About the Women’s Resource Center

Our Mission

Create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women and provide strategies for living that strengthen them, their families and their communities.

Our Vision

  • To be the dynamic leader in supporting, recognizing and celebrating the contributions of women
  • To anticipate and address the changing issues facing women in our community
  • To be a strategic partner in strengthening the quality of life and economic vitality of our community


The Women’s Resource Center is a community-based 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) not-for-profit agency that has provided women (and men) with life skills training, career planning and educational scholarships in Sarasota County for over 35 years and Manatee County for over 25 years. We assist thousands of women in creating independent lifestyles by identifying problems, locating appropriate resources and creating a plan to aid in solving their problems. The women who come through our doors are from all walks of life and every socio-economic background throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We serve a diverse population from women with Ph.D.s to women seeking their G.E.D.s, from women investing in real estate to women in need of housing, from women preparing for retirement to women worrying about their next paycheck — no issue is too great or too small.

The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County was founded in 1979 by a coalition of 19 women’s organizations, including the American Association of University Women. We have provided employment services and our flagship Challenge course to the community since our inception. In 1999, our offices grew as we merged with the Women’s Support and Enrichment Center to become The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County.

Every day, our staff and volunteers encounter women who remark on the inspiring lectures, helpful resources and expansive social network the WRCSC provides. Often, they hear, “You helped me get this job,” and, “The Women’s Resource Center saved my life.”

Women’s Resource Centers of Manatee and Sarasota Confirms Merger

The Women’s Resource Center has provided programs and services to women in Sarasota County for over 35 years and for over 25 years in Manatee County. Our mission is to create personal, social and professional growth opportunities for women and provide strategies for living that strengthen them and their families. We believe when you empower a woman, you change a life and strengthen our community.
On November 2, 2016, we entered a new era as the boards of the Women’s Resource Center of Manatee and the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County voted unanimously to merge effective January 1st, 2017. This merger will strengthen our organizations and enable us to expand our programming. The impact will be far reaching as we become better positioned to serve women, from Parrish to Englewood, giving them the tools they need to be successful.
We are grateful for the support of our donors and funders including our local community foundations: Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Sarasota County, and the Manatee Community Foundation.
A significant funder during the merger process has been The Patterson Foundation. The Patterson Foundation (TPF) has supported the Women’s Resource Center over the years as we have explored ways in which we can work with our nonprofit partners to leverage our strengths. Recognizing the power of collaborations, TPF provided consultants and facilitation expertise throughout the merger negotiations.
Through their knowledge and experience, consultants Betsy Steiner and Pam Truitt, gave us the support and structure to work through all of the details that are necessary when considering the unification of two organizations. At the end of the process our boards and staff have come together as a team and are excited about the future of the WRC.
This is just the beginning of our journey, as the President & CEO  of the merged organization I look forward to leading us into the future.

Our gratitude and thanks to The Patterson Foundation for allowing us this amazing opportunity to Learn. Share. Connect. Evolve and Strengthen.Best wishes

Ashley Brown
President & CEO, The Women’s Resource Center