Community Cooperative adds seven locations to July mobile food pantry schedule
Community Cooperative has scheduled 16 mobile food pantries, with seven new pantry locations in July. Before the pandemic, eight mobile pantries were scheduled monthly by Community Cooperative, averaging about 140 households per pantry. Now an average of 250 to 300 households is served at each site, with 425 households as the highest amount. To see the full schedule of July food pantries, donate or volunteer, visit CommunityCooperative.com
, or call 239-332-7687. Healthcare Network receives emergency grant from Direct Relief to provide mental health support for essential frontline workers.
Healthcare Network receives emergency grant from Direct Relief to provide mental health support for essential frontline workers
Healthcare Network was awarded an emergency grant fund of $50,000 from the medical aid organization Direct Relief, in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers. Healthcare Network was among 518 federally qualified health centers to receive funding through Direct Relief’s $25 million COVID-19 Fund for Community Health. Healthcare Network will use the funds to provide up to three free visits with mental health providers for essential frontline workers including but not limited to healthcare workers, protective service and first responders, grocery store workers, agricultural workers, janitors and maintenance workers, and truck drivers in Southwest Florida. The grant will support up to a total of 500 visits before Nov. 14. For more details, visit HealthcareSWFL.org/Direct-Relief
John P. Cordillo, Terra Cotta Golf Charities president, presents Noemi Y. Perez, The Immokalee Foundation president and CEO, with a $30,000 donation.
The Immokalee Foundation receives $30,000 donation from Terra Cotta Golf Charities
Earlier this year, The Immokalee Foundation was named the beneficiary of the Terra Cotta Invitational Golf Tournament
. Even though the tournament was canceled, Terra Cotta Golf Charities made a $30,000 donation to support the foundation’s groundbreaking program, Career Pathways: Empowering Students to Succeed. Career Pathways is an innovative career-readiness program that introduces students to well-paying career opportunities in high-demand employment sectors. Additionally, Career Pathways guides students to industry-recognized certifications that provide entry into many of these careers. For more details, visit immokaleefoundation.org
The Arts are Vital: Emergency Funding for Artists and Arts Organization grant call now open
The Alliance for the Arts, a nonprofit visual and performing arts center in the heart of Fort Myers, announces The Arts are Vital: Emergency Funding for Artists and Arts Organizations in Lee County applications are now open. The Arts are Vital Grant is an emergency relief program for Lee County’s arts organizations and individual artists formed in partnership with the Meisenberg Family Trust to ensure the sustained impact of the arts during a time when we need them most. The program provides one-time grant awards to arts organizations and professional artists with urgent financial needs who reside in Lee County. These funds are unrestricted and may be used by the organizations and artists to help with financial issues due to the impact of COVID-19 on their organizations, lives and livelihoods. Subject to the availability of funds, arts organizations may receive up to $5,000 and individual artists will receive up to $500. Applications are now open and will close at midnight on July 12. Artists residing in Lee County and eligible nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply at ArtInLee.org/Grant
. Grant recipients will be announced in August.
Midwest Food Bank continues to fulfill mission amid pandemic
Midwest Food Bank continues to fulfill its mission and serve more than 2,000 nonprofit partner organizations during the pandemic. In addition to providing food to partner agencies, Midwest Food Bank has provided disaster relief via family food boxes in partnership with Salvation Army. They have sourced, packed, and shipped more than 60,000 family food boxes to 28 different states in the past 100 days. Midwest Food Bank, heavily dependent on volunteer support, has had to dramatically reduce and restructure the role of volunteers due to COVID-19 concerns, according to a news release. Further, the demand for their services has increased, due to high unemployment and economic uncertainty. MFB partner nonprofits are experiencing about a 30% increase in traffic. The economic impact has the potential to last for several years. For more information, visit midwestfoodbank.org