Local Collaborations

In a heartwarming, multi-generational outreach, youngsters from the Boys & Girls Club of Sarasota come to the Sarasota Friendship Center to read to center volunteers.

Community Outreach in Five Counties

“Think globally, act locally.” Many organizations embrace this as their motto, but for the Friendship Centers – an organization spread over five counties– it is an imperative. Each of our offices builds and nurtures its own relationships with local entities, from government organizations to private citizen groups. Food banks, libraries, bus systems, hospitals, youth clubs, community centers, charities, human services organizations – these community partners all play an integral role in strengthening our service to older adults.

Charlotte County

  • Charlotte County Human Services
  • Charlotte Transportation
  • Oceans (Charlotte Elder Affairs Network)
  • Punta Gorda Housing Authority

Collier County

  • Catholic Charities Collier County
  • Collier County Dental Association
  • Collier County Health Facilities Authority
  • Collier County Medical Society
  • Collier County Senior Services
  • Collier Resource Center
  • Department of Health, Collier County
  • Florida International University
  • Golden Gate Senior Center
  • Harry Chapin Food Bank
  • Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida (FQHC)
  • Jewish Community Family Services
  • Justin’s Place
  • Meals of Hope
  • Moorings Park Foundation
  • NAACP Collier County
  • Naples Community Hospital (NCH)
  • Naples Senior Center
  • Naples United Church of Christ
  • Physician’s Led Access Network (PLAN)
  • Retired Physicians of Collier County
  • St. Mathew’s House
  • Tech 4 Good

DeSoto County

  • Center for the Needy
  • DeSoto County Social Services
  • DeSoto County Library
  • DeSoto Memorial Home Health Care
  • DeSoto Transportation Disadvantaged
  • DART Bus
  • Drug Free DeSoto
  • Salvation Army
  • Tidewell Hospice

Lee County

  • American Red Cross
  • Assisting Hands
  • Caloosa Middle School
  • Comfort Keepers
  • Cypress Cove
  • Department of Health, Lee County
  • Dr. Piper Center
  • Friends in Service Here (FISH) – Del Tura
  • FISH – Lake Fairways
  • FISH – Pine Lakes
  • FISH – Seven Lakes
  • Fort Myers Metro Kiwanis Club
  • Goodwill Industries of SWFL
  • Guardian Ad Litem
  • Habitat for Humanity of Lee County
  • Harry Chapin Food Bank
  • Interfaith Charities of South Lee
  • University of Iowa Alumni Club
  • Lake Fairways Wake Up America
  • Lee Co. Parks and Recreation
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Michigan State Alumni Club
  • Midland IRA
  • Molly Maid of Fort Myers
  • Notre Dame Alumni Club
  • Osterhout and McKinney, P.A.
  • Prestige Health Choice
  • Purdue University Alumni Club
  • Quigley Eye Centers
  • Seniors Blue Book
  • Southwest Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra
  • United Healthcare
  • Zion Lutheran Church

Sarasota County

  • All Faiths Food Bank
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County
  • Circus Sarasota
  • Department of Health, Sarasota County
  • Deputy Dogs (Search & Rescue)
  • Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida, Inc.
  • Gulfcoast Legal Services Inc.
  • Loveland Center
  • Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood
  • Prime Timers
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Sarasota Builders Association
  • Sarasota County Library System
  • Suncoast Community Blood Bank
  • Suncoast Humane Society (Pet Therapy)
  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • Tidewell Hospice
  • USF School of Nursing