September 1, 2014

The Charity Register 2012

Final countdown: After four years of stasis, construction on the Heights Center in Fort Myers is back on track. Soon, founder and CEO Kathryn Kelly will have the space necessary for the programs she envisions for the impoverished Harlem Heights neighborhood.A Friday morning in late July brought a sound that hadn’t been heard at the Heights Center site in four years—the sound of construction.

A bulldozer rumbled. A backhoe chugged. Soon, workers in hard hats would descend upon the 14,000-square-foot shell that had been sitting there like a tease—a hint of what could be but wasn’t in the Lee County neighborhood of Harlem Heights.

Only now it would be. Four years after the real estate crash forced a philanthropist to rescind a $4 million pledge, the Heights Foundation has secured enough funding to finish construction, fulfilling a promise to create a place of education, activism and hope in this often-forgotten corner of the county.

“It’s obvious that this is going to be the hub of the community,” says Kathryn Kelly, founder of the Heights Foundation, the nonprofit group building the center.

Once complete (the targeted opening is November), the center promises to be the focal point for community activity and allow Kelly to expand and centralize programs she’s running in borrowed spaces. Plans include: afterschool programs; arts-based enrichment classes; a computer lab; GED and employment assistance; English language classes; culinary arts certification classes; daily lunches for seniors courtesy of the Senior Friendship Centers; and performances and presentations that residents might not experience otherwise.

For many Heights residents, finding time, money and transportation for such programs can be a challenge.

The median household income is $29,300 (compared to $50,014 for Lee County), according to the U.S. Census. Just 36 percent of adults 25 and older have graduated from high school or earned an equivalency degree (compared to 86.7 percent in Lee). About a quarter of adults 25 to 64 are unemployed. Every family with children younger than five years old lives below the poverty line.

“I tried to get my kids guitar classes, but it’s $25 for a half hour,” says Miriam Ortiz, 46, a 15-year resident, mother of five and president of the Harlem Heights Neighborhood Association, another nonprofit that collaborates with Kelly’s foundation. Already she’s seen how the foundation can open doors for young people; her son attended a foundation-sponsored workshop with an Edison State College representative who later helped him secure scholarships for books.

“It’s something fantastic,” Ortiz continues. “We never dreamed of having something like that—right in front of my house.”

And that’s exactly the point, says Kelly. Why shouldn’t kids growing up in Harlem Heights have the same opportunities as the children in neighboring subdivisions?

“We want to open their eyes to what’s going on in the world, whether it’s through art or through drama or through dance or through martial arts,” Kelly says. “We want them to find their passion.”

Heights residents won’t be the only ones to benefit from the new complex. Kelly imagines residents from all over this western corner of the county enjoying performances in the 250-seat auditorium or picnicking to live music in the amphitheater.

About 2,000 people live in Harlem Heights—a small, predominantly minority community wedged in between Summerlin Road and McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. It’s a population small enough to establish an intimacy between foundation members and residents.

It allowed Kelly and her staff, for example, to learn that a child in the foundation-sponsored afterschool programs missed school frequently because of asthma. Members got her a nebulizer to use at school, calming her condition. It allowed them to recognize that mothers could not educate themselves until they had supervision for their children, and so childcare became a part of adult education classes. And it allowed them to comfort people like Thomas Goodman Sr., 48, during times of hardship.

“She’s doing a lot here—a hell of a lot,” says Goodman, a 45-year resident. When money got tight—a back injury ended Goodman’s county employment—Kelly helped with his bills. When his 24- and 25-year-old children were killed over the past year, Kelly reached out with emotional and financial support as he buried them.

“She’s out here for a reason. She’s here to support the neighborhood,” says Goodman. 

 

A

 

ABLE Academy

Provides intensive behavior analysis and therapy services to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities.

Executive director: Dr. Colleen Cornwall

(239) 352-7600

5860 Golden Gate Parkway

Naples, FL 34116

theableacademy.org

 

Alzheimer’s Support Network

Assists families dealing with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia through education, support groups, a help line, newsletters, problem solving, informed referrals and a Wanderer’s Identification Program.

Executive director: Suky Pollard

(239) 262-8388

660 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 21

Naples, FL 34102

alzsupportnetwork.org

 

American Business Women’s Association— Neapolitan Chapter

Local businesswomen in Collier and Lee counties working to support each other professionally and personally through leadership, education and networking.

President: Angela Kidd

(239) 331-4370

P.O. Box 10653

Naples, FL 34101

abwaneapolitan.org

 

American Cancer Society

Nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer with prevention and treatment through research, education, advocacy and service.

Executive director: Kathy Cleeland

(239) 261-0337

5020 Tamiami Trail N.,
Suite 108

Naples, FL 34103

cancer.org

 

AMIkids Big Cypress

Provides boys age 14 to 18 who are committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice with an education, mental health and substance abuse treatment, and behavioral rehabilitation services through a residential camp in Big Cypress National Park.

Executive director: Ron Boyce

(239) 269-1001

25959 Turner River Road

Ochopee, FL 34141

amikids.org

 

The ArtsNaples World Festival

Celebrates cultural arts from around the globe—one region at a time. 2013 will create an immersion into Latin America, with events including art, orchestral music, opera, theater, chamber music, virtuoso piano repertoire, jazz, cuisine, cinema and more at prominent community venues.

Managing director: Barbara Muze

(239) 390-2788

P.O. Box 771176

Naples, FL 34107

artsnaplesworldfestival.org

 

Association of Fundraising Professionals —Everglades Chapter

Promotes ethics in fundraising and provides continuing education on a monthly basis to fundraisers.

Executive director: Elizabeth Hinkle

(239) 877-6261

1460 Golden Gate Parkway,

Suite 103, PMB 219

Naples, FL 34105

afpeverglades.afpnet.org

 

Ave Maria School of Law

Provides distinctive legal education richly animated by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the truth of natural law to students from all over the nation, as well as scholarship assistance.

President and dean: Eugene R. Milhizer

(239) 687-5300

1025 Commons Circle

Naples, FL 34119

avemarialaw.edu

 

Ave Maria University

Provides a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition through bachelor’s degrees in 12 different majors and master’s and doctoral degrees in theology; and encourages academic interests, community service, and moral and spiritual growth through its wide range of campus organizations and intramural and intercollegiate athletics.

Executive director: Dr. Lou Traina

(239) 280-2490

5050 Ave Maria Blvd.

Ave Maria, FL 34142

avemaria.edu

 

Avow Hospice

Provides compassionate care to the terminally ill and supports their families, as well as anyone in the community who has suffered the loss of a loved one or a pet, and educates the community and health care professionals on topics related to the end of life.

Executive director: Karen Rollins

(239) 649-3683

1095 Whippoorwill Lane

Naples, FL 34105

avowhospice.org

 

 


 

B

 

Bayshore Cultural and Performing Arts Center

Provides a state-of-the-art cultural and performing arts center that showcases local visual and performing artists, thereby offering affordable and accessible educational, cultural and performance opportunities for the community.         

President: Chick Heithaus

(239) 775-2800

4069 Bayshore Drive

Naples, FL 34112

bayshorecapa.org

 

Beacon of Hope Foundation

Supplies clothing, school supplies, home goods, furniture, medical supplies, Christmas gifts and finances to third world orphans, schools and missionaries, with a primary focus on Haiti.

Executive director: Trista Sue Kragh

(239) 465-0409

P.O. Box 363

Naples, FL 34106

beaconofhopefoundation.org

 

Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support

Provides financial support for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer for uninsured residents.

Executive director: Joetta D. Abbazio

(239) 417-4600

4330 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34112

bbbcsi.org

 

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County

Youth development organization that strives to inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as caring and responsible citizens.

Executive director: Theresa Shaw

(239) 325-1765

7500 Davis Blvd.

Naples, FL 34104

bgccc.com

 

The Brody Project for Animal Assisted Therapy

Enhances human health by providing animal-assisted therapy (AAT) and promoting the healing power of the human-animal bond through community educational forums.

Executive director: Karen Lasker

(239) 325-9328

P.O. Box 112304

Naples, FL 34108

thebrodyproject.org

 

 


 

C

 

Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN)

Provides financial aid, support, education and information resources for children, families and individuals touched by cancer, including rent payment, utilities, food and gas cards, and other non-medical bills.

