MMP: Laurel Civic Association

Laurel Civic Association, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501 (c) 3. Although we lease space in the Sandra Sims Terry Community Center, we are not connected to, or a part of the center or Sarasota County. Our organization was formed in 1969 by a group of dedicated volunteers in the Laurel Community. We were incorporated in 1989 and received our tax-exempt status in 1990. We offer services and support to primarily low income and at risk children and their families through activities that educate, provide positive social interaction, and lead to self-sufficiency.

This food pantry helps feed those in need in Sarasota County.

The Laurel Civic Association has grown right along with the needs of South Sarasota County. Our activities, programs and advocacy are born of the needs of the children and families we serve. 

Major needs of our community and the entire county are served through: 

  • Decent and affordable housing

  • Equal educational opportunities for all children

  • Feeding the hungry

  • Safe, supervised care for children after school

  • Social interaction that broadens the horizon of the disenfranchised 

  • A clean, safe neighborhood to live in

We help those we serve get closer to the goal of self-sufficiency each day with the help of our funders, volunteers and donors.


Education is the foundation for all of our programs. It is the goal of any activity that we offer for adults or children.

  • Homework Assistance

  • Earning by Learning

  • Teen Empowerment 

Community Development

Community Development is taking care of the people, the buildings and the land in our communities. We have done that by educating, supporting and empowering all ages with the tools to become self-sufficient, and making permanent and positive changes in the community.

  • Affordable Housing

  • Adopt-A-Road

  • Community Clean-Up

Healthy Mind & Body

Everyone deserves not to be hungry. We do our part by serving as a distribution site for USDA Food through All Faiths Food Bank once a month to at least 96 families. Nutritional education is an integral part of USDA and Kid’s Café.

  • USDA Commodities

  • Educational Field Trips

  • Kids’ Café

Social Development

Socialization is very important for low-income and disenfranchised children and their families. All of our activities are safe and supervised by positive adult role models. Everyone is allowed to and helped to expand their horizon every day in all our activities.