The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is seeking individuals, businesses, churches and organizations to provide school supplies and volunteer for The Heights Center's annual outreach program.
July 9, 2014 (Newswire) - The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is seeking individuals, businesses, churches and organizations to provide school supplies and volunteer for The Heights Center's annual outreach program. The August 2 event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at The Heights Center and provides backpacks and school supplies for nearly 450 low-income children living in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.
"Our goal is to ensure that every child has the necessary supplies to succeed in school," said Deb Mathinos, Director of Lifelong Learning for The Heights Center. "The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average. Many parents cannot provide all the things their student will need. We want to send our students back to school ready to learn."
The Center has a wish list that groups can. "We are looking for organizations whose members can band together to meet the need," said Mathinos. "The 450 backpacks are the largest investment, costing more than $6,500. A business may be able to sponsor the backpacks, a church or philanthropic organization could provide the crayons, markers or notebooks. Monetary donations may also be made online at our website or mailed."
Individuals, businesses, churches or organizations interested in donating or volunteering can contact Matt Wallace at (239) 482-7706 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations are tax deductible. Monetary donations can be made on the web at www.heightsfoundation.org/donate, or mailed to The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908.
About the Heights Foundation and The Heights Center
The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. As a 501(c)3 grassroots organization, the Center's mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.