Executive director: Marianne R. St. Johns

(239) 643-4673

990 First Ave. S., Suite 200

Naples, FL 34102

cannaples.com

 

Care Club of Collier County

Adult day center that provides care to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.

Executive director: Luanne Wahlstrom

(239) 353-1994

1800 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116

colliercareclub.org

 

Catholic Charities of Collier County

Fights poverty, strengthens families, builds communities, ensures human dignity and enhances the quality of life for all.

Executive director: Armando Galella

(239) 455-2655

2210 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116

catholiccharitiescc.org

 

Center for Reduction of Religious-Based Conflict

Reduces religious-based conflict throughout the world by publicizing existing conflicts, their significance to all of us and their causes, as well as by providing realistic long-term solutions.

Executive director: Terry O. Trowbridge

(239) 821-4850

649 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 201

Naples, FL 34102

center2000.org

 

Christian Classical Academy of Naples

Private pre-kindergarten to eighth grade grammar school providing students with an advanced, classically directed Christian education that fosters academic excellence, spiritual depth and moral integrity, preparing them for Godly leadership in society.

Executive director: John Brunner

(239) 249-2626

P.O. Box 770891

Naples, FL 34107

ccanaples.com

 

Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation of Southwest Florida (CHEF)

Founded and supported by the Bonita and Naples chapters of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs to serve the culinary and hospitality arts professions by providing individuals committed to furthering their education and enhancing their careers.

Executive director: Judith Hushon

(239) 643-6222

81 Seagate Dr., Suite 1501

Naples, FL 34103

chefswfl.org

 

Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County

Minimizes trauma to abused children and enhances families’ capabilities to provide a safe environment through a process of identification, intervention and treatment to the immediate and long-term needs of children who have been harmed.

Executive director: Jacqueline Stephens

(239) 263-8383

1036 Sixth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102

caccollier.org

 

Collier Child Care Resources

Supports the needs of Collier County’s children, families and early learning professionals by providing high-quality education, resources and child care services.

Executive director: Niccole Howard

(239) 643-3908

2400 Tamiami Trail N.,
Suite 303

Naples, FL 34103

collierchildcare.org

 

Collier County Audubon Society

Furthers the cause of conservation and promotes the understanding of and interest in wildlife and the natural environment that supports it.

(239) 643-7822

1020 Eighth Ave. S., Suite 2

Naples, FL 34102

collieraudubon.org

 

Collier Harvest

Transportation service that delivers food from local businesses and canned food drives to certified agencies that feed the hungry in our community.

Executive director: Connie Preu

(239) 455-3663

7986 Beaumont Court

Naples, FL 34109

collierharvest.org

 

Community Foundation of Collier County

Provides donors with philanthropic knowledge and financial stewardship to strengthen our community—forever.

President: Mary George

(239) 649-5000

2400 Tamiami Trail N.,
Suite 300

Naples, FL 34103

cfcollier.org

 

Community Pregnancy Clinics

Provides hope and support to women in unplanned pregnancies by offering every pregnant woman accurate information about her pregnancy and loving support in bringing her pregnancy to term.

Executive director: Kay Thurston

(239) 262-6381

940 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102

community4life.com

 

The Community School of Naples

Independent, college-preparatory day school that provides students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade with a range of personal opportunities and prepares them to be lifelong learners.

Head of school: Dennis H. Grubbs

(239) 597-7575

13275 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109

communityschoolnaples.org

 

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Protects the region’s water, land, wildlife and future through the synergistic efforts of environmental education, policy and advocacy, science and research, and wildlife rehabilitation.

Executive director: Andrew McElwaine

(239) 262-0304

1450 Merrihue Drive

Naples, FL 34102

conservancy.org

 

Cure Cancer

Partners with Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center to support clinical research in the development of the circulating tumor cell (CTC) chip, which holds great promise as a diagnostic tool for cancer as well as a rapid and non-invasive monitoring tool to advise clinical treatment decisions.

Executive director: Rose Murphy

(239) 593-3555

1749 Winding Oaks Way

Naples, FL 34109

massgeneral.org/curecancerdinner

 

 


 

D

 

David Lawrence Center

Provides children and adults who suffer from behavioral, emotional, psychological and substance abuse challenges with innovative and comprehensive prevention, intervention and treatment services.

Executive director: Stephen Wheeler

(239) 354-1434

6075 Bathey Lane

Naples, FL 34116

davidlawrencecenter.org

 

 


 

E

 

Eden Autism Services

Provides services for children and adults with autism, including schools and summer camp programs in Naples and Fort Myers for ages five to 22; adult residential and day training programs in Naples; ABA behavior therapy and social skills groups for all ages in Lee and Collier counties; trainings for parents, schools and community groups; and the Garden at Eden, a two-acre organic farm that provides hands-on vocational training.

Executive director: Susan L. Suarez

(239) 992-4680

2801 County Barn Road

Naples, FL 34112

edenflorida.org

 

The Education Foundation of Collier County

Brings our community together to invest in innovative practices that enrich the environment for student learning.

Executive director: Susan McManus

(239) 643-4755

3606 Enterprise Ave.,
Suite 150

Naples, FL 34104

getonthebuscollier.org

 

Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida

Provides homebuyer education, budget and credit counseling, and foreclosure prevention counseling. Constructs and sells affordable housing to low-income families.

Executive director: Dottie Cook

(239) 658-3315

750 S. Fifth St.

Immokalee, FL 34142

easfonline.org

 

Everglades Society for Historic Preservation

Dedicated to the unique history of the rural area of Everglades City and to the preservation of old buildings, sites, artifacts and memories.

(239) 695-2905

P.O. Box 46

Everglades City, FL 34139

evergladeshistorical.org

 

 


 

F

 

Feral Felines

Spay, neuter and feeding program for stray cats in the Everglades City area.

Executive director: Barbara Lewinski

(239) 695-3167

P.O. Box 564

Chokoloskee, FL 34138

 

Fifth Avenue South Business Improvement District (BID)

Represents the interests of both property owners and businesses in growing and sustaining a healthy, vibrant Fifth Avenue South district. Brand promotes and creates awareness of Fifth Avenue South as the destination of choice to live, work, shop, dine and play.

Executive director: Lise Sundrla

(239) 692-8436

649 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102

fifthavenuesouth.com

 

First Book—Collier County

Addresses one of the most important factors affecting literacy—access to books—by providing a steady stream of books to children of low-income families to read, take home and share.

Board chair: Joanne Wyss

(239) 263-6687

1100 Fifth Ave. S., Suite 201

Naples, FL 34102

firstbookcolliercounty.org

 

The First Tee of Naples/Collier

Helps young people discover how skills essential to success on a golf course—like self-management, interpersonal communication, goal-setting, mentoring and effective conflict resolution—can also help them flourish in life.

Executive director: Cindy Darland

(239) 825-4851

1370 Creekside Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108

thefirstteenaplescollier.org

 

Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled

Promotes an enhanced quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities through community awareness; family support; housing options; and educational, social and recreational activities.

Executive director: David Glenn

(239) 594-9007

5621 Strand Blvd., Suite 206

Naples, FL 34110

fddswfl.org

 

The Founders Fund

Provides more than $200,000 annually in scholarships to Collier County students who are academically talented but economically disadvantaged. Annually awards 25 to 27 students seeking post-secondary education with renewable four-year scholarships.

Executive director: Sue Davenport

(239) 593-0124

707 Gulf Park Drive

Naples, FL 34108

thefoundersfundinc.org

 

Fresh Start for Abused Women Fund

Supports Collier County women and their children leaving violent homes and becoming economically independent, through financial assistance for expenses including rent, tuition, utilities, child care and transportation.

(239) 640-5000

2400 Tamiami Trail N.,
Suite 300

Naples, FL 34103

freshstartfund.org

 

Friends of Art at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art

Promotes the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art, with proceeds benefiting the museum’s exhibitions, lectures, educational programs and endowment.

Executive director: Kathleen van Bergen

(239) 254-2776

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108

thephil.org

 

Friends of Fakahatchee

All-volunteer citizen’s support organization to the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Maintains the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk that takes visitors back into old growth Cypress trees to view the many plants, birds and animals of the real Florida.

