September 16, 2019 –NAPLES/FORT MYERS, FLA – Hodges University not only provides educational pathways for the students it serves, it also works hard to be engaged with the community. The most recent example of that community spirit is the call to help our Bahamian neighbors who suffered devastating losses after Hurricane Dorian.
“One of the most impressive things about Southwest Florida is the outpouring of generosity of its people. In less than a day, individuals and businesses were coming to our Fort Myers and Naples campuses to donate desperately needed items, from water, diapers, medical supplies, and blankets to pet food, cleaning supplies, and toiletries, said Dr. John Meyer, President of Hodges University. “We partnered with Stilwell Enterprises to be a place where others could bring items.”
On September 11, Hodges University paramedic and ESL students, faculty and staff gathered on the Fort Myers campus to organize and pack the donated items, and then load them onto two, large trucks. From there, the trucks would make the trip to Florida’s east coast to have the items loaded onto boats for the trip to the Bahamas.
“The timing of our work gave it even more meaning. Eighteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, our country was attacked and nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives,” said Dr. Meyer. “We could not think of a better way to honor their memory than to work together to help others in need.”
Hodges University, a regionally accredited, private nonprofit institution founded in 1990, prepares students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors. With over 10,000 graduates having a 93 percent rate of continued success in careers, Hodges is recognized for developing programs that are uniquely designed and delivered to serve a diverse adult learner population. With campuses in Naples and Fort Myers, Florida, Hodges provides flexible day, evening, and online classes taught by world-class faculty for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Hodges is also designated as a Hispanic serving institution, and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). More information about Hodges University is available at Hodges.edu.