University of Florida College of Dentistry offered free clinic

NAPLES – Faculty and resident students at the University of Florida’s College of Dentistry, NCEF Pediatric Dental Center, funded through the Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, recently spent two weeks in Immokalee operating a free clinic to serve children in Guadalupe Center’s Summer Enrichment Program. More than 160 […]

Guadalupe Center donors create summer academy to send Immokalee students on college exploration trips

By Dawn Montecalvo, President of the Guadalupe Center Two longtime supporters of the Guadalupe Center have established an annual program to send Immokalee High School students on college exploration trips every summer. Bunny and Charles Salisbury, generous supporters and volunteers of the Guadalupe Center since 2006, have established the E.G. Salisbury Tutor Corps Summer Academy. […]

Guadalupe Center opening doors to higher education for another 29 Immokalee students through Tutor Corps

By Helen Midney, Guadalupe Center Special to the Immokalee Bulletin It was 90-minute ceremony that ultimately will change their lives. Although the magnitude of becoming a Tutor Corps student likely hasn’t yet hit them, 29 Immokalee students took the first major step toward college by saying “yes” on Tuesday, May 15. Guadalupe Center held a […]

Guadalupe Center raises more than $72,000 at fourth annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic

NAPLES – The fourth annual Guadalupe Charity Golf Classic raised more than $72,000 as a record 132 golfers and 15 business sponsors helped infuse additional financial support into Guadalupe Center’s summer enrichment program. The event, which was held at Vineyards Country Club in Naples, included a lunch buffet, championship golf, cocktails, evening hors d’oeuvres, silent […]

Guadalupe Center volunteer Alice Arena receives award

The Women’s Foundation of Collier County has named Alice Arena, a longtime supporter of the Guadalupe Center, as one of its 2018 Women of Initiative award winners. Arena, of Naples, has served as a volunteer, mentor and board member of Guadalupe Center for nearly a decade, and is a firm believer in its core mission […]

Guadalupe Center to honor 29 college-bound Tutor Corps graduates from Immokalee High School

Guadalupe Center is proud to announce that 29 Immokalee High School seniors have completed the rigorous Tutor Corps program and will be attending college in the fall. This marks the 13th consecutive year that 100 percent of Tutor Corps seniors have been accepted into colleges and universities. Students will be recognized on Tuesday, April 17 […]

RCMA’s Padilla honored for hurricane response

Gloria Padilla – an RCMA executive who exhausted herself helping fellow Immokalee residents recover from Hurricane Irma – has been recognized for her selflessness in the U.S. House of Representatives. “Gloria is an exemplary citizen who has chosen to use her many talents in service of those around her,” said U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, in […]

Retired teachers volunteer at Guadalupe Center Resale Shop

Their time in the classroom might have ended, but a contingent of retired educators, many of whom relocated to Southwest Florida, are still finding a way to enhance learning for local school children. Guadalupe Resale Shop, an upscale thrift store in North Naples run by the Guadalupe Center, counts more than a dozen retired teachers […]

Guadalupe Center President Dawn Montecalvo honored by governor

Dawn Montecalvo, president of the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, was selected by Gov. Rick Scott to attend the Florida Community Leaders Dinner on March 7 in Tallahassee. Montecalvo was among 26 distinguished community leaders from across Florida who were invited to the Governor’s mansion for an evening of celebration and conversation. “I’m very thankful that […]

Guadalupe Center is the first Blue Zones Project Approved™ Worksite

Guadalupe Center, a nonprofit organization focused on breaking the cycle of poverty through education, is now the first Immokalee-based business to become a Blue Zones Project Approved™ worksite. A recognition ceremony and ribbon cutting took place on Feb. 16 at the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee. In attendance were Dr. Allen Weiss, MD, president and CEO […]