Caught in the Act of Kindness - January 2024
Celebrating individuals, groups and organizations that share their time, talent and treasure to meet the needs in our community.
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Meals of Hope gathered approximately 1,500 volunteers to pack 433,440 meals for Holidays Without Hunger 2023 to be distributed to struggling individuals throughout SWFL.
Heather Fernstrom-Border, Colby Robertson and Jo Monvil (L-R above) raised $25,000 for Wellfit Girls at their annual Giving Tuesday fundraiser, enabling them to benefit from a matching grant for a total of $50,000 raised.
Jimmy Keys, Vicki Baker, Ingrid Aielli, Brenda Melton, Rufino Hernandez, Beverly Fanning and Lilli Montes
The Aielli Group hosted a Celebrity Startender Series: A Midwinter Night's Dream, raising $10,000 for Youth Haven.
Membership Directors’ Association of Southwest Florida (MDASF) donated $1,000 to Eva’s Closet and Foundation whose mission is to provide assistance to people in need, regardless of situation or circumstance.
Michelle Hennessy, Chair of the United Church of Marco Island Mission Committee and Pat Rutledge, CEO of the Marco Island Historical Society
United Church of Marco Island Mission Committee awarded a $10,000 grant to Marco Island Historical Society to restore the historic Deltona Era Gulls sculpture.
L-R Kari Lefort and Father Joe Maiocco
L-R Holly Ludwig, Kari Lefort and Brian Kamp
St. John's Episcopal Church provided a $16,840 matching grant and Naples Elks Lodge 2010 provided a $1,000 matching grant to Collier Resource Center.
Dominic Lacquanti and Gary Harlan
N Color Salon, together with N Home, hosted a holiday party to benefit the Women’s Foundation of Collier County’s “Women Lifting Women Campaign.”
Art projects at Avow Kids help children process loss.
Champions for Learning awarded a $55,300 grant to Avow Kids to help children experiencing loss.
Bank OZK donated $10,000 to Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida to sponsor its Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise program in 2024 and to support the Port Charlotte Community Resource Center.
Immokalee Foundation Career Pathways students attend the Foundation's annual CEO Leadership Summit
Verizon donated $15,000 to The Immokalee Foundation to help fund two significant educational projects — the Career Pathways Learning Lab and its annual CEO Leadership Summit.
Immokalee Foundation Career Pathways students at a networking event
The Karpus Family Foundation provided a $25,000 grant to The Immokalee Foundation’s Education Programs.
Wonder Gardens’ “Wine and Wonder Uncorked” wine tasting event raised more than $14,000.
The Elite DNA Behavioral Health Toys for Tots drive collected approximately 750 gifts for children across the state.
Better Together, a nonprofit dedicated to families and children, provided holiday cheer by distributing Christmas gifts to 335 children across the state.
Ariea – Renaissance Preserve Neighborhood Club
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, in partnership with its Adopt-a-Club sponsors, hosted six holiday parties to help brighten the season for club members of all ages.
The Bonita Springs Downtown Alliance collected items for the Bonita Springs Senior Center and Bonita Springs Elementary School.
The Naples Airport Authority staff created a Christmas “giving tree” to fulfill requests made by seniors at the Collier Senior Center – Golden Gate.
Yoga Labs class donated Christmas toys, games and gift cards for Collier Resource Center families in need.
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 email@example.com. Please include a related high-resolution photo as well.