President: Ray Carroll

(239) 695-1023

P.O. Box 35

Everglades City, FL 34139

orchidswamp.org

 

Friends of Foster Children

Fulfills the educational, emotional and physical needs of foster children and youth, enabling them to become healthy adults.

Executive director: Jennifer Weidenbruch

(239) 262-1808

5051 Castello Drive, Suite 21

Naples, FL 34103

friendsoffosterchildren.net

 

Friends of Rookery Bay

Connects people with Southwest Florida’s dynamic estuarine environment through education, engagement and stewardship by supporting the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Executive director: Bruce Robertson

(239) 417-6310

300 Tower Road

Naples, FL 34113

rookerybay.org

 

Friends of the Library of Collier County

Supports and enriches the Collier County Public Library System by providing literacy and education through computers and new technology, celebrity speakers, performance underwriting, and educational materials for children and adults who rely on local libraries for learning, research and entertainment.

Executive director: Bill Pappalardo

(239) 262-8135

650 Central Ave.

Naples, FL 34102

collier-friends.org

 

Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

Provides safe, quality and affordable education and care to the children of low-income working families and prepares the children for kindergarten.

Executive director: Franny Kain

(239) 261-8284

102 12th St. N.

Naples, FL 34102

funtimeacademy.org

 

 


 

G

 

The Garden of Hope and Courage

Provides a place of peaceful reflection for patients, their families and hospital staff at the downtown campus of the NCH Healthcare System. Serves as a living testimony to courage, compassion, hope and love as a memorial for Jan Emfield, who passed away from breast cancer in 1994.

Executive director: Amy Lane

(239) 434-6697

1177 Third St. S.

Naples, FL 34102

gardenofhopeandcourage.org

 

Gene Doyle Memorial Foundation

Created to honor the memory and adventurous spirit of Robert Eugene “Gene” Doyle III (1976-1996), the foundation annually awards three Adventure Scholarships, which help deserving Collier County students to undertake the adventures of their dreams.

Executive director: Jim Vanas

(239) 450-4018

3620 13th Ave. S.W.

Naples, FL 34117

genedoyle.org

 

George De Marco Foundation

Focuses on the children of Collier County by raising and donating money to special needs programs and the three local high school construction academies.

Executive director: Carla de Marco Belanger

(239) 643-4077

3527 Domestic Ave.

Naples, FL 34104

 

Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples

Collier County’s first learning environment devoted exclusively to child’s play, the serious business of discovery that helps children attain hallmark milestones on the journey into adulthood. Fully accessible to all children regardless of their physical or learning abilities.

(239) 514-0084

15080 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109

cmon.org

 

Grace Center Foundation

Supports the Grace Center in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, by providing a day care center so single mothers can work, a home for orphans or abandoned children, a women’s empowerment program to administer them with employment and training, a temporary care facility, an after-school program, child sponsorship and a medical clinic.

Executive directors: Marcie Erickson, Dee and Andrew Knife

(239) 597-3941

431 Lagoon Ave.

Naples, FL 34108

gracecenterfoundation.org

 

Grace Place for Children and Families

Teaches literacy, language and life skills to at-risk children and impoverished families in Golden Gate.

Executive director: Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell

(239) 455-2707

P.O. Box 990531

Naples, FL 34116

graceplacenaples.org

 

Greater Naples American Association of University Women Charitable Foundation

Promotes equity for women and girls through education, philanthropy and advocacy.

Executive director: Ellen P. Granger

(239) 430-0122

P.O. Box 9742

Naples, FL 34101

aauwgnb.org

 

Guadalupe Center

Breaks the cycle of poverty for children and families in Immokalee through education.

Executive director: Barbara Oppenheim

(239) 657-7711

509 Hope Circle

Immokalee, FL 34142

guadalupecenter.org

 

Gulfshore Playhouse

Offers stimulating, thought-provoking and entertaining productions including classics, Broadway hits and innovative new works. Gulfshore Playhouse Theatre Education Project offers ART SMART, in-school residencies that teach curriculum through theater during school, as well as after-school classes and summer camps.

Executive director: Kristen Coury

(239) 261-7529

755 Eighth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102

gulfshoreplayhouse.org

 

 

 

H

 

Habitat for Humanity of Collier County

Partners with low-income families to build decent, affordable housing that is then sold to partner families with a zero interest loan.

Executive director: Dr. Sam Durso

(239) 775-0036

11145 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34113

habitatcollier.com

 

Healthcare Network of SWFL Foundation

Raises awareness and support for the Healthcare Network, which provides primary and preventive care to 45,000 children and adults annually, keeping our community healthier.

Executive director: Connie Dillon

(239) 658-3111

P.O. Box 877

Immokalee, FL 34143

healthcareswfl.org

 

Heil Luthringer Foundation

Provides critical knowledge and hope for individuals affected by incurable, devastating diseases like multiple sclerosis, and empowers those challenged with MS and other chronic degenerative diseases through educational seminars, small groups and individual counsel.

Executive director: Lisa Luthringer

(239) 592-7020

6582 Trail Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108

empowermenteducation.org

 

Helps Outreach

Promotes the gospel and lordship of Jesus Christ among all people, primarily through the demonstration of his love, by providing goods and services, without charge, to the poor and needy of our community.

Executive director: Angie Valentini

(239) 593-3226

2025 J&C Blvd.

Naples, FL 34109

helpsoutreachinc.org

 

Hodges University

Offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs that enhance a student’s ability to achieve life or career objectives.

Executive director: Phil Memoli

(239) 513-1122

2655 Northbrooke Drive

Naples, FL 34119

hodges.edu

 

Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida

Promotes respect and understanding by teaching the history and lessons of the Holocaust through museum tours, exhibits, events and education outreach programs to schools and the community.

Executive director: Amy Snyder

(239) 263-9200

4760 Tamiami Trail N.,
Suite 7

Naples, FL 34103

holocaustmuseumswfl.org

 

Hope for Haiti

Improves the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition and health care.

Executive director: Elizabeth Davison

(239) 434-7183

1021 Fifth Ave. N.

Naples, FL 34102

hopeforhaiti.com

 

The Humane Society Naples

No-kill adoption center and humane animal clinic that provides animals shelter in times of need, locates lifelong homes and promotes responsible pet ownership through education, legislation and sterilization.

Executive director: Michael Simonik

(239) 643-1880

370 Airport Road N.

Naples, FL 34104

hsnaples.org

 

Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County

Works to stabilize families and create a system of care for residents experiencing hunger and homelessness.

Executive director: Debra Mahr

(239) 263-9363

P.O. Box 9202

Naples, FL 34101

collierhomelesscoalition.org

 

 


 

I

 

Immokalee Child Care Center

Provides subsidized child care and education to children aged one month to five years in a nationally accredited early learning and development center in the farming community of Immokalee.

Executive director: Valarie Bostic

(239) 657-4130

415 Colorado Ave.

Immokalee, FL 34142

immokaleechildcarecenter.org

 

The Immokalee Foundation

Builds pathways to success for many children in Immokalee through programs that focus on mentorship, after-school activities, college scholarships, skills development and incentives for educational growth.

Executive director: Liz Allbritten

(239) 430-9122

3960 Radio Road, Suite 207

Naples, FL 34104

immokaleefoundation.org

 

Interfaith Action of Southwest Florida

People of faith partnering with farm workers to cultivate justice and human rights in Florida’s fields.

Executive director: Brigitte Gynther

(239) 986-0688

P.O. Box 509

Immokalee, FL 34143

interfaithact.org

 

Island Coast AIDS Network (ICAN)

Serves individuals and their families who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS by providing vital services and offering HIV/AIDS education and prevention to the general public, schools, businesses and social organizations.

Executive director: Carolyn Moore

(239) 337-2391

3400 Radio Road, Unit 108

Naples, FL 34104

icanswfl.org

 

 


 

J

 

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

Strives to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications while improving the lives of those living with the disease by providing awareness and support to the T1D community.

Executive director: Bill Rice

(239) 591-2825

5625 Strand Blvd., Suite 504

Naples, FL 34110

jdrf.org

 

Jewish Federation of Collier County

Offers fundraising, cultural, educational, social and community service programs for the local Jewish population.

Executive director: David Willens

(239) 263-4205

2500 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Suite 2201

Naples, FL 34109

jewishnaples.org

 

 

 

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LACES of LOVE

Provides new shoes to low-income and disadvantaged children in Collier and Lee counties and educates the public on the needs of these children.

