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The budget for the Guadalupe Center is just over $6 million a year. To sustain our educational and support programs, monetary donations are the lifeblood of the organization. Taking a tour to learn about Guadalupe’s programs,  signing up for newsletters and appeals, attending events and visiting the website at  www.guadalupecenter.org will help ensure you get information needed to make a decision as to the level of support you are comfortable with.

In addition to much-needed monetary donations, below are some additional ways one can become involved. All volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Educational Programs

 

(All volunteers must go through an application and screening process including fingerprinting and background check)

 

Early Childhood Education Program - Year Round

  • Work with students 6 weeks to 5 years of age
  • Assist the classroom teachers with a variety of classroom duties such as lead small group activities, read with individual students. assist with classroom projects, lead outdoor activities alongside the tutor, prepare activities for the lead tutor
  • Hours are determined by the needs of the programs and are set by the coordinator and the volunteer

 

Summer Enrichment Program-Summer Months

  • Work with students completing Kindergarten through 2nd grade
  • Assist the classroom teachers with a variety of classroom duties including lead small group activities, read with individual students, assist with classroom projects, lead outdoor activities alongside the tutor, prepare activities for the lead tutor
  • Hours are determined by the needs of the programs and are set by the coordinator and the volunteer

 

Tutor Corps Mentor:

  • Tutor Corps students are entering 9th-12th grade at Immokalee High School
  • Help guide students with advice, support, and a listening ear
  • Time commitment depends on the mentor and what they would like to do/how involved they would like to be. The only required times together are a mentor/mentee & family dinner in the fall in Immokalee, a cultural event and a picnic event, both in the spring and held in Naples and Marco Island. Communication is mainly by text, phone and email.

 

Clerical Help

Development Office (Naples)

  • Data Entry
  • Assisting with events and special projects
  • Copying
  • Filing
  • Sorting/Organizing materials
  • Preparing information packets

Programs Office (Immokalee)

  • Copying
  • Filing
  • Sorting/Organizing materials
  • Preparing information packets
  • Data Entry
  • Assisting with events and special projects

Special Projects

 

Guadalupe Resale & Consignment Shop

  • The Shop is located in North Naples on US 41, south of Vanderbilt Beach Rd., across from Steinmart
  • Hours are Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm and Sat. 10am-4pm
  • Duties include cashier, customer Service, pricing of art, housewares, clothing and linens, sorting items, staging displays
  • Men and other strong volunteers are needed for moving and picking up furniture from donors
  • Volunteer hours are determined by Shop Manager and the volunteer

 

Back to School Shoes & Supplies (350 children receive new shoes and school supplies)

  • The week before school starts, 50 children a day are brought from Immokalee to Snyderman’s Shoes in Naples to be outfitted with new shoes. Volunteers from Laces of Love assist the Synderman’s Shoes staff.
  • Donations of shoes, money, and stuffed backpacks are needed for this yearly event; Hold a shoe or school supplies drive

 

Thanksgiving in the Park (more than 2,000 Immokalee residents are fed a hot Thanksgiving meal at Airport Park, Immokalee)

  • Two days before Thanksgiving, volunteers are needed assist with loading materials from storage unit into vans, preparing food at St. John the Evangelist Church, securing donations of food, loading cooler truck, returning materials to storage unit
  • Thanksgiving Day - assist with unloading vans on site, setting up, serving food, preparing take out containers, cleaning up, reloading vans
  • Volunteers are needed following Thanksgiving –date/time TBD- to unload van at St. John the Evangelist Church, clean materials, reload van, and return materials to the storage unit
  • Hours are determined by the coordinator, but are usually done in shifts of 2-3 hours

 

Holiday Gift Shop: (250 of Guadalupe’s neediest families receive Christmas gifts for their children)

  • Each year, the week before Christmas, volunteers are needed from 5:30pm-8pm in Immokalee to help parents choose gifts for their children. Volunteers wrap gifts and help replenish the gift areas
  • Hold a gift drive; Donations of money and gifts are needed for children ages infant through high school

 

Buddy Day

  • Accompany 2nd graders from Guadalupe Center’s After-school Program through a variety of outdoor activity stations at Hideaway Beach. Contact us to sign up.