Meals of Hope has partnered with Lab 24 to offer COVID-19 testing at its mobile pantry locations. The test is open to the public and available to all adults and children in the community without charge. Results will be available within 48 to 96 hours. Lab 24’s telemedicine doctors will communicate results to the patients. Any positive results will be communicated to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), who will then report it to the State Health Department. Testing will be available alternating weeks at each location since the CDC recommends testing every two weeks. Visit Meals of Hope on Facebook for the weekly schedule or go to MealsofHope.org
to learn more.
With a $50,000 grant from the United Way of Collier County and the Keys, Pathways Early Education Center of Immokalee will be able to provide early education for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) families. The most recent Florida ALICE Update released by the United Way reported that 42,000 Collier County households were one emergency away from financial ruin prior to the impact of COVID-19. ALICE families like the hardworking families that bring their children to Pathways are on the frontlines of the agriculture and service industries that are the backbone of Collier County’s economy, a news release states. For more information, visit PathwaysEarlyEducation.org
This 2019-2020 school year, David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health
(DLC) challenged middle and high schoolers to be part of the conversation about how mental health through the #StandUp Multimedia Contest. The winners of the campaign are as follows. First Place Middle School: Daniel Dean, eighth grade, Manatee Middle-School, for poem/song “#StandUp.” Second Place Middle School: Jane Jones, seventh grade, Corkscrew Middle School, for essay “Tunnel Vision.” First Place High School: Janellie Galecki, 10th grade, home school, for poem “Stand Up.” Second Place High School: Sabrina Freire, 11th grade, Estero High School, for essay “Untitled.” Through short essay, poem, song, and video submissions, local youth were invited to express, in their own words, what suggestions they have to reduce stigma and increase understanding of mental health and/or substance use in their school and community. Submissions conveyed how fellow students can #StandUp for themselves, their friends, and others in their community. For more details, visit StandUpContest.org