Suncoast Credit Union Foundation Awards $25,000 Grant to The Heights Foundation

The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has awarded The Heights Foundation a grant of $25,000 for School Success Programs at The Heights Center.  The grant provides funding support to The Center’scamp group shot After School and Summer Camp programs for at-risk kids in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.

“Staying in school is the most effective way to ensure a successful future,” said Kathryn Kelly, President and CEO of The Heights Foundation.  “The Heights Foundation has developed School Success programs to address the challenges that may result from poverty, limited English proficiency and limited educational involvement.  The support of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation helps us continue to support these vital programs.”

The Suncoast Credit Union Foundation was established to benefit sick children and their families and to support educational SuncoastCU_Foundation_colorinitiatives.  Since its inception in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated over $13 million dollars to help provide a better future for the children of our community.

To learn more about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center, visit 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.