Monday, March 16, 2015

Charity News And Notes March 2015

SW Florida residents, businesses, and organizations again are doing amazing things to improve the lives of their neighbors.  Working independently and in concert they continue to make a difference in their community.  Many heartfelt thanks to those that have a passion for making a positive difference.





The Harry Chapin Food Bank has surpassed the halfway mark toward meeting it's goal of raising $5.1 million to use in it's fight against hunger.  The public campaign to complete that goal was recently announced to more than 200 guests at their warehouse. A key focus in this years campaign will be to increase their capacity to distribute the food to the families and individuals that need it.  They currently distribute through a network of 150 nonprofit agencies in SW Florida that distribute that food to over 30,000 people per month.

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The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business raised over $4,000 at its Annual Dessert Auction recently.  Proceeds are given to the Women in Business Scholarship Fund.

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The American Cancer Society wants to "Paint the town purple!"  Businesses and organizations are invited to become involved in the Relay For Life Movement which raises money for cancer research, education, prevention,  and critical services for families and individuals currently battling cancer.

Businesses, schools and organizations which fundraise at least $100 and send in their "purple picture" to the "Paint The Town Purple" campaign are entered into the competition with a chance to win some great publicity and exposure.

For more ways to participate, enter the relay race, volunteer, or learn more check out ...

relayforlife.org

or call ...

239-936-1113





Rick Thomas, Social media/SEO Consultant in Ft Myers Florida, Writer, interested in making a positive difference in my community including but not limited to: regional search engine marketing for small businesses in Ft Myers Florida. Local Google Ranking Improved for both companies and charities. 501c3 non profit promotion done pro bono.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Susan G. Komen Southwest Florida Race For The Cure 2015

Volunteers Needed

 The Susan G. Komen 9th Annual Race For The Cure begins next Saturday at 8:00 a.m..  Over 6000 participants are expected to be on hand to raise money to fight cancer on both the local and national level.  75% of the money raised stays right here in SW Florida to screen, inform, educate,and  help families who are battling cancer right now.  The other 25% is used to help fund "groundbreaking international breast cancer research."  Susan G. Komen donates more to this type of research than any other non-governmental organization in the world.

There is a tremendous need for volunteers on Saturday to assist in such things as passing out water to participants in the race, helping in the survivors tent, and more.  For more information on how to volunteer and help a great cause call 239-498-0016.

Rick Thomas, Social media/SEO Consultant in Ft Myers Florida, Writer, interested in making a positive difference in my community including but not limited to: regional search engine marketing for small businesses in Ft Myers Florida. Local Google Ranking Improved for both companies and charities. 501c3 non profit promotion done pro bono.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Ft Myers Charities News And Notes February 2015

Apologies are in order for falling behind in my posting lately.    As my personal business has increased, and my  family responsibilities have demanded more of my time it has become increasingly difficult to devote the needed time to keep all of my blogs current.  For the most part that is ok, however, in the case of this blog it is decidedly not ok!  For a number of reasons that I will not list here this blog is quite important to me!

I have a remarkable number of good sources of information regarding SW Florida's charitable organizations and those who work so hard to keep them moving forward.  Much news of interest to those involved in this informal community comes my way on a semi-regular basis, and it pains me to not be able to find the time to post it here.

I am re-commiting myself to making this blog a top level priority once again!



Here are a few of the items that have come across my desk recently ...

Happy 10th anniversary to The Calendar Girls Florida Dance Team!  This group actively supports many local charities and is well known for their focus on providing guide dogs for veterans "our primary charity is Paws for Patriots™ – a part of the Southeastern Guide Dog School of Palmetto, Florida. This organization trains guide dogs for our visually-impaired veterans."
http://www.calendargirlsflorida.com/who-we-are/

The 12th Annual Cattle Barons Ball raised over $320,000 to help local families that have members fighting cancer.

Bonita Springs Utilities raised over $500 and 534 pounds of food which was donated to the Bonita Springs Assistance office.

Members of The Village Church and residents of The Shell Point Retirment Community worked together on two food drives that raised nearly $7500 and over 2200 pounds of food!


Rick Thomas, Social media/SEO Consultant in Ft Myers Florida, Writer, interested in making a positive difference in my community including but not limited to: regional search engine marketing for small businesses in Ft Myers Florida. Local Google Ranking Improved for both companies and charities. 501c3 non profit promotion done pro bono.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ft Myers Kiwanis Annual Haunted Walk For Local Charities

 The Kiwanis Club of San Carlos Park/Estero  will be hosting their annual haunted house at Zoomers Amusement Park every Friday & Saturday night (7:00 pm to close) from now through Halloween to raise funds, canned food, and other non-perishable food item donations to assist local charities and families in the Fort Myers area.  Guests are encouraged to bring donations of canned food and other non-perishable food items to help fill a :coffin of food" to help feed hungry families in SW Florida.  Admission is $10.00 with some deals available for rides and games.


Annual Kiwanis Haunted House/Canned Food Drive


 Zoomers Amusement Park
17455 Summerlin Road
Fort Myers, FL 33908
(239) 482-9666

The Kiwanis Club of South Fort Myers has a long history of serving their community by giving of their time and resources to support and promote numerous charitable organizations in the Ft Myers area, including ...

Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee County
Gabriel House
The Boy Scouts of America
The Girl Scouts of America
Estero High School Scholastic Scholarships
The American Lung Association
The Riverside School For Medically Challenged Children 

... and more.

Bring the family and friends and have a great time while doing something positive for those in need in your community!


Rick Thomas, Social media/SEO Consultant in Ft Myers Florida, Writer, interested in making a positive difference in my community including but not limited to: regional search engine marketing for small businesses in Ft Myers Florida. Local Google Ranking Improved for both companies and charities. 501c3 non profit promotion done pro bono.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ft Myers Charities | News & Notes Fall 2012

 It's been a long, tough summer for local Lee County food banks and soup kitchens.  In the absence of our generous visitors from the north, and the fact that SW Florida is still hard hit by the recession, resources are running a good deal lower than normal this year!  Please find it in your heart, if you are able, to make a donation to one of the many food banks, soup kitchens, churches, or other charitable organizations here in our area!

Food Bank Food Drive Ft Myers Florida
Students & staff from Estero High School assist in Local food drive in South Fort Myers

The Boston Red Sox are holding it's inaugural "Swings For The Sox" Golf tournament on Saturday, September 28th, 2012.  All funds raised will go toward The Red Sox Foundation's local non profit efforts.  For more information call 239-226-4783

The Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation has announced it will be holding the 1st Annual Fort Myers Beach "Charity Ball" at the Diamond Head Beach Resort & Spa on November 17th 2012 from 6:00 until 11:00 p.m..  Proceeds to benefit several local charities.  For more information follow this link:

 Fort Myers Beach Charity "Beach Ball"


Rick Thomas, Social media/SEO Consultant in Ft Myers Florida, Writer, interested in making a positive difference in my community including but not limited to: regional search engine marketing for small businesses in Ft Myers Florida. Local Google Ranking Improved for both companies and charities. 501c3 non profit promotion done pro bono.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fort Myers Girl Scouts Give To Local Soup Kitchen


Fort Myers Girl Scout Troop 245 had decide they wanted to do something positive for their community with a portion of their profits from the sale of their Girl Scout Cookies. The leaders of the troop presented several ideas and allowed the girls to vote on which project they thought suited them best. After considerable discussion the girls decided upon CCMI's (Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.) "Birthday In A Bag" project. The leaders of the troop picked up the supplies needed and set aside a troop meeting for the girls to assemble the bags. The entire troop participated in decorating the bags and placing the contents in them. Each bag consisted of ...

Cake Mix
Icing
A Disposable Cake Pan
Balloons
Noise Makers
Birthday Themed Plates & Napkins
Tie Dyed T-Shirts


The girls had a great time assembling and decorating the packaging and learned more than a little about how good it feels to do what you can to help those in need. Kudo's to the leaders and parents of the troop for doing what they can to instill a sense of civic responsibility and social awareness as they prepare these girls to be leaders and achievers in the next generation!
The girls hand delivered the packages to the office of Lisa Cronin, Volunteer Liaison for CCMI at the Fort Myers soup kitchen. She welcomed the girls, applauded their efforts, and took them on a "behind the scenes" tour of the offices, grounds, food bank, and finally the soup kitchen. The experience of the tour opened the eyes of the Girl Scouts and their leaders to the overwhelming need and the limited resources CCMI has at its disposal to combat hunger and provide sustenance to the needy. As we said our goodbye's and left the facility both the girls and the adults were already talking about their next project!

Below are pictures and a video of the excursion.





Rick Thomas, Social media/SEO Consultant in Ft Myers Florida, Writer, interested in making a positive difference in my community including but not limited to: regional search engine marketing for small businesses in Ft Myers Florida. Local Google Ranking Improved for both companies and charities. 501c3 non profit promotion done pro bono.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ft Myers Charities | News And Notes Fall 2011

Once again SW Floridians are stepping forward from all walks of life to do what they can to help others in need. We should all be proud to live in a community that gives so much, so willingly to make a difference in the lives of others.


The Goodwill Bookstore at 15165 McGregor Blvd. in South Ft Myers recently celebrated their 1st year of being open to the public.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation named Sarah Owen as their new CEO.

Thursday October 20, 2011 The Harborside Event Center will host the 6th annual "Becoming Cosmopolitan" event to benefit CCMI (Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.) from 6-9 p.m.. For more info call 239-332-7687 or visit ccmileecounty.

Snickers "Bar Hunger" promotion ends this week. Enter codes found inside Snickers bars online at Snickers.com & the company will make a donation to Feeding America.

Copperleaf Golf Club in Bonita Springs hosted the "Tee Off For Kids" golf tournament today to benefit community programs for at-risk youth.

Friday November 4, 2011 kick starts the weekend "Bikers for Babies" event to benefit The March of Dimes, which will include bike night from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, a poker run on Saturday, and a 35 mile police escorted ride on Sunday beginning at 11:00 a.m.. For more info call 239-433-3463 or visit bikersforbabies.com




Extreme Riders Showroom in Bonita Springs, SWFL




Rick Thomas, Social media/SEO Consultant in Ft Myers Florida, Writer, interested in making a positive difference in my community including but not limited to: regional search engine marketing for small businesses in Ft Myers Florida. Local Google Ranking Improved for both companies and charities. 501c3 non profit promotion done pro bono.

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