VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Pelican Landing Residents Helping Others


Many of our residents are “giving-back to the community” by volunteering their time to help others. New residents often ask, “Where, in the area, can I volunteer?”  Listed below is an “ever-growing” list of volunteer opportunities where you’ll meet fellow residents. Feel free to call the resident listed for more information. Residents have provided the following information. To be added to this list, or to update your information, email PL-Outreach@comcast.net

Listed in alphabetical order:

BONITA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
Volunteers at Bonita Community Health Center play a vital role in the operation of the health center. They are an integral part of our health care team, providing additional support for patients and staff. Without the help of volunteers donating their time, the health center would not be able to provide some its services and programs. Bonita Community Health Center provides a wide range of volunteer opportunities. The health center tries to assign the position of greatest interest of our volunteers. Needs of the Health Center: Front Desk Volunteer: greets patients, inputs patient name and modality into the computer, helps to direct patients to 2nd floor offices. Must be a people person with a vivacious personality who can commit to coming in on a regular basis for the time slot they choose. We need more than a few people to help out in this area. Our shifts are AM (8AM- 12 Noon) and PM (1PM – 5 PM). 2nd Floor Greeter: sits at a desk near the elevator and helps patients get to the correct physician office. This can be a little mundane, so the right person for this is someone who can work alone and enjoys reading, etc. when patient traffic is slow. For further information call Larisa Zadorecky 239-949-6117 or e-mail lzadorecky@bonitahealthcenter.com.

Resident volunteer: None.


BONITA SPRINGS ASSISTANCE OFFICE
For 25 years, Bonita Springs Assistance Office has provided temporary assistance to resident of Bonita Springs who have been affected by unexpected crises. Job-layoffs, major illnesses, inclement weather are just a few situations that cause people to seek assistance. Generous donations and volunteers enable Bonita Springs Assistance Office to provide services to those citizens less fortunate. Contact: Maribel Slabaugh, Executive Director, 10322 Pennsylvania Ave, Bonita Springs FL 34135, 992-3034, www.bonitaassistance.org.

Resident volunteers: Jim O’Reilley & Pam Sullivan.

THE BRIDGE FUND

Maybe you’ve already heard, there’s a new 501(c)(3) organization started entirely by your friends and neighbors in Pelican Landing ….. it’s called The Bridge Fund. When some of our less fortunate Bonita Springs and Estero neighbors fall on to hard times with nowhere to turn, The Bridge Fund, working with 17 local social service agencies and schools, is there to help. Visit their website to learn more about who they are and how they’re really helping your neighbors in need: www.thebridge-fund.org.

Resident Volunteers: Michael Beebe, Jim Herald & Ann Soper


CAFE OF LIFE IN BONITA SPRINGS
The Cafe's purpose today is to assist in meeting the basic needs of the less fortunate people of Bonita Springs, Florida, providing nutritional and supplemental assistance while preserving the dignity of the client.  Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Café of Life. Without them we could not survive. Who are they? People just like you – concerned that in a “society of plenty” there are those who face each day without the potential fulfillment of the most basic of human needs. In essence, these volunteers “care, share and serve” their fellow man! We have more than 700 volunteers who contribute over 8,000 hours in shopping for groceries each year, preparing and serving meals, serving on the Board of Directors, arranging special events such as Thanksgiving and Christmas luncheons, and “lending a helping hand” to anything and everything in meeting the nutritional and supplemental needs of our clients. You can become a volunteer at Café of Life by calling (239) 593-9325 or email  volunteer@cafeoflife.org. Cooks are always needed.

Resident volunteers: Jane Wheatly, Susie Manuel.


FLORIDA CHAPTER OF THE ALS ASSOCIATION
This organization has a patient services clinic in Fort Myers, and conducts patient support groups in this area. Their website is  http://webfl.alsa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FL_homepage. The contact person is Dara Alexander who can be reached via email at dalexander@alsafl.org.

Resident volunteer: Jim O’Reilley.


GUADALUPE CENTER
With the help of many caring and generous donors in Pelican Landing as well as other communities stretching from Marco Island to Fort Myers, the educational programs of the Guadalupe Center reach more than 1,100 children a day in Immokalee. The Guadalupe Center strives to break the cycle of poverty through education with its three core programs that begin at infancy and continue through college. The Early Childhood Education Program serves 270 children ages six weeks through five years old and focuses on learning English and Kindergarten readiness. The After-school Program provides remedial help to more than 650 academically at-risk children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade in four of the five Immokalee elementary schools. These students are tutored every day and throughout the summer by Immokalee High School students who are enrolled in Guadalupe’s college prep Tutor Corps Program (pictured). Working alongside adult teachers, the Tutors are paid a wage for their work and are eligible to earn up to $4,000 in scholarship money for each year they are in the Program. Each student in paired with an Mentor who helps guide them through high school and the college application process. There are 123 Guadalupe Center Tutor Corps students currently enrolled in college.  After college, these students enter the work force as doctors, teachers, engineers and other professionals,  and they often return to Immokalee to give back to their community. The Guadalupe Center also runs family support programs that include a Back to School Drive in August, Thanksgiving in the Park on Thanksgiving Day, and a Holiday Gift Shop where families in need can select gifts for Christmas.  Please click here for a list of volunteer opportunities.

