Lee commissioners vote to accept grants for gopher tortoise habitat
Lee County commissioners voted Tuesday to accept a grant to help improve gopher tortoise habitat and another to educate people about the threatened species. Commissioners voted to accept funding from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in the amount of $6,450 for Telegraph Creek Preserve gopher tortoise habitat improvement. The funding will be used to clear heavy undergrowth on 43 acres, which allows the tortoises to better forage and burrow. The board also will accept funding from the Gopher Tortoise Council, Donna J. Heinrich Environmental Education Grant in the amount of $1,620 to be used exclusively to create materials that will help educate preserve visitors about gopher tortoises and their habitat at places such as Prairie Pines Preserve, Powell Creek Preserve and Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park. Additional preserve information is available at conservation2020.org
Renée Gaddis Interiors completes donated suite for Ronald McDonald House
Renée Gaddis Interiors
, a full-service residential interior design firm, recently completed and donated a fully furnished and decorated suite and bathroom for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida at 16100 Roserush Court in South Fort Myers. Inspired by a sense of cheerfulness, Gaddis designed a space that instantly creates feelings of happiness, optimism and hope for a family needing a place to stay while their sick child is cared for next door at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The finished room and bathroom donation is estimated at $50,000. Serving families who must travel far from home, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida provides support and resources for families with sick children just steps from the hospital. Since 1996, thousands of families have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Myers. For more information, visit rmhcswfl.org/house/
Sponsors needed for upcoming Mac & Cheese Challenge
The Make-A-Wish Southern Florida Youth Leadership Committee is hosting a Mac & Cheese Challenge from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 1 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. The event will include mac n’ cheese samples from restaurants, catering companies, and businesses. Guests will vote on their favorite. There is also live music, games and a silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children 12 and under. All of the net proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Tickets are available online in advance at makeawishtickets.org
. Sponsorships are greatly needed for this event. To participate, contact Taylor Norman at 239-992-9474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
United Way offers free online tax filing tool
United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee
on Feb. 1 launched this tax season’s MyFreeTaxes.com
site. For the 12th year, United Way is providing online tax filing software, accessible through MyFreeTaxes.com
, to help taxpayers easily and accurately file their taxes from their computer or smartphone. MyFreeTaxes is free for all simple returns and includes schedule C options. A list of the tax forms included in the offering is available at MyFreeTaxes.com
. Users of MyFreeTaxes can also contact United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee for additional resources or to find ways to volunteer to support the community.
Guadalupe Resale Shop requests community volunteers
Guadalupe Resale Shop is in need of volunteers to help process donations, price items, stock shelves, create displays, assist customers and ring up purchases at its North Naples showroom. The nonprofit organization typically has more than 100 volunteers who lend their services during the year. However, some winter residents are staying up North this season because of COVID-19 while local volunteers are limiting their outside interactions. Proceeds from the Resale Shop help Guadalupe Center create endless possibilities through its nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program. Guadalupe Center’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee. Since the pandemic began, Guadalupe Resale Shop has introduced a series of safety measures to keep volunteers, shoppers and donors safe. For more information, visit GuadalupeCenter.org