Laurel Civic Association Inc.
PO Box 511
509 Collins Rd.
Laurel FL 34272
Laurel Civic Association is a volunteer-driven, community-based organization that shapes the foundations for successful lives for people of all ages in Sarasota County through educational assistance, life development skills, personal empowerment, community awareness, and opportunities for growth.
CEO/Executive Director Sandra Terry
Board Chair Suzanne Barksdale
Board Chair Affiliation Tidewell Hospice
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2015
State Registration Yes Dec 2013
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $330,000.00
Projected Expenses $330,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Successes include an increased number of high school graduations and higher FCAT scores for students attending Laurel-Nokomis School. Some of our students have been inducted into the National Honor Society. We are partnering with Take Stock in Children and have 13 of our students in the program. This offers our high school seniors greater opportunities to secure scholarships for higher education upon graduation. We have begun to see the fruits of our labor in students who have been in our program since kindergarten. Publix has hired five students upon their completion of our Summer Teen Empowerment program. Two students are attending Georgia Tech (one is a sophomore and one is a junior), and six others attend other colleges. One is making a career in the Army and another who served in Afghanistan is now a deputy sheriff. Two graduated from college two years ago and another graduated last year. Other students are gainfully employed and from being in our program have moved forward and through obstacles to become self-sufficient.

Our Earning By Learning summer reading activity helps to maintain or raise 100 students reading levels over the summer. Homework Plus also includes access to services and resources for our students and families to increase chances of success.

Adults are thriving, too. Numerous adults use the homework room computer lab daily to further their education by taking online classes. Parents who have trouble filling out paperwork and understanding some of their course work, come in weekly for help. Adults attending the State College of Florida use our computers to take online tests each month.  We have worked long and hard to mentor adults to the point of taking charge and using available resources to improve their lives. We help the elderly remain in their homes as long as they physically and safely can, provide food for low-income families, provide access to healthcare information and direct access via our computers to services they need.

Needs Statement

1) Program Support/Administrative Assistant- This is a very necessary position that will allow Laurel Civic Association to continue providing the high quality and successful programs we have always been able to provide over the years.  $2000/monthly would provide much needed part-time clerical help for 25 hours a week.

2) Additional Board Members - The recruitment of additional Board Members is top priority.  An organizations board will often need to expand as that organization grows and matures.  There are currently 6 members and we would like to expand to 10 members.  $1,500 will be used to design and print appropriate material and advertise in appropriate places to raise awareness for this need.

3) Support for Laurel Civic Association's two Feeding Programs: The Kid’s Café - after school meals and The Adult Food Distribution program which helps needy families.  $100 a week will provide the much needed support for both of these critical programs. 

4) Program Support for 180 teens and youth for activities during the summer. Summer can be a difficult time for underprivileged children who have nothing to do in the months when school is out.  - $10,000 will provide the necessary support to ensure that these children have opportunities to learn and thrive throughout the summer.

Background Statement

Laurel Civic Association has grown to become an active and dedicated non-profit organization making a difference in a wide range of neighborhood issues throughout Sarasota County. The cornerstone and foundation of the organization has always been to make life better for the disenfranchised through education and support. Even though we began with a small group of concerned neighbors in 1969 whose main purpose was to bring street lighting to a little close-knit and largely African-American community, time and our inherent caring for others has taught us that needs have no boundaries.

Laurel Civic Association’s community development activities transformed a small neighborhood organization into a non-profit that brought unimaginable changes to Laurel and beyond. We have succeeded in developing needed programs that serve not only the entire family and the Laurel/Nokomis area, but also are a magnet for clients from the southernmost part of Sarasota County to the northernmost part. With the backing of more than 300 active volunteers, donations, and grants, Laurel Civic Association provides programs designed to ensure graduation from high school, improve living conditions, decrease hunger, improve health, and provide access to decent affordable housing. Laurel Civic Association has been a catalyst for positive change through community development activities that have brought a series of neighborhood improvements that go far beyond the original goals. After bringing in more than $10 million for infrastructure such as paved streets, water lines, sidewalks, a community center in an expanded park, and new and rehabilitated housing, the physical foundation is well on its way. 

