United Way of Collier and the Keys distributes more than $250,0000 for #GivingTuesdayNow
The United Way of Collier and the Keys participated in #GivingTuesdayNow by supporting local nonprofits in Collier County. #GivingTuesdayNow took place Tuesday as a day of giving and unity, and as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. United Way of Collier and the Keys is continuing its Agency Allocations process, this year known as Project ALICE. The first quarter payments for Project ALICE will be $255,375, supporting numerous nonprofit agencies in the area. Funds raised will support the skyrocketing demand for services at the United Way of Collier and the Keys 2-1-1 non-emergency help line. To make a donation to the United Way of Collier and the Keys, click here.
Florida 7-Eleven stores to provide free lunch to frontline workers
Florida 7-Eleven stores will provide healthcare workers and first responders with a free lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 at more than 800 participating locations. To identify a participating store, customers should look for the attached flyer in the store’s front window. Healthcare workers and first responders can simply show their work identification to receive a free lunch during the indicated time. Participants can choose either a Big Bite Hot Dog or two taquitos and their choice of a Big Gulp, Slurpee or coffee beverage. All meals will also come with potato wedges. Additionally, participating locations will take a minute beginning at 11 a.m. to applaud and honor those who are working tirelessly on the frontline during this pandemic. This state-wide celebration was started by a franchisee who wanted to recognize the first responders and healthcare workers in his community, including his brother. What initially began as an event in one store gained traction and spread across the state.
Lee Health to celebrate National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week is May 6-12 and Lee Health will honor and recognize the contributions made by nurses through a variety of virtual activities, videos and social posts. The Lee County Board of County Commissioners also issued a proclamation to mark the occasion and importance of the profession. National Nurses Week is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the critical role nurses play in healthcare and our society. The International Council of Nurses 2020 theme, Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health, demonstrates how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges. For more information, visit LeeHealth.org
David Lawrence Center receives COVID-19 Assistance Grant
David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health
(DLC) has received a $30,000 COVID-19 Assistance Grant from the Collier Comes Together Fund, a charitable fund of the Community Foundation of Collier County (CFCC) cfcollier.org. The grant will be used to fund communications about the psychological impacts of this pandemic, including post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression, which can also trigger heavier consumption of drugs and alcohol, according to a press release. The goal of this grant is to educate the community about what warning signs and symptoms to be aware of so individuals can intervene early and avoid life-threatening crises such as suicide and overdose. The grant will also help promote DLC’s new virtual care services.
Swinging With Purpose fundraiser successful despite pandemic
Due to COVID-19, Swinging With Purpose (SWP) canceled the Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament set for May 3 at Quail West Golf & Country Club, but still raised more than $100,000 through virtual campaigns of a golf cart raffle and donations of tournament fees and sponsorships. SWP is a nonprofit organization that provides financial and in-kind support to grassroots organizations serving women, girls and children in Southwest Florida. For more details, visit swingingwithpurpose.org
Sails Restaurant supports St. Matthew’s House
Sails Restaurant in Naples
is catering 170 meals every day this week for St. Matthew’s House shelter and soup kitchen residents. Sails has been and is continuing to provide different meals at 10:30 a.m. each day for five days, totaling 850 meals. The restaurant has been doing this for hospitals and healthcare workers the last few weeks to show appreciation for what they’re doing in the community. For more details, click here. https://www.sailsrestaurants.com/ St. Matthew’s House moved to a new distribution site at Naples Baptist Church on 3000 Orange Blossom to open its thrift store at the same site as its former food distribution site. The organization’s regular food drive will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday at Naples Baptist Church. Last week, St. Matthew’s House fed 2,083 families in-need through its food distribution drives.