The Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres recently presented checks totaling $21,575.
Some of the recipients included Lee County Volunteers In Medicine, who received $2,500, Florida Coast University received $5,000, ECHO received $2,500, Riverdale High School got $1,000, and $5,950 was given to several local teachers as special Honorariums.
FGCU will use its funds to provide a scholarship for the upcoming school year.
Kiwanis President elect John Graham and Stanley “Butch” Perchan, who is the director of athletic advancement for Florida Gulf Coast University, shown with the $5,000 check donation.
Lee County Volunteers In medicine will use its funds to help fund the Compassionate Care Clinic on Lee Boulevard. The clinic serves people who have no insurance, who are underinsured and who qualify based on their income to receive free medical care.
Riverdale will use its funds to help complete construction of a wrestling pavilion on the school campus, while ECHO will use the funds to seed and match several grants to fund a new sustainable food growth program to implement world wide.
"Others receiving checks included the Lehigh Singers, Arts of The Inland, Learning For Life, Special Olympics and the Kids Wish Network," Damon Shelor, Kiwanis treasurer, said. "Additionally, we contributed more than $1,375 of 'in-kind' contributions to Lehigh Acres Community Services and others."
"These funds and all of the funds that support of our community programs are generated from the Kiwanis Thrift Store, located on Homestead Road," President Bruce Boyd said. "Donations made to our store are then resold and all of the money goes back into our community."
"We are so very grateful for our volunteers and the many people who donate and patronize our store allowing us to make this kind of impact in Lehigh," Boyd added.