Fort Myers, FL, September 24, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has awarded The Heights Foundation a grant of $25,000 for School Success Programs at The Heights Center. The grant provides funding support to The Center’s After School and Summer Camp programs for at-risk kids in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.
“Staying in school is the most effective way to ensure a successful future,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “The Heights Foundation developed School Success programs to address the challenges that may result from poverty, limited English proficiency and limited educational involvement. The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation’s grant helps build successful students and a stronger community. We are grateful for their ongoing support.”
The mission of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation is to promote the education, health and emotional well-being of children in its communities. Since the inception in 1990, the Foundation has raised and donated over $16 million dollars to help provide a better future for children.
To learn more about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, visit heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706.
About the Heights Foundation and The Heights Center
The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.
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.
About Suncoast Credit Union:
Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership and the 13th largest in the United States based on its $7.7 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 61 full-service branches and serves more than 717,449 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated over $16 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU.