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‘Tween Waters gift pushes Sanibel United Way campaign closer to $250k goal

By Staff | Feb 2, 2011

‘Tween Waters Inn and Resort employees and corporate donations to the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades totaled $35,000.

The ‘Tween Waters Inn and Resort gift of $35,000 has pushed the Sanibel-Captiva United Way Community Campaign over 85 percent of its goal. The Sanibel-Captiva Community Campaign goal for 2010-11 is $250,000.

The United Way Campaign supports human service agencies on Sanibel such as F.I.S.H. and the Sanibel United Way House. Other agencies and programs such as the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Center’s memory screenings, Volunteer Income Tax Preparation program, Healthy Start, Literacy Volunteers of Lee County, ACCESS Florida and a food pantry are located in the Sanibel United Way House to serve local residents who need assistance.

The Sanibel-Captiva United Way Community Campaign is a volunteer effort led by Sanibel residents Linda and Tom Uhler, Debbie and Dick Riley, Ann Moran and Bob Wigley, Judie Zimomra and Tony Lapi.

“We need your help to meet our goal so that our neighbors who need assistance receive it. Your contribution provides food for hungry families, support for Alzheimer’s caregivers, and mentors for children at Big Brothers-Big Sisters,” said Lapi.

“The increased human needs in our community are great, but so is the generosity of people on our islands,” added Dick Riley. “We must meet the goal of $250,000, so that our agencies will receive their full share of funds to help meet the needs of our community.”

Since the inception of United Way in 1957, 97 million dollars have been raised in our community. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. The 72 United Way Partner Agencies and 160 programs such as F.I.S.H. of Sanibel, Children’s Advocacy Center, Boys and Girls Clubs, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing children and youth, strengthening families, meeting critical needs such as 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.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has been “the way the community cares” since it was established in 1957. For more information, or to make a contribution, please call United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades at 239-433-2000 or visit www.unitedwaylee.org.