Programs & Classes

Programs & Classes

We are excited to report that the Board of the Womens’ Resource Center have seen the potential of creating a regional approach to providing services to our clients. The combination of program offerings is amazing and we hope that you will join us in our excitement of the quality and variety of programming that is now available to the women of our region. Please click on the link below to view the combine program guide.

Current Combined Program Calendar: January – March 2017 Program Calendar – Bradenton, Sarasota & Venice


The Women’s Resource Centery 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!

For more information or to register, contact the 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 the Spring 2017 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 2017 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.


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.


The WRC 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 WRC, 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.

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