Volunteer with VABI and Help Make a Difference!
At VABI, we are all about having fun while we develop new projects to make Venice a more beautiful place to live, work and play. Throughout the year we have ‘fun fund raising events’ and we could use your help. We need volunteers to: assist with parking, taking tickets, bar-tending, grilling and greeting our guests and sponsors. Sound like fun? Call the VABI office today 941-207-8224. For a detailed map on how to find our office, please click here.
For more detailed information, click here for a printable PDF document.
Trailblazer Bike Patrol
VABI is fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers offering their time to support the Venetian Waterway Park. The Trailblazers Bike Patrol Members ride the VWP performing neighborhood watch functions. They make patrol reports of safety and maintenance concerns to VABI. They act as additional eyes and ears of law enforcement and carry cell phones so that they can contact the Venice Police Department, the Sheriff’s office, or medical emergency personnel. All riders have background checks performed by the Venice Police Department.
The Trailblazers provide helpful information to VWP users. They are readily identifiable by their bright green shirts.
Additional volunteers always are needed to provide this valuable service to our community. If you are interested in joining the Trailblazers, please contact the VABI office at 941-207-8224, or fill out a Volunteer form on this website.
The Pepper Patrol
Our park projects are thriving due to a dedicated group of volunteers that meet regularly to mulch, plant, water, trim, remove
pepper trees, pick up trash, and otherwise enhance the beauty of Venice. Over the years, they have won numerous awards
for their outstanding service to the community.
The Pepper Patrol currently meets every Thursday morning at 8:00 am in Volunteer Park. They work on a variety of different projects including the Venice Arboretum at West Blalock Park, Caspersen Beach Park, Volunteer Park, and the Venetian Waterway Park. They also clean up trash for Keep Sarasota County Beautiful on behalf of VABI along East Venice Avenue, at Caspersen Beach Park, and the South Jetty. The Pepper Patrol has won numerous awards for their outstanding service to the community.
The Pepper Patrollers
Front Row L-R: Bessie Kofsky, Ed Wolfenbarger (Sarasota County Parks and Recreation Naturalist) and Sarah Calabrese.
Middle Row L-R: Russ Johnson, Sharon Daily, Joel Calabrese and Mike Bombera.
Back Row L-R: Steve Christian, Jim Spencer, Monty Andrews and Richard Charron.
Not pictured: Nora Pendergrass and Cheryl Escott.
If you would like to be a part of this fun and worthwhile team effort, call (941) 207-8224.
For more information on the invasite Pepper Tree, please visit this Wikipedia article.
The VABI Trailhead Office Volunteers Needed!
Our office is located at:
257 North Tamiami Trail
Venice, Florida 34285
Our office can be a challenge to find! Please click here for a PDF map with details!
Office Assistance Needed!
We are actively seeking volunteers to serve in the Venice Area Beautification, Inc. office.
There are a host of activities that you can do in the comfort of our office to support VABI
and the Venice community:
1. Greet the public.
2. Distribute materials.
3. Sell merchandise.
4. Answer telephones.
Look for the VABI booth when you are out and about in the Venice region. You can find us at recreational events, art fairs,
and civic gatherings. Community-wide events are ideal venues to tell our story and share what we do When you see the VABI booth
be sure to come on over to visit and lean about what our nonprofit does.
Venice Area Beautification, Inc is active throughout the region promoting our mission of making Venice a more beautiful place to live,
work and play, and we are always ready to welcome new volunteers! Think about volunteering with VABI- Becoming a VABI volunteer
is a great way to give back to community and make contribution of time and talent that will make a genuine difference in how attractive
our community is now and into the future.
You’re encouraged to call our office today and discover how much fun it is to to be a VABI Volunteer!
Call 941-207-8224 and be sure to visit our Facebook page!
Call our office today to learn more and volunteer 941-207-8224 and speak to Debbie Luce.