Social Services


North Port Social Services was established in 1980 to assist families and individuals in need of short term financial assistance. Our mission is to ensure the availability, awareness, and accessibility of programs and resources in the community, and to assist families and individuals while improving their overall quality of life.

Social Services is a tax-exempt governmental entity funded by the City of North Port. Additional funding sources are received through grants, generous individuals, churches, civic groups, schools and collaborative partners. These charitable funding sources, collaborative partners, and other outreach programs enable us to provide assistance to families and individuals that are experiencing a short term unavoidable financial crisis.

How Can You Help?

The Social Services Division assists North Port families to improve their overall quality of life. We ask you to consider your personal commitment in one of these ways.

Financial Support

Monetary contributions can help families and individuals experiencing a financial crisis. Please make checks payable to the City of North Port. If you wish to earmark a particular program listed below please note in memo section.

Donations can be mailed or delivered to the Social Services Division, City of North Port, 6919 Outreach Way, North Port, FL 34287. For more information, contact the Social Services Division at (941) 429-3700.

Gift Cards

Choose a local grocer and purchase gift cards. We will donate gift cards to families receiving assistance through our office. Gift cards help us fill in the "gaps" on items that local pantries may not have in stock.


Community involvement is vital to our mission. Your contribution is more than just a gift. Without volunteer support, we would not be able to continue our community projects. Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways, from office support to assisting with events.

Help during the Holidays

The City's annual Home for the Holidays Program provides a way to connect families in hard times with organizations, businesses, and individuals who want to help during the holiday season. The program includes an Adopt-n-Shop Program that provides the opportunity for families to be adopted. There are many ways to get involved in this program, from donations, to adopting a family, to donating items to the City's Senior Giving Tree program for local seniors.

Donate to the Youth Scholarship Fund

In 2017, the City of North Port launched a Youth Scholarship Fund for qualifying youth to assist them with the admission cost to participate in some of the programs through the Parks & Recreation Division. Donations are needed for this fund.

The Children’s Community Clothing Closet

The Children’s Community Clothing Closet, in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of North Port, Inc., will be opening at its new location with new hours beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 18! We are excited to be able to reopen the resource to local residents at the Family Service Center Building, 2nd floor, at 6919 Outreach Way, North Port. New hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to noon, and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m.

Currently, the Clothing Closet has infant and children sized clothing in limited quantities, as well as diapers and other hygiene products. As staff and volunteers restock daily, the items available will vary.

Clients must bring the following documents to receive assistance from the Children’s Community Clothing Closet:

  • Last 30 days of income or most recent government assistance award letter
  • Birth Certificates, or guardianship paperwork, for each child in the household
  • A bill in the parent’s name showing North Port residency.

Donations of very gently used and new items will be accepted by Social Services Staff, please call to schedule a drop off appointment at 941-429-3700.

Hurricane Ian Resource Guide

Making An Impact (MAI), a nonprofit group providing equitable access to community resources, recently created a comprehensive disaster recovery resource guide in response to those in Sarasota and Manatee counties affected by Hurricane Ian. Access to the disaster guide is available 24/7.

Non-Profit Organizations, Take Our Mission Support Survey

The City of North Port Social Services Division is asking for your help. We are asking our area non-profit/not-for-profit agencies help us determine area needs within our community. Please complete our survey so that we may better serve you, as well as our community.