A third-party voter registration organization is “any person, entity, or organization that collects any voter registration application.” HACC is a third-party voter registration organization.
Lee County Supervisor of Elections
Lee County Library System: http://www.leegov.com/library/
Thirteen convenient locations throughout Lee County. Library cards issued free of charge to individuals who reside in or work in Lee County. Services include
- Online catalog to browse library materials
- Books, e-books, and audio books
- CDs and DVDs
- World language materials in Haitian-Creole
- Free wi-fi/Internet access
- Free public access computers with scan and print capabilities
- Programs for children and teens
- Community meeting rooms
- “English Café” – Free, informal conversation sessions for adults for whom English is a second language
LEE COUNTY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
United Way 211 is a free 24-hour non-emergency helpline that exists to help people navigate their way through the maze of human and social service agencies in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties by providing the most adequate resources for the client’s situation.
Community Resources List: http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/fcs/FCSPubs/Community_Resources_LEE.pdf A comprehensive list of resources that provide for a wide variety of needs.
Lee County Human Services: http://www.leegov.com/dhs
The Lee County Department of Human Services serves as a collaborative hub for resources (Federal, State, Local, Private, and Non-Profit) designated to aid economically disadvantaged individuals and families in our community. Human Services provides a variety of services to residents of Lee County:
- Assists in obtaining or maintaining affordable housing
Lehigh Community Services: 239-369-5818 http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/lehigh_community_services_prog.html
This agency will help needy families and individuals in Cape Coral, Lehigh and Lee County with food and emergency financial assistance.
Individuals sign up for and receive face-to-face screening and an assessment of their personal needs. People who are qualified for aid may receive assistance with
- Paying first month’s rent,
- Security deposits
- Eviction prevention
- Past-due mortgage payments
- Paying utilities
Assistance with water and electric bills:
Beacon of HOPE: http://beaconofhopepineisland.com/ Call (239) 283-5123
Strives to seek long-term solutions for troubled individuals and families in the Greater Pine Island Community through a thorough assessment of their needs and resources. Can provide immediate relief by
- Helping to pay utility and medical bills,
- Providing food, clothing and other household needs.
Bonita Springs Assistance Office: http://www.bonitaassistance.org/
Provide temporary emergency assistance to residents of Bonita Springs who have been affected by an unexpected crisis such as a major illness, job layoff, or death of a family member
Broadway Community Church: 3309 Broadway, Fort Myers 33901 http://www.broadwaycommunitychurchcog.com/swfla-outreach/ Call (239) 936-8366
- Provides access to a food pantry. Will deliver food if handicapped or no other possible means of transportation.
- Limited help with utility bills when funds are available.
- Provides Thanksgiving baskets and meals
Catholic Charities of Lee County-Fort Myers: http://www.swflresourcelink.com/provider/catholic-charities-of-lee-county-fort-myers
4235 Michigan Link Ave. Call 239-337-4193
- Back-to-School assistance
- Early education and training
- Senior services
- Emergency housing
- Financial Assistance and food pantries
- Haitian and Hispanic outreach
- Immigration services
- Migrant assistance
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Florida & the Florida Gulf Coast: info@CredAbility.org
Free foreclosure help, debt and credit counseling. If you are behind on your mortgage or facing a foreclosure, or if you need help dealing with medical or credit card debt, the non-profit group will help you move from a crisis situation, and it will help you control your future by providing practical solutions to foreclosure and credit problems.
Interfaith Charities of South Lee: http://www.icslee.org/
A non-profit agency that serves South Fort Myers, Estero, and San Carlos Park. Services include:
- Financial assistance
- Summer lunch program for children
- Income tax preparation assistance
- Free notary service
- Food stamp and government program information (such as Medicaid registration, literacy and education)
Community Cooperative: http://www.communitycooperative.com/about-us .
The group partners with agencies that assist individuals with positive, sustainable change through direct services, referral, and follow-up all under one roof. On-site and referral resources for job training, housing, mental health, substance abuse, child-care, education, financial well-being, health and wellness, and life coaching are available.
- Nutritious meals and groceries
- Community Café (formerly the Fort Myers Soup Kitchen)
- Assistance with Medicaid and SNAP applications
The Salvation Army of Lee County: http://www.salvationarmyflorida.org/fortmyers/
- Health care and medical services
- Cash grants
- Physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual aid to persons in need.
Cape Coral Caring Center: http://www.capecoralcaringcenter.org/ Call (239) 945-1927
Short term assistance program for Cape Coral residents that offers assistance with basic essentials and expenses. They have a food pantry, limited electric bill assistance, and baby formula and items.
Cape Coral Housing Development Corporation: http://capecoralaffordablehousing.org/home/index.php
HUD approved, Florida not-for-profit organization dedicated to the economic revitalization of the City of Cape Coral through a partnership with city government, local lenders and homebuyers by the development of decent, safe, and affordable housing offered to low-income families.
Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida: http://fhcswf.org/ (see website for locations). The clinic’s goal is to provide high quality, free or competitively priced primary and preventive medical, dental and health related educational and medical services to all people, whether they can afford to pay or not.
Hope Visiting Nurses of Southwest Florida: http://www.visitingnurseswfl.com/ Call (239) 337-4848.
Provides high quality home as well as community based health care services to residents of southwest Florida regardless of their ability to pay for their medical bills as resources allow. Some of the services offered include:
- Immunizations for school and travel
- Disease management
- Physical therapy
- Cardiac care
21st Century C.A.R.E. Cancer Patient Financial Assistance: https://www.21co.com/care-foundation Call (239) 936-3756
This non-profit foundation provides financial assistance, educational programs and screenings, support groups, and cancer research support. People diagnosed with cancer may qualify for free meals, transportation assistance, medications, medical supplies and equipment, shelter and temporary housing, respite services, childcare, and other supplies or services related to cancer treatment.
L.I.G.H.T. of Southwest Florida, Inc. Call 239-288-5125 or 239-948-0387
Helps Lee, Charlotte, and Collier County cancer patients who need financial assistance to get the life-saving treatment they need.
SERVICES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Dr. Piper Center for Social Services: http://www.drpipercenter.org/ Call (239) 332-5346.
Provides information on assistance programs, job training, a senior companion program, and more to people over 55.
Senior Friendship Centers: http://www.friendshipcenters.org/Locations/Lee.aspx
Offers a full range of services designed to meet the needs of people 50 and older.
Senior Choices: http://aaaswfl.org/ 15201 N. Cleveland Avenue,North Fort Myers 33903. Call (239) 652-6900.
Local Aging and Disability Resource Center offering assistance to those who are 60+, their care givers, and the homebound. Services provided include
- Free meals,
- Information on health care programs,
- Energy bill assistance applications
- Referrals to home repair resources.