Free tax filing assistance resumes at United Way
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) has resumed at United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee
. with VITA Valet Drive Up – Drop Off Service in Lehigh Acres and Fort Myers. Due to COVID-19, the traditional tax preparation service was suspended on March 16. The appointments resumed on Monday. Clients can drive up at either VITA site, stay in the car, and a tax preparer will complete an intake interview. The client will leave their tax papers such as W-2s and 1099s with the preparer and come back the following week later to receive their completed tax return. Appointment must be made before drop off by calling 211 or (239) 433-3900. The tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns is July 15. Tax preparation is performed by IRS certified volunteers. If a taxpayer has access to a computer and would like to file their own taxes free of charge, they can logon to MyFreeTaxes.com
Lee County Legal Aid Society offering free legal services to frontline service providers
Lee County Legal Aid Society
is offering free legal services to frontline service provides. The free services focus on helping and improving the lives of children by creating Powers of Attorney for legal, medical and education matters. These essential frontline workers include those who work in medical care and supplies, food services and delivery, farmworkers, sanitation services, transportation, and law enforcement. Frontline service providers can go to the Lee County Legal Aid Society website at leecountylegalaid.org
and click on the banner to apply for assistance. For more information, call Nanci DuBois at 239-334-6118 or email nanci@LeeCountyLegalAid.org.
Ace Hardware stores raise more than $25,000 for Children’s Miracle Network
Customers at Sunshine Ace Hardware and Crowder Bros. Ace Hardware teamed up to raise more than $25,000 for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals through the “Round Up for the Kids” charitable campaign. Between March 16 and April 30, customers were given the option of rounding up their purchases at the cash register through a new partnership with Children’s Miracle Network. Donations raised at stores in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties will support Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, while donations at stores in Manatee and Pinellas counties will support Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Tampa. Customers’ donations will support research, training, and specialized health care, as well as purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care. In December, Sunshine Ace Hardware designated Children’s Miracle Network as its “primary charity partner” and began developing a year-round fundraising campaign to support the nonprofit organization.
The Zonta Club of Naples supports community organizations
The Zonta Club of Naples
distributed funds raised from its annual Sparkle Dinner, held on Dec. 5, to the following organizations: Golden Gate Senior Center, Path2 Freedom, Shelter for Abused Women & Children, PACE Center for Girls, TAPP Immokalee & TAPP Naples. In addition, the club recently donated $1,000 each to PACE Center for Girls and TAPP Immokalee & TAPP Naples so these organizations could continue their efforts through the COVID-19 restrictions. The club also donated $1,000 each to Meals of Hope and Empty Bowls to assist with their food distribution to the community.
Organizations partner to distribute STEM kits, fitness equipment for kids
The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation (CRSF) in partnership with the Naples Children & Education Foundation
(NCEF) on Tuesday distributed 656 At-Home Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Kits and 180 fitness packages to underprivileged and at-risk children at the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County
Bolch Campus in Immokalee. The Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and NCEF are partnering to help children and youth-focused organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic by distributing At-Home STEM Kits and fitness packages for kids in Collier County that they may use in the safety of their own homes. Through funding provided by NCEF, more than 650 students will receive care packages to assist as they continue their education remotely. In addition to benefitting children of the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County’s Bolch Campus in Immokalee, this initiative will also provide STEM and fitness equipment to the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County’s Nichols Campus in East Naples, the Gargiulo Education Center, Grace Place for Children and Families, NCEF’s Out-of-School Time Initiative, RCMA, and Valerie’s House. The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation has worked with educators and corporate partners to open 64 mobile STEM Centers in 12 states across the nation.
Jennifer’s Boutique to collect canned goods for Community Cooperative
women’s boutique is collecting canned goods for Community Cooperative throughout the month of June. Shoppers who donate a minimum of 10 items will receive 20% off their entire purchase. Suggested donation items include peanut butter and jelly, canned tuna, meat, beans (all varieties), whole wheat pasta, pasta sauce, brown rice (family-size bags), cereal, hamburger, chicken or tuna helper, canned fruit and vegetables, soup, macaroni and cheese, canned milk, child-friendly snacks, and food allergy-free items. No glass containers, please. Last June, Jennifer’s collected 1,200 pounds of food for Community Cooperative. This year’s goal is 1,500 pounds.