Nonprofit Resources in Fort Myers
With locations in Fort Myers, Naples, and Punta Gorda, Valerie’s House is a special place where children connect with one another and learn the tools to heal after they have experienced the death of someone they love.
At Valerie’s House, children know others their own age, and they learn that loss doesn’t have to limit their dreams. In addition to a dedicated team of staff and volunteers, Valerie’s House is a family of others grieving. Many have also gone through this journey and are here to help you and your children see that there is hope.
Habitat For Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties
Habitat partners with qualified, low-income families to provide decent, affordable homes through homeownership. Many families are surprised to learn they can own their own home by partnering with Habitat. It takes some work and determination, but the reward is life-changing.
The mission of Community Cooperative is to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs.
Goodwill of Southwest Florida
Goodwill provides numerous programs and services. These programs include educational initiatives, job readiness training through Job-Link Centers, and the Pathways to Work supported employment program. Goodwill provides small business training through the SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute, operates 16 income-subsidized disability-accessible housing complexes, and helps people get employment training and certifications. Adults with disabilities gain opportunities to become more independent through Pathways to Opportunity (an adult day training program) and Trailways Camps (a residential camping experience)
Lee County Homeless Coalition
Homelessness is a complex issue that can overwhelm independent agencies that address specific issues. The confusion of navigating multiple agencies for their various needs can be an obstacle for homeless people trying to achieve self-sufficiency. The Lee County Homeless Coalition is committed to ending homelessness by advocating and working together to provide more efficient services to those who experience homelessness.
Hearts and Homes for Veterans
Hearts and Homes for Veterans was formed not just to be another charity, but to end homelessness among Veterans of SW Florida. Its goal is to empower the Veterans to lift themselves out of poverty, and then in turn, reach back and help other veterans do the same.
Lee County Domestic Animal Services
Lee County Domestic Animal Services is an agency that deals with stray animals.
Pace Center for Girls
Pace provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy.
ACT offers our 24-hour helpline, 3 safe shelters, children’s program, counseling, (both individual and group), economic empowerment program which includes financial and health literacy, life skills education, job skills evaluation and training along with GED assistance and ESOL. The non-residential outreach program we provide long-term counseling, therapy and support, economic empowerment services, a rape crisis center where we do the forensic examinations, advocacy department that provides advocacy through the judicial system, and a legal program for Injunctions for Protection.
Since opening, the Barbara’s Friends Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Outpatient Center has treated over 3,000 sick children from throughout Southwest Florida. Over 50% of the children treated for cancer at the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida are uninsured, on Medicaid or have no form of payment; however no child is denied treatment regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
Keep Lee County Beautiful
The mission of Keep Lee County Beautiful is to inspire, educate, and engage the Lee County community in improving, beautifying, and protecting our environment.
Harry Chapin Food Bank
Harry Chapin Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief network in Southwest Florida, serving Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. The organization rescues, inspects, transports, and distributes donated food and other grocery products to more than 150 partner agencies and programs that provide direct services to those in need. They include food pantries, in-school pantries, mobile pantries, senior programs and disaster relief agencies. The food bank provides food for about 28,000 individuals each week.
Since 1991, AMIkids Southwest Florida has been dedicated to helping kids discover the potential within them, transform their lives and strengthen our community. Located in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, AMI Kids Southwest Florida empowers our kids through care and guidance to reach that potential and, as a result, separate their troubled past from a bright future.
The Salvation Army has opened their new Homeless Resource Center on their Edison Ave Campus, 2450 Edison Ave. The center is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 6 pm but look for expanded hours, including Saturdays, as they open their doors to the community. The center will remain open on most holidays. Call 239-789-1169 for more information. Services that will be offered:
- Phone charging
- Daytime lockers
- Mail service
Access to employment and clinical services are offered by partner agencies co-located at the center.