The Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva recently made a $25,000 donation to the building fund for The Heights Foundationâ€™s Cultural Arts and Community Center.
Online PR News – 16-June-2012 – Fort Myers, FL â€“ June 13, 2012 – The Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva recently made a $25,000 donation to the building fund for The Heights Foundationâ€™s Cultural Arts and Community Center. The gift is one of several recent donations that finish the capital campaign to complete construction of the $5.7 million building. Construction will resume in early July. When complete, The Heights Center will be a place for all residents of Harlem Heights to gather and grow. Education, opportunity, health and wellness, and access to the arts will create pathways for self-sufficiency and community development.
â€śMany of those who live in the Harlem Heights are the backbone of service workers on Sanibel and Captiva Islands,â€ť said John Grey, incoming President of the Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva. â€śCommunity service is one of the major activities which Rotarians undertake to improve the quality of life in their community. We believe in helping our neighbors build a better life for their families.â€ť
â€śWe are most grateful to this outstanding community organization. Because of their support, we will resume construction of the building in early July,â€ť said Heights Foundation Founder and Executive Director, Kathryn Kelly.
About the Heights Foundation
The Heights Foundation is a 501(c)3 grassroots organization that works to build strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The Foundationâ€™s mission is to promote family and community development, support education, health and wellness, and provide the benefits of enrichment, expressive and cultural arts.
Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 1,200 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 55% Hispanic, 36% African-American, and 9% Caucasian. The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average, with family income 40% below the county average. Families are not able to easily access family support services located in downtown Fort Myers, and benefit greatly from programs located within the neighborhood.