Charity Wish List 2010 LETTERS

The deadline for nonprofit agencies to submit holiday wish lists has passed.

But, readers can still see those lists of needs for everything from office supplies to diapers — and cash — on our website at

Readers are encouraged to scan the organizations’ notes and do what they can to help.

Thank you.

Friendship Health Clinic

Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation

The Voices of Naples

Providence House

The Naples Art Association, at The von Liebig Art Center

Volunteer Services for Animals, Inc.

Charity for Change

The Conservancy Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic

Sharon P. Franklin, LaVerne C. Franklin and Lorenda Fambro Gordon Community Service Scholarships, Inc.

K is for Kids Foundation Inc.

Race for the Cure

Collier Community Cat Coalition

Edison State College

Baby Basics of Collier County

Center For Reduction of Religious-Based Conflict

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Habitat for Humanity

The Gabriel Project

Immokalee Jump Start Family Literacy Academy

Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

The Classical Academy of Naples

YMCA of the Palms

Friends of Rookery Bay

PACE Center for Girls

Naples Historical Society

Neighborhood Health Clinic

Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.

Teen “EXTREME” Volleyball

Northside Naples Kiwanis, Christmas In Immokalee

PAWS Assistant Dog Program

Sunrise Community of Collier County

Hope for Haiti

St. Matthew's House

The Golden Gate High School Diversity Committee

Grace Place for Children and Families

The Matty Fund for Epilepsy

Lucky Parrot Sanctuary

Animal Compassion Project, Inc.

Friends of the Library of Collier County

Bikes For Tykes, Inc.

Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc. (PASFI)

Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN)

Kowiachobee Animal Preserve (KAP)

The Harry Chapin Food Bank

For the Love of Cats

The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled

The Collier County Chapter of the American Red Cross

St. Vincent De Paul Society, Naples District Council

Casa Jacinta y Francisco

The Humane Society Naples

The Shelter for Abused Women and Children

Redlands Christian Migrant Association

Collier Spay Neuter Clinic

Bedtime Bundles

Avow Hospice

Naples Christian Academy,

Movers and Shakers Parkinson’s Support Organization

Collier County Police Activities League

Children’s Home Society, Southwest Florida Division

The Education Foundation of Collier County

Youth Haven

Voices for Kids

Project Help, Inc.

The Joy of Giving

Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida

Brothers of Cypress Masonic Lodge

Sunlight Home

Family to Family

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida

United Arts Council


Friendship Health Clinic

The Friendship Health Clinic has been providing health and dental care and medication assistance to low income individuals aged 50 and older for 25 years. Frequently, we are the last resort for individuals who have lost their jobs and insurance. Fees are based on a sliding scale and we receive no local, State, or government funding except Medicare reimbursement for services.

Volunteers are at the heart of our organization. Retired physicians and dentists and other professionals provide the direct care. Volunteers are needed in the office area as well as clinical area. We are in specific need of a dermatologist, psychiatrist, and dental assistants. Fundraising is a challenge in these economic times for many non-profits. We rely on private donations, sliding scale fees, and grants for income. Volunteers are needed to plan and assist in fundraising activities and grant writing. We are looking for a Community Partner.

Donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, contact

Betty Gamel Director

2171 Pine Ridge Road Ste. F

Naples, Fl 34109

Phone 566-7425 or


Betty Gamel, Director

Friendship Health Clinic Collier


Fax: 239- 593-3430

We've Moved!

Our new address is 2171 Pine Ridge Road, Ste. F Naples, Fl 34109 Phone 239 566-7425 Fax 239 593-3430


Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation

MESF is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization founded in 2010. Our primary objective is the preservation of the American Bald Eagles and their habitats on Marco Island, Florida.

Our Mission is to work with the citizens of Marco Island as well as, City, County, and State organizations to guarantee the safety of the active Bald Eagle nest on Tract K and other locations as new Eagles return to a friendly environment. We will work to educate the community about the importance of these majestic birds and how to expand the bird population on an Island once known as an” Eagle Sanctuary”.

Why we are trying to preserve Tract K:

Less than 50 years ago, Marco Island was a quiet tropical island in a sunny paradise surrounded by mangroves and abundant wildlife. After years of real estate interest and development, dredging of canals, residential and commercial building, population growth, and promotion of the tourist industry, Marco Island is left with minimal green space.

We must preserve this 11.6 acre parcel of land so we do not become an island of buildings and parking lots.

We must preserve what little is left of our island’s integrity and wildlife environment.

We must preserve this land and the habitat of an active eagle nest since 2004.

The Bald Eagle, our national symbol, is a protected species. It is the mission of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation to protect the bald eagles on our island.

Protect the many species of native birds now located on the property.

It is the mission of the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation to protect this green space as a Preserve or Conservation Area to be utilized by the community for enjoyment and educational purposes.

Why we care: If we do not preserve our green space, protect our wildlife and its habitats, our paradise will loose its heritage as the Last Paradise and its long standing reputation as an Eagle Sanctuary.

Plans for Community Involvement:

We need $36,000 per year the cover just the cost of leasing and maintaining the property known as Tract K. Here is a list of other active projects that need to be funded by the Foundation, please help in any way you can.

We will encourage student observation and study of the Eagles nesting period, arrival of the chicks, and fledglings.

Elementary students will participate in a “Name the Eagles” contest which will include their choice of names, an essay about the importance of the Eagles, and eagle artwork.

Encourage student participation of Arbor Day Celebrations.

Provide local garden clubs a location for the design and development of butterfly gardens, and gardens utilizing native flowers and plants.

Provide local garden clubs a location to work with the Junior Gardeners of Tommy Barfield Elementary.

Consult with the Beautification Committee for design and installation plans for park benches.

Residents, tourists, bird enthusiasts and photographers would enjoy eagle observations from an eagle viewing platform with information charts and progress reports.

Consult with the Bike Committee, incorporating this property as part of the Marco Island Bike Path Route.

How you can help:

The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation needs your help. To volunteer contact:

Carl H. Way, 239 269-1754, Linda Turner 239 394-9285, Linda Boston 239 642-8330

To make a tax deductible contribution, send checks to the:

Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation, PO BOX 983, Marco Island, 34146

or go to and click on Donation

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Carl H. Way


Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation



The Voices of Naples

Is a not-for-profit educational organization seeking to expand the opportunity of Choral Singing in our community and in our schools. In the past we have been passionate about providing scholarships for High School Musicians to further their education. We have also provided Choral Concerts at affordable prices, and have encouraged vocalists of all ages. Our annual "Messiah" Concert encourages audience participation and has become an important event in launching our area's Holiday Season.

Our wishes are correlated to the goals of The Voices of Naples.

1. We wish to continue providing scholarships and guidance to Student Vocalists. Raising money for these musicians is extremely important to us, for musical education raises intelligence and instills confidence.

2. We wish for financial support to visit local schools. We work to introduce choral literature, and wish to demonstrate vocal technique, especially since arts classes have suffered monetarily recently.

3. We wish for new performance and educational music, and sound equipment for our organization. Gifts in this area would last for many years to come.

4. We wish to enhance our concerts with the addition of soloists and instrumentalists. Underwriters or donors could also support us with advertising, publicity, tickets or performance programs.

As you consider your year-end donations, please contemplate a gift to extend and promote the growth of choral music in our community. The Voices of Naples is cultivating musical experiences for all ages.

To contact us, or obtain additional information about our organization, visit, or phone us at (239) 261-7642.


Providence House

Is a faith-based self-sufficiency and housing program for motivated women with small children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Our material needs are:

gas cards, gift cards, diapers sizes 3 -5, children's books, supplies for early childhood education program, including sleeping mats, art supplies, a ream of paper, a computer for educational purposes etc.

Our volunteer needs are: office help, assistance with small group activities for toddlers and pre-school children, and handypersons.

Our address is P.O. Box 128, Naples, FL 34106-0128,

website is, phone 239-692-8779, and e-mail Thank you for your generosity.

Nancy Farren

Providence House

Office: 239-692-8779

Cell: 239-777-8343

The Naples Art Association, at The von Liebig Art Center

Since 1954, the Naples Art Association (a 501c3 organization) has been educating and promoting visual arts and art education for the adults and youth of Southwest Florida. We reach over 100,000 people annually through exhibitions, education programs, festivals, youth programs and other activities.

How do we make a positive impact in Southwest Florida?

Educate over 1,000 children each summer through our art education program called ARTScool

Provide over 30 scholarships to less fortunate children to attend ARTScool

Provide nearly $15,000 in scholarships for children and college-bound seniors

Teach over 2,000 hours of adult art classes and workshops

Attract over 75,000 guests to downtown Naples through art and crafts festivals held November through April

Introduce over 600 nationally known artists to our community to display and sell work at our art and crafts festivals.

Host over 12,000 visitors to the Gallery and Art Studios each year

Provide the means by which Southwest Florida residents can view and appreciate a wide variety of art by holding over 10 exhibitions of well-known and local artists each year

Our success is due to the generosity of individuals and businesses who contribute both financially and with their time. Without these donations and contributions, we could not continue our mission of providing the invaluable lesson of art education. The art students of today are the artists and art teachers of tomorrow.

Wish List

ARTScool scholarship funding

Fund a teacher for ARTScool

T-shirts for ARTScool summer interns

Tote bags for ARTScool summer attendees

Kraft Paper Rolls

Fabric Swatches for ARTScool projects

Paints for ARTScool projects

General Art Supplies – paint, clay, paper, glazes, canvases, brushes, etc

Volunteers for exhibitions, festivals, ARTScool

Floor and table easels

Sponsorship of bus tours for local students to visit the art center

Large storage bins

New or used box truck for hauling items to/from Festival locations

Power washing of the building

Funding for roof repairs

Funding for much needed air-conditioning improvements

Cash prizes for “Camera USA” exhibit award winners

Printing for informational brochure

For more information about our programming, please call (239) 262-6517, visit our website at or email

Best wishes for a Happy Holiday Season!

Joel Kessler

Executive Director

Naples Art Association


Volunteer Services for Animals, Inc. (VSA)

Is a not-for-profit charitable organization, which strives to bring about a time when there will be no more homeless pets. VSA's efforts are on several fronts, rescuing and adopting homeless cats and kittens, encouraging and financially assisting pet owners in sterilizing their animals, providing pet food for owners financially in need and assuring that pets are vaccinated by offering low-cost shot clinics.

