Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to The Heights Foundation

John Clinger, Merrill Lynch Resident Director, Bonita Springs, Gina Gavio, Senior Vice President, Global Treasury Management, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Deb Mathinos, Director of Lifelong LearningBank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded a $5,000 Workforce, Development and Education grant to The Heights Foundation. The grant provides vital funding support to The Foundation that helps individuals and families obtain the skills, education and ultimately jobs needed to achieve financial security and success.

“The poverty level for families in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average,” said Kathryn Kelly, president and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “This grant from Bank of America will help us continue to address challenges related to jobs and education, areas vital to the economic health of our community.”

“Bank of America is committed to supporting organizations like The Heights Foundation that are making a positive impact in our communities,” said Gerri Moll, President Bank of America. “By addressing issues fundamentally connected to improving financial lives, we’re helping to build a more sustainable community.”

To learn more about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, visit heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706.

About the Heights Foundation and The Heights Center

The Heights Foundation works to build self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood. The mission is to support education and wellness, promote family and community development, and provide the benefits of enrichment and the arts. The Heights Center, supported by The Heights Foundation, is a place for Education, Opportunity, and Enrichment.

Harlem Heights was originally settled as a rural agricultural community. Approximately 780 children live in a mixture of single-family homes and multi-family apartments. Demographically, the population is approximately 70% Hispanic, 20% African-American, and 8% 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.