Community Partners

The Early Learning Coalition works to enhance the quality of children’s lives in our community. The Coalition has partnered with The Heights Foundation with support resources for early learning.

Florida Southwestern State College The Heights Foundation has partnered with Florida Southwestern State College to increase access, enrollment and degree completion for adult learners. The College has conducted in-community presentations encouraging access to student support services.  Education majors from FSW have worked as interns in our School Success programs.

Florida Gulf Coast University The Heights Foundation has welcomed Service Learning volunteers and student interns into its program and welcomes future collaboration with FGCU, especially in the area of access, enrollment, and degree completion for adult learners. We are proud to be a preferred partner organization, providing for BSW and MSW internship opportunities.

Gulf Coast Symphony has created MusicWorks!, an El Sistema-inspired after-school program embedded in our School Success program. MusicWorks! provides string instruction Monday through Friday, totaling 7.5 hours per week during the school year. This program offers an innovative education and social initiative that provides opportunities for personal development to children through the study of music. Students are offered a range of classes including group lessons, orchestra rehearsal, sectionals, and music fundamentals classes. Children experience the transformative power of music, and the program is free so that children can participate regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Lee County Department of Human Services has partnered with The Heights Foundation through administration of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG.) This grant provided funding for some development costs of the Harlem Heights Cultural Arts and Community Center. The Department also continues to be a partner with health and wellness advocacy, family development, and career advancement.

Lee County Housing Development Corporation is a private non-profit organization dedicated to creating affordable housing. The Corporation has partnered with The Heights Foundation in development of permanent affordable housing in Harlem Heights.

Lee County Parks & Recreation The Heights Foundation has partnered with Lee County Parks and Recreation to provide recreation opportunities for families in Harlem Heights. The Heights Foundation is the leasing partner for the Harlem Heights Community Park Building, an asset of Lee County Parks & Recreation.

Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a nonprofit, independent organization created by and for local citizens to benefit the community. The Foundation has supported The Heights Foundation with grant funding for board building and strategic planning, as well as seed money for our job training program.

Senior Friendship Centers Provides daytime programs from 9 to 12 pm for area seniors. Social activities, hot lunch program and arts/crafts programs for seniors provides enrichment for participants.

Gladiolus Learning and Development Center provides an educational program for preschool children, as well as an afterschool program. The Heights Foundation has dedicated funds and volunteers to provide supplemental literacy programs for VPK children at GLAD.

Community Partners

The Heights Foundation seeks to partner with high-capacity, high-impact services to bring education, opportunity, and the arts to Harlem Heights. Through partnerships, the foundation seeks to eliminate duplication of services, provide the programs and opportunities with proven impact, and streamline program delivery.