4-H: Adapting to the ever-growing needs of Youth

Established as an after school agriculture program in the early 1900’s, the 4-H Association has been dedicated to encouraging youth to thrive in their communities “… to develop the citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach.” Still noted for their agriculture programs, 4-H clubs […]

Celebrating a Decade of Good Health in Ave Maria

Tomorrow, September, 15, Tropical Smoothie in Ave Maria, located at 5072 Annunciation Cir, Ave Maria, FL 34142 will celebrate its 10th year of being in business. During this anniversary celebration, Phong Ho, owner and local resident, will be offering $0.99 SMOOTHIES with any food purchase ALL DAY and cellphone pop-sides to all who purchase smoothies. […]

An organization dedicated to keeping Immokalee employed

Career Source Southwest Florida, 750 South 5th Ave, Immokalee, offers various resources for people who are unemployed and under employed, seeking to learn new job skills. Career Source began with the Wagner Peyser Act of 1933, a national government program to match workers and employers. Since then, the Wagner Peyser Act has modified and undergone […]

Lipman 7th Annual Backpack Giveaway Event has another successful year

Saturday, August 4, Lipman Family Farms, the largest tomato grower in North America, hosted their 7th Annual Backpack Give Away. The event took place at Gary Bates Stadium at Immokalee High School. Hundreds of people lined up, before the vendors arrived, in order to participate in the activities. Dozens of vendors, dedicated to enhancing the […]

“Reach Immokalee” inspires the Community

On Saturday, July 28, dozens of people flocked to the Immokalee Community Center for free food, games for children, and a chance to win prizes. The lines to the food seemed endless, but the line for the popcorn and snow cones were constantly filled. However, “Reach Immokalee” was more than just a social gathering, it […]

Students have big plans for Immokalee’s future

Over the summer, I had the honor of meeting 12 remarkable 2018 Immokalee High School graduates. These young women were attending Florida SouthWestern State College with four classes during a summer semester. A summer semester is about half of the time of a regular semester, and usually students only take one or two courses in […]

Reach Immokalee fun for the whole community

Looking for some last minute summer fun? On Saturday, July 28, at the Immokalee Community Center, Fellowship Church, Rooted Ministries, and many donors are sponsoring “Reach Immokalee”. This event is designed to bring Immokalee closer together and spread the love and joy of Jesus Christ. One of the sponsors, Domingo Gasper, states: “I want to […]

A Big Reason to go to the Polls on August 28

IMMOKALEE – In August, Immokalee voters will have a chance to modify the way that the fire district is funded. With only four percent of residents paying for fire protection, Fire Chief, Michael Choate had to look for other ways to fund the fire department’s budget. The funds are mainly needed to pay firefighter’s salaries. […]

Free Summer Fun

With mid-summer approaching, many kids are bored doing the same routines day after day. However, they ignore programs around that help provide children with free summer fun. The Immokalee branch of the Collier County library offers different events throughout the summer and school year to keep kids busy, and challenge their minds. One of these […]

Motivating Future Leaders

Thanks to Florida Gulf Coast University, FGCU, Immokalee Middle and High School students have an opportunity to participate in the College Reach-Out Program, (CROP). CROP, established in 1983, is a free program developed to inspire underprivileged middle and high school students to overcome odds and become first-generation college graduates. After they receive their degree, the […]