JULY 16th BACKPACK DRIVE
NEW READING VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
View thank you cards from the students who received the books purchased from the Mission Committees Book Drive earlier this year, located on the posterboard in Fellowship Hall.
The Mission Committee is planning a new Reading Volunteer program at two of the schools that were recipients of our Book Drive. As requested by these schools, we will send volunteers into Caloosa Elementary (adjacent to Cape Coral Hospital) and Tropic Isles (just north of Hancock Parkway in North Fort Myers) to help students with reading. Volunteers will help readers in a small group situation or on an individual basis. Proposed times for these programs are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9:30 to 10:30 at Caloosa Elementary and Wednesday morning 9:30 to 10:30 am at Tropic Isles. A trial program can be up and running before the end of this school year or the program can be implemented in the Fall. In addition, we plan to provide Summer Reading Volunteers to assist Caloosa Elementary School which is the host school this summer for under-performing third graders in all of Lee County. One-hour, morning, volunteer times will be established for this program. If you would like to be a Reading Volunteer, please contact Gail Russell or Mimi Costello. Additionally, if you know any retired teachers, please let them know about this new volunteer opportunity. Gail Russell, call or text at 630-386-1725 | Mimi Costello, call or text at 909-438-7919.
WE CARE FOOD MINISTRY
WE CARE is a food ministry program funded by the congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church since 1980. The program’s primary objective is to supply basic food items to individuals and families in the Cape Coral area who find themselves in personal distress. These people are served regardless of religious affiliation. Applications for WE CARE can be picked up at the church office, and all applicants must be Lee County residents. These applications are then screened for validity. If valid, the applicants are given food for a two month period or longer depending on the case. This is not a long term maintenance program. Food is sorted and packed on Tuesdays and distributed every Friday morning. A church-wide food drive is held twice a year—once in the fall and in the spring we ask our northern visitors to empty their pantries and bring us their extra food. Both food and monetary contributions are gratefully accepted at any time. Bulk shopping is purchased from Harry Chapin Food Bank and other food is purchased at Sam’s Club and Publix. Families on the program at Easter and Christmas are given a ham and Thanksgiving participants receive a turkey, along with all the trimmings for these holiday meals. The Sunday after Thanksgiving, a Christmas tree is set up outside the sanctuary with the names of We Care children and their ages. Members of the congregation select a child’s name, purchase a gift or gift certificate for that child and returns it to the church so WE CARE can give them to the children’s parents for the holiday.
“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.(Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”
For more information visit: USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services.