Volunteer Services for Animals (VSA) Wish List

Kitten, cat, puppy and dog food

Pet treats and toys

Foster families for kittens

Volunteers to help with pet adoptions @ PetSmart

Pet Food Gift Cards

Pet Beds

Contact (239) 290-6274 - Information

(239) 261-4768 - Donations and Adoptions

Karen R. Gudknecht, CFP

Senior Vice President and

Relationship Manager

Key Private Bank

Trianon Centre, Suite 100

3777 Tamiami Trail, North

Naples FL 34103


Charity for Change

“Caring about people; helping others; changing people’s lives,” excerpts from poetry written by Calusa Park Elementary School students about the School “Giver” Program.

3,000 students at Lake Park, Lely, Golden Terrace and Calusa Park Elementary Schools are doing exactly that by helping charities through the School “Giver” Program.

Charity for Change is a Naples-based 501(c)(3), with a character-building program that provides students with the experience of learning about 72 charities, while participating in a character-development curriculum that follows a charity theme.

Students are working hard throughout the school year to help others and practice good citizenship. Students give change, hold mini-fundraisers and work on volunteer projects for their charities. All of the money the students raise goes directly to the charities.

It’s an honor to show the children that our community believes in them. What do we wish for to make it all happen?

Goal-setting posters for classrooms for 1 school -- $50

$1.00 per math question (students earn $1.00 for their charity per question by playing a weekly math game about charity, character development and volunteering) -- $100

Incentive prizes for character development puzzles for 1 school -- $250

Charity banks for 1 school -- $600

Custom puppet theater, puppets and plays for 1 school – $1,000

Character development skit, props and year-end awards show for 1 school -- $1,250

Support participation for 1 school for 1 school year -- $5,000

Charity for Change, in partnership with Cove Yacht Club, also provides funds for tutoring for third grade students, and a Holiday gift program for elementary school students.

We invite you to support these children’s efforts in the important work they are doing for our community. We applaud the students, teachers and schools for engaging in our community. We are grateful to our donors for engaging in our schools.

Karen Conley

President and CEO

Charity for Change

194 Ridge Drive

Naples, FL 34108



The Conservancy Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic

The goal of this non-profit wildlife clinic is to release as many “patients” as possible back to their natural habitats. Originally built in 1979 to handle 500 injured and orphaned animals, the Clinic now cares for over 2,400 animals per year at an annual cost in excess of $250,000. Funded primarily through donations and memberships, they are thankful for the generosity and kindness of those who support their work.

As an appreciative reader of (Clinic Director) Joanna Fitzgerald’s Naples Daily News articles, I volunteered to submit the Clinic’s Wish List. Although reading success stories of any species are “the best”, I thank them again for the outstanding care given to our area’s injured Bald Eagles (including one from Marco Island this year).

Linda Boston, member of The Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation

Please give generously!

Wish List

Food and Vitamin Products

Wild Bird Seed

Unsalted nuts (walnuts and peanuts)

Fruit Baby Food – no custard flavors

Meat Baby Food – meat in meat broth only

Pedialyte – Unflavored

Powdered Egg Whites

Medical Supplies

Paper tape

Telfa Pads

Gauze dressing sponges

Other: Unscented Paper Towels, Antibacterial Hand Soap, Liquid Dish Washing Detergent, Unscented Powder Laundry Detergent, Q-Tips and Cotton Balls

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center is located on-site at The Conservancy Nature Center in Naples. To make a donation, volunteer, or if you find injured or orphaned native wildlife, contact the Clinic at 239-262-CARE (2273), 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., seven days a week.


Sharon P. Franklin, LaVerne C. Franklin and Lorenda Fambro Gordon Community Service Scholarships, Inc.

Send local high school students all over the country to summer college programs. The funds and services will be used to: help them select the courses that prepare them for college, have a realistic understanding of college life, and be exposed to the real college life. They also need to learn how to interact with a diverse population.

Need: Purchase J. Green Calendars, donations, mentors, a grant writer, laptops, and buses/transportation for college visitations.

For more information, contact LaVerne C. Franklin, (239) 352-2868


K is for Kids Foundation Inc.

Although many residents may not know it, 58 percent of children in Collier County Public Schools are recognized as economically needy by the school district’s Web site. Sadly, many of these youngsters may never own a book, nor have one to read at home, without our help.

K is for Kids® Foundation promotes literacy and a love of reading in children by enriching their libraries and expanding their access to books in and out of school. Our goal is to place as many books as possible into the hands of children everywhere.

We believe readers are leaders and that all children should have equal access to books and information and hope to help narrow the “knowledge gap” that exists between socioeconomic groups.

Please support the efforts of the K is for Kids Foundation to promote literacy and leadership among children at risk and cultivate a lifelong passion for reading by giving them books; from beginning books for babies to titles for teens, all kinds of books are needed.

You can help by making a donation of just $15 online at to provide a new hardcover book. Or, if you’re out shopping, visit Barnes & Noble in the Waterside Shops, to participate in our Holiday Book Drive.

Donating book is a low-cost, high-yield investment strategy for strengthening our community’s youth. Together we can enrich children’s lives, one book at a time. Log on to to make a donation to see how you can join our cause by helping encourage today’s readers and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.

Our 2010 Wish List also includes these special requests for K is for Kids’ Bring a Book, Bring a Friend for Children’s Literacy Month this coming February:

Volunteers – especially teens – to help with the month’s special events, including the K is for Kids’ third anniversary “Kids Celebrate Reading!” book fair, Feb. 12, at Barnes & Noble.

People to host “Bring a Book, Bring a Friend Fun’raisers” in February. Simply ask guests invited to your next party – no matter when it is – to bring a new or gently used hardcover book to donate to K is for Kids.

Business partners to put out collection baskets for book donations by employees and customers during February.

Everyone to read a book to someone younger than themselves!

For more information, e-mail or call founder Karen D. Clawson, 596-KIDS (5437).


Race for the Cure

Our upcoming Race for the Cure at Coconut Point is scheduled for March 12, 2011. This race is our major fundraiser for the year and helps further our vision of a world without breast cancer.

To help us make our race a success we are still in need of the following items:

3,000 Bagels; 10,000 granola bars; 800 gallons of water; 8,000 16.9 oz. water bottles.

Miriam Ross

Executive Director


Collier Community Cat Coalition

Is a collaboration of animal rescue groups and community members working to reduce the number of homeless, free roaming and feral cats in Colier County through the development of effective sterilization and Trap Neuter Return (TNR) programs.

We do not have a facility, we simply rescue cats and kittens, some can be adopted into homes, others are returned to their caretaker after being spayed/neutered, vaccinated, ear tipped and microchipped. CCCC is a 501(c)3 organization and we need funds to continue helping the stray, abandoned and feral cats and kittens in Collier County. Donations are appreciated and should be mailed to: CCCC, PO Box 990908, Naples, 34116.

Susan Mehas Realtor®

John R. Wood Realtors®

3255 Tamiami Trail N.

Naples, FL 34103

239-860-4955 Cell

239-659-6301 Fax


Edison State College

Founded as a small junior college in 1962, Edison State College has grown to become a baccalaureate-degree granting institution enrolling nearly 25,000 students. Providing educational opportunities to students from the high school to bachelor degree level, Edison State is committed to providing quality and affordable education throughout Southwest Florida.

Our greatest need in assuring that every student is given the opportunity to receive a college education is providing for first generation scholarships. To be the first person in a family to receive a college education is life altering and will set a new course for that family for future generations. Support for these students truly makes the difference between attending college or sacrificing their dreams due to the inability to afford an education. Our goal is provide first generation college students the financial support to reach their potential and go on to lead successful and productive lives. Won’t you join us in helping these most deserving students achieve their educational goal?

No gift is ever too small!

$30 provides vital school supplies.

$300 covers and tuition and books for one class.

$3,000 pays one student’s costs for an entire year

Kevin S. Miller

Sr. Director of Development

Edison State College Foundation

7007 Lely Cultural Parkway

Naples, 34113

(239) 732-3718 [Office]

(239) 732-3790 [Fax]

(239) 290- 3673 [Cell]


Baby Basics of Collier County

Not just at Christmas, but all year, some 275 working families of Collier County look to Baby Basics to help make the lives of their infant children happier and healthier. Baby Basics provides these families with diapers — a staple for many, but often a low priority for financially struggling families.

The all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization distributes the diapers twice monthly at seven sites in Naples and Bonita Springs, and once a month at two sites in Immokalee. Kindness and caring are two important elements of the program that helps to give a sense of hope and belonging to working families struggling to provide a better life for their children. Diapers are given to referred, screened participants who are not receiving federal or state aid. One hundred percent of donations goes to the purchase of diapers unless earmarked by the donor for administration.

A donation of $40 provides diapers for one child for a month; a $480 donation will keep a child healthier and happier for a year. Because of differences in brands and fluctuations in sizes needed, financial donations are preferred.

Donations may be sent to Baby Basics of Collier County, Inc; Treasurer, 8570 Danbury Blvd., #103, Naples, 34120. For more information, please visit or e-mail us at; Jean Ann Lynch

The babies of Collier County thank you for your help.


Center For Reduction of Religious-Based Conflict

As the only nonprofit – not only in South Florida, but in the United States as well — pursuing the causes of religious-based conflict, we find that our four and a half year old computer, an Apple Macbook, is in need of such repairs that it would be more practical to buy a new one. This is an important requirement for us, since all our newsletters and brochures, among other things, are published using it. We request donations to assist us in this purchase.

The enter is a unique, independent nonprofit organization with international headquarters in Naples, Florida, formed as a U.S. tax-exempt organization in 2000. Our purpose is to sensitize and educate people and governments to the very real problem of religious-based conflict, its causes, problems and its increasing costs to us all. We describe long-term solutions which go beyond the currently accepted mantra of tolerance and show how they can be immediately and realistically implemented.

We are not a religion, or in any way associated with any religion, though we respect all religions and feel they all are important, but are a totally independent organization. The Center does not substitute or duplicate initiatives of other religions or organizations, but strives rather to compliment them — offering a practical, additional approach towards the reduction of religious-based conflict not heretofore employed.

The Center performs its mission by lectures, participating in seminars, providing free periodic newsletters, brochures and other information to schools, the general public and governments, through publicizing its work on radio, TV and the news media, through its website,, and via its book, Beyond Tolerance.

Donations may be made by going to our website or by mailing your check directly to our headquarters.

Terry O. Trowbridge, Founde/Director

649 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 201

Naples, 34102-6601

(239) 821-4850



National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Founded locally 19 years ago, we are a 501c3 organization with less than 11 percent of all expenses going to general and administrative costs.

With only a full-time administrative staff of three, NAMI of Collier County serves over 14,000 persons free of charge each year. These persons are some of our most vulnerable: and often are far below poverty level. Our mission is to provide support, education and advocacy to the one in four families affected by severe and persistent mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and panic disorders and more.

