Attend Miracle Game for CCMI
CCMI will benefit from "A Night with the Fort Myers Miracle" on Saturday, June 29th, 2013.The Fort Myers Miracle are the Class A Affiliate Of the Minnesota Twins. Home games are played at Hammond Stadium. Game time is at 6:05pm and tickets will be $8.50 for a box seat ticket. Half of all proceeds raised at this event will support CCMI's mission of ending hunger and homelessness in Lee County.
A Miracles Food Drive will also be held during the game and each person making a food donation will receive a FREE ticket to a future Miracles game! In addition, the first 500 fans in the park receive a free Craig Sager Bobblehead. Craig Sager, popular sports reporter and former sports director for WINK-TV in Ft. Myers will also be at the park taking pictures and signing autographs. Lots of fun will be had including a possible surprise appearance by the CCMI Montessori students.
2nd Annual Summer Drive for Hunger
Local Ford dealer to host 2nd Annual Summer Drive for Hunger to benefit CCMI
Sam Galloway Ford is teaming up with Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. to win the battle against hunger in our community with the second annual Summer Drive for Hunger to benefit the hunger-fighting nonprofit agency.
Beginning June 1 and running until July 4, the Summer Drive for Hunger will be collecting non-perishable food and cash donations for CCMI. Every person who brings the equivalent of one pound of food into Sam Galloway Ford, located off of Boy Scout Road, will be entered into a drawing for $5,000. In addition to the $5,000 drawing, Galloway Ford will donate $1 for every pound of food received during the food drive.
"There is nothing more upsetting than knowing that thousands of children are going hungry and families are feeling the strain of putting more food on the table during the summer when school isn't in session." said Sam Galloway, Jr. "Our goal is to raise 25,000 pounds of food by July 4 so we can donate $25,000 to help CCMI keep the pantry shelves full through the remainder of the slow season."
"Each summer the demand for our services increases as food donations drop significantly," said Tracey Galloway, CEO of CCMI. "We are extremely grateful for the Summer Drive for Hunger campaign. The food donations coupled with the very generous pledge by Galloway Ford will ensure that CCMI is able to meet the increased demand during the summer months."
For more information, call 239-332-7687 or visit www.ccmileecounty.com.
Bell Tower Shops Host First Restaurant Week
Eating Establishments Accept Food Donations for CCMI and Offer Special Prix Fixe Menus
Touting "Delectable Cuisine at a Delicious Value," Restaurant Week comes to Bell Tower Shops May 17 and extends through Memorial Day. Dining enthusiasts will enjoy special value prix fixe menus at participating Bell Tower Shops' eating establishments.
Taking cue from the popular New York City dining event that started in 1992, Restaurant Week at Bell Tower Shops allows diners to sample some of the best fare in Fort Myers at a fraction of the regular price. All of the establishments have agreed to provide an $18.87 prix fixe limited edition menu—a nod to the historically significant date 1887 which is when Lee County was incorporated.
"It's a natural fit for Bell Tower Shops as we are considered the top destination for those in search of great food," says Valerie Cope, Director of Marketing & Sponsorships. "Now that season is over, we hope Restaurant Week will encourage locals to venture out and sample the gastronomical treasures right in their backyard."
In conjunction with the dining event, Bell Tower Shops is also bringing back the "Summer of Support" whereby each month thru August Bell Tower Shops will join forces with a local non-profit organization. Restaurants and merchants will accept donated items such as gently used clothing, school supplies and pet supplies to benefit each organization. In May, all restaurants and many merchants will accept non-perishable food donations for Community Cooperative Ministries Incorporated (CCMI).
"It's all about building awareness and Restaurant Week is an ideal time to promote an organization that has developed programs that effectively feed the hungry in our community," says Cope. "We have also invited CCMI to join us for our May events to educate the public about the services they provide, including Meals on Wheels and the Soup Kitchen."
Thank you Bell Tower Shops for including us as part of Restaurant Week!
Montessori School Receives Grant from Gulf Harbour Memorial
The Gulf Harbour Memorial Foundation recently awarded Community Cooperative Ministries, Inc. a $12,500 grant.
This grant will be used to fund its Community Montessori School's academic programs, outdoor play equipment and much-needed building improvements.
"Children in low-income areas often score the lowest in print knowledge and phonological awareness," said Community Montessori Directress Cindy Venezia. "This grant will allow us to enhance these areas in the classroom, thus greatly impacting the children's academic levels. The donation will also be used to improve the school's building and regular maintenance."
