Southwest Florida Community Foundation approves first impact investment
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation
, with the collaboration of Catalyst Community Capital Inc., has approved its first impact investment of $270,000 to fund a wellness pharmacy in Dunbar. This is the first impact investment from the Community Foundation’s new revolving loan fund. Money that is repaid from these investments or loans is recycled to help other nonprofit and for-profit social entrepreneurs. The loan has been awarded to Total Healthcare Alliance, LLC d.b.a. Sozo Wellness of Dunbar, to de-risk starting a business in an underserved community and to provide structured opportunities for further investments in the pharmacy’s growth. Sozo Wellness is operated by Dr. Shadreka McIntosh, a fifth-generation Dunbar resident who has always dreamed of bringing a pharmacy to her community. McIntosh is a Doctor of Pharmacy and has a Master of Science in integrative medicine.
Lipman Family Farms donates produce to Harry Chapin Food Bank
Lipman Family Farms, a large business in Southwest Florida with a heart for giving, is making sure people who rely on the Harry Chapin Food Bank for food on their tables are getting more than canned goods. Over the years, Lipman has become a major contributor to the food bank, donating thousands of dollars while also making sure the families Harry Chapin serves can get fresh produce. In addition, WINK News is raising funds for Harry Chapin Food Bank this month as part of its WINK Feeds Families March to a Million Meals. To help raise $400,000 by March 1, click here
Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Give to the Max Matching Challenge’ now open
Feb. 5-8 marks the tenth anniversary of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County’s Give to the Max Matching Challenge
. For four days, the nonprofit matches all donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $1 million. The goal is to raise funds to underwrite the cost of ten affordable homes, honoring ten years of Give to the Max. This year’s matching fund was made possible by donor sponsors including The Bauer Foundation, Barbara Forsythe, Linda & Curt Gillespie, Pat & Craig Jilk, Sharon & Tom Messmore, Janet & Andrew Miller, Naples Lumber, Naples United Church of Christ, Judy & Tom Rush, The Schoen Foundation, United Church of Marco Island, and The Wildflower Foundation.
Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, president/CEO of Naples Senior Center
Naples Senior Center awarded Women’s Giving Circle Grant
Naples Senior Center
, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive programs and social services for seniors, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from The Women’s Giving Circle of Southwest Florida. These funds will be used to support the growing Just Checking and Case Management programs for local seniors. The center’s Just Checking program is entering its second year and acts as a lifeline to homebound seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, 120 seniors are receiving calls each week with at least nine receiving calls daily. More than 15 volunteers assist in making these calls and the need for these services is projected to continue to increase. The Case Management program connects frail seniors with professional geriatric case managers who offer community resources that enable them to age in place safely and with dignity. Due to seniors being isolated in their homes as a result of the global health crisis, Naples Senior Center has seen an increase in requests for these services.
Healthcare Network to participate in ‘Give Where You Live’ fundraiser
is among the 40 nonprofits selected for the seventh annual Give Where You Live Collier
, a Collier County-wide movement to encourage philanthropy after a year of canceled events and decreased donations due to COVID-19. Matching grants during the event help increase donors’ contributions. Through Healthcare Network’s COVID-19 Response Team, community health workers have provided door-to-door outreach with culturally appropriate educational materials and messaging as well as a COVID-19 Resource Line, testing and vaccinations. COVID-19 efforts are in addition to regular primary and behavioral healthcare for all ages, dental and pharmacy. The 24-hour online fundraiser starts at noon on Feb. 10 and is designed to remind the community of the impact of making a difference where you live.