(239) 591-1172

1976 Bethany Place

Naples, FL 34109

lacesoflove.org

 

Leadership Collier Foundation

A division of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce that administers Leadership Collier, GAIN (Growing Associates in Naples),

Youth Leadership Collier, Campaign for Leadership and The Leadership Institute.

Executive director: Erin A. Morton

(239) 403-2903

2390 Tamiami Trail N.,
Suite 210

Naples, FL 34103

napleschamber.org

 

The League Club

Women Junior League members working to strengthen communities through fellowship, education, volunteerism and philanthropy.

President: Ann Westerfield

(239) 353-3100

5051 Castello Drive, Suite 240

Naples, FL 34103

theleagueclub.org

 

Lighthouse of Collier

Promotes the development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of programs and services that foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers.

Executive director: Kathleen Peck

(239) 430-3934

424 Bayfront Place

Naples, FL 34102

lighthouseofcollier.org

 

Literacy Volunteers of Collier County

Improves the lives of families in our community through the acquisition of literacy skills.

Executive director: Elaine Mayrides

(239) 262-4448

8833 Tamiami Trail E.

Naples, FL 34113

collierliteracy.org

 

Lorenzo Walker Education Foundation

Supports the programs, activities and organizations of Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology and Lorenzo Walker Technical High School by providing scholarship funds for adult and high school students.

Executive director: Curt C. Edwards

(239) 377-0900

P.O. Box 1587

Naples, FL 34106

lwit.edu

 

 


 

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Marco Island Center for the Arts

Inspires the community through the arts by education, exhibition and performance through the Art League and Marco Island Friends of the Bach Ensemble.

Executive director: Lynn M. Holley

(239) 394-4221

1010 Winterberry Drive

Marco Island, FL 34145

marcoislandart.org

 

Marco Island Shell Club

Promotes the study, appreciation, conservation, science and history of seashells through activities like shell collecting, crafting and art.

Executive director: Marsha Prunetti

(239) 963-4694

P.O. Box 633

Marco Island, FL 34146

marcoshellclub.com

 

Marco Island Sunrise Rotary

Serves local and international causes, gives scholarships and works in the community.

Executive director: Stan Niemczyk

(239) 777-1484

1065 Borghese Lane, Suite 596

Marco Island, FL 34114

marcoislandseafoodfestival.com

 

Miracles in Action

Helps extremely poor families to help themselves by funding educational, vocational and sustainable projects in Guatemala, and supports the Mayan women’s cottage industry by selling their handicrafts.

Executive director: Penny Rambacher

(239) 348-0815

241 Countryside Drive

Naples, FL 34104

miraclesinaction.org

 

Montessori Academy of Naples

Thoughtfully prepared school environment, for children ages eight weeks to 12 years, with curriculum that guides each child to become an independent thinker, resourceful problem solver and positive contributing member of society by focusing on the development of the whole child.

Executive director: Kim Hunt

(239) 597-2255

2659 Professional Circle,
Suite 1118

Naples, FL 34119

naplesmontessori.org

 

 


 

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NAMI of Collier County

Improves the quality of life of the one in four individuals in our community affected by serious and persistent mental illness through support, education and advocacy.

Executive director: Kathryn Leib Hunter

(239) 434-6726

6216 Trail Blvd., Bldg. C

Naples, FL 34108

namicollier.org

 

Naples Art Association

Provides learning opportunities and cultural enrichment in the contemporary visual arts through changing exhibitions of work by established and emerging artists; outdoor art festivals featuring local and national artists; special events; community outreach; art-collecting opportunities; and educational programs for youth and adults.

CEO: Aimee Schlehr

(239) 262-6517

585 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102

naplesart.org

 

Naples Botanical Garden

The 170-acre world-class garden paradise features plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics, including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A children’s garden and 90 acres of restored natural habitats, trails and a butterfly garden offer education entertainment.

Executive director: Brian Holley

(239) 643-7275

4820 Bayshore Drive

Naples, FL 34112

naplesgarden.org

 

Naples Concert Band

Plays to thousands of concert-goers each month for free and awards scholarships each year to deserving student members of the band.

President: James Castaldi

(239) 263-9521

P.O. Box 31

Naples, FL 34106

naplesconcertband.org

 

Naples Children & Education Foundation

Committed to supporting charitable programs that improve the physical, emotional and educational lives of underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County.

Grants director: Maria Jimenez-Lara

(239) 514-2239

6200 Shirley St., Suite 206

Naples, FL 34109

napleswinefestival.com

 

Naples Christian Academy

Partners with Christian parents to develop students in preschool through eighth grade with hearts impassioned to love God, minds disciplined to think biblically and hands prepared to serve.

Executive director: Dr. Phil Tingle

(238) 455-1080

3161 Santa Barbara Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116

napleschristian.net

 

Naples Equestrian Challenge

Fosters growth and confidence in more than 400 children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs, empowering riders living with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, stroke, autism spectrum disorder, amputations, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and a range of emotional, learning and developmental disabilities.

Executive director: Kim Minarich

(239) 596-2988

206 Ridge Drive

Naples, FL 34108

naplesequestrianchallenge.org

 

Naples Historical Society

Owns and operates historic Palm Cottage and Norris Gardens and preserves Naples history for the community and future generations to enjoy through substantial preservation initiatives and a respected series of educational programs for residents and visitors.

Executive director: Elaine L. Reed

(239) 261-8164

137 12th Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102

napleshistoricalsociety.org

 

Naples International Film Festival

Celebrates independent film and filmmakers in an intimate festival setting that enhances the cultural and artistic life of the Naples community.

Executive director: Shannon Franklin

(239) 775-3456

2338 Immokalee Road,
Suite 110

Naples, FL 34110

naplesfilmfest.com

 

Naples Junior Woman’s Club

Empowers young women in the community to come together for a greater cause by supporting local charities and raising money for annual scholarships to local high school students.

President: Blair DeLongy

(407) 694-6675

570 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102

naplesjuniors.com

 

Naples Lions Club

Concerned men and women contributing time, talent and funds to improve the lives of needy people in the Naples area.

Executive director: Dr. Howard Freedman

(239) 353-4800

P.O. Box 110474

Naples, FL 34108

 

Naples Music Club

Supports music education and performance, provides scholarships, and engages in collaborative outreach efforts within Naples and its neighboring communities.

Executive director: Maurizio Nisita

(239) 405-4775

P. O. Box 112383

Naples, FL 34108

naplesmusicclub.org

 

Naples North Rotary Club Foundation

Advances world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

Executive director: Ronald Miller

(239) 732-0085

P.O. Box 1307

Naples, FL 34106

naplesnorthrotary.org

 

Naples Philharmonic League

Volunteer support group that promotes the interests and growth of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and its youth music education programs.

Executive director: Kathleen van Bergen

(239) 254-2777

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd.

Naples, FL 34108

thephil.org

 

Naples Pilot Foundation

Provides service projects by way of Pilot International, a worldwide volunteer organization that promotes community awareness of brain disorders and prevention of traumatic brain injuries.

Executive director: Suzanne Lester

(239) 289-8268

P.O. Box 110281

Naples, FL 34108

pilotinternational.org

 

The Naples Players

Creates and performs affordable, high-quality amateur theatre; encourages participation in and appreciation of theatre; and provides educational and enrichment opportunities and outreach programs.

Executive director: Jim Rideoutte

(239) 434-7340

701 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102

naplesplayers.org

 

Naples Woman’s Club

Supports the community through philanthropic activities and community service; provides awards and scholarships for both college-bound and career-path area students; and offers volunteer programs in conservation, literacy and in three local nursing homes.

President: Lee Kraus

(239) 262-6331

570 Park St.

Naples, FL 34102

napleswomansclubgfwc.org

 

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

This nationally accredited zoo participates in conservation programs both in and outside the wild and offers presentations, cruises and animals from apes to zebras inside a botanical garden.

Executive director: David L. Tetzlaff

(239) 262-5409

1590 Goodlette-Frank Road

Naples, FL 34102

 

NCH Healthcare Foundation

The largest nonprofit, community-based provider of in-patient services in Collier County.