 Along with those achievements, we will continue to support our clients with programs that positively affect the social and economic problems that flow down through the generations of disenfranchised families. Our educational and social supports for adults and children teach skills leading to self sufficiency for adults and children. The results show in the prevention of school dropouts, secured employment, parental mentoring, decreased hunger, elderly staying in their homes longer, and safe supervised activities after school and in the summer. These programs build solid foundations for successful lives. You can be the difference in the continuing success of these critically needed programs by making a financial contribution, volunteering your time, or spreading the word about what we do.



Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
hunger,volunteers,youth development,after-school and summer program, community development, laurel civic center and the rec, Kid's Cafe and USDA Food Distribution
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The simple answer to the question of why I choose to donate my time to Laurel Civic Association is "Sandra Terry." Sandra has led the organization for more than 20 years, the first ten as a dedicated volunteer.  Sandra led the transition from a community group established in 1969 to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency in 1989. 

  Sandra’s real-life experiences, coupled with a genuine concern for the quality of life for this unique community and Sarasota County, support success in neighborhood revitalization while at the same time providing activities and services for at-risk and low-income families.

She has enhanced her learning by serving on county-wide boards, attending nonprofit leadership training courses from the 80’s continuing to the present and learning from and networking with established community leaders. She partners this agency with government, other organizations, local foundations and corporations. As a tireless fundraiser, she explores all opportunities to support and enhance the agency including grant writing, fundraising campaigns and hands-on projects. 

The strength and flexibility Sandra exhibits in her ability to work with very diverse ethnic and economic groups of citizens allows her to collaborate with local government, organizations, businesses, the community, and the school system to assure that the needs of the entire area, and the county, are met.

 But the demand for our unique and effective services continues to grow as the economic downturn continues to have more negative consequences for low-income individuals and families than for other economic groups. Sandra cannot do it alone. She needs more donations, more dedicated volunteers, and more visionaries to serve on the board of directors. Sandra, and Laurel Civic Association, need you to support our work and help us continue to improve lives and make dreams come true for the most disenfranchised citizens of Sarasota County.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

A child came up to me the other day and said, “Miss Sandra, thank you for the meal today. I was so hungry all weekend and I couldn’t wait for Monday so I could come here and go to Kid's Cafe”. Such a simple statement on the surface, but it tells a much deeper story. More than 500 children each year come to our after school and summer programs. We would like to serve even more. Adults in our community, more than 1,000 each year, have their special needs, too. Time has redefined the “needy” family. In addition to financial assistance, today’s families also need social, academic and nutritional help. Basic needs include shelter, decent housing, health services and food. People think that we serve a very small community. That isn’t true. We are located in a small community, but we attract participants from all areas of Sarasota County who come to us because they know that they will get the help they need. There is no “wrong door” at Laurel Civic Association. You enter our building and you have come to the right place. If we don’t have the assistance you need, we know who does. We don’t just give you a number to call, we call it for you and get the commitment in person that you will get the help you need. I encourage you to drop in at any time to see our after school programs. You can meet the many children who get their most nutritious meal of the day here at our center and who, while being fed physically, are also being fed and nurtured socially and emotionally. They would love to meet you to thank you for helping them make strides toward a brighter future.


By concentrating on the whole child with all the activities  offered by our organization, we have grown and become an innovative program with 137 enrolled students from K to 12. Program is Monday thru Thursday right after school until 6pm. Children are transported from school on a bus contracted and paid for by Laurel Civic Association. Students are fed a meal in our Kid’s Cafe before continuing into our positive learning environment. Communication is direct and daily with teachers, and parents in order to complete the circle of communication. We take a proactive approach to teaching conflict resolution skills that lead to the strong positive relationship our youth enjoy. Students are introduced to life-changing skills that include improved social skills, the arts and increased academic performance and attitude towards learning. Meeting our outcomes youth transition successfully from childhood to adulthood.Also included are Teen Empowerment and Earning By Learning reading activity.

