, affordable homes to low-income working families in Sarasota County. Since April 2010, 249 RASM members have contributed 1,899 volunteer hours on 20 different Habitat build sites.

Event: Remodeling Project!

Benefiting: In addition to volunteering at build sites, RASM is donating $5,000 to the organization. Donations support construction and other costs needed to make a home for these deserving homeowners.

When/Where:

  • Build Day
    Saturday, August 12
    7:30 a.m. – noon
    4543 McIntosh Lane
    REGISTER HERE

 

“Affordable housing in our area has become almost nonexistent. It is a crisis confronting hard working families who are contributing to our community. The crisis is real and our organization is committed to serve 66 families in the next 3 1/2 years. But we can’t fulfill our goals without volunteer support – we need your members to join us on the build sites! We are also grateful to have Michelle Crabtree and Michael Bruno, RASM members as Habitat Board Members.” Renee Snyder, Executive Director

Who: Since 1994, Manatee County Habitat for Humanity has provided 126 families with a stable, sustainable place to call home thanks to partner families, donors and volunteers.

Event: Community Home Build Days

Benefiting: In addition to volunteering at build sites, RASM is donating $5,000 to the organization. Donations support construction and other costs needed to make a home for these deserving homeowners.

When/Where: (Build Days will be posted when they are scheduled with Habitat)

  • Build Day
    TBD

Who: Heroes Welcome Home works to honor and support returning veterans with the dream of home ownership. RASM is proud to support this mission by making a $1,000 donation to the organization.

Event: Annual Craft Beer & Music Festival

Benefiting: Proceeds from this event will support their mission to provide down payment assistance and closing cost coverage to returning veterans.

How: Volunteers from RASM will support this event by helping with set-up, greeting guests, 50/50 raffles and silent auction support.

When/Where:

Who: The core mission of The Tiny Hands Foundation is to improve the quality of life for impoverished children in our area.

Event: Back-to-School Backpack Brigade

Benefiting: Backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to community school children in need.

How: Volunteers will help fill over 1,500 backpacks with donated school supplies, snacks and other essentials.

When/Where:

  • Back-to-School Backpack Brigade
    Date passed.

“On behalf of the children and families that benefit from The Tiny Hands Foundation’s initiatives each year, we would like to thank RASM members and staff for their support and for making a positive difference in the lives of children in need within our community.” – Ron Trytek, Tiny Hands Foundation.

Who: The mission of Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB) is to educate the public, and promote interest and participation in the overall improvement and beautification of the environment throughout Sarasota County.

Event: International Coastal Clean-Up

Benefiting: The International Coastal Clean-Up promotes improvement to area beaches and safe oceans.

How: RASM Volunteers will help collect litter throughout the county, specifically area beaches, parks and along county roadways.

When/Where:

  • International Coastal Clean-Up
    Saturday, September 16
    8 a.m. – noon
    Sign-Up information coming in mid-July

““It’s important for our community to understand the impact litter has on the environment and the wildlife. As more people continue to participate, it provides an opportunity to continue the conversation and educate Sarasota County visitors and residents on the importance of litter prevention,” Wendi Crisp, Program Coordinator for Keep Sarasota County Beautiful (KSCB).

Who: Special Olympics Manatee County provides sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for persons eight years and older with intellectual disabilities.

Event: 2017 Area 9 Bowling Tournament

Benefiting: The tournament provides opportunities for these participants to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and friendship with their families

How: Volunteers will run scores, help with check-in, awards and other lane responsibilities, including helping the athletes where they see fit.

When/Where:

  • 2017 Area 9 Bowling Tournament
    Saturday, October 21
    9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Volunteers can work in shifts.
    Sign up information coming soon.

“This event will have over 500 athletes from Desoto, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Hendry, Collier and Manatee counties participating in singles, ramps, doubles, unified double, teams and unified teams throughout the day. When you come out and volunteer for this event you will leave with a big heart and a bigger smile on your face,” Pam Fazio, Assistant County Director.

Who: The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County (BGCMC) is to enable all young people, especially those who need aid the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Event: 63rd Annual Christmas Tree Fundraising Event

Benefiting: Proceeds of the fundraiser support the clubs and their members.

How: RASM Volunteers will help on their very own adopt-a-day with the sales transactions and tree packaging.

When/Where:

  • 63rd Annual Christmas Tree Fundraising Event
    Monday, November 27
    Shifts: noon to 3 p.m.; 3 – 6 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
    Sign up information coming soon.

“It truly takes a village to raise a child – and your impact will be felt throughout the holiday season.  In addition to volunteers for the tree Lot, we also have great options for those wanting to help with events and mentoring kids in the Clubs (help with homework, coaching, arts, music, etc.).  There’s something for everyone at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County!” Dawn Stanhope, President, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County.

Who: The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County (BGCSC) is to enable all young people to reach their full potential, as productive and responsible citizens. The BGCSC serves approximately 5,000 children each year across Sarasota County, in five Club locations from Newtown to North Port.

Event: South County Holiday Party

Benefiting: For most of the children who receive an invitation, the South Sarasota County Holiday Party is the only chance they will have to celebrate the joy of the season due to their difficult financial circumstances at home.

How: RASM volunteers will ensure a memorable experience for every child by helping to serve a traditional holiday meal and assisting with activity booths and photos with Santa.

When/Where:

  • South County Holiday Party
    Thursday, December 14
    5 to 8 p.m.
    More information about volunteering to come.

“We are so grateful to have RASM volunteers at our upcoming South Sarasota County Holiday Party on December 14,” said Bill Sadlo, President/CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. “Many of the children who attend this party would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the magic of the season. These volunteers are helping us ensure that hundreds of children leave the party with a full holiday spirit and smile on their face.”