Summer is here! The snowbirds are nestled into their homes up north. That means many local families will work fewer hours and many others will be laid off. The kids will be out of school soon and children who were provided meals at school will be eating at home straining family budgets. Summer meal sites and food pantries help families survive the lean summer months.
We are compiling a list of meal sites and food pantries available this summer in Collier County. This helpful resource will be available to community members and providers.
Can you help us gather this information? Please click on this link to complete a very short survey sharing information about your summer meal or pantry program.
The Collier County CoC has completed the final draft of its governance charter and welcomes comment from its members and the public. Interested persons can review the Final Draft Governance Charter and provide comment to email@example.com no later than September 30, 2014.
Each month approximately 200 callers—many with nowhere else to turn—receive vital information and referral to screened and approved human service organizations. A call log also provides valuable information that allows the United Way and others to assess greatest community needs and target resources.
Collier 2-1-1, a United Way administered federally designated phone number, works like 9-1-1, but is for non-emergency calls. It utilizes state-of-the-art technology and expertise to connect callers telephonically to services in Collier County. Individuals, families, and businesses receive comprehensive telephone crisis counseling and information and referral services 24-hours a day, 365-days a year in multiple languages to serve our diverse community. In some areas of Collier County 2-1-1 direct dial in unavailable. However, the seven digit number 263-4211 connects callers in all areas.
Community awareness of 2-1-1 is crucial for its success and effectiveness. Please help by spreading the word to those in need, those with a friend or relative in need, and those who offer assistance to others in need. You can also help by adding a Collier 2-1-1 link to your website, embedding it in your newsletter, and displaying 2-1-1 fliers in your place of business. Visit the 2-1-1 website www.collier211.org to register your organization and to download fliers. For additional materials or to arrange for a 2-1-1 informational presentation, phone the United Way of Collier County at (239) 261-7112.
With your help, Collier 2-1-1 will only improve with time!
During the last two weeks in January each year, communities nationwide conduct a point-in-time (PIT) count of persons experiencing homelessness. Collier County conducted the PIT Thursday, January 23.
The community wide effort, led by the Hunger and Homeless Coalition, is possible through the collaboration of: partner agencies that provide social services, mental health services, veterans’ services, and homeless assistance; local government and the public school district; business and civic organizations and members of the faith community; and many compassionate neighbors who share our goal of preventing and ending homelessness.
In the coming weeks the data gathered will be compiled and analyzed. The results will be conveyed to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Florida Department of Children and Families Office on Homelessness, and posted to our website.
Thank you to those who helped conduct the PIT and for all you do throughout the year for those who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness.
The Coalition will host Get Help Clinics in Naples and Immokalee at the end of January.
The Naples clinic will be held Thursday, January 23 from 3 pm until 6:30 pm at the Tree of Life Church, 2132 Shadowlawn Drive. Representatives from various health and social service agencies will be providing health related counseling and referrals, including flu shots, vision and dental screenings, and hearing tests. VA representatives will be available for counseling and referral. Volunteers will be distributing blankets, clothing, and hygiene kits donating by members of faith based organizations throughout Naples.
The Immokalee clinic will be held Friday, January 24 from 10 am until 2 pm in Sanders Hall at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 207 South 9th Street. Vision Screenings, flu shots, health related counseling and referrals, hygiene kits, and haircuts will be offered in Immokalee.
Please help us get the word out by posting flier in your organization or business.
2014 Get Help Clinic Flyer-Naples
2014Get Help Clinic Flyer-Immokalee
2014Get Help Clinic Flyer-ImmokaleeSpanish
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