From birth to the elderly, NAMI provides hope and helps persons find the resources they need to recover.

Our wish list includes:

Gas cards for our Drop In Center. We drive over 100 miles a day to provide transportation to those who need a safe place to go during the day.

Food items for our Drop In Center pantry: many have nothing; a can of vegetables can go a long way!

Compassion. Are you willing to give a few hours a week as a volunteer?

Cash donations for direct assistance. Imagine being able to help someone keep their electricity on, or pay for their much needed medication.

Interpreters: Can you help us in Immokalee one day a week helping to interpret in Spanish or Creole as we screen young children?

NAMI needs you. $100 buys food so that participants can have lunch at our Drop In.

Cash assistance so we can provide training to our community, help our families maintain support and maintain our other support groups.

If nothing else, think of NAMI, stop by, and say hello.

Ask for help! If you, or anyone you know needs assistance, perhaps the best gift of all is to call NAMI.

— Kathryn Leib Hunter


Executive Director

email :



Habitat for Humanity

Provides homeownership opportunity for low-income families. All families must be employed and be legal residents of the United States. After an exhaustive application process, approved families invest 500 hours of sweat equity, attend classes in budgeting, community living and family support and make a $1,000 downpayment before purchasing their home with a no-interest loan. Because all donations are used to build homes, which are then sold to partner families through each mortgage payment, your gift is being reinvested into the building of more homes.

Our wish is to provide another 100 families with the most basic of human needs — shelter. Won’t you help with a gift of time, talent or treasure?

Bucket of Nails, $25

3 Gallons of Paint, $50

Shade Tree, $75

Front Door, $100

Front Porch, $250

Windows, $500

Child’s Room, $1,000

Family Room, $2,500

Kitchen, $5,000

Walls and Trusses, $10,000

Buildable Lot, $25,000

Whole House, $50,000

Your gift in any amount makes a life changing difference.

— Rev. Lisa Lefkow

Executive Vice President

Development, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County

(239) 775-0036


The Gabriel Project

Is a St. Ann parish-based crisis pregnancy intervention program. We offer friendship and mentoring to pregnant mothers in crisis regardless of race, nationality or religion. We respect these mothers and the new life God has entrusted to them.

The Gabriel Angel is a volunteer who mentors a pregnant mother in need. She offers compassionate, practical help for anyone who needs it. Support services include assistance in acquiring shelter and medical care, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (known as WIC), rent emergencies, food assistance and transportation to doctor appointments.

We also help supply our mothers with some of the necessities they will need for their new baby. We provide diapers, wipes, bottles, layettes and most other baby needs.

We are all volunteers and all donations and gifts go directly to those in need.

Wish List

Diapers, all sizes

Wipes for sensitive skin

Baby clothes, infant–two years

Baby shampoo

Baby lotion

Baby bottles

Cribs, mattresses and sheets


Walmart gift card, $10 and up

All donations are greatly appreciated.

— Janet Wartchow

Gabriel Coordinator

(239) 601-7330


Immokalee Jump Start Family Literacy Academy

The Immokalee Jump Start Family Literacy Academy at Farm Worker Village serves Immokalee farm worker families with children age's birth to five. During the past 7 years, Jump Start has provided preschool education to over 250 children and English reading and speaking education to over 150 parents.

The Jump Start Program is in need of the following items:

Large plastic garbage bags

Styrofoam cups, plates, bowls

Plastic forks and spoons

Ziploc bags, small and large

Paper towels

Non-toxic cleaning supplies

Toilet tissue

Dee Siemianowski, Project Manager

Jump Start Family Literacy Academy

1996 Alexander Circle

Immokalee, FL 34142

239 657-2398

cell 239 370-3630


The Classical Academy of Naples

Offers a unique traditional liberal arts and sciences education for families interested in a personalized, challenging and affordable private Christian education. Our program includes a traditional five day program and a non-traditional three-day “hybrid” education that integrates classroom experiences and home education. Our aim is to shape and cultivate our students to become independent, critical thinkers with a well-rounded, culturally-rich education.

Join us in our mission to provide students with an advanced, classically-directed Christian education that fosters academic excellence, spiritual depth, and moral integrity thereby preparing students for Godly leadership in our society, and support our endeavor by sponsoring a classroom Delta Science kit(s). These Delta Science kits cost $400-$500 each. We desperately need to build our science program with these hands-on kits. The Kindergarten and First grade cluster needs 2 kits: From Seed to Plant and Observing an Aquarium. The Second and Third graders need 3 kits: Soil Science, Using your Senses and Solar System. The Fourth and Fifth Grades need 5 kits: Magnets, Sound, Color and Light and Electromagnetism and Simple Machines. The total monetary need for all science kits is approximately $5,000. We are grateful for your help. May God bless you.

The Academy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit our website at or call us at 239-249-2626.

Soli Deo Gloria

John M. Brunner, M.Ed.

The Classical Academy of Naples

(239) 249-2626


Fun Time Early Childhood Academy

Provides safe, affordable, quality childcare and early education for the children of low income working families and prepares the children for kindergarten ready to read and ready to learn. Every family who enrolls a child is receiving tuition assistance. No family pays the actual weekly cost of their child’s education. Fun Time seeks tuition assistance from our friends in the community for our year-round full-time program. Your donation will go directly to the ongoing education of a deserving 2-5 year old preschool child.

A portable laminate machine for 8 ½ “ X 11” paper would assist us in protecting the children’s projects as well as office work.

Consumable art supplies such as construction paper, markers, Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, nontoxic poster paints, etc., would replenish our depleting products.

With the help of Eagle Scout Bill Tracy and friends Fun Time has started a wonderful garden where the children tend to their vegetables, herbs, and flowers. We would appreciate volunteer assistance in maintaining our garden.

In order to provide literacy in the homes of our families we maintain a lending library. We would appreciate your donation of books for 2- to 5-year olds to add to our library.

As Fun Time celebrates our 50th year in downtown Naples, we continue to serve the youngest children in our community.

We thank the generous community for your support of Fun Time.

For additional information or a tour of our facility please call the school.

— Franny Kain

Executive Director

Phone) 239-261-8284

Fax) 239-261-4015


YMCA of the Palms

As one of the leading nonprofits for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of the Palms depends on the support of the community gifts to do its vital work.

Our first wish is for financial support of the Y’s Community Support Campaign, which helps individuals and families in need participate in Y programs, such as child care, youth sports, health and wellness, swim lessons, and more.

With your involvement or donation, more kids can have a safe place to learn and build confidence; more families can reconnect and grow together and more people can have access to education and training to reach their full potential.

When you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in your own neighborhood. To donate to our Community Support Campaign, please contact Trent Ryan at (239) 598-5143 or visit

Our second wish is for volunteers to assist in our early childhood development program. We are seeking loving, nurturing, extra hands to help with small group activities with our preschool, toddlers and infants. Background screenings will be needed. To volunteer, please contact Beth Hatch at (239) 598-5163.

— Robin Murchison

Director of Organizational Advancement

YMCA of the Palms

5450 YMCA Rd, Naples, 34109

(O) (239) 598 5158

(C) (239) 287 1649

(F) (239) 597 8415

(E) (W)


Friends of Rookery Bay

A picturesque 110,000 acres filled with more than 150 species of birds, marine critters such as sea turtles and manatees, and plants including mangroves and ghost orchids. That describes the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which also includes an Environmental Learning Center and nature trail visited by 35,000 people each year (including all fourth grade Collier County students on field trips).

Friends of Rookery Bay is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity that supports the Reserve’s education programs, scientific research and community outreach activities. These programs include a monthly lunch lecture series, free days throughout the year, special events (such as the upcoming Southwest Florida Nature Festival on Jan. 14-16), and nature art exhibits. Our major annual fundraiser is the Batfish Bash, set for March 12, with a Patron Party on Feb. 24 at Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club.

We invite you to “Make a Splash” with a donation (every dollar helps!) at (send checks to Friends of Rookery Bay, 300 Tower Road, Naples, 34113). Or, call us at 417-6310 to discuss additional support.

Specifically, we seek: Event sponsors (especially for our Batfish Bash and for Dive Into Oceans Day on April 30); hybrid vehicles (car and van) for our education programs; 75 sets of flatware, salad plates and water and wine glasses to provide sustainable materials during our events.

Personal floatation devices (life jackets) for youth and adults participating in our education programs; tandem kayaks for our guided tours; all-terrain wheelchair for new trail; and children’s books about animals and the environment for our new Book Nook.

— Robin DeMattia

Director of Marketing and Development

Friends of Rookery Bay


PACE Center for Girls

We are having a Holiday Celebration on Dec. 22 from 10:30 to 11:45. The girls and staff will be celebrating the spirit of the season. Please come join us!

Our wish list:

Gift cards to McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway or Wendy’s in small increments.

Scrapbooking materials to include paper, stickers, albums, embellishments; creative supplies for painting and drawing; journals.

Shampoo, hairspray and conditioner, perfume sprays from Bath and Body Works, flat irons for hair; lip gloss;

Anything Justin Beiber.

Costume earrings; silly bands.

Small Ipod Nanos.

DVDs, anything rated PG.

Silly socks and cute slippers; pajama sets, all sizes but we have a lot of very small girls; zip-up cotton jackets with no logos (they can wear these in school); college T-shirts from everywhere; sports T-shirts like Miami Dolphins and New York teams they seem to like the best.

— Marianne Kearns M.Ed.

Executive Director

PACE Center for Girls, Collier at Immokalee

Direct: (239) 377-9864

FAX: (866) 587-1789


Naples Historical Society

Is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Naples history and heritage for the community and future generations to enjoy. We rely solely on membership dues and donations to provide tours of Naples’ oldest house, Palm Cottage, tour the beautiful Norris Gardens and through the Historic District. Thanks to our Oral History Project, the Palm Cottage Theater shows films of interviews with individuals whose families’ hard work and vision contributed to making Naples what it is today. Every spring and fall, bus loads of school children come for free educational tours. Each winter the public is invited to free Chickee Chats.

All this is just a sampling of the ongoing programs and events.

The 1895 Palm Cottage is a grand old dame who requires cosseting, and the Gardens require periodic plant replacements.

If you’d like to contribute in a general or specific way, please call the office at (239) 261-8164.

Here are some of our needs:


Underwriting for replacement of plants in the gardens

Painting interior, exterior and fence pickets

Thorough window cleaning

Front porch window sill and boards: TLC

Underwriting of second floor gallery framing project

Underwriting of second floor clapboard repair

U.S. flag replacement

Blinds for front porch

Carpet cleaning

Christmas decorations Replacement/update book additions

— Elaine Reed

Executive Director


Neighborhood Health Clinic

This holiday season, and year round, our wish is to be able to provide life saving medical care to the working poor adults in Collier County who are struggling to support their families — often at the expense of their own health needs. They come to the Clinic severely ill with untreated hypertension, diabetes, and even cancer, because they couldn’t afford to take care of themselves when they needed to feed their children.

