The Heights Foundation Seeks Donations and Volunteers for School Supply Outreach

IMG_5835The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is seeking individuals, businesses, churches and organizations to provide school supplies and volunteer for The Heights Center’s annual outreach program.  The July 28 event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at The Heights Center and provides backpacks and school supplies for nearly 500 low-income children living in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.

“Our goal is to ensure that every child in Harlem Heights has the necessary supplies to succeed in school,” said Kathryn Kelly, president and CEO of The Heights Foundation. “The poverty rate for children in Harlem Heights is more than twice the county average. Many parents cannot provide all the things their student will need. We want to send our students back to school ready to learn.”

Our wish list includes:

  • New and durable backpacks
  • Three ring binders, notebooks, folders and paper
  • Highlighters, crayons, pencils and markers
  • USB flash drives
  • Scissors and glue sticks

IMG_5788“We are looking for organizations whose members can band together to meet the need,” said Melissa Barlow, The Heights Center’s outreach coordinator. “The nearly 500 backpacks are the largest investment, costing more than $6,500 and supplies for each student cost $50. A business may be able to sponsor the backpacks, a church or philanthropic organization could provide crayons, markers or notebooks. Monetary donations may also be made online at our website or mailed.”

Individuals, businesses, churches or organizations interested in donating or volunteering can contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or email Melissa. All donations are tax deductible. Monetary donations can be made on the web at, or mailed to The Heights Center, 15570 Hagie Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908.


Thank you to Our Friends Who Are Already Supporting Our Outreach!

School Supply Drop Off Locations:

  • Peace Lutheran Church: 15840 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers 33908
  • Zion Lutheran Church: 7401 Winkler Rd, Fort Myers 33919
  • North Face Outlet: 10801 Corkscrew Rd, Estero 33928
  • Land Home Financial: 1229 Cape Coral Pkwy, E Unit 13 Cape Coral 33904
  • Jason’s Deli: 13550 Reflections Pkwy, Fort Myers 33907
  • One Flight Up Salon:  1661 Estero Blvd. Ste 6 Fort Myers Beach.

Businesses & Communities Organizing Collection Drives:

  • Kelly Greens Golf & Country Club
  • Scotlynn Group
  • Gartner
  • Florida Blue
  • Molly Maid

For more information about hosting a collection drive or becoming a drop off location, contact Melissa Barlow at (239) 482-7706 or email Melissa.