Caught in the Act of Kindness - January 2023
Celebrating individuals, groups and organizations that share their time, talent and treasure to meet the needs in our community.
Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. ~Desmond Tutu
For consideration in Caught in the Act of Kindness, email an example of how an individual, group or organization went above and beyond to help those in need to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a related high-resolution photo as well.
Mary Beth Jones, Vice President of Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL, and Collier County Sheriff’s officers with period supplies donated by Junior League chapters in Ft Myers and Palm Beaches
The Alliance for Period Supplies of SWFL partnered with the Junior League Chapters of Ft Myers and Palm Beaches to deliver 51,184 period supplies to Interfaith Charities of Lehigh Acres, Boys & Girls Club of Lehigh Acres and the Collier County Jail for incarcerated women, benefiting over 2,000 women and girls.
The Foundation of Bonita Naples Rotary donated $1,250 to each of the following Bonita organizations: Bonita Springs Assistance Office, Meals of Hope, Café of Life and Bonita Springs YMCA.
Baker Senior Center Naples (formerly Naples Senior Center) gala raised $1,000,000 to support its “Lunch and More” program.
Jingled Elves, Inc. held its Trolley Tour in December. This event, along with funds raised through Shop & Share events, corporate sponsorships and private donations, provides funds to charitable organizations focused on improving the lives of local women and children.
Founders Tommy and Katie Bohanon
The Tommy Bohanon Foundation raised more than $220,000 for local families and children in need in 2022, including rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Ian.
Bo Henderson and Suzi Woods with daughters Taylor Woods and Heather Woods
California Closets donated $50,000 to sponsor one of the new grief therapy rooms in Valerie’s House and has committed to helping design and donate the materials and labor to install the built-in shelving and closets throughout the home, including the special Teddy Bear Library. In addition, a friend of one of the Valerie’s House families pledged to match every dollar raised, up to $200,000, to construct the new Valerie’s House home.
Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Inc. received a $55,200 grant from the Arby’s Foundation.
Dress For Success allowed Our Mother’s Home teen moms to shop its boutique.
Jeff Staner, VP Miromar Outlets, presenting the donation check to patrol officer Jeanne Shadduck
Miromar Outlets presented a donation check to the Lee County Mounted Patrol, thanking volunteers for their support. The Mounted Patrol has escorted Miromar Outlets shoppers every year for over two decades during the holiday shopping season.
The Collier Community Foundation and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are hosting the ninth annual Give Where You Live Collier event, starting at noon on Feb. 15 through noon Feb. 16. The event gives 37 Collier County basic needs and education nonprofits a much-needed boost with donations, a $400,000 matching fund and $50,000 in prizes from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and a $100,000 match from the Community Foundation. You can participate and help one or more of the 37 nonprofits by going to GiveWhereYouLiveCollier.org.
Elementary school students participating in The Immokalee Foundation's Immokalee Readers program
Career Pathways students on a field trip to Hertz Corporate Headquarters in Estero
The Immokalee Foundation received a $25,000 education grant from Karpus Family Foundation and a $15,000 grant from Suncoast Credit Union Foundation.