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Volunteering & Causes

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    New Life WorshipChurch choir performs prior to the LIFE Nehemiah Action Assembly Lee Interfaith for Empowerment event. Photos by LINDSAY TERRY/THE NEWS-PRESS

    Southwest Florida churches to cops: Have mercy

    Local and state law officials on Monday agreed in principle to support a Southwest Florida religious coalition's demand for an alternative to charging first-time juvenile offenders with misdemeanors.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    Ahmir Miller, 7, left, and Tavian Cook, 8, watch the closed-circuit television screen in Fort Myers City Hall during a meeting to discuss the Quality Life Center's mortgage Monday. Photos by SARAH COWARD/THE NEWS-PRESS

    Fort Myers shores up center mortgage for Quality Life Center

    The Quality Life Center has a new lease on life.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    The third annual Lee Interfaith for Empowerment 'Nehemiah Action' began Monday night at Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers. David Plazas/news-press.com

    Southwest Florida church coalition challenges law enforcement on juvenile offender

    The third annual Lee Interfaith for Empowerment 'Nehemiah Action' began Monday night with a rousing praise choir and congregants from eleven churches getting on their feet and dancing.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    The News-Press' executive editor, Terry Eberle, and community conversations editor, Tom Hayden, participated Saturday in Anytime Fitness Fort Myers' Treadmill Challenge. David Plazas/news-press.com

    News-Press editors take treadmill challenge for Harry Chapin Food Bank

    Terry Eberle and Tom Hayden have been getting leaner, eating better and dropping in waist sizes over the past several weeks, and their progress - and endurance - helped them raise money for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    Relay For Life logo American Cancer Society

    Relay for Life of Cape Coral has best year yet

    After working hard Friday night through to Saturday, an estimated 32 teams raised $162,778.13 at this weekend's American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Cape Coral, according to event organizers.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    Charity events raise over $1M for new Golisano Children's Hospital

    Recent money-raising events for the planned Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida raised $1,016,821, the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation announced.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
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    Jack Fenwick — aka 'The Easter Bunny' — visits Golisano Children's Hospital at last year's Easter Bunny Toy Run. Photos special to The News-Press

    Annual Easter Bunny Toy Run: Bunny ears and tears

    Sometimes it's hard not to cry inside that Easter Bunny costume.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Cindie Barker

    Why I give: Cindie Barker, The Heights Foundation board member

    »Cindie Barker of Fort Myers manages The Blue Coyote Supper Club on Sanibel and has worked in the restaurant business her entire career.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Good causes results. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Southwest Florida good cause results, week of April 7

    The Old Bridge Quilters of North Fort Myers donated 33 juvenile handmade quilts to Hope Hospice in February. The group is now participating in the '

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Janice Miller explains how to create your own books to Megan Siat and Megan Fisher of Florida Gulf Coast University at a previous Circles of Care Conference. The News-Press archives

    Southwest Florida causes calendar, week of April 7

    Tuesday 'Night on the Town' Annual event for abused and neglected children in Southwest Florida features dinner at Morgan House and a live performance of 'Clybourne Park' at the Arcade Theater, downtown Fort Myers.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Head and neck cancer – hard to swallow for many patients

    Imagine if you lost your ability to swallow due to cancer. That means no food or drinks — no dinners with family or drinks with friends.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Southwest Florida Community Foundation logo Special to news-press.com

    Cause & Effect: What is your least favorite word?

    'What is your favorite word?' followed by 'What is your least favorite word?' are the first two questions on a questionnaire that host James Lipton asks every one of his guests on the television show, 'Inside the Actors Studio.'

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Top: Bob and Linda Simpson, Marjorie Kasell-Johnson | Bottom:Community Cooperative Ministries Inc. Special to news-press.com

    Southwest Florida's nonprofit newsmakers

    LeeSar CEO Bob Simpson and his wife, Linda, received the inaugural Legacy Award for philanthropy from the American Cancer Society of Lee County at the Cattle Barons' Ball.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
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    Yaro Garcia, Clinical director at Abuse Counseling and Treatment Special to The News-Press

    Newsmaker Q&A: Coalition fights human trafficking in SW Fla.

    The Southwest Florida Regional Human Trafficking Coalition has been raising awareness, caring for victims and prosecuting traffickers for almost eight years.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
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    Scott Carter, a member of Next Level Church in Fort Myers, counts cans that were donated to the Feeding Fort Myers program. Michael Braun/The News-Press

    Donations go a long way toward Feeding Fort Myers

    Cans and boxed goods flowed into the parking lot of Next Level Church in south Fort Myers Saturday for the sixth annual Feeding Fort Myers campaign.

    • Apr. 5, 2014
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    Joyce Harrahy is a seasonal volunteer. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS-PRESS

    Cape Coral Hospital Auxiliary: Seasonal help missed as they leave

    It's that time of year when many of our seasonal volunteers at Cape Coral Hospital return to their homes in the Northern states.

    • Apr. 5, 2014

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