Volunteer Center

United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee
Kim Berghs, Volunteer Center Manager
(239) 433-2000 ext. 260

Mentoring Partners

Lee County Public Schools
Linda Montgomery
Community Involvement Coordinator
2855 Colonial Blvd.
Ft. Myers, FL 33966
Phone: (239) 337-8574
Fax: (239) 335-1562
Email: LindaCM@leeschools.net

National Service Programs — AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps Red Cross Florida Team
Julianne Ballard
American Red Cross Florida’s Southern Gulf Region
2610 Northbrooke Plaza Dr.
Naples, FL 34119
Phone: (239) 596-6868
Fax: (239) 596-6923
Email: Julianne.ballard@redcross.org
Website: www.arclcc.org
Program Focus: Disaster
Program Year: Jan- Dec

AmeriCorps members serve in local disasters and emergencies and to educate communities about disaster preparation. Members increase public awareness and education to prevent, prepare for and cope with all types of emergencies and disasters. Members also serve veterans through information and referral, educational services, and as mentors. In the event of a disaster, members are trained to deliver direct services to disaster victims.

AmeriCorps Serving Suncoast Seniors
Cindy Underwood
Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.
2350 Scenic Drive
Venice, FL 34293
Phone: (941) 556-3208 Ext. 1118
Fax: (941) 366-8247
Email: cunderwood@friendshipcenters.org
Website: www.seniorfriendship.com
Program Focus: Healthy Futures
Program Year: Aug – July

AmeriCorps members provide services within senior centers located in Charlotte, Desoto, Sarasota and Lee Counties. Members assist with meal distribution, facilitate senior activities, conduct enrichment and educational programs and provide respite services for caregivers. Members also recruit volunteers to assist in the provision of services to seniors.

Florida Conservation Corps AmeriCorps
Estero Bay Preserve State Park, Lee County
Cayo Costa State Park, Lee County
Emily Schwerin
Florida Park Service AmeriCorps Coordinator
Bureau of Operational Services
Department of Environmental Protection
4801 Camp Ranch Road
Gainesville, Florida 32641
(850) 544-3596
Email: Emily.Schwerin@dep.state.fl.us
Website: www.floridastateparks.org
Program Focus: Environment
Program Year: Jan – Dec

As part of Project A.N.T. (AmeriCorps Non-native plant Terminators), AmeriCorps members focus on invasive exotic plant management and trail improvements in Florida’s state parks. Spending a majority of their time outdoors, members treat and survey for invasive exotic plants in addition to performing trail improvements and assessments. Members also recruit volunteers to assist with invasive exotic plant management, and educate park visitors and the local community about the damaging effects of invasive exotic plants on Florida’s unique ecosystems.