Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee, Inc.

Hope and Help to those in Need

aka d.b.a Interfaith Charities of South Lee   |   Fort Myers, FL   |  http://www.icslee.org

Mission

ICSL serves the residents of Estero, San Carlos Park and adjacent areas. Our primary program is a food pantry. In 2018, ICSL served 3125 individuals from 1128 households. 678,566 lbs of food was distributed. 742 tax returns were filed $1,016,726 in refunds. 420 volunteers worked 22,505 hours. ICSL receives grants to assist in the payment of client utility bills and mortgages from United Way. Other programs; VITA a free income tax return preparation service; summer lunch for children; meals-on-wheels delivery. As the Estero San Carlos Park United Way House UW partner agencies utilize our property. Activities include English classes, budget classes, and National Association for Mental Illness counseling, bookmobile, new mom baby showers, and veterans’ workshops.

Ruling year info

1993

Board of Directors President

Bonnie Olson

Executive Director

Nancy Martin

Main address

17592 Rockefeller Circle

Fort Myers, FL 33967 USA

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EIN

65-0362473

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Financial Counseling, Money Management (P51)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to Harry Chapin Food Bank of SW FL, one in seven of our neighbors experienced hunger in 2016. Almost 164,000 people, (54,800 being children), suffer from food insecurity in SWFL. Often these are single parents who have experienced downsizing of their job or work hours; seniors now raising grandchildren on only social security; or people trying to make ends meet on a minimum wage salary. At minimum wage ($8.10) someone working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, is only making $16,840. A family of four making $24,600 or less is considered to be living in poverty. Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee, Inc. dba Interfaith Charities of South Lee (ICSL) is meeting the needs in our community through distribution of food to families suffering from food insecurity. 3,125 individuals from 1128 unduplicated households were served in 2018. $75,000 from a United Way Grant contributed to clients financial aid which paid 173utility bills, rent or mortgage payments, and food purchases.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Food Pantry

Clients receive a 3-5 day supply of food from the PANTRY every 30 days. Clients can also come in every 7 days to pick up perishable foods such as bread, pastries, fresh produce, and dairy products (as available).

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Free year-round Federal income tax return preparation available for taxpayers who make under $68,000 per year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission and goal is to provide hope and help for those in need in our service area of South Fort Myers, Estero and San Carlos Park in SWFL. ICSL assistance lessens the financial burden clients experience and gives them a better chance to emerge out of their difficulties. Our primary focus is to provide food to sustain their families.

An additional program that helps a broader base is the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). Individuals making less the $70,000 a year can get their income tax done for free. In 2018 our site completed 742 tax returns which netted $1,016,726 in returns. A young single mom was able to secure a $5000 return which gave her the ability to purchase a safer car to go to work.

As a United Way House other partner agencies can utilize our facility. The National Association for Mental Illness meets at ICSL once a week. Providing counseling to those suffering with mental illness.

English as a second language is also taught at the facility.

The children who normally receive lunch assistance during the school year present a burden during the summer months. ICSL works with the Lee Country Schools to provide these childred with lunch and also send home fresh vegies, protein and dairy once a week.

Our strategy is to work together with other agencies in our area to minimize duplication of efforts. Working with a wide range of volunteers to minimize overhead costs.

As the Estero/San Carlos Park United Way House, ICSL is proud to host United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee partner agencies programs:
*Community Cooperative: Meals on Wheels delivery
*Girl Scouts: troop meetings
*Goodwill: Job-Link event
*Gulf Coast Literacy Moms & Tots: English classes
*Harry Chapin Food Bank: mobile food pantry
*Health Planning Council: ACA insurance navigator
*Homeownership Resource Center: Budget Classes
*Lee County Public Schools/USDA: summer lunch program
*Lee County Public Library: bookmobile
*National Association of Mental Illness: counseling
This is accomplished with 4 fulltime staff and 1 parttime staff and 300 volunteers and the partnership with United Way, Harry Chapin Food Bank, Midwest Food Bank.

2020 Annual Report
ICSL served 1,140 Households representing 3,224 people. 871 were returning households and 269 were new registrations.
• 408 Volunteers worked 17,981 hours.
We suspended operation of the food pantry from April 13 to May 15th. During that time, we distributed over
$20,000 worth of Walmart gift cards to our neediest families (funded by Spring Run, the Bridge Fund and
Harry Chapin Food Bank).
We also developed policies to reopen as safely as possible. Information was distributed prior to closing that included mobile feeding site schedules and how to sign up for unemployment and Food Assistance.
• Funding from Shadow Wood Foundation and Summit Church, and food drives from Cascades HOA, Summit,
Oceans, and Thrive Churches provided the food we needed to reopen.
• We reopened with limited hours due to a reduced number of volunteers. Many returned in time, and with
FGCU students needing volunteer hours we were able to fill the shifts.
• We developed a drive-thru pickup process to minimize contact with clients. Clients remained in their cars
and volunteers put food in trunks or backseats. Perishables and pantry items were given every week.
• Thanksgiving food was distributed to clients. The packages contained uncooked whole turkeys and all the extras.
• A grant from Copperleaf funded and their residents staffed, our Christmas food distribution. Extra items
were given out, including fresh produce and dairy. Condiments were donated by Cascades. Blessings in a
Backpack (pre-made breakfasts and lunches) were distributed, as were stockings with children’s cloth masks
courtesy of an Elk’s Club grant.
• The Letter Carrier, Publix and Walmart food drives were cancelled. But thanks to the many community
groups, churches, businesses, and individuals that donated, and continue to donate, we have been able to
maintain a sufficient supply of food.
•ICSL paid 208 client utility bills totaling $58,100.
• Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) prepared 780 Tax returns. Total refunds for taxpayers
were $1,137,645.
• The summer lunch program, bookmobile visits, and NAMI group sessions were suspended due to COVID restrictions.
•We amended our ARticles of Incorporation changing our name to Interfaith Charities of South Lee, Inc.

Financials

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Operations

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Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms Bonnie Olson

Bonnie Olson

Interfaith Charities of South Lee

Don Olson

Interfaith Charities of South Lee

Helen Sarver

Jane Wolbert

James Brunco

Lisa Wilkes

Ron Kapcsos

Belle Lago Community

Jim Oglethorpe

Genova Community

Gary Israel

Estero Life Magazine

Jeanne Hendrickson

Shadow Wood Community

Kevin Morris

Hope United Methodist Church

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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