The Cape Coral Police Volunteer Unit (PVU) is now accepting applications for its upcoming academy class for those interested in becoming a member.
The Cape Coral Police Volunteer Unit academy runs from January 14-18, 2018, from 8 AM to 4 PM. This academy is a fun and informative combination of classroom, lecture, and practical exercises that prepares new volunteers to hit the streets. Recruits will learn the basics of police procedures, how to operate department vehicles and equipment, direct traffic, communicate on our radios, and more.
Upon successful completion of PVU academy class, the applicant will be assigned a road trainer and followed by a supervisor road test. All other information will be provided during the oral interview.
Applicants must have a valid Florida driver’s license, be a Lee Country resident, and be at least 21 years old. Applications are available for pickup at the Police Department information desk Monday – Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.
The Cape Coral Police Department has an incredibly active and vibrant Police Volunteer Unit. From administrative tasks at Police Headquarters to checking vacant homes for vacationing residents, to helping patrol the roads and waterways of Cape Coral, our Police Volunteer Unit is busy giving back to the community and helping to make Cape Coral a safe place to live, work, and play. The Cape Coral Police Department Police Volunteer Unit provides over $1 million/year in in-kind services every year!
If you have some time, and an interest in both giving back to your community and becoming part of a world-class law enforcement agency, the Cape Coral Police Department Police Volunteer Unit is for you!
Download the application at the link below, fill it out and drop it off at the Cape Coral Police Department. Application deadline is November 25, 2018. For more information, contact the Police Volunteer Unit at (239) 242-3346.
Stockings 4 Kids begins its 10th year helping less fortunate children in the SWFL region receive a stocking full of toys for Christmas.
This year’s goal is to stuff 2000 stockings to be distributed to approximately 18 local charitable organizations, as well as directly to families in need of Christmas gifts for their children.
This program began as Founder, Lee Knapp, was volunteering at a soup kitchen. She overheard several mothers discussing their struggles with paying their bills and not having any funds to buy their children a Christmas toy.
Growing up with a similar experience, Lee decided to help by personally stuffing and delivering 100 stockings to these mothers for their children to have a surprise on Christmas Day.
The program blossomed, and Lee enlisted assistance along the way to meet her goals. In 2017, there were over 100 children between the ages of 4-18, appropriately titled, “Elves”, stuffing stockings in an assembly-line fashion at United Mechanical.
Lee says, “I knew I had to help when I heard the difficulties these mothers were experiencing. I’m thrilled that we will be helping nearly 2000 children this year thanks to our dedicated yearly sponsors and volunteers! ”
The benefit extends far beyond the recipients. More than 100 “Elves” continue to experience the value of helping someone less fortunate than themselves. Stockings will be stuffed on December 8.
Donations and sponsorships are now being accepted. Each stocking costs $15 and 100% of the donations go directly toward the cost of the stockings. Sponsors are recognized in print and electronic advertising throughout the program, and levels range from $15 to $1,500. For details, go to www.facebook.com/stockingsforkids/.
Checks should be made to United Way ofLee with Stockings 4 Kids written in the memo portion. They can be mailed to Lee Knapp, C/O Stockings 4 Kids, 12542 Grandezza Circle, Estero, FL 33928. Credit cards are also accepted at the website: stockings4kids.com/donate.
The Cape Coral Social Club, “Turning Strangers into Friends!”
By Elaine Carmack, Publicity Chair
There’s an old saying: “Strangers are just friends we’ve not yet met.” And, how true this is of the Cape Coral Social Club!
The Cape Coral Social Club is open to all residents of Cape Coral and surrounding areas. We provide our members with the opportunity to make new friends while enjoying the camaraderie of current friendships in a warm congenial atmosphere. We are the place for New Resident Club graduates to continue the fun and friendships developed during their one-year membership in the New Resident Club of Cape Coral.
Members are encouraged to have fun and participate in the club’s various offerings that include monthly general meetings featuring informative and entertaining speakers and monthly dinner parties with great food, music and dancing. We also offer day trips, cruises, games, boating, and over 50 other activities.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Club, it is an activity-based organization open to all residents of Cape Coral and the surrounding areas. Our 300 plus members benefit from the opportunity to make new friends while enjoying the camaraderie of existing ones in a warm, congenial atmosphere.