The Community Montessori School is an APPLE accredited early-learning program that provides quality early-childhood education to 40 children, ages 2 to 5, from families who are working or in school and at 150 percent below the poverty level. The program prepares its students for elementary school by focusing on the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional and cognitive. Its graduates enter kindergarten better prepared for future academic success.
The fully licensed facility is open to the community and offers a quality, affordable pre-school education in a safe environment to families who are committed to their children's learning. Tuition rates are based on the family income.
The Gulf Harbour Memorial Foundation Inc. is a local community based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to assisting Local and National Charities that make a difference to Lee County residents of all ages.
The League Club Feeds Children
The League Club, Inc. recently awarded CCMI a $10,000 grant for its Bonita Elementary School Pantry Program.
CCMI's School Pantry Program provides food to families in need on-site at schools. This approach allows CCMI to provide more food to children including fresh meat and produce for the same cost because the caretaker actually picks up the food for the child.
The program provides the proper nutrition kids need to thrive in school and their daily lives. Experts agree that good nutrition during childhood is critical to a child's ability to learn. When children miss out on eating key food groups, they are deprived of essential nutrients needed for optimal cognitive functioning.
The League Club, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization of women in Southwest Florida that works to strengthen communities through fellowship, education, volunteerism and philanthropy. The League Club is open to women who have been or still are active members of a Junior League and are members of the Association of Junior Leagues International. An enormous thanks to The League Club for the continued support of feeding hungry children in southwest Florida!
For more information, call us at 239-332-7687.
Banfield Charitable Trust Loves Pets
Banfield Charitable Trust Awards Funding to Pet Food Program
Thank you to Banfield Charitable Trust for the recent grant award of $1250! This funding will help us continue our Pet Food Bank program that provides low-income seniors with food for their pets. Many of the seniors who participate in CCMI's Meals On Wheels are isolated from outside contact and do not have family support. Many of these clients live with a pet and this pet may be the only family they have.
The value of the human/animal bond is enormous. Often our clients' pets are their main source of companionship and our clients feel needed and purposeful because their pets require their love and care to survive.
Thanks to the Banfield Charitable Trust grant, CCMI's Meals On Wheels began delivering food for our senior's pets on a monthly basis. The program continues to be an enormous success providing seniors with a sense of security and contentment knowing they are able to care for their loved companion. AND, both seniors and pets receive a more nutritional diet as well!
Banfield Charitable Trust's vision is to ensure that every wanted and loved pet stays in their home. They strive to create strong and healthy bonds between pets and their owners so that pets are not left to uncertain futures in overcrowded shelters. They want to see pet families thrive. They are working to change the conversation in the national animal assistance arena to focus on preventing surrender. By 2016, their objective is to fund or administer programming to keep 1.5 million pets in their homes. We are honored to be a partner and look forward to working together in 2013!
BJ's Charitable Foundation Supports School Pantries
BJ's Charitable Foundation Supports School Pantry Program
CCMI's School Pantry Program provides food to children at some of the highest need schools in Lee County. This program is able to distribute larger quantities of food like bread, potatoes, and fresh produce to families because it is located on the grounds of the school and easily accessible. As a result, families can walk to the school and bring home food so that their children are receiving adequate nutrition. Reports link good nutrition and a full belly with better concentration, less school absence, and better academic outcomes.
BJ's Charitable Foundation awarded $5000 in grant funding to support the School Pantry Program. Our local BJ's Wholesale Club helped make this happen as well by connecting us with the funding opportunity. We could not be more excited about our community partnership and look forward to working together in 2013 to build better futures! Thank You BJ's Charitable Foundation for making a difference!
"A Bloomin Good Tea" Helps Children
Sanibel Congregational Women in Mission at the Sanibel Congregational Church of Christ hosted "A Bloomin Good Tea" on Monday, April 22. The event included a style show and silent auction to benefit local charities that serve families. The Sporty Seahorse on Sanibel showed both men and women fashions. CCMI was honored to be a part of this event and received funding to support the Community Montessori School. The Community Montessori School provides quality and affordable early childhood education to children from families living at 150% poverty with parents who are either working or attending school. Our school focuses on holistic education including academics, social, fitness and the arts. Contributions were also made to Brightest Horizons and PACE.
Thank you to the Sanibel Congregational Women in Mission for your generosity and support of our community's children! (pictured left to right: CCMI's Barbara Wells, Tracey Galloway and SCWM's Judy Maurer)