For Immediate Release:

Manasota Adventist Community Services (MACS) will cease all operations effective January 31st, 2018.
MACS was formed in January, 2010 as a joint community service effort by representatives of several Seventh-day Adventist in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The guiding principles of—and the stated goals for—the organization were effectively expressed in our motto, “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow.”
 In pursuit of these and goals two Community Service Centers (which offered clothing free of charge to those in need) were established in Bradenton and Venice, a Health Education program initiated, and a mobile feeding program was implemented. Through the efforts of our dedicated volunteers and the gracious support of our constituent organization and generous donors MACS was able to help assist many clients over the past 8 years. We are thankful to have had this privilege of serving the wonderful people of our community.
While we at MACS are indeed grateful to God for what was accomplished through this organization, we have come to realization that this model for community service is not sustainable and/or structured in a way that is best to realize our vision or achieve our goals.
While the organization of MACS that brought area churches together is being discontinued, we are hopeful that the spirit of cooperation and collaboration that MACS engendered will live on as these churches and other community organizations continue to work together to meet the needs of the people of Manatee and Sarasota.
We thank each of you for your support of MACS and encourage you to continue to support local community service work.  

Need Assistance?  Here are just a few of local agencies in Sarasota and Manatee Counties that might be able to help...

United Way Suncoast 211 (dial 211 from any phone) 
Sarasota County Dept of Health  
Manatee County Dept of Health 
Resurrection House 507 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota, 34236
Salvation Army 1400 10th St., Sarasota, 34236
Turning Points (includes One Stop Center) 701 17th Ave W, Bradenton, 34205
Salvation Army Manatee 1204 14th St. W Bradenton, 34205
All Faiths Food Bank (serves Sarasota & DeSoto Counties) 941-379-6333
The Food Bank of Manatee (serves Manatee County) 941-747-FOOD