Executive director: Jim Martin

(239) 436-4511

P.O. Box 234

Naples, FL 34106

nchmd.org

 

Neighborhood Health Clinic

Delivers quality medical care to low-income, working but uninsured Collier County adults using a volunteer professional staff.

Executive director: Nina Gray

(239) 260-2080

121 Goodlette Road N.

Naples, FL 34102

neighborhoodhealthclinic.org

 

New Horizons of Southwest Florida

Nonprofit faith-based ministry that serves at-risk children and their families at four sites in Bonita Springs and East Naples through after-school tutoring, mentoring, community involvement and enrichment opportunities, as well as delivers humanitarian aid to orphanages in Haiti and the Bahamas.

Executive directors: Ellen and Bob Nichols

(239) 565-6714

P.O. Box 111833

Naples, FL 34108

mysuperkidsclub.org

 

Miss Southwest Florida Scholarship Pageant

Preliminary to Miss America, the world’s largest provider of scholarships to young women, which last year awarded more than $45 million in cash and scholarships at the local, state and national level.

Executive director: Kimberley Ouimet

(248) 342-8112

1065 Borghese Lane,
Suite 1004

Naples, FL 34114

misssouthwestflorida.org

 

 


 

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Opera Naples

Southwest Florida’s only local professional opera company, presenting opera standards, special events, and education and outreach programs for all ages.

Executive director: Thomas Smith

(239) 963-9050

2408 Linwood Ave.

Naples, FL 34112

operanaples.org

 

Outward Bound USA

Safe adventure-based courses structured to encourage growth and discovery and inspire self-confidence, self-reliance, concern for others and care of the environment.

Naples trustee: John Remington

(239) 261-5300

1175 First Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102

outwardbound.org

 

 


 

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Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida (PASFI)

Provides free supportive services and programs to persons with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners, improving quality of life while waiting for the cure.

Executive director: Ruth L. Hubing

(239) 417-3465

1048 Goodlette Road,
Suite 201

Naples, FL 34102

pasfi.org

 

Paradise Coastmen Barbershop Chorus

The 55-man a cappella male chorus sings four-part harmony, as well as a number of performing quartets, including a Christmas show at the Norris Center, an annual show at North Naples United Methodist Church and Singing Valentines.

President: Jim McKinnon

(239) 289-0361

P.O. Box 111431

Naples, FL 34108

naplesbarbershopchorus.org

 

Planned Parenthood of Collier County

Enables people to make responsible choices about their sexual and reproductive health by providing comprehensive medical and educational services and by promoting access to these services.

Executive director: Char Wendel

(239) 262-8923

1425 Creech Road

Naples, FL 34103

plannedparenthood.org

 

Project Help

Offers a 24/7 confidential crisis and sexual assault hotline and free and confidential survivor-focused crisis intervention counseling and advocacy services for victims of crime, those affected by a sudden death and survivors of sexual assault.

Executive director: Michelle English

(239) 649-1404

3123 Terrace Ave.

Naples, FL 34104

projecthelpnaples.org

 

 


 

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Reach Out Everglades

A neighborhood charity helping others, especially in times of crisis, that also operates a free kids’ summer camp, helps with school supply and holiday gift shopping, and operates a popular thrift shop.

Executive director: Carol Foss

(239) 695-2277

P.O. Box 894

Chokoloskee, FL 34138

reachouteverglades.org

 

Royal Palm Academy

An independent school in the Catholic tradition serving pre-kindergarten through eighth grade by teaching the mind, educating the heart and forming the character of tomorrow’s leaders.

Head of school: Dr. Margaret Richardson

(239) 594-9888

16100 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34110

royalpalmacademy.com

 

 

 

 

Saint Ann School Foundation

Provides academic scholarships for the students of Saint Ann Catholic School, the Christ-centered and intellectually challenging program for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students.

Executive director: Pamela Macia

(239) 262-4110

475 Ninth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102

stann.net

 

Salvation Army of Collier County

Preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and meets human needs without discrimination by providing those in need with emergency social services, financial assistance, food, clothing, a fully licensed child care center, after-school programs and emergency disaster services.

Executive director: Capt. Pierre Smith

(239) 775-9447

3180 Estey Ave.

Naples, FL 34104

salvationarmynaples.org

 

Seacrest Country Day School

Focuses on education through leadership, ethics, character, creativity and joy.

Executive director: Dr. Lynne Powell

(239) 793-1986

7100 Davis Blvd.

Naples, FL 34104

seacrest.org

 

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children

Collier County’s only certified domestic violence center, leading the community to prevent, protect and prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change.

Executive director: Linda Oberhaus

(239) 775-3862

P.O. Box 10102

Naples, FL 34101

naplesshelter.org

 

Special Olympics Collier County

Provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities and provides opportunities for its athletes to demonstrate courage, experience joy and share their gifts, skills and friendship with the world.

Executive director: David McKenzie

(239) 775-1991

2663 Airport Road S.,
Suite D101

Naples, FL 34112

specialolympicscollier.org

 

St. John Neumann Catholic High School

Strives to develop the uniqueness of each student intellectually, spiritually and emotionally.

Principal: Sister Patricia Roche

(239) 455-3044

3000 53rd St. S.W.

Naples, FL 34116

sjnceltics.org

 

St. Matthew’s House

Changes lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined and provides housing for the homeless and food for the needy.

Executive director: Vann R. Ellison

(239) 774-0500

2001 Airport Road S.

Naples, FL 34112

stmatthewshouse.org

 

Sunlight of Collier County

Long-term Christian maternity home providing rehabilitation to at-risk pregnant women and teens, empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and abuse through spiritual development, education and counseling, as well as training in job, life and parenting skills.

Executive director: Linda Hale

(239) 352-0251

2903 Tropicana Blvd.

Naples, FL 34116

sunlighthome.org

 

Sunshine Kids Foundation

Adds quality of life to children with cancer by providing them with exciting, positive group activities, so they may once again celebrate life.

Executive director: Brenda Fioretti

(239) 659-2400

621 Fifth Ave. S.

Naples, FL 34102

sunshinekids.com

 


 

 

TheatreZone

Naples’ regional equity theater company presents musicals and world premieres at G&L Theatre with professional actors, musicians and celebrities.

Executive director: Mark Danni

(888) 966-3352

13275 Livingston Road

Naples, FL 34109

theatrezone-florida.com

 

Tim’s Kids

Helps children of working families obtain the best mental health care to reduce suicide among teenagers and young adults.

Executive director: Pat Scoones

(239) 272-6176

2960 Immokalee Road, Suite 3

Naples, FL 34110

jthogan.com

 

Trinity-by-the-Cove Women

Raises funds for the benefit of Collier County charities.

Executive director: Sally Wier

(239) 262-6581

553 Galleon Drive

Naples, FL 34102

trinitybythecove.com

 

 


 

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United Arts Council of Collier County

Enriches lives and strengthens the community through the power of the arts, focusing on arts education for at-risk students and promoting the entire Collier County arts community.

Executive director: Elaine Hamilton

(239) 263-8242

2335 Tamiami Trail N.,
Suite 504

Naples, FL 34103

uaccollier.com

 

United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida

Provides support and assistance to people with intellectual and physical disabilities and advances their independence, productivity and full citizenship through day training services, supported living coaches and supported employment coaches.

Area director: Ellie VanderMeuse Roberts

(239) 643-5338

4227 Exchange Ave.

Naples, FL 34104

 

United Way of Collier County

Identifies and articulates community priorities and meets community health and human service needs by raising money to help more than 30 local charity partners deliver services to more than 100,000 residents in need.

Executive director: Steve Sanderson

(239) 261-7112

848 First Ave. N., Suite 240

Naples, FL 34102

uwcollier.org

 

 


 

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Volunteer Services for Animals

All-volunteer animal rescue; spay, neuter and shot clinic; and food bank.

Executive director: Phyllis Estes

(239) 261-4768

6017 Pine Ridge Road,
Suite 330

Naples, FL 34119

volunteerservicesforanimals.com

 

 


 

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Wishing Well Foundation

Grants wishes and gives ongoing support to children in Collier and Lee counties with life-threatening illnesses.