If everyone who is able would just donate $1 to help fund the healthcare of our patients, these dollars will add up to hundreds and thousands and collectively we can all save the lives of many. Help save a life this holiday season—mail your dollar today.

For more information, please call Margaret Cruse at 261-6600 ext 16 or visit our website

Thank you for sharing and caring about your neighbors. Please send your donation to:

Save a Life

Neighborhood Health Clinic

121 Goodlette Road North

Naples, Florida 34102

— Nina Gray, M.A., LMHC

Chief Executive Officer



Lighthouse of Collier, Inc.

Volunteers for office and events

5,000 square feet or more space for office/facility to provide services

Office supply gift cards

Volunteer drivers

Donations to achieve our fundraising goal of $600,000 to help the blind, visually impaired and their caregivers regain independence.

Volunteers skilled in database management, Excel, email marketing management systems, website management and public relations backgrounds.

— Kathleen Peck

424 Bayfront Place

Naples 34102

(239) 430-EYE4 (3934)

Office space has been generously donated by Bayfront, Inc., currently staffed by volunteers


Teen “EXTREME” Volleyball

Please contribute to my teenage daughter’s wish to be a better volleyball player.

She hesitated at first. She was worried about our limited budget and questioned her ability to make the team. After the tryout, the head coach congratulated her on her performance at the tryouts and said he looked forward to working with her to improve her game and attending her graduation.

She made the Naples Juniors, Inc. “EXTREME” travel team. This nonprofit organization assists young women to play competitive volleyball by providing discipline to learn volleyball skills while maintaining high scholastic standards, team spirit and determination. ( EIN 11-3666975.

The cost? Over $3,000 to cover the next five months. Please send your tax-deductible check made out to Naples Juniors, Inc., PO Box 7603, Naples, 34101 With a note in the memo: AD EXTREME 14.

Nancy Dagher



Christmas in Immokalee

Is a program the Northside Naples Kiwanis club has supported for 28 years. Our club and hundreds of Collier County volunteers travel to Immokalee early on Christmas morning to prepare a hot Christmas dinner for over 3,000 guests. We distribute approximately 1,000 gifts to the children while providing the adults with gloves, socks and bandanas.

Immokalee has been especially hard-hit by the economic downturn. This year’s need will be greater than ever. The cost of this project is approximately $30,000.

Our request is a simple one. We need financial contributions.

The Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. Your contributions go to support the Christmas in Immokalee program and our other community support projects focusing on the needs of the community’s underprivileged children. There are no paid staff positions in our organization. All our efforts are donated.

Any support the residents of Southwest Florida can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Contributions in any amount should be sent to: Northside Naples Kiwanis Foundation, Inc., 4749 Turnstone Court, Naples, 34119.

Questions can be directed to (239) 293-3947 or

Joe Zaks


The PAWS Assistance Dog Program

Works in partnership with the Humane Society Naples to train and place working service dogs to children and adolescents with developmental or physical disabilities. We also place fully trained service dogs to disabled American veterans returning from current conflicts. All of our highly trained, intuitive canines are placed at no cost to the clients we serve.

Our therapy dogs serve the community by visiting hospitals and senior centers to provide canine love and companionship. PAWS dogs also work with at-risk youth in programs for dog safety and alcohol or drug abuse.

Our wish list is:

Any pet supply store gift cards; Home Depot gift cards; office supply gift cards.

Clean towels; bleach; commercial mop and bucket; towels; large crate mats and dog beds, cash gifts; paper towels; cleaning supplies.

Donations can be dropped off at 2496 Kirkwood Avenue, Naples. We are a 501(c)3 corporation and all gifts are tax deductible. For more information, please call (239) 775-1660

— Jeannie Bates

Southwest Florida Professional Dog Trainers Alliance, In Partnership with Humane Society Naples


PAWS Assistance


Sunrise Community of Collier County

Is a not-for–profit, 501(c)(3) agency serving persons in Collier with developmental disabilities. This includes such challenges as intellectual, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, et al.

Sunrise provides supported living services, supported employment services and adult day training to help individuals become more independent in life.

Wish list:

Computers (at least XP systems) used or new; printers, PC compatible, used or new.

Art Supplies: paint, construction paper, packing tape; big rolls of paper; scissors; beads; beading string; poster board; femo clay.

Seasonal theme supplies: art wood

Board games: Sorry, Trouble, Twister, Operation, Mouse Trap, Number Dominos, Wheel of Fortune, Bingo.

Card Games: Decks of cards.

Wii games: Michael Jackson, Guitar Hero, Racing, Super Mario, Dora Explorer, Fit Madden, Wheel of Fortune, memory games

Toothpaste and brushes

Clear storage bins with drawer 13x13x8

Clear storage bins with lids 12x21x12

Ellie VanderMeuse

Day Program Coordinator

Direct T: (239) 643-5338 ext 225

Cell: (239) 682-5609

Fax: (239) 643-4937



Hope for Haiti

Here at Hope for Haiti, we help the poorest of the poor in Haiti. The following are supplies used at our infirmary and for sharing with partners we support like Missionaries of Charity orphanage and nutrition clinic. We would be most grateful for donations which will help us with our mission which is to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children, through education, nutrition and education.

Children’s print fabric (used in making hospital gowns).

Birds Eye Diaper fabric (used to make cloth diapers).

Receiving blankets (used for newborns)

Digital Thermometers

Digital Cameras (For use in documenting our Public Health Program.)

1 Gallon Zip-Lock plastic bags (used for packaging medical supplies to send to Haiti).

We are always in need of financial support. Right now we are purchasing prescription medications for Cholera treatment as well as rehydration salts and water purification tablets. A donation in any amount will help.

The Naples Community has been so very kind and generous to the people of Haiti. We thank you and your readers very much.

Donations can be made on line at or sent to 1021 5th Avenue North, Naples, Florida 34102. Please call 239 434-7183 for more information. Thank you again.

Elizabeth Davison

Executive Director


St. Matthew’s House Wish List - 2010

The mission of St. Matthew’s House is to change lives in a spiritual environment that is both compassionate and disciplined, as well as providing housing for the homeless and food for the needy.

More people are seeking our help this year than ever before. As we explore a possible expansion of our programs to serve more of the needy in south Lee County, we respectfully request the items below in order to better serve “the least of these” here in Collier. Please visit us online at for more ideas and information about St. Matthew’s House. Thank you for your continued support!

Operational support:

· $500.00 feeds the homeless of Collier County for 1 day (300 meals)

· $250.00 provides one week of rehabilitation for a homeless family

· $100.00 covers the cost of a family voucher at our Thrift Stores for clothing and furniture

· $50.00 provides two days of homeless recovery for an individual

· $25.00 provides food for a family of four for three days

Kitchen needs:

· Food storage shelving

· Dish towels

· Aprons

· Four commercial-grade cutting boards

· Designated catering truck

Immokalee Friendship House:

Bathroom fixtures

Benches for the Front Porch

Chest Freezers – 2 or 3

Color Copier/Printer/Fax

Curtains for Family Rooms

Electric Knife Sharpener

First Aid kits – 1 big one

Flat Panel TV’s – 2

Food Processor

High efficiency stackable laundry machines – 2 sets

Landscaping and irrigation system

Large Mixer

Lobby Chairs

Men’s and women’s socks and undergarments

New Blinds

New mattresses - 44

Paint interior

Playground (fenced in)

Re-Do Family Unit

Recovery Center:

· Flowers and mulch around center

· Refrigerator with ice maker

· Some nice throw rugs/runner for hall

· Nice large rug for center office

· 5 bikes for center clients

· Soap powder/detergent for center clients -large and wide book shelf for program books

St. Matthew’s House - Naples facility:

· Six baby monitors

· Maintenance golf cart for Wolfe Apartments

· Metal bunk beds – 170

· New computers – 5

· New laptops – 4

· Off-site storage units w/AC

· Sleeping bags

· Twin size bedbug-resistant mattress covers – 170 count

· Twin size sheets, blankets, pillows – 170 count

· Two 12-passenger vans for transporting residents to jobs, appointments, etc.

· Board room chairs

Wolfe Apartments:

· Coin-operated commercial washers/dryers – eight sets


Julie Clay

Communications and Event Officer

St. Matthew's House

2001 Airport Road South

Naples, FL 34112

"Touching Hearts -Transforming Lives"

Phone (239) 774-0500

Direct (239) 298-5026

Fax (239) 774-7146


The Golden Gate High School Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee is a committee formed of eight teachers and over forty students. We hold a civil rights poster contest, cultural trivia contests, a Walk for Women, cultural dance-offs and we host speakers and many other activities throughout the year to celebrate diversity and educate our students about the various issues of diversity on our campus, in our community and around the world. We also have been volunteering many hours with our "sister" school, Golden Terrace Elementary School. Perhaps the biggest impact we make each year is by awarding a college scholarship to one (or more, if funds are available) of our outstanding seniors.

The Kelvin Zhang Memorial Scholarship for Leadership in Diversity was created in 2008 in memory of Kelvin Zhang, who would have graduated from our school last year. Kelvin was a gentle-hearted, soft spoken young man who adored and respected people of all cultures. Before we received the horrible news of his passing, Kelvin was nominated by his classmates to become a member of our committee. The scholarship in his name recognizes a student with an understanding of diversity on a local and global scale, and who is committed to promoting diversity awareness within his/her community. Your donation is vital to the success of this scholarship!

This year, we are hosting our 2nd annual One Human Race 5K, which will happen right here at our school on April 20, 2011. We are hoping that this event will be our biggest fundraiser each year. The event is open to the community. If you are interested in donating $500, we will put your business’ name on the back of the race shirt.

Our goal for this year is $5,000. Please help us reach our goal! Even if you have just $50 to donate, every amount helps! All donations are qualified by the IRS as tax-deductible. You will receive a letter confirming your contribution for tax purposes. If you are unable to make a financial contribution at this time, we would also welcome gifts that we could use as prizes for our students when we have trivia, poster or poetry contests.

All contributions to the GGH Diversity Committee should be made payable to:

“Golden Gate High School”

and sent to: Pamela Pierre, GGH Diversity Committee Faculty Sponsor, 2125 Titan Way, Naples, 34116.

NOTE: If your contribution is solely for the Kelvin Zhang Memorial Scholarship, please include a note or memo designating your contribution for such scholarship. Likewise, if you wish to sponsor our 5K race, include a memo.

Please consider helping us out! The students in this club are extremely motivated and bright citizens and will appreciate your assistance 101%! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at: I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Pamela Pierre

Spanish teacher and Media Specialist, Golden Gate High School


Grace Place for Children and Families

Needs the following items to use in our programs teaching literacy, language and life skills to at-risk children and impoverished families in Golden Gate city:

Classroom Equipment and Resources:

High Quality Vacuums (new or used)

Ice Maker for Kitchen (new or used)

Computer Head Phones with Microphones for Educational Computer Lab

Heavy-duty Electric Pencil Sharpeners for classrooms

Toddler Puzzles (cardboard, 6-8 pieces)

Preschool Puzzles (cardboard, 24 pieces)

Soft Climber for infant room ($200)

Toddler Manipulative Toys and Foam Blocks

Multicultural Baby Dolls

Music Rhythm Set for classroom ($60)

Children’s Handbells Set for classroom ($46)

Double-sided Mobile White Boards for classrooms (3 at $404/each)

Dry-erase markers for Adult English Classes

English-Spanish Picture Dictionaries for Adult English Classes ($10 each)

English-Creole Picture Dictionaries for Adult English Classes ($10 each)

Individual Items for Children/Families:

Individual-packaged healthy snacks and juice boxes for after-school classes

Grocery gift cards so we can purchase fresh fruit and juice for the little ones

Plastic Arts and Crafts Bin for a Family filled with Construction Paper, Jumbo Washable Crayons, Washable Markers, Washable Watercolors, Children’s Scissors, and Glue Sticks (60 bins needed)

Small prizes, games, beany babies, etc. for student rewards and incentives

Sponsor a Child or Classroom:

Sponsor a child for after-school tutoring ($500/semester)

Sponsor a mother and child for Bright Beginnings classes ($500/semester)

Call for information about Naming/Gifting Opportunities in Capital Expansion


All kinds of volunteer opportunities: Please call for more information!

Rev. Stephanie Munz Campbell

4300 21st Avenue SW, Naples, 34116

(239) 455-2707


The Matty Fund for Epilepsy

Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization helping children and families dealing with epilepsy, formed after the loss of our son, Matthew, age 5, on Mother’s Day in 2003.

Matty’s parents founded The Matty Fund and reside in Naples, Florida, and Wakefield, Rhode Island.

We are in need of monetary donations or pharmacy gift cards of any denomination for children with medical needs. Gift cards from CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, or any similar retail stores.

Please mail donations or gift cards to:

The Matty Fund Headquarters, PO Box 5300, Wakefield, RI, 02880.

Please visit our website at or email if you need of any assistance for someone with epilepsy. We are committed to epilepsy research, awareness, education and Camp Matty, our therapeutic horseback riding summer camp.


Lucky Parrot Sanctuary

Is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit humane organization as defined by IRS statutes; an accredited member of the American Sanctuary Association (ASA). Volunteers staff the facility, 100 percent of donations (which are all tax deductible) are used for the daily benefit of the parrots.

The Lucky Parrot provides permanent sanctuary, a haven in a natural setting, for homeless, abused, unwanted parrots, as well as older parrots, some of whom live to 80 years and beyond. We do not breed, buy, sell, or broker parrots.

The parrots live and thrive out of doors on a four-acre site in Golden Gate Estates. We maintain outdoor flight aviaries so that the parrots can do what they were born to do: fly. Our aviaries are large, but no matter how large they are, they should be larger. No aviary is the equivalent of freedom.

The best we can now do is not overcrowd, as that would reduce the quality of life, and now the aviaries are almost full.

Hopefully with your help we can realize our goal to expand the facility and the aviaries. It would be really nice to move to a large tract of donated land, so we can grow and insure uninterrupted safety.

Please, dear reader, if you can, make a contribution to the feathered equivalents of chimpanzees and dolphins — parrots that can never have complete freedom. Provide for them to at least have an opportunity to live out their lives in a natural pleasant environment, and most of all have the opportunity to fly; after all, that’s what nature intended birds to do.

Your help can return to these marvelous creatures some of their lost dignity.

Lucky Parrot Sanctuary, P.O. Box 110334, Naples, 34108-0106


Animal Compassion Project, Inc.

Is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit, all volunteer run feral cat and companion animal rescue and resource. We actively conduct trap/neuter/return (TNR) projects in Naples and Immokalee to spay and neuter feral and free roaming cats in an effort to end animal overpopulation, and we have a sanctuary for special needs cats (FIV and Leukemia positive, maimed, sight impaired) and for feral cats who are unable to be returned to where they were living. To trap, transport, spay/neuter, vaccinate, deworm, and deflea one healthy cat costs, on average, $55.

A one time gift or a monthly pledge of financial assistance enables us to continue our work, and since we are an all volunteer organization, 100 percent of your donation goes directly to the animals in the form of spay/neuter, medical care, food, and for special needs cats, housing.

We are always grateful for in-kind donations of cat food, both dry and canned; paper towels; bleach; disinfectant wipes; and cat litter. (Please contact us for specific type.).

Our wish list also includes the services of a handyman, on occasion, to do minor repairs on cat housing; the services of a veterinary technician a few hours a month to assist with care; a volunteer fundraiser; and a volunteer publicity coordinator.

For more information about us or to donate, visit our website at; phone us at 239.825.4093, and a volunteer will contact you within one business day, or email us at

From all the animals at ACPI, thank you.


a 501C3 all volunteer run feral cat and companion animal rescue and referral promoting alternatives to euthanasia


Friends of the Library of Collier County

Is seeking donations for the following library wish list of needs:

$200,000 for books in fiscal years 2011 and 2012.

$20,000 to replace carpeting at the East Naples Branch.

$4,500 to hire a temporary cataloger 15 hours weekly, for four months.

$100,000 to begin the conversion from barcodes to RFID (necessary to add self-checkout service capability in libraries)

Scholarship funding for a dedicated library employee to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Library Science.

$5,000 (or more) for the planned Senior Resource Center at the Golden Gate Branch Library.

Cindy Dobyns

AboveWater Public Relations and Marketing, LLC

(239) 596-9149 office

(239) 596-8639 fax


Bikes For Tykes, Inc.

Is a Naples-located children’s charity that takes discarded and donated bicycles, etc. Their councilors then distribute the bikes, in the name of mother and father, or aunt and uncle; and if no relatives exist, then in the name of Santa Claus. We don’t use the name of Bikes For Tykes. Inc.

This is a year-round program that works on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 7 to 10 p.m.

Our wish list:

1. People to help work on the bikes (no experience needed; we supply training)

2. Money to help pay for the parts used to ’recycle’ the bikes. We have no paid employees; every penny received stays in the program.

For more information call me at (239) 450-3366 or at

The Public is always invited to come by any Wednesday or Thursday evening from 7 to 10 p.m. see what and how we do the restorations and repairs.

Thank You and Merry Christmas to all.

Skip Riffle


Bikes For Tykes, Inc.

5950 Cope Lane



Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc. (PASFI)

The mission of the Parkinson Association of Southwest Florida, Inc. (PASFI) is to promote quality of life for individuals with Parkinson disease and their care partners. The Association accomplishes this mission by providing programs (most at no cost), such as exercise classes, support groups, education programs, speech and swallowing therapy, art therapy, dance classes, social opportunities, respite day care, spiritual nurse and more.

Each year, however, the number of local residents needing the above services and programs increases, and the current economy makes it more of a challenge for us to provide them. Please help us promote quality of life for our residents who are dealing with the day-to-day challenges of Parkinson disease.


A new Apple IMAC 21.5” /3.20/2X2GBA/1TB/5670/SD computer, (to replace an ailing 7-year-old Apple computer) Cost $1,499.

Desk chair (approximate cost $130)

Grant in any amount for books to update/expand library

Photo frames (holds nine 4x6 photos)

Patio chairs for outdoor support group meetings (new or used)

For additional information, contact PASFI at 417-3465.

— Linda Stewart

2950 Tamiami Trail No., Suite 20


(239) 417-3465

(239) 417-3469 Fax


Cancer Alliance of Naples (CAN)

CAN wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season.

CAN hopes to again conduct a series of nutrition/cooking classes in January or February, designed to enhance the lives of cancer patients. CAN has just moved to a new location with plenty of room to conduct classes, but with a spacious but empty kitchen.

There is no stove, refrigerator or microwave in our suite of offices — all generously donated by Summit Medical Supplies. CAN needs these appliances but must spend all of its current funds paying rent, utilities, food and gas cards for our increasing number of Collier County cancer patients while they are in chemo or radiation treatment.

We will not be able to conduct these much needed classes without appliances.

Our new location is 990 First Avenue South, Suite #200, Naples, 34102.

Our new phone number is (239) 643-HOPE (4673).

Our new fax is (239) 643-4616.

Thank you, and happy holidays.

— Marianne St. Johns Larimer

Executive Director


Kowiachobee Animal Preserve (KAP)

Is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) hands-on educational and learning facility.

KAP is dedicated to increasing public awareness and educating people from all walks of life as to the steady decline of certain species of exotic and endangered animals. Not only do we house and care for exotics animals, we also have many small, domestic and farm animals as well.

We offer pre-arranged visits to our facility, as well as conduct off-site lectures. Education is one of our top priorities. Safe and happy critters is another.

In order for our residents’ habitats to be properly maintained, we are in need of the following items:

Monetary donations are always welcome

Volunteers to help with grooming horses

Gift Cards (Walmart, Publix, Sweetbay, Sam’s, Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.)

New laptop/office software for use at lectures and fundraising events

Chainlink (9 and 11½ gauge)

Green tennis court chainlink

Fence posts, top-rail and accessories

Pressure treated wood (2x4s, 2x6s, 4x4s, etc.)

Pressure treated plywood

Electrical equipment and supplies

Plumbing supplies (PVC, etc.)

Building materials

Paver bricks

Truckload of small rocks for walkways

Truckload of sand for big cat enclosures

Native Florida plants, trees and landscaping supplies; paper towels; bleach; contractor trash bags; dry cat food.

Thank you in advance for helping us, help them.

— Pam Rinehart


(239) 564-8646

email: or



The Harry Chapin Food Bank

Has been in existence since 1983 and continues to serve a five county service area within Southwest Florida comprised of Collier, Charlotte, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. The Food Bank is one of 200 Feeding America’s (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest) Member Food Banks serving communities throughout the country — organizations that recover, transport, recondition (when necessary), and distribute donated food and other grocery products from a central warehouse to a network of nonprofit agencies providing direct distribution to people in need of nutritious food. The Food Bank has been successful in distributing 9.6 million pounds of food valued at more than $15 million last fiscal year (2009-10) to our 170 partner agencies serving Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and Collier counties.

