BOSTON, MA - As part of a longstanding commitment to support organizations in their Spring Training home, the Boston Red Sox have chosen six Southwest Florida organizations as the latest beneficiaries of the "100 Acts of Kindness," a program during Fenway Park's 100th anniversary season that recognizes and supports the work of charitable organizations.
The Red Sox have organized a six-location, two-day volunteer effort today and tomorrow extending the program beyond New England for the first time. With the completion of the six “Acts of Kindness” in Florida this week, the total this year will reach 17.
Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Day of Community Service
Today, from 3 to 5 p.m., Red Sox uniformed personnel and front office staff will visit the Amigos Center, Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.’s Meals on Wheels, and Special Equestrians. Volunteers will interact with youth, help stock shelves, assist the homeless and hungry with emergency food selections, and assist with therapeutic horseback riding classes for children and adults with disabilities.
Amigos Center: The Amigos Center provides social and legal services for immigrants of Southwest Florida to help them lead a new and better life in the USA. Its goal is to help immigrants attain the education, skills, and resources necessary so they can succeed. The Amigos Center is located at 106 S. 2nd Street, Immokalee, Florida 34142.
Community Cooperative Ministries Inc.’s Meals on Wheels: The Meals On Wheels program delivers one hot, nutritious, and well-balanced meal a day five days a week, including extras for the weekend. This program is intended for Lee County residents who are elderly, ill, or disabled and are unable to shop or prepare their own food. The address for the Meals on Wheels is 3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916.
Special Equestrians: The Special Equestrians, Inc. is a PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Premier Accredited Center that offers therapeutic horseback riding classes to children and adults with disabilities in Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties of Southwest Florida. The horseback riding program supports 12 horses and services more than 75 disabled riders each week. The address for Special Equestrians is, 5121 Staley Road, Fort Myers, Florida 33905.
Wednesday, Feb. 29 – Day of Community Service
Tomorrow, from 3 to 5 p.m., Red Sox uniformed personnel and front office staff will participate in the CCMI-Backpack Program benefiting Treeline Elementary, and visit the VA Outpatient Clinic and the African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM). Volunteers will assemble backpacks with food for local students, interact with local veterans, and perform mentoring and tutoring sessions to help students build self-esteem and self-reliance.
CCMI-Backpack Program benefiting Treeline Elementary: As many as 97 percent of some school children in Lee County are on free or reduced lunch and over 700 children are homeless. CCMI provides weekend backpacks full of food to more than 2,500 children each school year. The backpacks will be assembled at Treeline Elementary, whose students will be the beneficiaries of the backpacks. The school is located at 10900 Treeline Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33913.
The VA Outpatient Clinic: The Bay Pines VA Healthcare System improves the health and well being of our men and women who have served our country. The VA program in Fort Myers is an outpatient clinic that provides a wide variety of medical, surgical, and rehabilitative care to veterans. The VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 3033 Winkler Avenue Ext, Fort Myers, Florida 33916.
African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM): The African Caribbean American Center (AFCAAM) After School Program focuses on providing exceptional reading and tutoring educational services to the children in Lee County and the Dunbar community. The program hosts over 100 kids, ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade. The address for AFCAAM is 3681 Michigan Ave, Fort Myers, Florida 33916.
About the 100 Acts of Kindness: As a way to highlight and support the important work done by the many charitable institutions throughout New England and beyond, the Red Sox are engaging in “100 Acts of Kindness” with various not-for-profit organizations during the 100th anniversary season of Fenway Park in 2012. These acts will take on a number of different forms, including donations, volunteer efforts, and hosting community events. Each act will be designed to highlight organizations and causes throughout New England. Red Sox ownership, players, alumni, and staff will participate. Additional acts will be announced throughout 2012, culminating with 100 by the end of this 100th Anniversary year.