For more information about the Guadalupe Center and its programs, volunteer opportunities, or to tour Immokalee and the Guadalupe Center, please contact Kelly Hammer, Director of Donor Relations, at 239-657-7158.

Resident volunteer: Marguerite Klimkowski (she will gladly take you on a tour).



GUARDIAN AD LITEM
This program represents abused children in the court system. Contact Connie @ 252-8432 or beagal@comcast.net.

Resident volunteer: Paul Wachsmith.


JOANNE'S HOUSE (HOPE HOSPICE)
Located on Imperial Parkway, volunteer training classes are offered a few times a year. For more information, contact Barbara Nielsen, volunteer coordinator, at 444-4140.

Resident volunteer: Bill Vance.


JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The purpose of this foundation is to find a cure for juvenile diabetes. In order to succeed, many more volunteers are needed to help JDRF reach this goal. JDRF puts on an annual walk to create awareness and raise funds. Volunteers for this event are needed the most. Please consider giving some of your time to help make a difference for those who have been afflicted with this dreadful disease, and to help find a cure so that children in the future will be free from living with diabetes.

Resident volunteers: Dave & Noreen Thomas noreen2035@yahoo.com


LITERACY COUNCIL OF BONITA SPRINGS
The Literacy Council of Bonita Springs provides free instruction for adults in reading and writing, and in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). We also offer a “Moms and Tots” Family Literacy program for mothers and their young children. No teaching experience is required. The council will provide training for instructors. For information, call (239) 676-5202 or email bonitaliteracy@comcast.net.

Resident volunteers: Barbara Goff (Moms and Tots), Estelle Sanders, and Bill Smart (Adult tutoring) @ 495-8295.


MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN FLORIDA
This great organization makes wishes come true for children who face life threatening medical conditions. We are looking for retired teachers to help in THE KIDS FOR WISHES KIDS PROGRAM in our local schools. Judith Yevick, operations manager, 3635 Bonita Beach Road Suite 4, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134  239-992-9474, jyevick@sflawish.org.

Resident volunteer: Pam Sullivan.


MILLENNIUM HOUSE
Volunteer at Millennium House Adult Day Service. Help participants with playing games, cards activities and crafts. Anyone who plays an instrument, plays music and/or sings and wants to volunteer as entertainment would be great also. Volunteers greatly appreciated! 8951 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita springs. (239) 992-5513.



NAPLES EQUESTRIAN CHALLENGE
This is an organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding for disabled children & adults.  www.naplesequestrianchallenge.org.  Call for information: (239) 596 2988 ask for Missy, Volunteer Manager.

Resident volunteer - Aurelie Shuleshko.

A young rider that we were assisting.


OUR LADY OF LIGHT THRIFT SHOP
I've been assisting at Our Lady of Light Thrift Shop, located at 24850 Old 41, Suite 10, just across the street from Pelican Landing's Main Gate.  Extra pairs of hands are always welcome! I would highly recommend volunteering some time with Denise, John and everyone who helps.  It's a great group of friendly people helping others less fortunate in our community.
There are many opportunities available and Denise would be happy to them with you. She can be reached at (239) 992-1576 for additional details. 

Resident volunteer - Margie Mazeffa


ST. MATTHEW'S THRIFT SHOP
Bonita Springs store. Volunteer opportunity if interested. Help especially needed May - October. Contact if interested: Michael  495-0159.

Resident volunteer: Frank Grywalski.

SUPER KIDS CLUB
Super Kids Club is part of a ministry outreach to children provided by New Horizons of Southwest Florida. From its humble beginnings in 2002 with 20 children, New Horizons now reaches over 200 at-risk children and teens. New Horizons is a non-profit Christian ministry serving at-risk children and their families at three sites in Bonita Springs and East Naples.  We spend an hour and half (3:30-5:00pm) on any available afternoon helping 1st through 5th graders with their homework, listening to them read, playing games and just talking with them. The time flies. It's like spending time with our young grandchildren. www.mysuperkidsclub.org

CLUB LOCATIONS: Rosemary Park - Super Kids Club, 26645 Vagabond Way, Bonita Springs, FL, Sally Ritter: 595-7283; Manna RV Park - Super Kids Club, Super Teen Club, Super Kids Church, 13660 Bonita Beach Rd, Bonita Springs, FL, Mary Anne Cecil 564-1650; East Naples - Super Kids Club, 1697 Shadowlawn Dr, Naples, FL, Louis Campbell 287-8524

Resident volunteers: Donna & Andy Wojdula (Palm Colony).


SUSAN G. KOMEN SWFL
Komen can use office volunteers, health fair workers, and organizers. 26800 Tamiami Trail, Suite 210, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 · Phone: 239-498-0016 · Fax: 239-498-0455 · Email: info@komenswfl.org. Website: www.komenswfl.org.

Resident Volunteer: Noreen Thomas - noreen2035@yahoo.com