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  • Be A Family Mentor

    Be Family Mentor Today! The United Way Volunteer Center has officially launched a new Family Mentor Program to recruit volunteer mentors who will be trained and matched with parents who are ready to be re-unified with their children. Each Mentor will work to build a committed and trusting relationship with the parents to support them through this transition. The mentor will empower them to define and meet goals for themselves, to achieve self-reliance, and offer advice that parents may be uncomfortable seeking from elsewhere. Building these kinds of relationships is particularly important for struggling families. An ideal family mentor will be one who can be non-judgmental, offer a minimum of an hour a week to work together with the parent(s), guiding and supporting them in the following areas: Social Connection – Helping parents develop social supports. Hands on Assistance – Accessing available benefits and services (food stamps, medical resources, free tax filing, etc.) and assisting parents in obtaining appropriate assistance. Friendly visitation – Offering a caring and supportive relationship to reduce the feelings of isolation in the spirit of “families helping families”. Basic parenting assistance– Assisting parents in the basic parenting education, knowledge and skills by teaching, coaching and modeling. Training classes will cover the areas of Safety, Confidentiality, Planning for Success, Signs and Reporting of child abuse and neglect, Family Engagement, plus an overview of the Child Welfare System. To register to become a mentor or request additional information contact Patrice Cunningham, Special Projects Manager at or 239.433.2000 x272 or email  Family Mentor Application    ...
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  • United Way Surpasses Goal!

    The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee has concluded the 2014-2015 Campaign and exceeded the campaign goal of $8,890,994. Buddy Kubesh, 2014-2015 United Way Campaign Chair, and Publix Super Markets Store Manager   announced that local residents and companies contributed a record amount, $9,038,833 to the campaign which is a 5.2% increase over the amount raised last year. The event was sponsored by Scott Fischer Enterprises and took place at Six Bends Harley Davidson. LCEC’s homegrown band, The Killa Watts, provided the entertainment. At the goal announcement Kubesh said, “I have an amazing announcement to make!  Not only has our United Way made goal, we have exceeded the campaign goal for the 22nd consecutive year by raising over $9 million!  Our wonderful community has done it again! “Thank you to every individual and company who gave to the United Way Campaign. You realized that in our community many friends and neighbors are struggling. Because of your generosity, hungry families will receive food, abused children and adults can find safety and shelter, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients can receive support, and babies and toddlers can get a healthy start in life. You gave so others could have a better life.  I am enormously proud to call Southwest Florida home, where people really care about each other. “Making our campaign goal means that the 82 United Way Partner Agencies and 200 programs that United Way supports will receive their full allocation of funding. Yes, our economy has improved, but there are still many families, children, and elderly that continue to struggle. Exceeding goal, means that United Way Partner Agencies and programs will be able to better serve more people in our community.” Kubesh continued, “All money raised by our United Way stays in this community, and our United Way keeps administrative and fundraising cost extremely low, returning over 91% of what is raised to the local agencies and programs.” “Again, a sincere thank you to all of the individuals, companies, communities and partner agencies for your generous contributions.  You proved again what a great caring community this is,” Kubesh concluded. The top local contributing companies and the top communities are as follows:  Top United Way Company Contributors Publix Super Markets, $1,622,858 Bonita Bay Group, $422,151 Chico’s FAS, $400,000 LCEC, $203,993 Lee County School District, $200,000 ENTERPRISE HOLDINGS, $151,764 Lee Memorial Health System, $140,367 BB&T Oswald Trippe & Company, $114,785 FineMark National...
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  • Your Gift Makes A Difference

    Dr. Piper Center runs the Foster Grandparent Program. This program is vital to the youth in our community. The Foster Grandparent  Program of Southwest Florida provides meaningful and challenging volunteer opportunities and community involvement for more than 150 Foster Grandparents to serve special needs and at risk children by giving more than 110,000 hours of annual volunteer services. This is what Brent Bell, 1st Grade Teacher at James Stephens International Academy School said about Foster Grandparent, Vera Stephens. “I have had the pleasure of working with Vera Stephens for 2 years now. I am blessed to have her in my classroom. She shows up each day with as dedication to serve the children in our classroom. She embraces each of them like her own. I would like to share a story of one little boy in particular. He was newer to our classroom, when he showed up 6 weeks after school started. Grandma took him under her wing and made sure he felt truly integrated into every aspect of our classroom; ordinarily, this would not be anything out of the ordinary, but there was more, so much more. One day I saw “Grandma V”, as she is affectionately known, staring at this new child’s shoes, very intently and discreetly. The next day she came a little early and quietly, oh so subtly, slipped a new pair of shoes out of her bag. When I asked her what was going on she simply stated, “The boy had holes in the soles of his shoes. Every child deserves a pair of decent shoes.” Recently one of our young ladies was not having a good day. It started when she did poorly on a test. Then she had a disagreement with one of her tablemates, when she was on the verge of a crying fit, Grandma, hugged her, tucked her under her arm and said “bad days are like rain storms, you look up and they are gone away.” I stopped myself in that moment and realized how lucky this 1st grader was to learn that lesson so early in life, and how blessed she was to have a woman like Mrs. Vera to teach it. James Stephens International Academy is actually named after Mrs. Vera’s deceased husband. I often wondered if it was difficult for her to show up there each day, as there is a huge portrait of him in...
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We are thankful for our generous donors. We are thankful for our committed volunteers. We are thankful for passionate supporters who make our work possible. We are thankful for YOU! Happy Thanksgiving from Your United Way Family. ... See MoreSee Less

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Pine Manor United Way House 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Children’s Advocacy Center. Over 500 people were fed. Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto & Congresswoman Heather Fitzenhagen were on hand to volunteer! Happy Thanksgiving and Live United! ... See MoreSee Less

Pine Manor United Way House 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by Children’s Advocacy Center. Over 500 people were fed. Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto & Congresswoman Heather Fitzenhagen were on hand to volunteer! Happy Thanksgiving and Live United!

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Do you have diabetes? Are you at risk for diabetes? If you have high blood pressure, a family member with diabetes, or are overweight, you could be at risk for diabetes! For more information, contact United Way 211 by dialing 2-1-1 to ask about programs that can help!




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