The Community Alliance of Sarasota County is a group comprised of organizations in Sarasota's human services community. It is a meeting of minds for the sector, making connections and setting priorities for the social services delivery system as a whole. Each year, the Community Alliance’s Legislative Advocacy Committee asks the members of the Community Alliance to submit their issues to the committee for review.

This process culminates at the annual Legislative Summit, where the issues are presented to the broader community.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have shifted our process and format. These issues are being discussed and voted on in the various subcommittees, workgroups and in other community forums. The Community Alliance will come together as a whole for the Summit when each system will inform the group of their voted priorities and the primary contact for those issues has a chance to speak to their issue.

This is just one more way that shows this community is coming together during COVID.

The Summit is Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 9am – 10:30am. This event is free and open to everyone.

You can view this year's submitted legislative issues here.

The Community Alliance of Sarasota County recognizes nine critical systems which provide health and human services for the community. They are:

Behavioral Health (includes Mental Health and Substance Abuse)
Child Welfare
Children and Youth
Criminal Justice
Developmental Disabilities
Early Learning
Health Care

Each system can have as many issues as submitted and that pass through the Legislative Advocacy Committee’s vetting process. This process establishes that all the required criteria has been met, such as a clearly defined ask, correct system alignment, etc.

Glasser/Schoenbaum’s role as administrator to the Community Alliance provides logistical and operational support at no charge.


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Glasser/Schoenbaum is an integral part of our community. They not only provide critical commercial space for non-profits but also build networks within our community to meet the needs of our most vulnerable.

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Dawn Sakes, MSW Executive Director and Mentor More Too Life
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The staff at Glasser/Schoenbaum have done a great job of connecting the many organizations on campus and creating a space that sparks collaboration. This sense of community extends to staff and clients alike, helping to break down barriers and leading to innovative ways to serve the community as a whole.

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Katie Becker Executive Director Parenting Matters
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Real estate is one of the greatest costs in a business budget. Our partnership with The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center allows more money to go towards our mission. And what better place to house our office than on a campus with nineteen other outreach agencies.

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Janet Kahn Executive Director Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County
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