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Good to Go drop-off donation event today at local libraries

August 4, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Lee County government is kicking off the start of its 2017 United Way campaign by collaborating with Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida for a Good to Go, a drive-up, drop-off and drive-away donation event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., today, Aug. 4, at five library locations.

The event is also open to the public; donations from all are welcome.

Donations of new or gently used clothing and household goods can be dropped off in Goodwill bins placed out on the day of the Aug. 4 event at these libraries:

* Northwest Regional Library, 519 Chiquita Blvd., North, Cape Coral

* South County Regional Library, 21100 Three Oaks Parkway, Estero

* East Regional Library, 881 Gunnery Road, Lehigh Acres

* Lakes Regional Library, 15290 Bass Road, Fort Myers

* Fort Myers Regional Library, 2450 First St., Fort Myers

Bins will be stationed in parking lots at the sites in Cape Coral, Estero, Lehigh and south Fort Myers. At the downtown Fort Myers library, Goodwill staff will be at the drop-off point; enter at Richmond Street, which is on the south side of the library between Lee Street and Royal Palm Avenue. In addition to household donations, Goodwill at the downtown site will also provide a secure document drop-off bin for those who need documents shredded.

Good to Go is designed to make it easy for people to donate. Drivers will not need to get out of their vehicle, as bins will be placed in a manner that mimic a drive-thru experience.

This one-day event is part of Lee County's commitment to United Way and its partnering agencies. Donations go toward helping people with economic disadvantages who are veterans and residents of Lee County.

Each donation is turned into vouchers, based on weight, to benefit the clients of Human & Veteran Services. The donations also help Goodwill with its mission to help people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering opportunities.

The Lee County government departments that fall under the Board of County Commissioners this month kicked off their 2017 United Way campaign. Its 2,600 employees last year raised $91,195; the goal this year has been set at $95,800.

Although all household goods and gently used clothing will be accepted, some items will not be taken, including mattresses and box springs, televisions, which can be left at home for curbside pickup.

Household supplies that constitute hazardous materials, such as paint, can be taken to another Lee County site: Solid Waste's Household Chemical Waste Collection Facility, 6441 Topaz Court, Fort Myers. Call 239-533-8000.

For more information about Good to Go, contact Lee County Human and Veteran Services Director Roger Mercado at 239-533-7930.

About the event partners:

The Lee County Department of Human and Veteran Services serves as a hub for government, private and nonprofit resources designated to aid individuals and families. Specific program areas are Family Self-Sufficiency, Housing Services, Neighborhood Building, Contract Management and Veteran Services. For more information, call 239-533-7930 or visit www.leegov.com/dhs.

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The Lee County Library System maintains 13 library branches of varying and offers more than 1.7 million items for patrons to use or check out; circulates more than 7.4 million items annually; and provides a variety of programs for all ages and interests throughout Lee County. Visit www.leelibrary.net or call 239-479-4636.

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Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties. The agency's mission is to help people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence. Goodwill's programs in Southwest Florida include Pathways to Opportunity and Pathways to Work, Job-Link resource centers, MicroEnterprise Institute small business training classes, High School High Tech career exploration, veterans' services, disability-accessible housing, and more. For more information about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, please visit www.goodwillswfl.org or call 239-995-2106.

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The United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee has raised and distributed more than $157 million since it was established in 1957. Within Lee County, there are 76 United Way Partner Agencies. In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in the community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. Call 239-433-2000 or visit www.UnitedWayLee.org.

 
 
 

 

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