Executive director: Vicki Torbush

(239) 947-6315

5051 Castello Drive, Suite 18

Naples, FL 34103

wishingwellfoundation.com

 

 


 

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YMCA of the Palms

Delivers lasting personal and social change by strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and by working to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Executive director: Brandon Dowdy

(239) 597-3148

5450 YMCA Road

Naples, FL 34109

ymcapalms.org

 

Youth Haven

Residential emergency shelter for children ages six to 16 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. Provides home and community-based parenting education, child and substance abuse prevention programs, and psychological counseling for children and families.

Executive director:
Dr. Rosanne L. Winter

(239) 774-2904

5867 Whitaker Road

Naples, FL 34112

youthhaven.net

 

 


 

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The Zonta Club of Naples

Supports local organizations through volunteering and donations to community projects that address women’s economic self-sufficiency, provide access to health and education, promote eradication of violence against women and help women provide a safe environment for their children.

Executive director: Michelle Hashman

(239) 450-1755

P.O. Box 10911

Naples, FL 34101

zonta-naples.org

 

 

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Abuse Counseling and Treatment

Serves victims of domestic violence and their children and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Jennifer L. Benton

(239) 939-2553

P.O. Box 60401

Fort Myers, FL 33906

actabuse.com

 

Adonis Autism Assistance Foundation

Enhances the quality of life for people living with autism by providing resources, activities, information, advocacy and support. Will also provide financial assistance grants for qualifying children and adults as funding becomes available.

Executive director: Beth Cameron

(239) 410-7356

P.O. Box 61005

Fort Myers, FL 33906

adonisautism.org

 

AFCAAM

Provides services such as after-school reading and mentoring programs to the Dunbar and Harlem Heights area of Fort Myers.

Executive director: Sharon Aragona

(239) 461-0234

3681 Michigan Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

afcaam.com

 

Alliance for the Arts

Strives to create diverse and innovative events, exhibits, programs and performances that reach the widest possible audience; works to promote area artists and art organizations; and advocates increased arts programming and funding in our community.

Executive director: Lydia A. Black

(239) 939-2787

10091 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33919

artinlee.org

 

Alzheimer’s Association— Florida Gulf Coast Chapter

Aims to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Executive director: Gloria J.T. Smith

(239) 405-7008

Sunshine Professional Center

9220 Bonita Beach Road,
Suite 223

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

alz.org/flgulfcoast

 

American Heart Association—Southwest Florida Division

Builds healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Executive director: Regan Goldberg

(239) 495-4900

28441 Bonita Crossings Blvd.

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

heart.org

 

American Red Cross— Florida’s Southern Gulf Region

Provides relief to victims of disasters and aids people in preventing, preparing for and responding to emergencies.

Executive director: Heidi Ruster

(239) 278-3401

7051 Cypress Terrace,
Suite 110

Fort Myers, FL 33907

gulfcoastredcross.org

 

Amigos Center

Bridges families, unifies cultures and strengthens communities by providing the necessary tools for successful assimilation to the immigrant community of Southwest Florida through adult education, literacy, food, clothing, civic engagement, and spiritual support and growth.

Executive director: Rev. Robert Selle

(239) 437-6727

25999 Old 41 Road

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

amigoscenter.org

 

Animal Refuge Center

Cares for all homeless animals brought to its 22-and-a-half-acre sanctuary housing 39 canine lodges, a canine training center, a cat adoption center, 16 feline facilities, and more than 450 cats and 80 dogs.

Executive director: Lee Allor

(239) 731-7575

18011 Old Bayshore Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917

animalrefugecenter.com

 

ArtFest Fort Myers

A community fine art festival centered around professional artists that targets art education, places visiting artists in middle schools and provides art supplies and instructors to elementary-level after-school art clubs.

Executive director: Sharon McAllister

(239) 768-3602

2443 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

artfestfortmyers.com

 

Art of the Olympians

A global learning center which brings together Olympic athletes to promote the highest ideals of humanity and provides programs of art, education, sport and cultural outreach.

Executive director: Bob Beamon

(239) 332-5055

1300 Hendry St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

artoftheolympians.org

 

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Barbara’s Friends—The Children’s Hospital Cancer Fund

Raises money for treatment and care of Southwest Florida children stricken with cancer and hematology blood disorders.

Chairman: Al Kinkle

(239) 343-6950

9800 S. Healthpark Drive,
Suite 210

Fort Myers, FL 33908

leememorial.org/foundation

 

BIG Arts

Provides quality cultural and educational experiences to residents and visitors of Sanibel, Captiva and neighboring communities through classical, jazz and popular music; live theater at the Herb Strauss Theater; dance; visual arts; lectures; film; and workshops.

Executive director: Lee Ellen Harder

(239) 395-0900

900 Dunlop Road

Sanibel, FL 33957

bigarts.org

 

Blessings in a Backpack

Steps up where federal aid stops by feeding children on the weekend, dramatically improving test scores, reading skills, positive behavior, general health and attendance in partnering Lee County schools through nourishment.

Executive director: Peri Bluemer

(239) 690-4653

12271 Towne Lake Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33913

blessingsinleeco.org

 

Bonita Springs Assistance Office

Provides temporary assistance to residents of Bonita Springs who have been affected by an unexpected crisis, fostering independence and self-reliance through education and bridging clients’ financial needs.

Executive director: Maribel Slabaugh

(239) 992-3034

25300 Bernwood Drive,

Suite 6

Bonita Springs, FL 34135

bonitaassistance.org

 

Brightest Horizons Child Development Center

Offers a warm, safe, secure, nurturing educational setting for children of low-income families from four weeks to 12 years of age.

Executive director: Tina S. Parsons

(239) 481-2100

10320 Gladiolus Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908

brightesthorizons.org

 



 

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Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium

A 105-acre environmental education organization offering a museum, three nature trails, planetarium, butterfly and bird aviaries, gift shop, and meeting and picnic areas.

Executive director: Mary Rawl

(239) 275-3435

3450 Ortiz Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33905

calusanature.org

 

Candlelighters of Southwest Florida

Provides support and family activities to children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders.

Executive director: Klair M. Snellbaker

(239) 432-2223

9981 S. HealthPark Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908

candlelightersswfl.org

 

Cape Coral Historical Museum

Three buildings full of displays about the unique history of Cape Coral since 1958 and the homesteaders there many years before.

Executive director: Anne C. Cull

(239) 772-7037

544 Cultural Park Blvd.

Cape Coral, FL 33991

capecoralhistoricalmuseum.org

 

Child Care of Southwest Florida

Strengthens and enhances the lives of children and their families through early education and development in child care centers.

Executive director: Beth Lobdell

(239) 278-1002

6831 Palisades Park Court, Suite 6

Fort Myers, FL 33912

ccswfl.org

 

Children’s Advocacy Center of Southwest Florida

Advocates a healthy, safe community for children through a multidisciplinary team approach with coordinated response to child abuse and neglect, including abuse determination services, therapeutic counseling, parenting education and prevention programs in Lee, Hendry, Glades and Charlotte counties.

Executive director: Jill L. Turner

(239) 939-2808

3830 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

cac-swfl.org

 

Children’s Home Society of Florida

Prevents child abuse, neglect and abandonment as well as focuses on school readiness in early learning centers programs with services in five counties, including foster care, adoption, pregnancy counseling, case management for developmentally disabled persons, mental health counseling for children and adults, parent education and many more programs.

Executive director: Rebecca S. E. McGuire

(239) 334-0222

1940 Maravilla Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

chsfl.org

 

Community Cooperative Ministries

Provides more than 14,000 meals monthly through the Everyday Café and Marketplace and Home Delivered Meals programs; educates 40 children in the Community Montessori; offers homeless and comprehensive case management services through the United Way Resource House; oversees an emergency mobile food pantry; and supplies weekend backpacks full of food to more than 2,000 children each school year.

Executive director: Tracey Galloway

(239) 332-7687

P.O. Box 2143

Fort Myers, FL 33902

ccmileecounty.com

 

CREW Land and Water Trust

Preserves and manages the water resources and natural communities in and around the Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed by coordinating the land acquisition, land management and public use of the 60,000-acre watershed.

Executive director: Brenda Brooks

(239) 657-2253

23998 Corkscrew Road

Estero, FL 33928

crewtrust.org

 



 

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Deaf Service Center of Southwest Florida

Empowers deaf and hard of hearing citizens and their families through education, advocacy, community involvement and more in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties.

