Volunteer Center

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

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.

Florida Conservation Corps AmeriCorps
Estero Bay Preserve State Park, Lee County
Heather Grames
Department of Environmental Protection
Bureau of Operational Services
4801 Camp Ranch Road
Gainesville, Florida 32641
(850) 544-3596
Email: heather.grames@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.

Southwest Florida Food Corps
Louise Bain
Harry Chapin Food Bank
3760 Fowler Street
Fort Myers, FL  33901
Phone: (239) 334-7007 ext. 134
Fax: (239) 337-1399
Email: LouiseBain@harrychapinfoodbank.org
Website: www.harrychapinfoodbank.org
Program Focus: Healthy Futures
Program Year: Aug – July

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (HCFB) will have ten (10) Full-time AmeriCorps members who assist in expanding food bank services, support, referrals, and nutrition education to more children and families to address childhood obesity and alleviate long-term hunger in Collier and Lee counties in Florida. AmeriCorps members’ activities will include assisting with: Community outreach and awareness, volunteer recruitment  and coordination, food acquisition, storage/packing and distribution, child nutrition and obesity awareness/education. The AmeriCorps members will leverage over forty (40) volunteers who will be engaged in sorting, weighing and distributing food to partner agencies and/or assisting with distribution via mobile and partner-agency food pantries.