Charitable Foundation of the Islands Distributes Emergency Funds

provided to Santiva Chronicle

The Charitable Foundation of the Islands’ Board of Directors and Emeritus Directors, Chip Roach, Virginia Stringer, Tim O’Neill, Melissa Congress, Cindy Brown, Ralph Clark, Chris Heidrick, Tony Lapi, Al Hanser and Steve Greenstein agreed on Friday, March 20, to immediately distribute $30,000 between F.I.S.H. of SANCAP and Community Housing & Resources – the islands’ core social service organizations.

The Foundation, founded in 2000, maintains an emergency fund which was also activated during Hurricane Irma. It has relationship with all the islands nonprofits and can dialogue with them to discuss areas of greatest need and target those services for the best and highest use of funds.

“We have been working with our friends at F.I.S.H. and CHR for many years and know they are now in the ‘front lines’ of need,” said Roach, chairman of the foundation’s board. “While we know this is just a drop in the bucket and CFI’s modest cash resources are limited to social service needs right now, our board and constituents  are working hard now to identify ways in which we can bring to bear both funds and human capital resources to fortify our community and its nonprofit capacity.”

“The Foundation is now accepting donations to the Community Emergency Fund,” Road said. “The Foundation’s commitment is to the Sanibel Captiva community. This has never been more forefront in our minds and hearts than right now.”

The mission of the Foundation to identify community needs and collaborative opportunities that empower organizations to affect real change; support those in need; and build and distribute resources that contribute to the vitality and health of the Sanibel and Captiva community and residents. For information regarding the Foundation, email chiproach@aol.com or call 239-248-0100.

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