As we ring in 2017, a new era begins at the Women’s Resource Center as the merger of the Manatee and Sarasota centers becomes official.  The Boards and staffs of both organizations spent over 1,400 hours of discussion and due diligence on the merger. We appreciate everyone who played a role in this significant undertaking, with special thanks to our consultants from The Patterson Foundation, Betsy Steiner and Pam Truitt. Betsy and Pam provided an amazing environment for us to learn, share, connect, evolve and strengthen the organization.

While we are excited about the completion of the merger, the reality is the work is just beginning!

Staffing Changes

There are a couple of staff transitions we wanted to share with you. Amanda Horne, who has worked with us part time for the last 10 years as community relations guru, is leaving that position. While she will stay involved with the WRC, it became apparent as we started cross promoting programming and events during the merger that we needed a full time person for this position.

With Amanda transitioning out of her staff role we welcome two additions to our WRC team! Nancy Wollin Cook will be joining us as Director of Marketing & Communications and Kaylea Schule will be joining us as Events & Communications Coordinator.

New Branding Project

Nancy will be leading the charge as we embark on the challenging task of creating a unified brand. This will include a new website, logo, social media presence, and messaging. I would ask for your patience as we work through this process. These items are so important to how we communicate our mission to the community and we want to be thoughtful and inclusive as we make these changes. Currently both websites are still active we will be using a temporary logo during this transition that is simply:


Programming Evaluation

Our programs are the foundation of our organization. Christie Nolan, a consultant partially funded through a grant from the I3, Invest in Incredible program of the Gulfcoast Community Foundation, will be working with our program staff, including facilitators and volunteers, to evaluate our current programming. The goal is to leverage the best of our programming throughout the region.

We will continue to keep you posted though emails, Facebook posts and Coffee and Conversations. Should you have any questions about the WRC please do not hesitate to contact me via email abrown@thewomensresourcecenter.org or via phone 941-747-6797.

Wishing you and yours a New Year filled with good health, the joy of family and friends, and laughter!



President & CEO


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The Women’s Resource Center invites women who are at least 21 years old and full-time residents of Sarasota County to submit an application for the WRC Sarasota scholarship. The WRC scholarship was created to recognize, reward, and encourage female students who are pursuing a higher level of education to reach a realistic goal in preparation for employment, self-sufficiency and advancement in the community.

The deadline for submitting a completed scholarship application is Friday, March 17, 2017. The WRC Scholarship Committee will meet to review all applications, face-to-face interviews will be scheduled, and notices will be mailed to all applicants after decisions have been made. An awards ceremony and reception will be held in the spring to honor those selected for a scholarship.

In keeping with their mission to create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women and provide the strategies for living that strengthen them, their families and their communities, the WRC Scholarship Program has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in educational scholarships since the inception of the program.  For more information about our scholarship program, or to find out how to become a scholarship donor, Eva Rickert at our Manatee office (941) 747-6797.

Click here to download the WRC 2017-2018 scholarship application.


aauw-venice AAUW Non-Traditional Scholarships Available

The Venice Branch AAUW (American Association of University Women) has established a scholarship fund to provide financial assistance to women residents of Sarasota County.

A non-traditional student is one whose family or other obligations required an interruption in studies prior to resuming higher education (Re-entry), or one who waited until later in life to start higher education (Delayed Entry).

The 2017 application must be submitted online at http://venice-fl.aauw.net by March 1, 2017. Additional required materials must be postmarked not later than March 1, 2017 and mailed to:

AAUW Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
P.O. Box 515
Venice, FL 34284

Please visit the AAUW Venice website for details of scholarship requirements.


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Employment CPR – Spring 2017 Dates



Do your employability skills need “CPR”?  Career Pathway Resources — Employment CPR — is a half-day job readiness program offered by the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County to help women and men brush up on employment skills including writing resumes, practicing for interviews, conducting the job search and more.

Sponsored by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, this workshop is offered for FREE and, if you meet the following criteria, you could be eligible for additional employment and other services for free:

→ Age 35 or older
→ Have provided unpaid household services for a family member (stay at home mom or dad, caregiver)
→ Are unemployed or underemployed (not earning self-sufficient wages)
→ Are currently receiving Federal assistance OR have lost financial support of another family member due to divorce, separation, death, unemployment or disability
→ Are Florida residents
→ Are US citizens or have authorization to work in the USA

Even if you don’t meet the above criteria, we still want to help you jumpstart your career! Workshops will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at four locations on the following summer dates:

North Port Family Service Center, 6919 Outreach Way, North Port, 34287:

  • Thursday, January 19th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Venice Women’s Resource Center, The Brickyard Plaza, 530 US Hwy. 41 Bypass S., Ste. 5A, Venice, 34285:

  • Thursday, January 26th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 23rd from 10:00 am – 3:00 p
  • Thursday, March 23rd from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sarasota Women’s Resource Center, 340 S. Tuttle Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237

  • Wednesday, January 18th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 15th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, March 15th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

For more information or to register, contact the WRCSC Program Director, Cheryl Herbold, at (941) 366-1700, or email her at cherbold@thewomensresourcecenter.org. Feel free to download our flyer here and share with someone who may benefit from these services.


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Women Are Exceptional!

We are daughters, sisters, mothers and wives; entrepreneurs, employees and retirees; friends – young and old. And we are even more exceptional when we work together and help each other. We know what needs to be done and how to make it happen – at home, at work or in the organizations we support with our time and our talents. The Women’s Resource Center is here to support you on your journey – whether your are adjusting to a career change, concerned about financial security, coping with difficult family relationships or seeking opportunities for personal growth and self-sufficiency.  We invite you to take your next steps with the help of the Women’s Resource Center. Our caring team will provide you the resources, guidance and support you need to create your own solutions. And, we will be here to celebrate your accomplishments. Ask how you can leave a legacy to women in our community.

See how the Women’s Resource Center is transforming the lives of women in our community.