With sincere appreciation to our Volunteers & Partners Recognition Celebration Sponsors!



The Council is completely staffed and led by volunteers and partners from the community. We raise funds for marketing materials to recruit volunteers and partners and to purchase books and materials for volunteers to work directly with students to improve achievement. We provide manpower to help with school-based volunteer and partner recruitment, training, and recognition.

We work together with volunteers and business sponsors as partners in education. They are also fellow community members; parents, students, businesses, professional people and retired citizens. With school budgets limited to only the most pressing needs, volunteers and business partners represent a limitless resource of expertise, attention, and caring to help today’s youth succeed in school.


Within the TeamUP Volunteer & Partnership Council, six standing committees meet on a regular basis to implement the organization’s mission.

The council directly collaborates with the Sarasota County School District’s Volunteer & Partnership Office. We also collaborate with the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and work directly with the community recruiting, training, and recognizing school volunteers and partners who support the academic achievement of Sarasota County public school students. The Education Foundation of Sarasota has been a major collaborator since the Council’s inception.


Special thanks to all the people who donated to the Council during the 2016 Giving Challenge. The money you donated, which the Patterson Foundation doubled or tripled, is enabling us to develop some special projects. We very much appreciate the Community Foundation of Sarasota offering the Giving Challenge opportunity and its partners, the William G. & Marie Selby Foundation, Herald Tribune Media Group, and Manatee Community Foundation.

Please go online at http://thegivingpartner.guidestar.org/NonprofitProfile.aspx?OrgId=1117609 to see detailed information about our council.


As you know, it does take a community coming together to effectively assist families in the all-important job of raising and educating their children.  In that vein, the council is actively recruiting new volunteers, especially volunteer tutors for our elementary volunteer reading tutor programs.  Please thoughtfully consider whether you, a family member, friend, or neighbor might be willing to volunteer. Think about it, please. The time you give can change a student’s life forever!

Also, do you belong to a civic, social, alumni, career, or religious group that we could contact? We have Recruitment Committee members who would welcome the opportunity to speak to our group about the joys and opportunities available at this time.  Thank you, in advance, for taking time to reflect on how you can help gather new volunteers or become one yourself.  Please contact us at the Volunteer and Partnership Office (941-927-9000, extension 31500) or email at TeamUpVPCouncil@gmail.com .