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What We Do

We receive requests for seniors or other referral sources needing a variety of assistance. We contact that senior to determine the options we have to provide a solution.

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Who We Help

We evaluate all requests on their ability to make a difference and the resources we have to perform the request. Our focus is seniors in our surrounding areas of Port Charlotte.

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Donate To Help

Your donations help us fulfill the unmet needs. We make donating easy for your transactions. Every dollar can make a difference. Can we count on your donation today?

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Members also get 5 Free Lines in the Guide

March Speaker: Laura Etheridge from Bayfront Health of Punta- Gorda

Topic: “How To Spot A Stroke F.A.S.T.”

March 22nd is our next meeting.

Monthly Meetings held every 4th Wednesday 8:30 AM **

Legislative Updates


Here is the current membership roster.  Any changes please notify us for corrections.

Click the link below to download the roster.

2017 OCEAN Membership  (Updated 01/2017)

About Us

OCEAN is the resource for Charlotte County Seniors! Our Charlotte Elder Affairs Network is a “coalition” whose membership consists of public and private health, human and social service organizations and others concerned with elder issues.

Our purpose is to identify services in the Charlotte County area and to share that knowledge; to provide pertinent information and referral; to analyze unmet needs; advocate for appropriate and effective solutions; and to increase public awareness of the elder services available in our community.

In the summer of 1991 a small group of providers and concerned individuals established a networking” coalition with one common goal; to achieve more comprehensive and consistent services for the elderly in Charlotte County.  Thus, O.C.E.A.N. was formed. No one could possibly have imagined how large and how resilient that group would eventually become. Surviving location changes, deaths of founding members and even a hurricane, this diverse group of community members and compassionate senior advocates has become a recognizable network of information, resources and understanding when it comes to the necessary facts needed to make important decisions about elder needs, whether for you, a loved one, client or patient.

Because we are not for profit, we rely on membership dues & donations to have available funds for serving our senior population. We also utilize the services of our membership whenever possible. Fortunately, we serve in a very generous community and have been able to fulfill most requests and needs either privately of through other agencies.

O.C.E.A.N., an acronym for Our Charlotte Elder Affairs Network, is proud to acknowledge those founding members, in particular Dolly Dessart, who not only had the vision, but more importantly, the “glue” to bring it all together. Today, O.C.E.A.N. consists of over 200 professionals representing more than 100 companies, ready and willing to do whatever they can to assist and improve the quality of life for our senior community.

2017 Officers and Volunteers

Below is the 2017 Board of Directors and support volunteers.




Membership begins January 1st of each year.  Any company who joins may have up to 3 representatives attend monthly meetings.  Membership dues are $50.00 and require an annual membership form to be completed.

Here is the Membership Application OCEAN_Membership_Application

Payments for dues can be submitted by check, cash, or PayPal.  

Payments via PayPal. 

Donate To Help

Our memberships and fundraisers are what gives us the financial tools to help.  It is never never enough.  We need your contributions to lets us continue to help more.

The Charlotte County area is not a wealthy area so the numbers of those in need grows every month.

Please contribute generously as every contribution can make a difference.

You can contribute here: 

 The default donation is $25.00, this can be increased in $25.00 increments by changing the quantity.  If you have a specific amount we would be happy to email you an invoice for that amount as well.


Who We Help

Our focus is seniors, 65 and older.  Those who have so much life to live and have fallen on some hard times.  We ask they share in solution in some ability.  We know people feel they don’t want a hand out but will accept the help when they know they are willing to help add some contribution.

We have helped batteries for a paraplegic wheelchair, entry ramp for veterans home, plumbing repairs and more.

What We Do

We are here to help those in need.  We receive requests from various sources in the community.   We welcome all requests to help but we must evaluate each one on it’s merit and ability to demonstrate the need versus the want.

We want to determine the resources we have or need and at what cost.  One thing we like to see if a shared solution including the person needing the assistance.  We do have criteria to determine options available.

What other options or resources have they sought?
What financial resources are available?
Is family aware of the need and can the help contribute as well?
What is at risk if no resolution is found?
Are we the best resource for this request?

The OCEAN Board of Directors will gather evaluate all requests and vote on the ability to help financially or with other methods to find an answer.  Our mission is to help and we will exhaust all means to do just that.






Regular meeting are the 4th Wednesday monthly.  Meetings begin at 8:30 AM with networking before and after the meeting.  We have monthly a 50/50 drawling and a business card speaker.

The business card speaker is drawn from a basket where members only can add their business card.  The random card is picked and they get 5 minutes to talk about that company.

There is also an opportunity for new guests to be recognized.  Upcoming community events and announcements are allowed.  Any literature or collateral is allowed and is displayed on a table by the door.

We ask that you not place brochures in the general seating area, this is reserved for the guest speaker.

Visitors are welcome and we suggest a membership after attending two meetings.

Speaker Schedule for 2017


Jan.-Rock Roque- State of Florida, Department of Financial Services

This dept. investigates financial exploitation of the elderly.

Feb.-Barbara Brayton-Florida OMBUDSMAN Program

Advocating for quality long term care

March-Laura Etheridge – Quality Stroke Coordinator, Bayfront Health of Punta- Gorda      “How To Spot A Stroke F.A.S.T.”

April- Mark Kays, Funeral Director, “Getting Your Affairs In Order”

May 24th… 11:00am-2:00pm   Sunflower Luncheon

June- Area Agency On Ageing

Programs & Topics they offer

July- Dale Phillips, Charlotte County Sherriff’s Office, Community Referances

Aug- Sulie Jenkerson, Chest Pain Coordinator, Bayfront Health of Port- Charlotte.  “Hands Only CPR & Early Heart Attack Care”

Sept.- Marilyn Gregory, Area Agency on Ageing/SHINE

Medicare Updates

Oct.- Speed Networking

Nov.-OCEAN Presentation to non-profits

Dec.- no meeting