Community Cooperative is asking businesses and the community to help support a Peanut Butter & Jelly collection drive through April 21.
Peanut butter and jelly are some of the most frequently requested items at mobile food pantries because it is kid-friendly, shelf-stable, and protein-rich. Community Cooperative will be gathering supplies to keep shelves stocked all summer long at a Peanut Butter & Jelly Food Drive and Community Weigh-In April 21.
“It’s easy for school-age kids to make sandwiches for themselves without risk of cuts or burns,” said Tami Holliday, Community Cooperative’s community relations and development manager. “Of course, peanut butter and jelly isn’t just for kids, but families and seniors also rely on these pantry staples.”
In addition, the collection honors Community Cooperative’s late founder Sam Galloway Jr., who began the Soup Kitchen 37 years ago by handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches after church in downtown Fort Myers to people who needed food.
Donations are needed of any brand or type of peanut butter, almond or alternative nut butter, jelly or jam in plastic jars instead of glass. Also, no expired or homemade items or pre-made sandwiches will be accepted.
A Weigh-In to see which team and individual collected the most peanut butter and jelly is planned from 2 to 4 p.m. April 21 at Community Cooperative with prizes and fun.
For more info on the PB&J drive, email Tami@communitycooperative.com. A Food Drive Tool Kit and printable flyers are available to decorate collection boxes or bins. Financial donations to purchase peanut butter and jelly for the drive are also welcome.
The Pilot Club of Fort Myers and the Cape Coral Police Department are holding a shredding event on Saturday, January 23, 2021. The event will be held in the front parking lot of the Cape Coral Police Department, 1100 Cultural Park Blvd, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19, we ask that all participants socially distance themselves and wear a mask.
Oasis JROTC cadets will be on hand to help drivers unload their boxes to be shredded; the boxes can be returned if desired. Shredding will occur on site.
All proceeds of the event will be donated to the Cape Coral Project Lifesaver Programs and the Pilot Club. A donation of $5.00 per box to be shredded is suggested. Please remove binder clips or paper clips attached to paper being shredded. Commercial boxes will not be accepted.
Project Lifesaver is a program of Cape Coral Police Department which uses wristbands that emit a signal to help find individuals who tend to wander. The proceeds of this event will be used to help update and replace damaged or worn equipment. This technology can minimize the length of time it takes to locate a missing person / wanderer.
As increases in the number of people diagnosed with Autism, ASD, Alzheimer’s disease, and Dementia occur, the need for additional equipment is necessary. Equipment costs for families can be too costly. The financial help provided by the Pilot Club by holding the Shred-A-Ton event goes a long way.
The Pilot Club of Fort Myers focuses their efforts on helping organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for individuals with brain-related disorders through volunteer activities, education, and financial support. The club name came from a riverboat pilot who could steer safely through troubled waters. The club’s motto is “do more, care more, and be more.” For information about the Pilot Club, contact the president, Fran D’Alessandro, 239-332-1140, or email at email@example.com.
Community Cooperative is again offering monthly mobile food pantries for veterans at the Lee County Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic in Cape Coral.
At the drive-thru pantries, veterans and their families will receive a week’s worth of shelf-stable food, meat and fresh produce.
Community Cooperative offered its first veterans-only food pantry at the VA Clinic in Cape Coral in spring 2017.
The VA honored Community Cooperative with the inaugural Bay Pines Director’s Club award in September for the food assistance program at the Lee County VA Clinic. The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System runs nine facilities serving more than 108,000 veterans in 10 counties in Central Southwest Florida and is the fourth-busiest VA Healthcare system in the country.
One of the most common reasons pets are surrendered to local shelters is the lack of affordable pet wellness, training, and education programs. Due to cost and other barriers, pets in under-resourced communities often do not have access to basic veterinary care such as spay/neuter services, vaccinations, dental care and other medical and preventative care.
With a $51,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the CAPE CORAL ANIMAL SHELTER AND VETERINARY CLINIC aims to support pets and pet parents in need of these services throughout South Florida by providing low cost veterinary care.
This full-service clinic provides services such as wellness visits, vaccines, dental procedures, spay/neuter surgeries, preventative medicines, bloodwork, and microchipping. It is estimated that CCAS, located at 325 SW 2nd Avenue in Cape Coral will serve several thousand clients each year in their state-of-the-art facility.
“This grant could not have come at a more crucial time for our organization” said Liz McCauley, Executive Director of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter.
“Our community has a large population of seniors on fixed income that have difficulty affording basic care for their pets. Further, the effect of the C-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on our region, which relies heavily on hospitality and tourism revenue. Being able to open our clinic and provide affordable care is more important than ever and in line with the mission of our organization.”
“Cape Coral Animal Shelter’s new facility is a vital resource that is needed in an area that previously did not have a full-service health and wellness provider for local pets,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “We are proud to support this work that will allow pet parents to focus on being with their pets, instead of how to provide for them.”
Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.4 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores.
The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $430 million, to positively impact communities, to connect people and pets, to help preserve families and to improve access to veterinary care through initiatives like this with the Cape Coral Animal Shelter.
To find out more about the low-cost veterinary services provided by the Cape Coral Animal Shelter, visit their website at www.capecoralanimalshelter.com or call 239-573-2002, Extension 106.
The School District of Lee County is seeking guest teachers and will host a virtual hiring event on Thursday, Jan. 21 to increase the number of available guest teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Guest teachers play an important role in maintaining continuity of instruction for students, assuming the role of a teacher when they are absent for the day. The District will conduct virtual interviews to add qualified candidates to its pool of guest teachers. Positions offer flexible scheduling and compensation beginning at $92.70 per day.
To qualify for a guest teaching position with the District, candidates must have a minimum of 60 credit hours in college coursework, provide three qualified references, including one from a current or most recent employer, and complete a background check.
The virtual hiring event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21 with interviews taking place by appointment. To schedule an interview, visit www.LeeSchools.net/Careers/Hiring_Now.
With the growing need for meals to be delivered to homebound neighbors who cannot shop or cook for themselves, Community Cooperative has returned its Meals on Wheels services to five days per week and seeks volunteer drivers to serve throughout Lee County.
“Since the pandemic, the Meals on Wheels program did not miss delivering one meal and in fact has continued to grow by more than 20% as more seniors, disabled and chronically ill adults remain at home to mitigate their risk of COVID-19 exposure,” said Tracey Galloway, chief executive officer, Community Cooperative.
“Our Meals on Wheels program ensures that our neighbors receive freshly prepared home-delivered meals and related services while they remain in the safety and comfort of their own homes. To help us keep this vital program operating, we need volunteers, specifically drivers, to keep our program running as we meet the growing needs of our elderly neighbors.”
The Meals on Wheels program has over 30 meal delivery and transport routes in North Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh Acres and Bonita Springs, supplying daily nutritious home-delivered meals, groceries, pet food and friendly safety and security checks to eligible homebound neighbors who cannot shop or cook for themselves.
Volunteers will be scheduled at their convenience and are needed Mondays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and noon. Background checks are conducted and volunteers who drive must have current driver’s license and vehicle insurance information.
Meals on Wheels volunteers are among more than 3,000 volunteers who help Community Cooperative ease hunger and offer hope to people in need.
For information on how to get help, how to donate, or to learn about volunteer requirements and opportunities and fill out a volunteer application, visit CommunityCooperative.com. For information on volunteering for Meals on Wheels, call 239-337-1055.