Budget $285,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
All clients will pass sucessfully to the next grade and be on grade level.All clients enrolled will remain in positive activities and continue to make positive decisions and life choices.
Long Term Success
All clients will always have a safe and positive place to be after school. All clients will have access up to date technology in order stay on a level playing field with their peers. All clients will read on grade level.  All clients will be on grade level in math. All clients will maintain proper attendance in school. All clients will continue to make positive choices. All clients will become lifelong learners. All clients will demonstrate positive self-esteem. Participating youth become independent in activities of daily living. All clients will be involved in community volunteerism. All clients will succeed in high graduation and become self-sufficient adults and find employment or pursue post secondary education. 
Program Success Monitoring

We are in direct contact with teachers and parents on a daily basis. We communicate so that we know if something is not working for a specific child. Report cards are the tool we use to measure and track the success and progress of each student. Satisfaction surveys are also done with the parents and the students.

Program Success Examples
Our program has come full circle since 1992 with our last 4 year old in her third year of college. We now have a completly new group of students. We have had numerous college graduates.This program has grown from having 21 African-American and mixed race students who were falling through the cracks to 137 students of all ethnic backgrounds who participate in every part of the educational, artistic, and technology activities that make up a school day.

We have brought the students we serve from
having a six year drought of not having even one African-American male graduate high school, to having our students not only graduate from high school, but to
go on to college and graduate from college. In 2012, our students are inspired, involved, smart, appreciative of the safe environment that is there every day, and still in need of our help and support in order become self-sufficient


Description Our adult program serves the disenfranchised and needy through community development, advocacy and access to needed services. In addition to financial assistance for basic needs, today’s families also need social, academic and nutritional help. Adults learn self-sufficiency through our educational and social support. Results can be measured in secured employment, parental mentoring, decreased hunger, elderly staying in their homes longer, and safe, drug-free social activities. These programs build solid foundations for successful lives. Our goal is to help individuals and families before they are in crisis. The target population is low-income to moderate-income adults in need of advocacy and educational, financial, and social services, especially food and referral services. Because LCA is community based, we see the evidence each day for the needs for community development, medical, and social services for adults and families. Our services are based on these demonstrated needs. 
Budget $148,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

100% of participants are offered preventive health services.

100% of participants receive sufficient food for themselves/their families.
100% of older adult participants receive assistance with utility payments. 
Long Term Success Empowerment to achieve self sufficiency. Adults learn self-sufficiency through our educational and social support. Results can be measured in secured employment, parental mentoring, decreased hunger, elderly staying in their homes longer, and safe, drug-free social activities. These programs build solid foundations for successful lives. 
Program Success Monitoring Program success is monitored through surveys at admission to the program and quarterly services throughout program participation.
Program Success Examples

Israel and his family have a Habitat house in the Laurel community. He was active in Laurel Civic Association’s youth programs through high school graduation. The adult program assisted Israel’s family and now, as an adult, Israel himself has received services and continues to volunteer with the youth program.  Laurel Civic Association referred Israel to CYD job training. He attended the CYD Job Fair in October with several friends.

He writes: “Since attending the job fair I have been contacted by AMC Theatersfor employment! I wanted to let you know that I am immensely grateful to you for both the job skills workshops and the job fair. I had been trying unsuccessfully to find a job for months and thanks to you guys I got the chance I'd been looking for. Let me know of any upcoming events and if there's any way that I could volunteer or help you guys in the future. Thanks a million, Israel”
Program Comments by Organization Laurel Civic Association has an enviable record of attracting volunteers and finding creative ways to continue programs even when the money isn’t there. At the same time, we are continually being asked to do more for more people and do more to be accountable to the public and to our funders. We are pulled in several directions and we need additional support, both from volunteers and from donors. There is no other organization that provides the services we do for the citizens we serve. There is no other organization in southern Sarasota County that provides such a broad range of services to all ages, from cradle to grave. In addition to needing more financial support and increased human resources, we need specialized help. We have been asked to formalize our program evaluation. We need independent professionals who can help us develop and implement the appropriate methodologies to accomplish this important goal. I invite you to call me to schedule a time to learn more about us. Once you do, you are going to want to be a part of this very special place.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Sandra Terry
CEO Term Start Sept 1988
CEO/Executive Director Email
The Executive Director is starting her 24th  year as Executive Director: the first ten as a volunteer and the last fourteen as a full-time employee.This executive led the transition from the 1969 community group to a 501(c) 3 nonprofit agency in 1989. 
Her life experiences, coupled with a genuine concern for the quality of life for this unique community, supports success in neighborhood revitalization while at the same time providing activities and services for at-risk and low-income families.

