Heights Foundation Seeks Donations for School Supply Outreach
Businesses, Churches and Organizations are asked to Contribute
(Fort Myers – July 2, 2012) - The Heights Foundation is seeking businesses, churches and organizations to provide school supplies for the Foundation’s annual outreach program. The August 2nd event provides supplies for nearly 400 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 Julie Workman, Director of Programs and Community Outreach for the Heights Foundation. “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 children back to school ready to learn.”
The Foundation has a wish list that groups can complete. “We are looking for organizations whose members can band together to meet the need. A local church can hold a drive to provide all the pencils we need, a business or philanthropic organization may be able to provide backpacks for all of the children.”
Businesses, churches or organizations interested in participating can contact Julie Workman at (239) 482-7706 or Julie@heightsfoundation.org. All donations are tax deductible. Monetary donations can be made on the web at www.heightsfoundation.org/get-involved.
About the Heights Foundation
The Heights Foundation is a 501(c)3 grassroots organization that works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The Foundation’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.