The Food Bank prides itself on being one of the best investments in our community as we are able to convert every $1 into $6 of food and we spend 95 cents of every dollar donated directly into the mission of providing food to those in need. In addition, the Food Bank has received the highest rating of four stars from Charity Navigator for exceeding industry standards and outperforming most charities in its cause and for successfully managing the finances of the organization in an efficient and effective manner.

Cash donations are always a priority on our holiday wish list but we are also in need of the following:

24 foot hybrid truck(s)/$134,404 per truck: To Increase Food-Help Us Go Green by helping us pay off our low interest loan on our new hybrid vehicles.

Scissor lift: For use in safely changing light bulbs in the warehouse and keeping the ceiling area clean.

Expand the sorting room: To more efficiently expand our donation program.

Shelving/racking: To utilize the entire warehouse, not just the floor space.

Forklift: To safely and resourcefully use our available manpower.

Floor scrubber: To maintain our high level of sanitary standards and cleanliness.

— Fred Richards

Director of Development or (239) 334-7007 ext. 27.


For the Love of Cats

The no-kill shelter on Marco Island, is in need of Friskies canned cat food in pate-style chicken varieties; paper towels; toys; crinkle tunnels; and washable cat beds.

Purrs of love and gratitude from the abandoned cats and kittens hoping for a new home.

Please bring donations to Petsmart on Pine Ridge Road on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and ask for Jim Rich.

— Jan Rich


The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled

Is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization striving to enhance the quality of life of persons with developmental disabilities. The foundation serves as an advocate for persons with disabilities, organizes social and recreational activities, provides support to families, and seeks training, employment and housing options.

The foundation does not receive any government funding and relies on the support of private donations to support our mission.

Please consider making a year-end donation to the foundation or plan to support our fundraising gala, A Very Special Evening for Very Special People, on Feb. 18, 2011, through attendance at the event or by donating a product or service for our live and silent auctions.

We also are in need of volunteers who can help us at our biweekly bowling league, monthly social activities (which we offer free to members) or at various community awareness and fundraising activities.

For more information, contact David or Nancy at (239) 594-9007 or, or visit our website at

Thank you for your support.


The Collier County Chapter of the American Red Cross

Every day, The Red Cross serves our community in ways that no other organization does: It provides food, clothing and shelter to families who are victims of disasters like house fires, floods, hurricanes or other calamities, and it provides humanitarian assistance communications services to members of the Armed Forces and their families.

The absence of big disasters like Hurricane Wilma has not decreased the need for day-to-day assistance in our community. The Collier County Chapter American Red Cross does not receive monetary support from any government entity or the American Red Cross National Headquarters. Instead, we rely solely on private donations and smart fiscal management.

The current economic environment has left us very much in need this year for the following support:

$12,000 of House Fire Relief Funds. Collier County is averaging one home fire each week that requires monetary assistance averaging $2,000 per event.

$18,000 for Disaster Preparedness supplies and funds: blankets, tarps, bottled water, shelf-stable foods and the means to deliver it.

$12,000 of urgent facilities repairs to Collier Chapter House: roof leak; mechanical (heating and A/C) repair and fire alarm system maintenance.

$8,000 for volunteer training and supplies: printing and purchase of instruction materials, instruction costs (volunteers are our primary means of providing help.)

— Jim von Rinteln

CEO, Collier County Red Cross

2610 Northbrooke Plaza Drive

Naples 34119

239) 596-6868



St. Vincent De Paul Society, Naples District Council

Is a Catholic lay organization located on Davis Boulevard helps needy and working poor families and individuals with food, clothing, household items, furniture, rent and utilities, and serves everyone, regardless of creed, opinion, color, or origin.

Our wish list for Christmas includes:

Non-perishable foods; staples such as peanut butter, rice, beans, canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, soups, etc.

Frozen turkeys and hams for distribution to families during the holiday

Gift cards for grocery stores

Diapers in all sizes

Sleeping bags for adults

Sweatshirts for children sizes small, medium, large

Games for children ages 10-13 such as Scrabble, Uno, Sorry, Life, Monopoly, etc.

Toys for children 4 to 9 years old; such as dolls, cars, trucks, footballs, soccer balls, basketballs

Books for children ages 0-3

Toiletry sets for adults and teenagers that include shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving cream, skin lotions, and body powder

Cash or check donations

Car Donation to thrift store (775-2907)

Donations may be dropped off at the Ozanam Center, 2874 Davis Boulevard between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The society phone number is (239) 775-1667

— Jay Bottger

Associate Executive Director

St. Vincent De Paul Society Naples District Council


Casa Jacinta y Francisco

Is not-for-profit Naples-based charity that assists street children and children of severe need to better prepare for a productive life. The organization consists of schools and orphanages in Nicaragua, Central America. We are supported locally by St. William Catholic Church.

Like all other charities, donations are down considerably and we are struggling to give these children, the poorest of poor, a decent Christmas, mainly with just the necessities of life, i.e., clothes, school supplies and tools.

Casa Jacinta y Francisco is operated in Naples by Jerry and Diana Thirion, 5021 Maxwell Circle, #201, Naples, 34105

(239) 777-1922

Thank you for considering our charity. It is very sad when we visit the orphanages and schools at Christmas time and we look into the eyes of the children and can’t give them much. Not only don’t they receive gifts like other children but many of them don’t even have parents or families. I often remind myself that as bad as it may be here with our economic situation, life in Nicaragua is far worse. Any thoughtful donation will be much appreciated and will go a long way to put a smile on the face of a child at Christmas.

— Pam Whitfield

Executive Assistant

Bay Colony Golf Club

(239) 592-9515


The Humane Society Naples

The Humane Society Naples is in need of the following:

Plain cat litter, cleaning supplies such as bleach, liquid laundry soap, paper towels, wet dog and cat food (but no dry food, please), cloth towels, copy paper and ball point pens, disposable latex gloves, liquid hand soap, pet toys, dog treats and one nice pet grooming electric clipper set (Oster or better).

Contact Andy Reed, Director of Development at or (239) 643-1880 ext 21


The Shelter for Abused Women and Children

Is taking steps to create a safer, more secure future for our families. As these children, women, and men embark on this life-transforming process we encourage them to focus on personal empowerment and healing while we work to meet their other needs. During this Holiday Season we are seeking community support to help make our participants’ wishes come true.

Last holiday season, through overwhelming community support, The Shelter provided gifts to 925 children and adults, as well as their pets. This year, we hope that your spirit of giving will enable us to work together to fulfill more holiday wishes and to further secure our hopeful mission to prevent abuse, to protect victims, and to prevail over violence in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

We are often low on gifts for teenagers and mothers and below is a “Wish-List” detailing some ways that you can help The Shelter fulfill wishes this season. Teens and Moms

Walkman/CD Player


Gift Certificates


Jewelry/Jewelry box/watches


Hair Accessories

Shoes (certificates)/Slippers


Blow Dryer/Flat-Iron

Bubble Bath


Sports Equipment

Remote Control Cars

Board Games

Lotion sets

Electric razors


Movie Passes

Jewelry making kits



Books/Audio Books


Towels & Bath Items


Hair Brushes

Picture Frames


Any house ware item, new, unwrapped, and non-violent gifts can be dropped off at The Shelter’s Options Thrift Shoppe located at 968 Second Ave. North. Store hours are 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday; (239) 434-7115

For more information about granting a holiday wish, hosting an Angel Tree, or participating in our ’Adopt-A-Family’ holiday program, please contact

Rebecca Grabau at (239) 775-3862 ext. 235, or email:

—Rebecca Grabau

Volunteer Resource Coordinator


Redlands Christian Migrant Association

If you are planning a charitable-giving campaign during the holidays, please consider RCMA as a beneficiary.

Among Florida nonprofits, RCMA is often considered a hidden treasure — hidden because we operate solely in rural areas. You may be surprised to know that, in Collier and Lee counties alone, RCMA cares for 1,000 children in nine child care centers. We’re tucked away near the farms. (See

A treasure, because we provide priceless child care to some of Florida’s poorest families — farm laborers.

For 45 years, we have been welcoming their toddlers in their most formative years of intellectual development. At RCMA child care centers, they receive quality pre-school education and two nutritious meals daily. Most emerge at age 5 bilingual and ready for kindergarten. Ready in the longer sense to earn educations and careers. Ready to learn their way out of the generational poverty plaguing their families.

You’re welcome to visit any of our centers for a holiday feature. Contact me or our Community Relations Office at (239) 658-3560. Our children’s parents have signed media releases as a condition of enrollment.

What do they need? The basics. Many cannot afford food or Christmas toys for their children. They could use grocery gift cards, new children’s books and toys and children’s clothes (ages 6 months to 6 years).

— Bill Coats

Director of Communications and Marketing

Cell (813) 376-8149


Collier Spay Neuter Clinic

CSNC, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide a non-lethal alternative to the unnecessary euthanasia of homeless pets by providing targeted, low-cost and free pet sterilization services.

Our service fees cover only a portion of our operating costs and your support is greatly needed to help us win the fight against pet overpopulation. Your donations and gifts allow us to continue to keep our prices affordable and our services available.

Please take a look at our wish list below. These items we use most frequently and they are always in great demand. Donations of any of these supplies are greatly appreciated and help to keep our clinic running.

Weekly/Monthly Needs

Distilled water

Dish soap

HE laundry soap

HE fabric softener

Scrub brushes

Paper towels



House training pee pads

Pink and Blue 3x5 index cards

Toner for office printer: Brother TN-330

Masking Tape

Gift Cards (Target, Walmart, Staples, Sam’s Club or any office supply or grocery store)

Garbage bags — all sizes

8½x11 White Copier Paper

Q-Tips/Cotton Swabs

Used towels and blankets

Zip-lock baggies — all sizes


Super Duper Item needs

Promotional Vertical Banner for Offsite Events (please contact CSNC for information)

Wish list items may be dropped off anytime during clinic business hours at: 2544 Northbrooke Plaza Drive, Naples, 34119

Professional services donations are needed for

printing or copying services and graphic design/marketing services, please contact us for more details.

Know someone who needs help affording spay/neuter for their pet? Gift certificates for our services are available for purchase at CSNC.

Any cash contributions allow us to provide free surgeries for pets of families in dire financial need.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact us today at: (239)514-7647 or email:

Thank you for supporting our fight to end pet overpopulation and Happy Holidays from CSNC!

— Pallas Diaz

Executive Director

Collier Spay Neuter Clinic

(239) 248-2635


Bedtime Bundles

Here is how we need your help.

