600.0 — VOLUNTEERING AND PARTNERSHIPS
601.0 — Volunteer and Partnership Office
The school district Volunteer and Partnership Office is charged
with facilitating partnerships among the schools and those community members
seeking to support the schools. To support education opportunities for students
through comprehensive and collaborative community involvement in the schools,
this program recruits, trains, and recognizes volunteers and business partners.
Anyone wishing to become a volunteer must first apply to be a
school district volunteer by registering on a volunteer computer available at
each school and the district administration complex. The school-based Volunteer
Coordinator must receive clearance from the Volunteer and Partnership Office
before the volunteer is permitted to work in a school or at a school function.
Please note that some volunteer interactions (such as one to one work with a
student and unstructured, unsupervised, overnight field-trip chaperoning)
require a higher level criminal background screening and that school district
approved volunteers serve by permission of the school principal/administrator
(See section 102.2 for details).
A website, www.TeamUpSCS.org, provides an easy way for individuals
and businesses to partner with schools in a variety of ways.
602.0 — Mentoring Services
A listing with descriptions of official in-school mentoring
programs through interagency agreements between the school district and various
organizations can be found at www.SarasotaCountySchools.net/departments/vpo.
603.0 — 2-1-1 INFO LINE
By calling 2-1-1 or 941-308-4357, families can access community
information and referral services twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
The 2-1-1 Network Centers maintain a comprehensive, up-to-date
database of local human-service resources. 2-1-1 helpline counselors
assist people in finding the services needed. In addition, there is a free
searchable online directory at
– Community Food Resources
Select schools may have Backpack Programs and there are mobile food pantry
sites throughout the community to assist with additional food resources. These programs may change location from year
to year. Please contact All Faiths Food
Bank for further details on current programs and locations: www.allfaithsfoodbank.org/need-food.
Food & Nutrition Services also operates a Summer
Food Service Program to summer school sites and to eligible community
sites. Free breakfast and lunch is
provided to students 18 years and younger during the summer months so that they
may continue to grow and develop while school is not in session. For current information on summer meal sites,
go to: www.summerfoodflorida.org.