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Opportunities to Donate, Volunteer and Participate

May 2024

May Special Events

Saturday, May 4, 10:00 am

Holmes Beach City Field, 59th St and Marina Drive, Holmes Beach

Attend the Rally!

Our beautiful island cities are under attack by lawmakers who want to usurp local control. Insist on keeping the three Anna Maria Island cities intact. Tell lawmakers that residents and visitors love AMI the way it is.

Learn what home rule is. Learn how it is being threatened by the state legislature.

Learn what you can do to save AMI.

For more information contact SaveFloridaHomeRule@gmail.com.

Salsa Night in Bradenton

Friday, May 10, 8:00 pm to 11:59 pm

Oscura, 816 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton

Come join us for a night of hot moves and live music by Juan Bongoes, Latin rhythms. Get ready to shake your hips and show off your best salsa steps on the dance floor. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newbie looking to learn, this event is perfect for all levels. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of fun, laughter, and of course, plenty of salsa, bachata and reggaeton music. See you there! Online tickets: $15 for 1, or $10 each when you buy 2.

This event is sponsored by the Hispanic Democratic Caucus of Manatee County.

Purchase Tickets Here

Event Highlights

Manatee Democratic Club

Thursday, May 2, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Peridia Golf & Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd E, Bradenton

The speakers at our April Luncheon will be district 1 school board candidate Heather Felton and at large county commission candidate Sari Lindroos-Valimaki.

Heather's goal is to ensure a safe, supportive, and enriching public education for all Manatee County students visit website. Sari wants to bring integrity and transparency to the county commission as she works to improve quality of life for all Manatee residents. visit website.

The cost of the luncheon is $15 payable at the door by cash or check (made out to Manatee Democratic Club). To register for the luncheon email Paul Dain at pauldain73@gmail.com.

Manatee Residents Take Action: Picnic in the Park

Sunday, May 5, noon to 1:30 pm

28th Street West Park, 28th Street West & 12th Avenue West, Bradenton

Attend our picnic at the 28th Street West Park. Take Action to create responsible county government. Meet the candidates and Democratic Party leadership. Get voting information. Explore volunteer opportunities.

Refreshments will be provided. Please bring a chair.

Sign Up to Attend Picnic in the Park

Manatee LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus

Sunday, May 5, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Motorworks Brewing Co,1014 9th St W, Bradenton

Attend our Sunday Social. All are welcome. We gather under the canopies at the rear of the garden. For more information contact Rob Hall.

Longboat Key Democratic Club

Wednesday, May 8, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm .... Online

Meeting topic: Preserving the Ideals of Our Education System.

Attend this free Zoom event hosted by Award-Winning TV Broadcaster Barry Nolan. Guest speakers are Derek Reich, Sarasota County high school teacher and candidate for Florida state house district 73, and Zander Moricz, founder and executive director of the Social Equity through Education Alliance.

Request Meeting Link

Manatee Democratic Progressive Caucus

Wednesday, May 8, 6:00 pm .... Online

The agenda includes status update for affordable housing plus diversity and inclusion group project updates. Email Steve Ryan for meeting link.

Democratic Women's Club of Manatee County

Thursday, May 9, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Blvd E, Bradenton

The speaker at our May Luncheon will be Sari Lindroos-Valimaki who is running in all of Manatee County as the at-large candidate for the Manatee County Commission. She will be on the primary ballot in August. Visit Website.

The cost of the luncheon is $20.00. Deadline for reservations is Sunday May 5. For more information Contact Joanie LeBaron.

Sign Up for the May Luncheon

Lakewood Ranch Democratic Club

Monday, May 13, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Lakewood Ranch Library, 16410 Rangeland Pkwy, Bradenton

The guest speaker at our May meeting will be Barbara Zdravecky, CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida for 24 years. She retired in 2016 but returned recently and is currently serving as interim CEO for the organization. This meeting will provide an opportunity find out about the current state of women's reproductive rights and family health care in Florida.

If you plan to attend, email Lucy Lapides at lucy@lwrdems.com.

Hispanic Democratic Caucus of Manatee County

Monday, May 13, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm .... Online

The Hispanic Democratic Caucus will conduct its May business meeting online. The caucus's mission is to bring Hispanics together to actively support and promote causes that benefit the Latino community. New members are always welcome.

Request Link to Hispanic Caucus Meeting

Manatee Dems at the Food Bank of Manatee

Tuesday, May 14, 8:30 am to 11:00 am

Meals on Wheels Plus, 811 23rd Ave E, Bradenton

Help sort and pack bags of fresh produce for Mobile Produce Pantry distributions. These fruits and vegetables provide needed nutrients to Manatee County children and families. No heavy lifting. Seating is available if needed.

