FineMark National Bank & Trust grant provides housing, hope for working families
Community Cooperative received a $20,000 gift donated by FineMark National Bank & Trust. With the donation, Community Cooperative has been able to help eight families thus far with housing and other holiday needs and the list is growing. Community Cooperative’s Building Stronger Families program is a family stability-focused program that partners with the Lee County School District focused on homeless prevention. Community Cooperative social workers work with families with children under 18 that are homeless or on the brink of becoming homeless. The program works to help clients in need become self-sufficient and rebuild their lives with dignity via a two-generation approach to help meet the needs of children and adults simultaneously to foster both academic success and break the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit communitycooperative.com
Guadalupe Center applying for USDA food program at new Monaghan campus
has announced its intention to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Child Care Food Program at its new Monaghan Family Early Childhood Education Campus. The federally funded program reimburses child care providers for serving nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children. The program operates similar to the free and reduced-price meal program in public schools. Regulations allow public and private nonprofit child care centers, outside-school-hours care centers, Head Start programs, and other licensed institutions to participate. Students attending Guadalupe Center’s Morgridge Family Early Childhood Education Campus and The Martin Foundation Campus at Lake Trafford Elementary already are eligible for meals and snacks. In 2019, Guadalupe Center earned gold-level recognition from the Florida Early Care & Education Recognition Program for its exemplary efforts to implement strategies that help prevent childhood obesity.
Ronald McDonald House Charities SWFL seeks support amid pandemic
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida relies on community support and fundraising events to help ensure families with ill and injured children can stay near them during treatment and is asking for donations. “Like many nonprofit organizations, we have had to cancel multiple fundraising events in 2020. As a result, we are facing an unexpected loss of nearly $200,000 in sponsorships and donations,” said Laura Ragain, executive director. “If you can contribute, a gift of any amount will be appreciated. Your donation today will help the families we serve every day, giving them the greatest gift: being together when it matters the most.” For more information, visit give.classy.org/rmhcswfl2020
Swinging With Purpose receives $1,800 year-end donation
Swinging With Purpose (SWP) has received a donation of $1,800 from Pelican Lawn and Landscaping Co. which represents 2% of gross sales from 2020 new clients. The donation will help SWP fulfill 2021 grants for its 2021 beneficiaries. SWP recently completed its grant application process and the 2021 beneficiaries who will benefit from 2021 fundraising efforts include Alliance for Period Supplies SWFL, LACES of Love, Family Initiative, FL Dreamcatchers, Premier Mobile Health Services, Ricky King Children’s Fund and Wellfit Girls. Swinging With Purpose (SWP) is a nonprofit organization that provides support to grassroots organizations serving women, girls and children in Southwest Florida. For more information, visit swingingwithpurpose.org