Southwest Florida Community Foundation donors provide $200,000 immigration program grant to Legal Aid Service of Collier County
With the support of national funders, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation recently awarded Legal Aid Service of Collier County (LASCC) a $200,000 grant for the expansion of its Immigration Legal Services and Empowerment Project. The grant will fund to build, sustain, and expand LASCC’s ability to provide vital immigration legal services and the capacity to more comprehensively address emergent crises and opportunities in the region and meet the evolving legal needs of immigrants in the Southwest Florida community. As part of the funding, LASCC will provide comprehensive direct legal services to Collier County residents on a wide spectrum of immigration law issues. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation encourages individuals and businesses to join and invest in this immigration program, which is designed to increase the quality of life in sustainable and equitable ways for immigrants and refugees in Southwest Florida. For more information, email email@example.com or call (239) 333-GIVE.
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New Habitat neighborhood planned in Bonita Springs
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation (RMSFF) have launched a $175,000 challenge grant to fund the development of an affordable twin villa neighborhood in Bonita Springs. The “challenge” structure of this grant includes a call to action that is intended to inspire philanthropists, businesses and community members to join RMSFF in supporting Habitat’s project, by making their own fully tax-deductible, charitable contributions. The goal is to raise an additional $175,000 to match the grant by April 30, 2021. Funds raised through the RMSFF challenge grant will be used to develop land, which Habitat for Humanity purchased on Carolina Street last month, into buildable lots that will hold 14 critically needed homes for low-income families in need of a hand up. For more information on Habitat neighborhoods or to donate to the campaign, contact Vince Modarelli at 239.800.5205 or visit Habitat4Humanity.org
Child’s Path receives $35,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded Child’s Path a $35,000 grant to help the organization provide partial scholarships to the children of low-income, working parents who struggle to afford childcare. These scholarships give at-risk and underserved children access to high-quality early education, which prepares them for kindergarten and later academic success. Child’s Path operates four early childhood development centers in Collier County, and more than 75% of the 300 children enrolled receive the scholarships this grant helps to fund. To learn more about Child’s Path, visit childspath.org
Leadership Lee County online silent auction opens in Fort Myers
The Leadership Lee County class had planned a gala event, Leadership Royale, enlisting sponsors and soliciting donations to help fund counseling services in Southwest Florida. Due to COVID-19, the event was canceled. Event sponsors are now donating their sponsorship funds, and items donated for the event are being sold in a silent auction. These items include hotel stays, river cruises, restaurant certificates, and a shooting experience. The auction, hosted on Facebook under the page name Leadership Royale 2020 Silent Auction, is now open until 8 p.m. on Oct. 29. Proceeds will benefit the Florida Gulf Coast University Community Counseling Center (FGCU CCC) and Valerie’s House. For more information, click here
Youth Haven Inc. announces holiday opportunities
Youth Haven Inc.
has launched its holiday opportunities for 2020. As Southwest Florida’s only emergency and residential shelter for boys and girls ages 6-19 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment, or are homeless, Youth Haven relies on community support in order to help them achieve their goals. The community can contribute to the organization this season by hosting a holiday donation drive at their business or organization and receive gift tags with requested gifts listed; purchase an item from Youth Haven’s wish list; or donate supplies, such as wrapping paper, bows, scissors, tape, and batteries. Youth Haven can only accept new, unused, and unwrapped gifts. To arrange a gift delivery, call 239-774-2904. The cut-off date for the gift drive is Dec. 18. For more information, contact Laura Lafakis at firstname.lastname@example.org.