601.0 — Office of Community Involvement

    The school district Office of Community Involvement is charged with facilitating partnerships among the schools and those community members seeking to support the schools. To support educational 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, business partner, or guest speaker must first apply by registering ahttps://volunteer.samaritan.com/custom/528/#/volunteer_home The school-based Volunteer Coordinator must receive clearance from the Office of Community Involvement before the applicant 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).   

    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 on the Community Involvement website. 

    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 atwww.uw211manasota.net. 

    604.0 – 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  

    Food & Nutrition Services also operates a Summer Food Service Program to summer school sites and to eligible community sites.  Free breakfast and lunch are 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.summerbreakspot.org