[SARASOTA, Fla. December 18, 2017] – The Sarasota Family YMCA is pleased to announce the award of $100,000 from the Unrestricted Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation.  The Y will utilize the gift to fund 1.5 (positions) Early Childhood Court Community Coordinators in Circuit 12.  The Sarasota YMCA serves as the Lead Agency for Community Based Care in three counties – Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto. The Safe Children Coalition (SCC) is a collaboration between the Y and local community entities who together provide a continuum of child welfare services for dependent children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned.

This generous support will help the Y continue to further its mission to “build strong kids, strong families, strong communities,” by fostering lasting personal and social change for needy youth and families. 


About Sarasota YMCA:

THE SARASOTA YMCA is a nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development by nurturing the potential of every child and teen;  healthy living by improving the community’s health and well-being; and social responsibility by giving back and providing support to our neighbors. Every day, we work to make sure that everyone regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For more information visit or call 941.951.2916.


About The Safe Children Coalition:

With offices in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties, the Safe Children Coalition serves abused and neglected children through a contract with the Department of Children and Families.  One of the first community based care programs in Florida, the Safe Children Coalition is among the leaders in the State in providing permanency to children and shortening their time in foster care. For more information, visit