Each month members and guests are offered a wide variety of events to which all are invited to participate. Some of our recent choices have included:
–A private two-hour painting session with an awesome artist/instructor from Masterpiece Mixers of Cape Coral. We all walked away with a stunning canvas that we can proudly display;
–A visit to Walker Farms Honey, where the Apiarist (bee keeper) discussed the intricacies and dynamics of the bee colonies. (Who knew it was THAT complex!) This was followed by a sensational lunch at a nearby BBQ restaurant;
–A trip to the Calusa Nature Center Planetarium to learn about our very own galaxy, the Milky Way. (Had it not been quite so warm that day, we would have undoubtedly also toured the extensive gardens and trails to see the reptiles, butterflies and birds;
–A tour of Waterman Broadcast studios in Fort Myers where we learned about the operation of a television station and its many components The highlight of our visit was our presence on the set of a live news broadcast.
–A guided tour of the Reverse Osmosis water facility of Cape Coral, where we emerged not only knowing a lot more about how our water is actually delivered to us, but also enjoying a private catered luncheon in the on-site meeting room.
In addition, a regularly scheduled General Meeting is held at the Cape Coral Yacht club the 2nd Thursday of each month. Each meeting features an informative and entertaining local speaker guaranteed to provide members with an opportunity to connect with one another. Please join us for the free continental breakfast: membership is not required to participate in this or any other event!
The Club hosts its themed Dinner Dance at the Yacht Club as well, on the 3rd Saturday of the month, with great food, music and dancing, not to mention superb raffle gifts and prizes!
We would like to invite all to attend our next ‘Meet n Greet’–a casual event where you’ll have a chance to talk with both our Officers and our newest members.
In summary our mission is simple, ‘To make new friends and have fun!’ Our club is successful because of the predominant spirit of volunteerism of our many members who serve in a wide variety of positions on our Board of Directors and activity related committees.
We’re always looking for fresh ideas and new events. Whether your interests lie in coordinating activities, organizing dances, engaging in publicity, taking reservations, assisting with our raffle, helping with community liaison or other functions, please contact Elaine Carmack, Publicity Chair, to find out how you can help make our Club even more dynamic!
The FutureMakers Coalition has launched year two for FAFSA first!, an educational campaign aimed at informing high school seniors and their parents in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties about FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Last year, FutureMakers Coalition partners, including educators, workforce developers, business leaders, economic development professionals, government officials, residents and students across Southwest Florida were successful in achieving the campaign’s goal of increasing the region’s FAFSA completion rate by 5 percent.
This year, the goal is set at achieving 50 percent FAFSA completion by the end of the 2017-18 school year.
Research demonstrates the correlation between FAFSA completion rates and the percentage of the workforce who holds degrees, certificates, and high-quality credentials. Campaign efforts are already underway across the region.
In 1967, the Cape Coral New Residents Club was established to give newcomers the opportunity to exchange ideas and form friendships. This social-only tradition continues today in this, the 50th year.
Membership is open to anyone who has resided in Cape Coral for three years or less. If you’ve been here longer than that, you can still join the NRC. Every September is “open enrollment” for all residents, regardless of the length of residency.
The NRC holds a general meeting at 9 am on the first Tuesday of each month at the Yacht Club. Coffee and light snacks are provided while the most dynamic social group in the Cape discusses monthly activities. Outside speakers present information on current topics of concern and available resources in the Cape. Zany graduate skits, raffles, and new member introductions put a focus on FUN!
Membership is less than $2 a month and lasts for 24 months. Everyone joining will be members of a group consisting of those starting that month. Normally, these smaller groups number two to three dozen people. Each group decides its own name and holds its own activities, as well as participating in events held by the NRC as a whole.
After two years of NRC membership, you “matriculate” with your group to become a graduate member. You are still in the NRC, but now you have the option to also join the Cape Coral Social Club. After graduation, you are strongly encouraged to continue to attend all NRC meetings, activities and events, including your group activities with other Club members.
For additional information, visit the NRC website at www.capecoralnewresidents.com or contact Skip Kitchen at (630) 327-9000.
Welcome to Cape Coral, your own slice of paradise!