United Way Adds Four Partner Agencies

Cancer Alliance, Cape Coral Caring Center, Gulfcoast Humane Society, Midwest Food Bank

The United Way of Lee County has announced that four new Partner Agencies will receive funding from United Way including: Cancer Alliance of Naples serving Lee County, Cape Coral Caring Center, Gulfcoast Humane Society, and Midwest Food Bank.  The addition of the new agencies brings the total number of Lee County agencies to 80, and includes over 245 programs.

Every year United Way of Lee County uses its Allocations Process to evaluate each partner agency that receives funding, and review applications from new prospective agencies.  Over 425 volunteers participated in the process of reviewing applications and visiting each of the agencies.

Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN) serves patients and their families affected by cancer in Lee and Collier counties. CAN was formed to offer both emotional and financial assistance to those families who have nowhere else to turn.  The organization also offers free group counseling, nutrition programs and other services.

Cape Coral Caring Center has a goal of helping maintain a suitable standard of living when people find themselves in economic strain due to an unforeseen circumstance.  It bridges the gap for clients to help relieve the stress resulting from the emergency.  United Way funds a food program for residents on special medical diets. 

Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS) has partnered with Beesley’s Paw Prints, a United Way collaborative, to launch the “Senior to Senior” fostering program.  Residents at senior independent and assisted living facilities will foster senior pets connecting older adults with furry companionship and encouraging socialization among pet owners. This program offers many benefits for humans as well as for the animals.

Midwest Food Bank has a mission of alleviating hunger and poverty by gathering and distributing food donations to not-for-profits and disaster sites without cost to the recipients.  While it was originally founded in the Midwest, it has a division in Fort Myers, and was actively providing assistance in the wake of Hurricane Irma.  United Way funds their food rescue and distribution program which serves over 100 community agencies.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has raised and distributed over $167 million since it was established in 1957.

All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way Partner Agencies and initiatives include:  Alvin A Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Boys and Girls Clubs, and United Way 211, to mention a few. These agencies serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, and meeting critical needs like helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods. 

In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.

For more information please call United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee at (239) 433-2000 or visit www.UnitedWayLee.org.


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