our roots

About the Community House

Welcome to the Sanibel Community Association. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. The funds we raise through membership dues, fundraisers, special events, donations and room rental income are used to operate The Community House.
Established in 1927 as a local gathering place for all residents and visitors, The Community House was the birthplace for many civic groups and the incorporation of Sanibel as a city. We invite you to explore the links below and learn more about our rich history and exciting future.

The Early Days

Our Founder - Curtis Perry
A confirmed bachelor and resident artist, part-time Captiva resident Curtis Perry, of Brunswick, Maine, (at 60 years of age), walked the length of Captiva and Sanibel and convinced residents a community center was needed.  Going door to door, he not only got them to believe in the idea, he asked them to contribute money, labor and materials to make the center a reality.

About SCA, Inc.

Independent, 501(c)(3) Organization
The Sanibel Community Association (SCA) is an independent organization that operates “The Community House,” a place that not only serves as an event location but also offers rental space. The Community House is composed of 3 rooms that can be rented separately or altogether (the entire building). Churches, civic organizations, clubs, non-profits, and island families have used The Community House for their parties, weddings, fundraisers, and other special events. Located conveniently on the west end of Periwinkle near Dunlop Road, The Community House is the place to meet neighbors and friends!
As a 501(c)3 organization we rely solely on donations, events, memberships, and facility users. We do not receive City funding.
Historically, The Sanibel Community Association was one of the first non-profits on the island; since 1927, The Community House is still the gathering place of the islands. Many social organizations, civic groups, and clubs that first found a home here at The Community House are still here to this day. Though the Sanibel Community Association and therefore the Community House is not part of the City of Sanibel government or properties, the city actually has its roots here; the famous referendum of 1974 that incorporated the City of Sanibel was held here. The historic Founder's Room was also the meeting place for the very first City Council meetings. The Community House also hosts many large events and festivals including the Annual Shell Show and Festival. It is one of the largest and longest running Shell related shows in the world, and it funds a large portion of SCA’s operations within the community.
We invite you to be a contributing partner and help support events in our historic building, the only island venue that is uniquely Sanibel. There is always something happening at The Community House. Come join us and see!   Click here to donate now. 
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