Executive director: Lori Timson

(239) 461-0334

1860 Boy Scout Drive,
Suite B208

Fort Myers, FL 33907

 

 



 

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Easter Seals Florida

Serves the special needs of the elderly, children and adults with disabilities, and their caregivers and families in Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties. Offers case management, navigation, client advocacy, benefits eligibility/enrollment, personal emergency response system, camp challenge, job coaching and training, and employment services.

Executive director: Debra Lynne

(239) 206-7818

1650 Medical Lane, Suite 1

Fort Myers, FL 33907

fl.easterseals.com

 

Edison Festival of Light

A month-long celebration of the contributions of Thomas Alva Edison, including his passion for the Southwest Florida community.

(239) 334-2999

P.O. Box 339

Fort Myers, FL 33901

edisonfestival.org

 

Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO)

Fights world hunger through innovative options, agricultural training and networking with community leaders and missionaries in developing countries, and seeks to find sustainable options for families growing food under difficult conditions.

Executive director: Stan Doerr

(239) 542-3246

17391 Durrance Road

North Fort Myers, FL 33917

echonet.org



 

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Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida

Offers comprehensive primary and preventive health care services.

Executive director: Dr. Frank Mazzeo Jr.

(239) 278-2600

2256 Heitman St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

fhcswf.org

 

Florida Gulf Coast University Foundation

Offers an evening of fine dining, entertainment and, through participation and donations, will provide scholarships for deserving students.

Executive director: Steve L. Magiera

(239) 590-1067

10501 FGCU Blvd. S.

Fort Myers, FL 33965

fgcu.edu/foundation

 

For The Kids Foundation

Supports the emotional health of pediatric cancer patients at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and helps positively distract them from their chemotherapy treatment by providing fun activities, gifts, food, books and magazines, child-themed bandages and more.

Executive director: Sean Hoover

(239) 541-0461

P.O. Box 101264

Cape Coral, FL 33910

4thekidsfoundation.org

 

Foster Care Advisory Services

Provides support for local children in foster care, relative placements and non-relative placements.

Executive director: Charles B. Johnson

(239) 939-1338

4165 East River Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33916

fostercareadvisoryservices.org

 

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools

Enhances and enriches the quality of public Lee County education for students and educators through programs, resources and experiences enabled by corporate, individual and educational partnerships.

Executive director: Marshall T. Bower

(239) 337-0433

2266 Second St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

leeschoolfoundation.org

 

Friends of South County Regional Library

Raises awareness of South County Regional Library as a cultural and educational asset in the community by enhancing programming and services through development of supplemental financial resources.

Executive director: Karen Katz

(239) 948-8880

21100 Three Oaks Parkway

Estero, FL 33928

friendsofscrl.org

 



 

G

 

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida

Provides programs and services that help people with disabilities and disadvantages overcome barriers to employment and independence.

Executive director: Thomas L. Feurig

(239) 995-2106

4940 Bayline Drive

North Fort Myers, FL 33917

goodwillswfl.org

 

Gulf Coast Humane Society

No-kill shelter that provides safe refuge and compassionate care for abandoned and neglected animals, adoption services and a public, full-service veterinary clinic.

Executive director: Jennifer Galloway

(239) 332-0364

2010 Arcadia St.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

gulfcoasthumanesociety.org



 

H

 

Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties

Follows God’s lead and partners with the community to provide people in need with decent, affordable homes so they may build better lives for their families. Supports Habitat’s global fund, disaster recovery in Haiti, and initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean.

President/CEO: Katherine C. “Kitty” Green

(239) 652-0434

1288 N. Tamiami Trail

North Fort Myers, FL 33903

habitat4humanity.org

 

Harry Chapin Food Bank

Distributes more than 13 million pounds of food valued at nearly $22 million to 150 agencies in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties, reaching 30,000 people each month.

Executive director: Al Brislain

(239) 334-7007

3760 Fowler St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

harrychapinfoodbank.org

 

Harvest Time Ministries

Feeds bodies and souls in farm-worker camps in the Bonita Springs area.

Executive director: Rev. Geraldine K. Franck

(239) 947-6016

P.O. Box 366277

Bonita Springs, FL 34136

harvesttimebonita.org

 

Healthy Start of Southwest Florida

Provides preventive services that help reduce infant mortality and increase healthy births in Collier, Hendry, Glades, and Lee counties.

Executive director: Cathy Timuta

(239) 425-6920

1921 Jefferson Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

healthystartbaby.org

 

The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center

Works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights community of south Fort Myers.

President/CEO: Kathryn Kelly

(239) 482-7706

15570 Hagie Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908

www.heightsfoundation.org

 

Home Ownership Resource Center

Provides home ownership opportunities, homebuyer education, budget and credit repair counseling, and foreclosure prevention and intervention for people in need in Southwest Florida.

Executive director: Eddie Felton

(239) 768-2013

2915 Colonial Blvd., Suite 200

Fort Myers, FL 33966

horcswfl.org

 

HOPE Clubhouse

Offers opportunities for meaningful work, education and friendships for people living with mental illness.

Executive director: Debra Webb

(239) 267-1777

3602 Broadway

Fort Myers, FL 33901

hopeclubhouse.org

 

Hope HealthCare Services

Community-based agency and nationally recognized leader in providing high-quality, innovative care.

Executive director: Samira K. Beckwith

(239) 482-4673

9470 HealthPark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908

hopehospice.org

 

Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships

Educates the community and professionals about human trafficking, helps community leaders form action groups and runs prevention programs for young girls using art.

Executive director: Nola Theiss

(239) 395-2635

P.O. Box 1113

Sanibel, FL 33957

humantraffickingawareness.org, htapartreach.org



 

I

 

Imaginarium Group

Supports and assists in the development of educational programs and exhibits and raises funds for capital expansions and improvements.

Executive director: Matthew Johnson

(239) 321-7420

2000 Cranford Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

i-sci.org

 

 

 

J

 

John Entwistle Foundation

Named for the late bassist of The Who, the foundation provides free music education, music rooms and instruments to kids in need through children’s hospitals.

Executive director: Steve Luongo

(239) 482-6880

13300 S. Cleveland Ave.,
Suite 56

Fort Myers, FL 33907

johnentwistle.org

 

Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida

Inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy by providing in-school and after-school programs focused on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

Executive director: Anne Frazier

(239) 225-2590

9530 Marketplace Road,
Suite 302

Fort Myers, FL 33912

jaswfl.org

 

Junior League of Fort Myers (JLFM)

Women devoted to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

(239) 277-1197

12995 S. Cleveland Ave.,
Suite 157

Fort Myers, FL 33907

jlfm.org

 

 

 

L

 

The Laboratory Theater of Florida

Expands arts education and theatrical opportunities in Southwest Florida by providing a wide range of training and rich variety in its theater season that includes classical and new works and the annual Gulf Coast Shakespeare Festival.

Executive director: Annette Trossbach

(239) 218-0481

8720 Chatham St.

Fort Myers, FL 33907

laboratorytheaterflorida.com

 

LARC

Promotes and provides opportunities for adults in the community with developmental disabilities and their families to achieve an independent, dignified and responsible lifestyle as their capabilities allow.

Executive director: Roger Bradley

(239) 334-6285

2570 Hanson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

larcleecounty.org

 

Lee BIA Builders Care

Provides emergency construction services at no cost to elderly and disabled Lee County homeowners in need who cannot obtain these services through traditional means.

Executive director: Heidi Taulman

(239) 938-0056

10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 104

Fort Myers, FL 33966

leebuilderscare.org

 

Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida

Works to keep the citizens of Lee County free from alcohol, drugs and tobacco through large-scale community prevention activities such as Drug House Odyssey and the Annual Red Ribbon Community Celebration.

Executive director: Deborah Comella

(239) 931-9317

P.O. Box 61688

Fort Myers, FL 33906

drugfreeswfl.org

 

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation

The only children’s hospital between St. Petersburg and Miami operates as a “safety-net” health system and raises funds for medical care for members of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties regardless of their ability to pay for services.

Executive director: Sharon A MacDonald

(239) 343-6950

9800 S. HealthPark Drive, Suite 210

Fort Myers, FL 33908

leememorial.org

 

Lee Mental Health Center

Provides substance abuse treatment and mental health advocacy and quality services for the community.