She has enhanced her learning through serving on county-wide boards, attended nonprofit leadership training courses from the 80’s continuing to the present and has been mentored by established community leaders. She partners this agency with government, other organizations, local foundations and corporations.

As a tireless fundraiser, she explores all opportunities to support and enhance the agency including grant writing, fundraising campaigns and hands-on projects. 

 The strength and flexibility Sandra exhibits in her ability to work with very diverse ethnic and economic groups of citizens allows her to collaborate with numerous volunteers, local government, organizations, businesses, the community, and the school system to assure that the needs of the entire area, and the county, are met.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 200
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation No
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

Sarasota County-Parks and Recreation – Contract,
Sandra Sims Terry Community Center,Sarasota District Schools Food and Nutrition Services, HIPPY-Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters,GIRL SCOUTS OF GULFCOAST FLORIDA- Girl Scout Troop,ACCESS Florida,Laurel/ Nokomis School,Take Stock in Children,All Faiths Food Bank,Keep Sarasota County Beauty,CYD Project-Community Youth Development,CYD Project-Community Youth Development,Sarasota Family YMCA,AHEC- Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center,The Venice Gondolier- Newspapers in School,Sarasota County Health Department’s
Health in Motion Mobile Medical Lab, Venice Regional
Medical,Sarasota Memorial Hospital Corporate,Volunteers,The Book Club, Skimmers Book Club,AARP,All Faiths Food Bank,Salvation Army – LIHEAP,Sarasota CountyPlanning and Development Services,Businesses & Churches

External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2012
Management Succession Plan Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization

Our most diverse organization serves mainly south Sarasota County with everything we have. Although we are located in Laurel most of the clients we serve, adult and children live in Nokomis.

That does not matter because we have always served those in need whether it be educational, food, advocacy, financial support, housing or community improvements all over Sarasota County.

We are small and yes, we have been fueled since 1988 by the drive and commitment of one concerned person -- and that should not be held against us.

Our programs and activities are not new because they have been proven successful and needed. A challenge for us is letting people know we are here, what we do,
and that we are a 501©3.

We have done wonderful work that has changed the face of Sarasota County and been involved in changes for the last 27 years that most citizens take for granted now. We have had the support of numerous donors, foundations, collaborators, and volunteers.

We are working on expanding our board and securing a development position and/or funding stream that will allow us to do the important work we do well into the future.

We haven’t and probably will not ever serve a population that can pay to support our programs entirely, so fund raising will always be with us.

As small as we are, we can hold our head high and we must, and also do all the same things that the larger organizations do to be a 501©3 Non-Profit Corporation.

We need your support and would be grateful for any time or monetary gift that will help us continue our worthwhile work.
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Suzanne Barksdale
Company Affiliation Tidewell Hospice
Board Term July 2013 to June 2014
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Suzanne Barksdale Tidewell Hospice
Rev. Willie James Beckom Beckom's Glass and Mirror
Ms. Cathy Johnson Suntrust Bank
Ms. Bertha J. McCoy Retired
Mrs. Keran Olm-Stoelting Venice United Church of Christ
Ms. Tish Scott Insignia Bank
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 3
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 88
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $330,000.00
Projected Expenses $330,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years?
IRS Form 990s
Form 9902012
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$288,897$346,158$370,806
Administration Expense$33,517$30,632$29,781
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.771.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%92%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$61,120$54,469$134,199
Current Assets$53,057$38,419$117,261
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$13,004$6,310$0
Total Net Assets$48,116$48,159$134,199
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $208,862Contributions, gifts, grants $190,967Contributions, gifts, grants $342,380
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $120,509Government Grants - Local $99,783Government grants $62,020
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.086.09--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Our major and consistent grants are all reimbursement grants. That is a challenge for us. We must work very hard to secure unrestricted donations to cover the time period between running the activities and waiting for reimbursements. We are working on our fundraising plan to alleviate this problem.
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial figures are based on IRS Form 990s. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as provided on Form 990. 2011 audit reports $400,485 total revenues and $168,626 total assets. 2010 audit is not available. 2009 audit reports $134,504 total assets.
Nonprofit Laurel Civic Association Inc.
Address PO Box 511
509 Collins Rd.
Laurel, FL 34272
Primary Phone 941 483-3338