HOPE Clubhouse’s annual mental health fundraising luncheon, “Faces of HOPE: Celebrating 10 Years of Growing HOPE,” has transitioned to becoming an entirely virtual event via Zoom to adhere to Centers for Disease Control & Prevention safety guidelines. It will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 19. Funds raised at the event will aid HOPE Clubhouse’s mission of providing a community of support for adults living with a mental illness and opportunities for paid employment and access to education, housing, and wellness. The event is open to the public. The program will include a welcome by Daleen O’Dell, the honorary chair, entertainment by comedian Amy Tee, messages from Clubhouse members, and recognition of the founding mothers, Judith Gardner, Sharon Harris, Carrie Lucas, and Susan Tew, in honor of the Clubhouse’s 10th anniversary. A live auction will also occur and all ticket holders will automatically be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. Tickets and sponsorships for the event are available for purchase online here
Free PPE equipment to be handed out in Estero
Volunteers from the Village of Estero will be handing out free personal protection equipment (PPE) to residents from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 24 at Goodwill Industries, 10351 Corkscrew Commons Drive, and Estero United Methodist Church, 8088 Lord’s Way. The PPE handout includes a reusable shopping bag filled with a U.S.-made N95 mask, a reusable mask embellished with the Village of Estero logo, and a hand sanitizer bottle. The PPE is being provided through the CARES Act and is meant to encourage mask and hand sanitizer use during the continuing COVID pandemic.
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County receives grant
Boys & Girls Club of Collier County has received a generous grant from the Women’s Foundation of Collier County. These funds will support the Club’s Junior Women of Initiative program which helps middle school girls build their self-esteem, confidence and personal awareness while building vital life skills necessary for future success. Mentors are recruited from the Women’s Foundation of Collier County
and throughout the community. The selected mentors are strong and successful women who serve as role models for the girls. For more information, visit bgccc.com
Youth Haven awarded $45,000 grant
Youth Haven Inc.
has received a $45,000 grant from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation. The funds received will be used in support of its mission of protecting and empowering children and teens in Southwest Florida through comprehensive care and community collaboration. Youth Haven is Southwest Florida’s only residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6 – 19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, abandonment or are homeless. Its programming is designed to address the trauma experienced and help them heal by providing them with innovative therapies, normalizing experiences, and therapeutic environments that assist with their healing journey.
Mina Edison Society to host drive-through donation event for students
Mina Edison Society members are holding a drive-through event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Items such as toothpaste, body soap, shampoo, plastic dinnerware, and hygiene items are needed for Florida SouthWestern State College students. Participants can just pop the trunks of their vehicles and a team will gather the donations. Cash donations are also accepted. Mina Edison Society’s title sponsor is Busey Bank. To learn more, visit Foundation.fsw/MinasPantry
Keep Lee County Beautiful marine cleanup upcoming
Keep Lee County Beautiful is holding its 27th annual marine cleanup from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 7 to fight against marine debris. The cleanup is named “Monofilament Madness” for its focus on the monofilament fishing line which is discarded or left by careless fishermen especially in the mangrove areas. The event includes a volunteer appreciation lunch sponsored by the Galloway Family of Dealerships. This is a water-based cleanup that requires a personal watercraft for there are a limited amount of available kayaks/canoes. The cleanup will take place at three locations: the Mound House on Fort Myers Beach, Salty Sam’s Marina, and Bunche Beach. Click here
to register and for additional details.