What's New At Collier Harvest:
Collier Harvest conducted holiday food drives in conjunction with the Villages at Monterey, Sea Stars, the Orchid Society, Follicle Hair Salon, Stonebridge Country Club, Palm Cove, Morgan Stanley and The Moorings Country Club. The foods donated were shared with the Guadalupe Center, the Shelter for Abused Women, the Church of Immokalee, the Salvation Army and the Bonita Assistance Office.
Collier Harvest gave the autism program at Golden Gate Middle School $600 worth of snacks for their Nickels for Nutrition program. The teachers use the nutritious snacks for teaching and rewarding their autistic students. These snacks greatly enhance the autistic students' progress, but enough snacks are not provided by the school district.
Second Helping: Our wonderful volunteers continue to pick up overages from local grocery stores, specialty stores and restaurants daily to deliver to our partner agencies. These agencies and the hungry they serve depend on our volunteers to keep their programs operating!
Give Where You Live 30
Collier Harvest was recently chosen to participate in Give Where You Live 30, conducted by the Community Foundation of Collier County and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. This Collier County-wide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy selected 30 nonprofit agencies that focus on human services and education in our community to help support through online giving. The event takes place from noon on March 3rd through noon on March 4th. During that time, donations are made to Collier Harvest and the other 29 organizations through their website:
Any donations contributed to Collier Harvest during this donation drive will be tabulated as a percentage of all the donations to Give Where You Live 30. Then, a similar percentage of matching funds (up to $300,000) will be available to us! If you are considering donating to Collier Harvest Foundation in the near future, please consider visiting THIS SITE and donating on March 3rd or 4th. The value of your donation will increase!!
Important: Please remember to choose the Collier Harvest profile before you donate money through the GIVEWHEREYOULIVE30 website!
The Colony Project
Another huge thank you to Jill Kushner and the The Colony Project! Members at The Colony Golf and Bay Club came together for a second year to raise $34,500 for Collier Harvest under the guidance of Jill Kushner! These donations will go directly toward helping feed the hungry in Bonita Springs! Some of the students in the AVID Program at Bonita Springs Middle School under the guidance of teacher Christie Richardson, presented their experiences when they delivered non-perishable food provided by Collier Harvest to their hungry neighbors. The students' stories were heart-breaking and inspirational! Thanks to Jill Kushner and the Colony Project for the very generous donations! We can do amazing things together!
100 Plus Women Who Care of Southwest Florida
Collier Harvest is so grateful to have been chosen by 100 Plus Women Who Care of Southwest Florida (www.100womensouthwestflorida.com) as their first beneficiary of 2015! The mission of 100 Plus Women is to have a significant impact on their local community by raising funds in an efficient, stress-free manner with no overhead, and no administrative costs. And did they ever! They raised $13,800 for Collier Harvest, a portion of which will be matched by the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation! Again thank you for sharing with Collier Harvest and your hungry neighbors!
Great Dock Canoe Races
On May 9th, Collier Harvest will be the charity of choice at the Great Dock Canoe Races!!!! This is a wonderful opportunity for us. Not only will $5,000 be donated to us, but our mission will be spread during the races, and our logo will be on all their shirts and posters as well as their website. What a great opportunity for us to reach out to our community and create more awareness of the need here!
We would like to thank our donors for their generous contributions this year to Collier Harvest. Our donors include:
Andrew S. Aileen Foundation $25,000
Fine Mark Bank $5,000
The Colony Project $34,500
100+ Women Who Care of Southwest Florida
The Great Dock Canoe Races
Their contributions are allowing us to meet the specialized needs of our agencies and develop new programs to help our community even further. Collier Harvest is very blessed. Our ability to help more people continues to grow. None of this could happen without our volunteers. Collier Harvest Foundation is built on YOU!
Our Mission at Collier Harvest Foundation is simple. We are dedicated to providing healthy and nutritious food to our hungry neighbors across Collier County. We have committed to being a reliable and trustworthy source of food provisions for over 40 partner agencies supporting thousands of families in our community.
Since our inception in 1992 Collier Harvest has delivered millions of pounds of food to over 60 local social service agencies that serve the needy citizens of Collier County, Florida. By recovering this unused food and using it to feed the needy, our volunteers have enabled local charities to substantially expand their services by enabling them to allocate a larger portion of their budgets to non-food services.
In addition to food donations, Collier Harvest now accepts monetary donations. Although we keep our administrative costs low and our volunteers use their own personal vehicles and fuel to deliver the donated food, we still require some monetary support to fulfill our mission. Please contact us if you are interesting in making a donation.
Please come join us in our ongoing effort to wipe out hunger in our community. It only takes an hour or two of your time per week, and the rewards are immeasurable.
Our volunteers use this sheet to keep track of their deliveries, including the weight of goods delivered.
Our semi-annual newsletter keeps memebers and non-members aware of our efforts to feed the hungry in Collier County and Southwest Florida.
Our volunteers use our calendar to keep track of pickup and drop off schedules in addition to organization events.