For those of us considering the Sanibel Island real estate market, one deciding factor may be the vitality of area philanthropy. It’s a measure of a community’s strength, economic optimism, and a sure sign that there will be positive ways to use your strengths to help the community.
Earlier this year, the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties announced that it surpassed its fundraising goal for the 2014-15 fiscal year with a total of $9,038,833 contributed.
The News-Press reported, “At its annual hog roast honoring leadership donors , the Sanibel Captiva United Way Campaign Committee announced that residents contributed $346,137 to the 2014-2015 United Way Campaign. This is a five percent increase in giving from the previous year.”
These funds will go toward supporting issues such as with hunger, abuse, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and early childhood development. This announcement also means that all partner agencies and programs that this chapter of the United Way supports will receive full funding for this year. Over 90% of funds raised stay in the local community.
According to the United Way website,” The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee Counties has distributed over $137 million since it was established in 1957.” Surely this kind of spirit is giving is good for everyone involved.