BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The WILDCAT RUN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION began 10 years ago, but it did not become a 501c3 until 2013. The mission of this foundation is to help children in need in SW. Florida, and over these years it has helped children in many ways to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Wildcat Run Charitable Foundation has been nominated For NON-PROFIT OF THE YEAR!!! This award is given by The Estero Chamber of Commerce to an organization who has donated their time and efforts to our community. The winner will be announced at our 2019 Annual Business Luncheon on June 12th!
The following are a list of those charities and organizations that the WILDCAT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has supported in the past or is continuing to assist. In each and every case children are the focus.
|Bedz 4 Kids||Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships|
|Gabriel’s House||Interfaith Charities of S.W. Florida|
|Laces of Love||Literacy Buddies|
|Project Backpack||Pinewoods Elementary School|
|Estero Fire/Safety||New Horizons of S.W. Florida|
The WILDCAT RUN CHARITABLE FOUNDATION has selected 3 new 501c3 charities with a monetary donation:
LITERACY BUDDIES OF SW FLORIDA: $250.00
PROVIDES AT-RISK CHILDREN WITH BOOKS TO TAKE HOME AND SHARE WITH THEIR FAMILIES.
The program also encourages them to express themselves through correspondence with their adult buddy who also provides books to specific children 3 times a year.
LACES OF LOVE OF SW. FLORIDA: $1000.00
PROVIDES NEW SHOES (USUALLY SNEAKERS) TO LOW-INCOME AND DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN COLLIER AND LEE COUNTY.
This organization educates the public about the needs of these children. Since 2004, over 170,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to children. Athletic shoes are also provided to children so that they can be involved in sports programs.
NEW HORIZONS OF SW FLORIDA: $1500.00
PROVIDES AT-RISK YOUTH FROM 5-18, TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL THROUGH TUTORING, MENTORING AND FAITH BUILDING.
New Horizons provides the most vulnerable members of the community with the opportunity to choose a different course for their lives using community volunteers as their medium. This program began in 2002 with 60 children and now services over 600 with a wait list. All programs are available to children after school and during the summer. The children that continue to attend the various after-school programs through high school, have a 92% graduation rate from public school.