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Good Samaritan Free and Low Cost Prescriptions

Good Samaritan provides free medication and medical services to uninsured financially needy members of our community so as to positively affect their quality of life. Learn More

About the Survey

With the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, everyone is trying their best to stay at home to lower their risk of infection. However, even with these attempts, going out, whether to shop for necessities or talk with friends, cannot be completely avoided. As a result, some people in the community may have come in contact with someone who has/had been infected with COVID-19 or may have traveled to an area with an ongoing spread of COVID-19. The Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) is actively working to identify those in greatest need of being tested for COVID-19 due to active symptoms. In addition to this, we are trying to reach members of the community who have a high risk of being infected with COVID-19 because of pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure, heart failure, uncontrolled diabetes or asthma/COPD. If you believe you may be a high-risk community member and wish to assist MHI in identifying high-risk community members, please complete the survey. One can also find additional resources at the top of the survey.

Stay safe, everyone, wear your masks when you go out, wash your hands when you come home and always keep them out of your face!

Any assistance you can give in identifying community members at risk, assisting and/or filling out the survey for them would be appreciated.

Stay safe, everyone, wear your masks when you go out, wash your hands when you come home and always keep them out of your face!

The Multicultural Health Institute

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Mask Brigade

Sarasota Community Partners are working to get masks to our most vulnerable as part of this unified effort to identify people in need of masks, and to assure they receive masks. Fill out the Sarasota WE NEED/WE HAVE Masks Form to participate. (Credit: Getty Images)

Neighborhood Resilience Safekeepers

Community Partner SRQ Strong is leading this community effort to train and empower community members who reflect the values, culture, and history of the community to respond to the pandemic in a way that builds resilience, maintains community health, and counters the spread of the disease by implementing epidemiological protocols on the community level.

Community Partners

Our Mission is to empower individuals in crisis by providing them with essential skills and tools so they can manage their lives more productively.                        Facebook.  More

Our Mission is to promote community-wide trauma awareness through healing, education, action, and leadership. Our Vision is to create a community that cares for itself. Facebook.     More

Amaryllis Park Neighborhood Association

Mrs. Viola Sanders organized the this Neighborhood Association in 1964 to support sick or bereaved neighbors. It was reorganized in 2000, and is currently engaged in keeping residents safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Facebook. More

The NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. The Sarasota County Chapter was founded in 1952. The NAACP continues to fight for social justice for all Americans.          Facebook

We are an outreach and awareness initiative dedicated to providing comfort to the homeless and at-risk communities through no-cost street access to basic necessities of life, and facilitating access to rapid rehousing and other social services.                                                       Facebook  More

 Our Mission is to inspire and contribute to the health and well-being of those affected by HIV, Hepatitis C , and other sexually transmitted diseases by providing the best care through outreach, integrated clinical practice, advocacy, education and research.  Facebook.     More

Sarasota has rich African American history. The actions of black activists during the Civil Rights Movement are listed on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. A research  team documented the history of the Newtown community through a research report, website, app, markers and multi-media products.   Facebook  More

The Latin Chamber of Commerce was incorporated to allow the Hispanic businesses to thrive in the general market in the SWFL region. More

Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County collaborates with federal, state, county and city organizations and governments, hospitals, non-profit agencies, charitable foundations, resident-supported Community Health Action Teams (CHATs) and others to help ensure everyone in our community has the same chance to be healthy. Facebook

All Faiths Food Bank  and its partners provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community. Ther FoodFinder provides up to date food distribution information.


The Mission of Unidos Now is to  elevate the quality of life of the growing Hispanic/Latino community through education, integration, and civic engagement. The Future Leaders Academy empowers our leaders of tomorrow to be agents of social change through college preparation, leadership training and meaningful community service.   Community Resources List         Facebook.  More

Tidewell Hospice is one of the largest not-for-profit hospices in the U.S. Home-based comfort care is the basic premise of Tidewell’s services, involving the support of physicians, registered nurses, social workers, certified nursing assistants, chaplains and volunteers. Tidewell’s services are available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay. Facebook.       More      Caring Resources

Crisis Text Line is a global not-for-profit organization providing free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization’s services are available 24 hours a day, every day, throughout the US, UK, and Canada and can be reached by texting HOME to 741741, 85258, or 686868 respectively.  Facebook


Being in contact with people who can relate to your experiences is comforting. Centerstone’s CareLine can help you learn about coping skills, find resources, and feel supported. If you or someone you know needs to talk, the team at Centerstone is available to help. 

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SAMSHA Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7, 365 days a year


text TALKWITHUS to 66746
Spanish hotline 1-800-985-5990, press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support.
Text Hablanos  to 66746
There are over 100 other languages available.


NEWTOWN NATION coming soon to this space! Facebook

Established February 10, 1996, the Bradenton/Sarasota (FL) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated is dedicated to serving through sustained transformational programming in the arts, academic achievements, health and wellness, civic and intercultural awareness for youth and adults living in Manatee and Sarasota counties and the Caribbean. More Facebook

The Boxser Diversity Initiative promotes diversity and inclusion to encourage a better understanding of the diverse groups, racial, religious and gender in Southwest Florida that embrace the mission of diversity, inclusion and community. The initiative has brought global speakers, commentators and scholars to the Sarasota / Manatee area. More

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