Fort Myers, FL, September 27, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Heights Foundation is seeking organizations and individuals to participate in the Bountiful Blessings Thanksgiving outreach. Since 1999, the program has helped families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood make a traditional Thanksgiving meal to share with their families. In 2012, partner agencies, businesses, philanthropic organizations and more than 100 volunteers provided dinners with all of the fixings to 400 families. Donations can be dropped off Thursday, November 21. The outreach event will be held on Sunday, November 24.
“The Heights Foundation works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. We can only do this because of the generous support of our neighbors who contribute their time and money to support our mission,” said Julie Workman, Chief Advocacy Officer for the Heights Foundation. “Donations of food or Publix gift cards will help families in our community. Volunteers are also needed for our donation drop off day and outreach event.”
Organizations and individuals interested in participating can contact Matt Wallace at (239) 482-7706 x. 3040 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations are tax deductible. Monetary donations can be made on the web at www.heightsfoundation.org.
About the Heights Foundation and the Heights Center
The Heights Center, supported by the Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment. We work 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 1,200 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 55% Hispanic, 36% African-American, and 9% 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.