Sign Up for the Mobile Produce Pantry

Manatee LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus

Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Manatee County Democratic HQ, 435 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton

The mission of the Manatee LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus is to promote Democratic Party and LGBTQ+ public policy objectives, and to serve as a beacon for LGBTQ+ issues for members of the Democratic Party and residents of Manatee County. Contact manateelgbtqdems@gmail.com for more information.

Sign Up for LGBTQ+ Meeting

Precincts Team Meeting for Districts 4 and 5

Saturday, May 18, 10:30 am to noon

Lakewood Ranch Public Library, Rm A, 16410 Rangeland Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch

Join us to discuss neighborhood networking strategies, goals and action items preparing us for the 2024 election. Open to all.

Sign Up for Districts 4 and 5 Meeting

Anna Maria Island and West Manatee Democratic Club

Monday, May 20, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Dr, Holmes Beach

Join our end of the regular club year potluck lunch celebration. Bring a dish. We will supply water to drink.

Contact Betty Dimmick for more information. If not a club member, please consider joining. Dues are $25.

Sign Up for Luncheon

Manatee County Democratic Black Caucus

Thursday, May 23, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm .... Online

The purpose of the Manatee County Democratic Black Caucus is to ensure that Black voters are involved, engaged, elected and active participants in the democratic process. For more information contact glenn.mcdp@gmail.com.

Sign Up for Black Caucus Meeting

Manatee Democratic Executive Committee Meeting

Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Manatee County Democratic HQ, 435 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton

Democrats are welcome at the monthly business meeting of the DEC. If you are not a DEC member, please use the link to sign up.

Sign Up for the DEC Meeting

Help put the Clean Water Amendment on the ballot in 2026

We need the Clean Water Amendment because it has become clear that the current system of water protection is inadequate. The state executive branch is not enforcing clean water legislation according to environmental laws, legislative intent and constitutional policy. The amendment empowers Floridians to better hold their government accountable when it comes to Florida waters.

Amendment Text Download Petition

Petitions can be picked up or dropped off at party headquarters during regular office hours. Come by to sign a petition or to collect supplies for canvassing. If you are interested in participating in tabling events, we can contact you as they are scheduled. You must be a registered Florida voter to sign a petition.

Contact Me When Tabling Events Are Scheduled.

Become a Voter Registration Tabling - Canvassing Volunteer

In this election year, it is critical that we be out in the community encouraging people to register to vote and showing them how it is done. This is essential to our election success in 2024. We work as a team. Training is provided.

Join the Voter Registration Tabling and Canvassing Team

Become an Office Volunteer

There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities at our Party Headquarters. There is phone work, greeting walk-ins, doing data entry, helping with petition drives and preparing packets for tabling events and distribution. You can make your contribution to this critical 2024 election season by donating only a couple of hours a week.

Sign Up to be an Office Volunteer

Call Manatee Democrats for Vote by Mail

Make calls from home or our Manatee Dem office. All you need is a phone and a laptop, tablet or PC at home, or come to our headquarters where we have all that is required. (See office location and hours below.)

Join the Phone Bank Team

Community Service

Working in partnership with Temple Beth El Bradenton/Lakewood Ranch, we will deliver any health and beauty aids brought to Party Headquarters during office hours to Our Daily Bread food pantry.

Manatee County Animal Welfare at 305 25th St W, Palmetto, accepts unopened dog/cat food for their community food pantry. Community members in need rely on the food pantry to feed their pets. Inventory is extremely low. We will be collecting pet food at Party HQ during office hours in an effort to help.

The Hispanic Democratic Caucus of Manatee will be collecting small toys for children (e.g. new or gently used Beanie Babies, crayons, coloring books, etc.). These donations will go to RCMA Palmetto Child Development Center. Donations can be brought to Party Headquarters during office hours. Monetary donations, for the purchase of children's toothbrushes and toothpaste, can be sent to the Hispanic Caucus via Zelle to hdcmanatee111@gmail.com. For more information contact Patricia Devilliers.

Additional Information

Democratic Party Headquarters is located at 435 Cortez Rd. Office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 4:00 pm, Thursday from noon to 2:00 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

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Donate to the Manatee County Democrats

We are a 100% volunteer organization and count on you to keep our operations going and Get Out The Vote initiatives thriving. Thank you!


Manatee County Democratic Party

435 Cortez Road W, Bradenton Fl 34207

941-301-4336 info@manateecountydemocrats.com


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