Since 2006, Bedtime Bundles has provided migrant children with the bare essentials of food, clothing, blankets, hygiene products, first aid supplies as well as gently used shoes, books and, quite possibly, their only toy, all gathered together and packaged in a pillowcase. Each “bundled” pillowcase, stuffed with daily necessities, costs approximately $30 to prepare.

The children we serve often come to our area with literally nothing but the clothes on their back. The children of migrant farmworkers criss-cross the country in search of agricultural employment. In most cases, they must leave behind what little possessions, keeping them in a constant state of need. Often, they sleep on bare floors, have no hot water, heat or air conditioning.

Bedtime Bundles provides the basic necessities to these innocent victims of circumstance. We receive the majority of our funding through individual contributions or from gifts-in-kind. We are an all volunteer organization allowing approximately 98 cents of every dollar donated to go directly to the children. All monies received stay in Collier County!

Dire economic times have prompted even more requests for bundles. Our goal is that every age appropriate (3 through 12) migrant child receive a bundle and we need your help to achieve our goal. Would you kindly consider a donation of $30 for one Bedtime Bundle, or, even $60 for two children?

We have our first corporate sponsor and we are in need of more for sustainability.We would be grateful for any amount you can send.

We also need someone to donate their time for marketing/public relations; this is high on our priority list.

We are grateful for the opportunity to expose the dire needs that our migrant community faces on a daily basis and allowing us this platform to present our role in addressing the plight of these innocent victims of circumstance.

Thanks a Bundle!

— Karen C. Saeks


Bedtime Bundles, Inc.

Sunset Plaza

951 North Collier Boulevard

Marco Island, 34145

(239) 393.3415 Tel/Fax

(239) 398.3081 Cell


Avow Hospice

Plants for a garden at our hospice house

Funds to purchase laptops and air cards for our clinical staff, to chart at their patients’ bedsides

Electronic hole punch

Paper towel rolls, cleaning supplies

Office supplies: paper clips, staples, file folders, copy paper, etc.

Breakfast for staff at a quarterly meeting (about $125)

Any and all financial contributions

Thank you so much!

For information contact:

Kit Chamberlain

Director of Public Relations and Grants

(239) 261-4404 Main

(239) 430-3473 Direct

(239) 261-8683 Fax


Naples Christian Academy,

Is the oldest independent school in Collier County and is the only private school to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School. Guiding hearts, inspiring minds, and shaping lives summarizes the focus of the Academy in its efforts to educate children from preschool through middle school.

The Academy’s mission is to partner with Christian parents to develop students with hearts impassioned to love God, minds disciplined to think biblicaly and hands prepared to serve.

Funds needed for major items this school year:

Financial contributions to support the Academy’s need-based tuition assistance program are greatly needed this Christmas season in order to enable the Academy to continue its partnership with families who cannot afford the full cost of tuition.

The Academy is seeking gifts and funding for a playground structure for elementary students and improvements to the overall playground area for the benefit of elementary and preschool children.

Other needs and items on our wish list for this Christmas season include:

Gift certificates for restaurants and local businesses to be used at an upcoming silent auction fundraiser in March

Picnic tables and benches for outside areas

Two projectors for mobile use

VHS to DVD converter

Ten iPads for middle school student research and Web access

Funding and/or planting/hardscape materials for landscaping improvements to the courtyard

Landscape lighting — materials and installation

Lightweight 6-foot rectangular and round folding tables

Contributions and gifts can be made directly to Naples Christian Academy, 3161 Santa Barbara Boulevard, Naples, 34116, or by contacting Head of School Scott Jones at (239) 455.1080 or

Financial gifts can be made online at Naples Christian Academy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable corporation.

— Scott Jones

Head of School

Naples Christian Academy


Movers and Shakers Parkinson’s Support Organization

We are a national 501c(3) nonprofit charity based in Naples, providing support to people and families living with Parkinson’s disease. Through our programs we provide education, networking, event planning and a full array of advocacy to those living and dealing with the many physical and emotional symptoms of Parkinson’s. Our outreach program touches people and their caregivers in over 30 states in addition to Southwest Florida.

Our organization has several needs for 2010-11 which include:

Two laptop computers for our field representatives.

Volunteers for event planning and fundraising.

Advocates to correspond with both congressional and state legislators.

Volunteers for our newsletter.

Office space for eight to 10 people.

Funding for programs.

To donate or for more information contact Michael at (239) 963-7759 or e-mail

Movers & Shakers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit listed on No. 47-0916529.


Collier County Police Activities League

Every kid needs a PAL!

Collier County Police Activities League (PAL) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established to provide youth programs in Collier County. We are comprised of volunteer law enforcement officers and community members who want to lend their talents, knowledge and support to the youth of Collier.

PAL is a proactive juvenile crime prevention program. Funding is provided through fundraisers, grants and community donations.

Our goals are to:

Provide positive role models for our youth;

Teach the importance of teamwork and discipline;

Provide positive alternative activities that help keep our youth drug and trouble free;

Enhance self-esteem and positive moral values through wholesome competition.

Your donations will be used to fund our sports and mentoring programs as well as allow us to purchase sports equipment, uniforms, arts and craft supplies and school supplies.

Invest in the youth of Collier County and see the return.

For more information call (239) 252-0708 or e-mail

Donations can be mailed to :

Collier County PAL

Collier County Sheriff’s Office -Bldg. J-1

3301 East Tamiami Trail

Naples, 34112-4902


Children’s Home Society, Southwest Florida Division

Holiday gift drive: Children’s Home Society needs toys and educational materials to benefit children in their Early Learning Centers in Naples.

Unwrapped educational items such as puzzles, books and educational games are needed for children from ages 2 to 10. Dress-up clothes for creative play and dolls of all ethnicities are also needed.

CD players for the classrooms would also be appreciated.

Drop-off locations are:

Office of Jill G. Lowe, Esq., 4933 North Tamiami Trail, Suite 201, Naples (239) 331-7549; and Title Connection, LLC, 1415 Panther Lane, Suite 160, Naples, (239) 239.593.0016.

Children’s Home Society serves more than 7,000 children and families in Southwest Florida each year through a full spectrum of prevention and intervention programs.

— Marie Mosley, APR

Public Relations Coordinator

PKE Marketing and PR Solutions

6150 Diamond Centre Ct., Suite 1001

Fort Myers, 33912

(239) 225-2764 (o)

(239) 910-2715

The Education Foundation of Collier County

Imagine being the first in your family to accomplish the goal of a college scholarship upon graduation. You work hard all through high school and make this dream a reality, but then realize that even with tuition covered, there are a multitude of other expenses.

The Take Stock in Children program of The Education Foundation of Collier County is a scholarship and mentoring program that provides deserving students an opportunity to fulfill their potential and attend college. Setting up a dorm room is an expensive process which can drain these financially strapped students.

During this holiday season, a donation of twin extra-long bed sheet sets, desk supplies, a laptop computer or gift cards for needed supplies would help to alleviate one more stress that these students deal with as they prepare for college.

As the year progresses, school supplies in our high-needs schools dwindle. A gift of school supplies would also be appreciated.

The Education Foundation of Collier County is an independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that engages our community and schools in pursuit of a quality education for every child. Everyone has a role to play in educating our community’s children.

Send or drop off your donations to 3606 Enterprise Ave., Suite 150 Naples, 34104 or call (239) 643-4755. Visit for additional information.

— Susan McManus


Youth Haven

Youth Haven is Collier County’s only emergency shelter for abused, abandoned and neglected children, as well as the sole provider of an array of home and community-based parenting education, family support, crisis intervention and child abuse and homelessness prevention programs. On-site behavioral counseling is also provided to all children in residence as well as children and families in the community in need of mental health support.

Youth Haven provides services to more than 1,600 children and family members each year. To learn more, or for a more comprehensive holiday wish list, please visit

Wish List for Children in the emergency shelter:

Toys for children and teens through age 14 — new and unwrapped please

Board and card games

Puzzles —Legos — Building Sets

Remote control cars/trucks

Nerf toys

Backpacks and school supplies and books

Bikes/skateboards/scooters and helmets

Age-appropriate DVDs

Outdoor games/sports equipment

Arts and crafts kits/supplies

Nintendo Wii and Xbox games (E rated only)

Hand-held electronic games

Children teen toiletry items

Beads and jewelry making kits

Hair accessories

MP3 players

Movie and bowling passes


Family Support Programs

"Adopt a Family for the Holidays"

This special initiative enables members of the community to personally support one or more of our truly needy families.

Non-perishable food items for families to enjoy a holiday meal with their children

Gift cards: Target, Walmart, Publix, Sweetbay, Sports Authority, Toys R Us, Coastland Center

For more information, contact me at or (239) 687-5153

— Jamie Gregor

Director of Marketing and Communications

Youth Haven, Inc.

5867 Whitaker Road

Naples, Florida 34112

Tel: (239) 774-2904 ext. 2003

Fax: (239) 774-0801

Cell: (239) 734-4686



Voices for Kids

Voices for Kids 2010 Wish List for your consideration. More information about our mission and programs can be accessed through You are also welcome to contact me at if you would like further explanation about items or services on the Wish List.

Volunteers for the Guardian ad Litem Program

Gift Cards for Emergency Clothing and Items

Gift Cards for Birthday Parties

Committee Volunteers for Fundraising Events

Volunteer Office Helpers

Volunteer for Online Social-Networking

Twin Mattress, Bed Frames

New Pillows and Bedding

A Printing Partner for Brochures and Color Copies

Pro-Bono Attorneys

Thank you.

— Connie Sudbrook

Volunteer Services Coordinator

Voices for Kids of SWFL/Guardian ad Litem Program

3315 E. Tamiami Trail, Ste. 601, Naples, Florida 34112

(239) 860-0297 or (239) 252-8432

Fax: (239) 252-2743


Project Help, Inc.

Project Help, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of professional counselors and advocates committed to providing hope, empowerment and healing to all victims of all crimes, survivors of sexual assault, homicide and sudden death. We are the only state certified Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Collier County.

Project Help serves our community by providing a 24-hour crisis and referral hotline — (239) 262-7227. We provide individual and group counseling and advocacy services that reach from the beaches of Naples, out to Immokalee, the Everglades, Marco Island and all areas in between. Project Help gladly offers these services at no charge. We work diligently to help a victim become a survivor.

Financial contributions in any amount are greatly needed. With the struggling economy, contributions from individuals and corporations have been much lower over the past year. Support is necessary to continue our free and confidential services to the community.

Financial contributions are needed to provide:

Full-time bilingual counselor.

Funding for more advocate/counselors to keep up with services.

Gas cards so victims can get to the office for services.

Collier Area Transit (CAT) bus tokens.


Current technology needs are:

Video camera.

