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An article was in the News-Press today with a write up and photo from the Boston Red Sox service day in Immokalee with the Amigos Center and other agencies.
On January 23rd, one food pantry in a series of many mobile food pantries, 343 families were served by the Harry Chapin mobile food pantry at the Amigos Center in Immokalee. This pantry was sponsored by YUM! brands. Thank you Harry Chapin, Yum!, and all our volunteers who are helping feed hungry families and fighting to end hunger in America!
Check out the pictures below or see more on our Facebook Page!
Valentina Grisales stands next to the gumball machine that her Metro PCS store donated to Amigos Center. The machine is expected to raise about a hundred dollars a month in donations.
Valentina and her family have been long-time friends of the Amigos ministry, having been helped by the immigration ministry, English classes, social services, and church ministry. They are thankful for the work Amigos does in the community changing lives and are eager to give back in any and every way they can.
CONGRATS AMIGOS CENTER!
Excerpts from the News Press:
Eight individuals were honored last night in several categories for their strong work ethic and contributions to the Hispanic community at the 12th annual Hispanic Achievement Awards and Hall of Fame Banquet. About 180 people attended the event at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers.
“Hispanic business people do so well in helping to cultivate their own businesses from the ground up, and as I think all of you know, it’s the small businesses that are the fundamental framework of the economy,” said Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah, who spoke at the event.
This year’s winners:
Elementary Student of the Year: Alex Ventura of Estero, second grade.
Middle School Student of the Year: Robert Herrezuelo, Gateway Charter Middle School in Lehigh Acres.
High School Student of the Year: Monica Amaya, Mariner High School in Cape Coral.
Ministry of the Year: Amigos Center in Bonita Springs.
Educator of the Year: Peggy Mendez-Slichter, assistant principal with Alva Middle School.
Volunteer of the Year: Martha C. Avila, coordinator of Sustainable Lee.
Employee of the Year: Rafaela Berrios, helping teacher at Mariner High School in Cape Coral.
Business of the Year: Florida Skin Center in Fort Myers.
Amigos Center has partnered with Liberty Tax Service to provide a series of 32 tax related seminars throughout our Centers. Tuesday November 15th, we will present the first seminar in Immokalee on the World of Taxes. The goal of these seminars is educate the community on tax related topics such as who must file taxes, how to file, when to file and obtaining and filing under a ITIN number. The seminars will be presented in Haitian Creole and Spanish as well as English. We are extremely excited for this new partnership and being able to deliver valuable information to our clients and our community.
D’Latinos and Gulfshore Business magazines launched the Face Awards in 2011 to recognize businesses and outstanding individuals who reflect and celebrate positive values and the ethnic and racial diversity within the community. The awards honor outstanding nominees in each of the following categories: Large Company, Small Business, Nonprofit/Philanthropy, Medical, Education, and Arts and Culture.
For the year of 2012, Pastor Selle was selected amongst many candidates to receive the FACE Award, Non-Profit/Philanthropy. He, and Amigos Center, will get an article in the magazine as well as recognition at their Gala in January of 2012.
Board Member Pat O’Donnell was featured in Lifestyle Magazine’s October 2011 issue’s article written by Laura Cummings.
Read excerpts below or read the full article here.
During the thirty-five years Al and Pat O’Donnell have lived in Estero, they have built an award-winning landscape firm as wellas a reputation for community service.
The Dubin Center is one of United Way’s seventy-two local partneragencies, as is The Amigos Center, for which Pat serves on the board.The Amigos Center helps immigrants in Lee and Collier counties filepaperwork to obtain, retain or recover their legal status. “They do alot of humanitarian work,” Pat explained. The agency helps immigrantsfrom ninety countries navigate through the complex Immigration andNaturalization Service (INS) system. “It’s a proud moment when theyfinally get through everything and get their citizenship.”Pat discovered The Amigos Center as a volunteer on the United Way’sAllocations Committee, which evaluates partner agencies and reviewsannual requests for grants. “It is an eye-opening opportunity to see whatthe needs are in Lee County,” Pat said.
While the O’Donnells keep a tightly packed schedule, they wouldn’thave it any other way.“You make time for the things you really want to do,” Pat said. “Youorganize everything else around it.”
Also in the past month, Amigos Center partnered with the Mexican Consulate to help people with Passports and educating them on their rights and the services the consulate provides. The Amigos Center also partnered with The Health Department of Collier to do a Health Education class.
We are pleased to share that Leah McCann, Director of Development for Amigos Center has been selected to serve on the Communication Taskforce for the Florida-Georgia District. The goal of this Taskforce is to improve how and what we communicate about our District and its people, ministries, outreach and message. The inaugural meeting will be held on Friday September 30th in Daytona Beach, FL. Having the contributions of such vibrant communicators involved in various aspects of the field, bringing a rich diversity of skills and talents, will be a blessing indeed to this Taskforce. Please pray for Leah in her travel to Daytona and help her share the ministry/outreach taking place here in Southwest Florida.