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Making a Difference


One of the ways our islands have always thrived is through the amazing network of volunteers who tirelessly help out at our local nonprofit and community organizations.

Their spirit came through loud and clear at the “Get Inspired! SanCap Volunteer Expo” recently held at BIG ARTS.  More than 300 people attended to learn how they can further help with recovery efforts throughout the islands.

Hosted by the Charitable Foundation of the Islands and its Class of 2022 Leadership Sanibel-Captiva Program, the event was designed to connect those interested in making a difference with representatives from more than 15 local nonprofits.

Participants provided information about their activities, distributed literature and signed up volunteers, while attendees also received a copy of the Sanibel-Captiva Nonprofit Directory.

Organizations included the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, BIG ARTS, Captiva Civic Association, Captiva Community Panel, Captiva Island Historical Society, Charitable Foundation of the Islands, Children’s Education Center of the Islands, Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Community Housing and Resources, “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Sanibel Community Association, Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, Sanibel School Fund and Sanibel Sea School.

Attendees walked away feeling inspired, engaged and educated on how to get involved.  Click here to watch a video of the event, or click on the any of the organization links above if you are interested in learning more about them, as well.

For a special treat, click here to watch an interesting discussion from the panel of featured speakers, including Porter Goss (Sanibel’s first mayor in 1975 and subsequent congressman and head of the CIA), his son Chauncey Goss (currently chairman of the South Florida Water Management District) and David Mintz (vice president of the Captiva Community Panel).

“Nothing could be more energizing to me after everything we have gone through collectively since Hurricane Ian than to see the spirit of the people in the nonprofits, the volunteers and the people doing the hard work in rebuilding,” Porter Goss said.

We are moving forward!  #ShineOnSanibel


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