Programs & Classes

Current Program Calendar: April-June 2016 Program Calendar - Sarasota & Venice

The Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County offers half-day workshops 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. on the following summer dates:

WRCSC, 340 South Tuttle, Sarasota, 34237Wednesdays, May 18, June 22 and July 20, 2016
North Port Family Service Center, 6919 outreach Way, North Port, 34287Tuesday, May 24; Thursdays, June 23 and July 21, 2016

WRC Manatee, 1926 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, 34205:  Thursdays, May 26, June 30, and July 28, 2016
WRCSC Venice Office, Seaboard Office Park @ 312 East Venice Avenue, Ste. 110, Venice, 34285Thursdays, May 26, June 30, and July 28, 2016

For more information or to register, contact the WRCSC Program Director, Cheryl Herbold, at (941) 366-1700, or email her at Feel free to download our flyer and share with someone who may benefit from these services. Click here for April 2016 Employment CPR flyer.


Challenge is an intensive life skills program created to enhance the personal and professional growth of women in our community. Any woman in transition, including job loss, retirement, personal issues or simply being new in the area can benefit from this series of classes. The topics discussed help participants to gain self-esteem, develop coping skills, build confidence, set goals and advance job and communication skills.

Previous Challenge graduates have made statements as follows:

“I know better how to deal with anger, set boundaries, and be more assertive… and I have learned a lot from others and made some good friends.”

“It reaffirmed in me the fact that I am deserving of being treated with respect and nurturing love.”

“I feel I have gotten my foot in the door towards moving forward.”

Click here to view the 2016 Challenge brochure for both Sarasota and Venice locations. To register, click here to download and print a Challenge application, then mail or return your completed application to either office location. If you haven’t met with one of our Peer Resource Advisors within the past 6 months, then you will need to do so to complete your registration before your Challenge classes begin. Call either the Sarasota (941) 366-1700 or Venice (941) 485-9724 office to schedule your Peer Resource Advisor appointment, or if you need more information on the Challenge program.


Employment and Business Success provides assistance to anyone seeking a new job, scholarships for further education or improved employment opportunities. The program offers one-on-one career counseling sessions, tips for resume writing, job search strategies, employment support groups and a career center with available computers and resources.

More information coming soon about our new “Employment CPR” program … check back for more information in the upcoming weeks.


The deadline for submitting a completed scholarship application was Friday, March 11, 2016 and a lot of talented candidates submitted applications!  The WRCSC 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 WRCSC 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, Melissa Eastman at our Sarasota office (941) 366-1700.


The WRCSC experience begins with your first telephone call, but the plan for help or change starts when you come to one of our office locations in person to meet with one of our valued Peer Resource Advisors! Caring and non-judgmental Peer Resource Advisors are volunteers trained in active listening. They refer clients to services and programs within the WRCSC, as well as to other community agencies – all within a confidential environment. Peer Resource Advisors are extremely knowledgeable in the resources available in our community.


A variety of programs are offered, including yoga, motivational speakers, social events, financial, legal, counseling, computer classes, and much more. See our Program Calendar (link above) for more information on the programs currently being offered through the Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota County.

For more information about our services, or if you have any questions and comments, feel free to call (941) 366-1700.