Southwest Florida communities are well versed in weather related challenges. We harden our houses, we trim our trees, we stock supplies, we evacuate or hunker down. Hours or days later we emerge or return, we clean up, we reconnect, and we get back to school, work or retirement activities.
We rebuild … our lives, our homes and community. Nature regroups too … the skies vivid blue with flora budding with new vigor, birds flocking and butterflies flitting … fish safely nestled in protected habitats emerging.
The aftermath of hurricane Irma making landfall here on September 10, 2017 was the fuel of mobilization for “Let’s Help ! – Englewood”, the first local outreach of the newly formed Englewood Community Services Inc. Revenue losses due to business interruptions were born by many, and weekly paychecks were diminished or put on hiatus for loyal employees and their families, many of whom had no safety net. Recognizing that any ding in income could pose insurmountable deficits for basic life necessities, local businesses and residents reached in their pockets to donate to neighbors to help them pay some of their bills. Regular every day stuff like shelter, transportation, food, daycare, utilities.
Following Irma, our community experienced another “challenge” in 2018 – Red Tide. That condition not only devastated our treasured sea life, but once again impeded our businesses and residents to economically endure. Heartbroken as we were to have treasured dolphins, turtles and fish wash up on our shores, the science to remediate toxic algae blooms for our marine friends was left to the scientists and marine specialists. We as a community assisted in daily cleanup and communicate air and water quality, we also were cognizant of the local businesses’ shortfalls and their employees’ reduced income. As before … the resources “Let’s Help ! – Englewood” provided a life ring to those who needed a float for a financial responsibility or two.
Here we are again … 2 years later … struggling with a challenge that most of us have never witnessed in our lifetimes. We will strive to do whatever we can to help the community.
We encourage donations of any amount from the private sector, non-profit organizations, business and civic associations and we certainly hope some of our governmental entities.
We are Englewood proud! We are Englewood strong! We are Englewood united!
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES AT www.800helpfla.com OR BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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