The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center received a $10,000 grant from Capital Bank Foundation for School Success programs. The grant will provide educational support and enrichment to more than 100 at-risk students in the organization’s summer camp and after school programs.
“The Heights Foundation developed school Success Programs to address the challenges that may result from poverty, limited English proficiency and limited educational involvement,” said Kathryn Kelly, CEO and founder of The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center. “Our programs provide a safe and engaging place for kids to be when school is out. Capital Bank Foundation’s grant helps build successful students and a stronger community. We are grateful for their support.”
“Since its inception, Capital Bank Foundation has invested to promote progress and prosperity across our communities,” said Bryan Simmering, Capital Bank Southwest Florida Market President. “Our grant to The Heights Foundation/The Heights Center is targeting the education and development of our next generation of leaders.”
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. 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. The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center were created with the goal of building strong, self-sufficient families in the Harlem Heights neighborhood.
For more information about The Heights Foundation and The Heights Center visit www.heightsfoundation.org or call (239) 482-7706.