Executive director: David Winters

(239) 791-1575

2789 Ortiz Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33905

leementalhealth.org

 

Lifeline Family Center

A home dedicated to saving the unborn and to providing young women in unplanned pregnancies with a comprehensive educational program in a safe, secure, Christian home.

Executive director: Kathy Miller

(239) 242-7238

907 S.E. Fifth Ave.

Cape Coral, FL 33990

lifelinefamilycenter.org

 

Lutheran Services Florida

Provides youth and family counseling, foster care, adoption, child welfare services and a youth shelter.

Executive director: Thomas Desio

(239) 275-1126

3615 Central Ave., Suite 4

Fort Myers, FL 33901

lsfnet.org

 

Lymphedema Resources

Raises awareness of the potential for development of lymphedema, assures availability of the resources for treatment and eliminates barriers for those with lymphedema.

Executive director: Claire Hauenstein

(239) 437-1606

P.O. Box 1115

Estero, FL 33928

lymphedemaresources.org

 



 

M

 

Make-A-Wish Southern Florida

Grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

President/CEO: Norm Wedderburn

(239) 992-9474

3635 Bonita Beach Road,
Suite 4

Bonita Springs, FL 34134

sfla.wish.org

 

Muscular Dystrophy Association

The world’s largest nongovernmental sponsor of research seeking the causes of and effective treatments for neuromuscular diseases.

Executive director: Kim Viquesney

(239) 437-6900

6225 Presidential Court, Suite 110

Fort Myers, FL 33919

mda.org

 

Music for Minors Foundation

Raises money for musical instruments for deserving students in Collier and Lee counties who maintain excellent grades, both musically and academically.

(239) 273-2250

P.O. Box 1503

Bonita Springs, FL 34133

music4minors.org

 



 

O

 

Oma’s Heart

Renews the Christmas spirit in financially struggling parents by offering them the ability to provide Christmas gifts for their children, with the help of committed volunteers.

Executive director: Audrey McFalls

(239) 989-6718

P.O. Box 100016

Cape Coral, FL 33910

omasheart.org

 

Our Mother’s Home of Southwest Florida

Provides a safe and loving home for teenage foster girls where they learn to love themselves and their children and become self-sufficient, productive members of the community.

Executive director: Karen Watson

(239) 267-4663

18011 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 16-106

Fort Myers, FL 33908

ourmothershome.com

 



 

P

 

PACE Center for Girls

Provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.

Executive director: Alice Brunner

(239) 425-2366

3760 Schoolhouse Road W.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

pacecenter.org/lee

 

Partners for Breast Cancer Care

Saves lives and reduces suffering from breast cancer though improved early detection, education and access to health care.

Executive director: Janet E. Darnell

(239) 454-8583

9470 Healthpark Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33908

pfbcc.org

 

 


 

Q

 

Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida

Develops the potential of underserved populations in Southwest Florida with after-school, family services and job development training.

Executive director: Abdul’Haq Muhammed

(239) 334-2797

3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33916

qualitylifecenter.org

 



 

R

 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida

Provides grants and scholarships to deserving individuals, as well as a home away from home for families while their children are being treated at the Childrens Hospital of Southwest Florida, through programs such as Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile. Executive director: Laura Ragain

(239) 437-0202

16100 Roserush Court

Fort Myers, FL 33908

rmhcswfl.org

 

 

 

 

S

 

Sanibel Community Association

Enriches community spirit through educational, cultural and social gatherings in its historic Community House.

Executive director: Teresa Riska-Hall

(239) 472-2155

2173 Periwinkle Way

Sanibel, FL 33957

sanibelcommunityhouse.net

 

 

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

Preserves, protects and celebrates Sanibel’s history through seven historic buildings with exhibits and artifacts highlighting Sanibel’s past.

Executive director: Emilie Alfino

(239) 472-4648

P.O. Box 413

Sanibel, FL 33957

sanibelmuseum.org

 

Shoes That Fit—Bonita Springs Chapter

Helps local elementary and middle school kids improve their self-esteem by providing them with new shoes and clothes so they may attend school in comfort.

Executive director: Roni Lomeli

(239) 949-2986

P.O. Box 1257

Estero, FL 33929

leggettshoefoundation.com

 

Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center

Presents the finest visual and performing arts within the historic former federal building in the downtown Fort Myers River District and nurtures their innovation and excellence through performances, exhibits, preservation, education and outreach.

Executive director: Jim Griffith

(239) 333-1933

2301 First St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

sbdac.com

 

Southwest Florida Addiction Services

Offers outpatient and residential programs for adults and adolescents in Lee and Hendry counties and provides detoxification services for adults, prevention programming and an employee assistance program.

Executive director: Kevin B. Lewis

(239) 931-9688

3763 Evans Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

swfas.org

 

Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Supports Lee, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Collier counties by connecting donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs, including education, animal welfare, arts and human services.

Executive director: Sarah Owen

(239) 274-5900

8771 College Parkway, Bldg. 2, Suite 201

Fort Myers, FL 33919

floridacommunity.com

 

Southwest Florida Museum of History Foundation

Fosters and promotes the educational mission of the Southwest Florida Museum of History for the education and benefit of the public.

Executive director: Matthew Johnson

(239) 321-7430

2031 Jackson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

swflmuseumofhistory.com

 

Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra

Performs masterworks and pops concerts at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, a Symphony on Sanibel series and a Symphony at Shell Point series, and supports educational programs including three youth orchestras, Ensembles in the Schools and Young People’s Concerts.

Executive director: Fran Goldman

(239) 418-0996

12651 McGregor Blvd.,
Suite 4-403

Fort Myers, FL 33919

swflso.org

 

Special Equestrians

Enhances the physical, emotional and cognitive growth of individuals with disabilities through a quality equine-assisted therapeutic program.

Executive director: Jan Fifer

(239) 226-1221

5121 Staley Road

Fort Myers, FL 33905

specialequestrians.net

 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure — Southwest Florida Affiliate

Fights to save lives, empowers people, ensures quality care for all and energizes science to find cures.

Executive director: Miriam Ross

(239) 498-0016

26800 S. Tamiami Trail,
Suite 210

Bonita Springs, FL 34134

komenswfl.org

 

SWFL Children’s Charities

Two days of wine and food with chef vintner dinners held in host homes from Naples to Fort Myers followed by a grand tasting, featuring the cuisine of the area’s finest chefs and wines from a wide variety of wineries and an auction the next afternoon.

Executive director: Dr. Steve Machiz

(239) 278-3900

12881 Terabella Way

Fort Myers, FL 33912

swflwinefest.org

 



 

T

 

Theatre Conspiracy

Live theater specializing in new works.

Executive director: Bill Taylor

(239) 936-3239

10091 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

theatreconspiracy.org

 

Turtle Time

Dedicated to the recovery of endangered sea turtles.

Executive director: Eve M. Haverfield

(239) 481-5566

P.O. Box 2621

Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932

turtletime.org



 

U

 

Uncommon Friends Foundation

Provides a character education curriculum for children in kindergarten through 12th grade; business ethics education at the post-secondary and business levels; and historic preservation through care, display and hosted tours of the historic Burroughs Home.

Executive director: Arlene Roth

(239) 337-9503

P.O. Box 811

Fort Myers, FL 33902

uncommonfriends.org

 

United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades

Improves the quality of life for all people in the community through fundraising, fund distribution, community building, volunteer advancement, information and referral.

Executive director: Cliff Smith

(239) 433-2000

7273 Concourse Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33908

unitedwaylee.org

 



 

Y

 

Young Artist Awards

Provides a performing arts education, audition, performance and scholarship program for area students ages eight to 21 and exhibits the “Art by Kids with Cancer” project at numerous venues throughout the community.

Executive director: Katherine Boren

(239) 574-9321

P.O. Box 152149

Cape Coral, FL 33915

youngartistsawards.org

 

 


 

Z

 

Zonta Club of Bonita Springs

Improves the circumstances of women at all stages of life, both locally and globally; raises grant money; and performs companion service projects focusing on ensuring area women’s safety, education and health care.

President: Patty Gift

(239) 434-5134

P.O. Box 366836

Bonita Springs, FL 34136

zontabonitasprings.org

 

Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva

A women’s service organization focusing on improving the lives of women locally and globally.

(239) 395-1848

P.O. Box 1244

Sanibel, FL 33957

zontasancap.com

 

 

 

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