Computer software updates.

Office copier.

Server for computers.

Back-up system for computers.


Back-up batteries for individual computers.

Sponsors for fundraisers

Annual Chocolate Extravaganza — Feb. 12, 2011

Annual S.U.N. (Survivors United in Naples) Walk — Nov. 12, 2011

Quarterly Newsletter — Healing Endeavors


Assist in public relations and marketing.

Serve on our board of directors.

Join or chair a committee

Office help

Hotline volunteers

Responder volunteers

Advocate volunteers

Project Help wishes to thank the community for their support for the last 25 years! We look forward to continued support as we go forward into a new year.

Please call Michelle English, executive director at (239) 649-1404 or e-mail to discuss how you can donate, volunteer and help.


The Joy of Giving

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” — Forest Witcraft

For the 22nd year, The Joy of Giving will bring smiles to over 1,100 Collier County children from over 350 families from North Naples, Golden Gate, East Naples and Marco Island. This year, these families will gather at Wal-Mart off Collier Boulevard, just south of Tamiami Trail East, starting at 5 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11. The doors to Walmart will open at 6 a.m.

Last year, thanks to generous donors, we raised $74,000 for a morning of holiday shopping, hope and cheer. With the economy still challenging, our goal is to once again raise over $73,000 and we need your help.

The Joy of Giving Founder, Nicki Davis, works diligently for months in advance to get the financial support needed to make this day possible. My job is to oversee a detailed process with the help of Collier County school guidance counselors. Together we find and help the neediest children and their siblings.

That’s another thing that makes The Joy of Giving so special. We also help the child’s siblings up to age 17 so they have Christmas too.

All this planning leads to that special morning, where we see plenty of smiles as Santa stops and visits with the families. As a parent, I know the feeling of joy when there are presents under the tree.

Initially, The Joy of Giving was a Marco Island-based endeavor, but it quickly expanded to include children throughout Collier County. This year, we will have children who attend the following elementary schools:

Everglades, Tommie Barfield, Manatee, Shadowlawn, Avalon, Big Cypress, Naples Park, Laurel Oak, Estates, Parkside, Mike Davis, Golden Gate, Sabal Palm, Pelican Marsh, Vineyards, Golden Terrace, Poinciana and Parkside. We will also have children from Charter Middle School, the Upon A Star Foundation, and Social Services referrals.

All of this is made possible through the enthusiasm and generosity of our sponsors, including Island Country Club, Autocraft, Marriott, Wal-Mart at 6650 Collier Blvd., and Sports CLUB. Next year, The Joy of Giving will continue this tradition for Collier County children and their families.

If you’d like to help, please visit us online at Every penny donated goes directly to providing gifts for children!

— Misty Mixon


Misty Mixon is a long-time Collier County resident and the administrator for Sports CLUB, a non-profit after-school child care organization with programs on site at many Collier County schools. For the fourth year, she has volunteered her time to help The Joy of Giving. Most of all, she is a mom herself.


Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida

n Window treatments: Blinds/Shutters for two windows, 46-inch by 48-inch

n Paint: 10 gallons interior satin finish

n Counter top: for reception area desk, service kitchen/storage area

n Kitchen cabinets: for reception area desk, service kitchen/storage area

n Vanity/top/sink: Powder room (48 inches)

n Mirror for powder room

n Bathroom vanity light fixture for powder room

n Closet doors: Bifold one ( 36 inches ) reception area; one (60 inch) for office

n Reception chairs: two for front office area

n Guest chairs: four (two for each director’s office)

n Meeting room chairs: 12 to 14 for multi- purpose room.

n Occasional table: one for reception area between two chairs.

n Table lamp: one for reception area

n Desk lamp: three for each office desk

n Desk chair: two (one for each director’s office)

n Artificial floor plants: four (one for each area)

n Office credenza or wall system: one for executive director’s office

n Area rug for multi-purpose room

n Copy paper: white and colors

n Display rack for business cards and pamphlets

n Pull totes for events and health fairs

n Display board for events and health fairs

Thank you so much in advance

— Petra Jones, MPA

Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida

2335 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 404

Naples, Fl 34103

Phone: (239) 261-5405

Fax: (239) 261-2931


Brothers of Cypress Masonic Lodge

The Brothers of Cypress Masonic Lodge, No. 295 Naples will again be collecting gifts and donations to send to one of our Marine Corps units in Afghanistan for the upcoming holiday season.

Regardless of our individual political, social or other differences, we are all Americans and should collectively unite to show our care and support for our men and women in harm’s way serving our country.

If you wish to participate, please drop off your gift or donation on Dec. 9 or Dec. 10 between noon and 5 p.m. at our lodge located at 5850 North Tamiami Trail (just north of the intersection with Pine Ridge Road).

For suggested ideas for gifts, you can access our public website at

If you have any questions please contact Thank you.

— Joe Vumbacco



Sunlight Home

Editor, Daily News:

Help keep Sunlight Home open.

Over the summer, several letters were published about Sunlight Home, the only residential maternity home in Collier County, serving women of all ages, race, color or creed. We were so grateful for the donations we received.

Since then five babies were born, two were adopted by loving parents and three moms made plans for their education, job training and moved with their newborns to transitional housing. We are out of money but not out of hope.

On Dec. 9 Sunlight Home is having a benefit dinner at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Alveda King, Pastoral Director of Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries. Dr. King is the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King and is a champion for the unborn.

When she was made aware of Sunlight Home, she agreed to come to Naples to help.

Please attend our dinner and help Sunlight Home. The tickets are $75 each, sponsorships are available and all is 100 percent tax deductible. Call Nancy Jordan at (239) 596-5733 for a reservation. If you are unable to attend, please make a donation, either on our website at or mail your check payable to Sunlight Home of Collier County, PO Box 9194, Naples, 34101.

Give a gift of life this year and a “ray of hope” for the future of the moms and their babies.

Sunlight Home Wish List

~Monetary donations toward maintaining the home

• Gas Cards for our transportation vehicle

• Publix, Target or Walmart gift cards for residents' needs

• Movie tickets or video rental certificates

. Clock radios

• Laundry baskets

• Photo Albums and scrap booking material

Paper Products

• Toilet Paper

• Paper towels

• Sandwich Ziplock bags

• Gallon Ziplock bags

• Facial Tissues

• Kitchen size garbage bags

• 30 Gallon garbage bags

• Band-aids

• Maternity clothes

• Bikini style underwear in different sizes

• Bras and nursing bras

• Body wash

• Bath sponges

• Deodorant

• Toothpaste

• Toothbrushes

• Brushes and Combs

• Hair Accessories

o Shampoo and Conditioner

• Deodorant

• Overnight sanitary pads

• Breast pads

• Breast cream

• Acne skin care products

Needs for Babies

Cleaning Supplies

• Liquid Hand Soap

• Glass Plus window cleaner

• Pledge furniture polish

• Lysol disinfectant spray

• Dishwasher detergent

• Dish Soap

• Scrubbing Bubbles

• Toilet bowl cleaner

• Liquid laundry detergent

• Dryer sheets

• Swiffer Dusters

• Newborn baby clothes

• Newborn diapers

• Newborn car seats and strollers

• Platex Nurser bottles 40z and 80z drop in bottle liners

• Electric breast pump

• Baby Wipes

• Hooded towels and washcloths

• Lap pads for changing diapers

• Receiving blankets

• Crib blankets

• Crib sheets

• Diaper Rash Cream

• A&D ointment

— Carolyn V. Bott


Board of Directors

Sunlight Home


Family to Family

Editor, Daily News:

What do Foster Care and those living at The Shelter for Abused Women & Children have in common? They’ve all been through a crisis, will not be home for the holidays and depend on the kindness of strangers for their daily needs and safety.

Since 2001 Family to Family has provided Holiday Gift Baskets for local Foster Care families as a community effort. They are passed from family to family, each adding what they can, then passed along. Some adopt baskets or take them to work.

Celebrating our l0th year of gift-giving, we’re taking on an additional load: those living in the women’s shelter during the holidays — not a fun place to be.

In March 2009 we opened our Kids’ Crisis Closet in a donated location and blessed with people’s “extra stuff” to give to those in crisis situations. For Foster Care parents with suddenly expanding families and those moving out of the Women’s Shelter (often with just kids and suitcases), our donors’ “extras” have helped rebuild a sense of home and family with items of immediate need.

You can help us add joy where it is deserved this holiday season. Pass a basket, adopt a family or make a donation.

For further information call Family to Family at 352-KIDS or call me, (239) 272-0743.

Family to Family is all volunteer and all gifts go directly to those in need. We are located at 3573 Enterprise Ave., No.67, Naples, 34104

— Fran Bratcher


Founder, Family to Family


Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida

Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3, all volunteer organization that rescues and rehabilitates Labrador retrievers throughout Florida.

We are not a shelter as every Lab is placed in a foster home to provide love and support. Each Lab in our care is medically evaluated, spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped and registered. On average, the cost incurred equals $470 per Lab.

Donations: It’s your financial consideration that keeps rescue alive. Since our organization is staffed entirely by volunteers, every penny of your contribution will pay for veterinary care, medicine or other direct expenses required in our work to rescue and find loving homes for hundreds of Labs per year. One-time or recurring donations of any amount help us save more Labs.

Information on how to donate can be found at

Volunteer: Foster a Lab by providing a foster home; participate in Meet and Greets to introduce those available for adoption; transport assistance to help our adopted Labs reach their families; conduct home visits to interview prospective families.

Adoption counselors help families find the right Lab for them

Gifts in kind: Crates 24-inch by 30-inch or 36-inch by 40-inch; dog beds; Advantage, Frontline or Heartgaard; leashes, 6 feet woven; collars; kongs; fleece stuffed toys; raw hide chews.

For more information, or if you have items to donate, write A local district volunteer will contact you.

On behalf of those abandoned and rescued from shelters, or worse, thank you!

— Janet Gordon


Volunteer, District 14


United Arts Council

The United Arts Council would like to ask for your help with our wish list for the holidays.

While the council has been able to maintain most of our community programs, grant reductions and loss of state funding continue to impact our budget. The work of our nonprofit agency is focused in two areas: arts education for at-risk young people; and promoting and supporting the entire local arts community. Here is what we’re wishing for this year:

Cash donations to pay for instructors and supplies for arts education programs.

New or used copy machine (ours died!).

New computer software (Windows 7-XP)

Art supplies for our Recycle Center (provides free supplies to art teachers).

New carpet and blinds/drapes for our office.

Services of a carpenter to build shelving in the Recycle Center.

Gift certificates for auctions at fundraising events.

For information, call (239) 263-8242 or e-mail:

— Elaine Hamilton



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