Immokalee Inter-Agency Council (IIAC)

Monthly Newsletter

April 2005

The IIAC Newsletter is not intended to shape opinion.  It is a member information resource.  Ideas expressed are those of the information provider and do not reflect the views of the membership in general.  Please send comments, recommendations and articles to: (preferably) or mail to:  Diane Christianson, Bethune Education Center, 614 S. 5th Street, Immokalee, FL 34142 Phone (239) 377-9906 Fax (239) 377-9912 (Local phone 658-7064)


The guest speaker of the March meeting, Barbara A. Miller, R.N. Medical Relations Manager at Hospice of Naples provided in-depth information of the Hospice services.  Hospice is always looking for volunteers especially for the Immokalee area.  Even your pet may be able to volunteer to care their clients.  To find out more, call Lillian Cuevas at 658-3317.


Peter Leventis from the Collier Health Services, Inc. brought a group of medical/nursing students from the Florida State University and Nova Eastern University to the March meeting.  They shared how their experience in Immokalee has been eye opener to them.  Denise Blanton thanked everyone for the help with the Penny Campaign and encouraged us to contact legislators to move further for a FSU rural medical campus in Immokalee.


IIAC is thinking about possible meeting format changes. The IIAC has had exciting growth in the last few years.  Is the 30-minute introductory format enough for everyone to introduce his/her agency?  Do you want more network time?  Do we want a guest speaker every month?  Are you pleased with the current way that the meetings run?   How long should the officers serve?  How formal do we want our organization structure? Should we have a logo?  When is the next potluck?  Would you like a strategic plan committee?  The May 11 IIAC meeting is open to discuss some of these questions.  If you have any concerns prior to the meeting, you can contact Diane, Koko or any of the Leadership Team members (Birgit, Bob, Arnita, Marisela, and Sylvia).  We'll make sure your input gets heard. 


 Anne Goodnight from the David Lawrence Center announced that they received a grant that will enable them to form a Substance Abuse Coalition for Immokalee.  Anne is currently seeking board members to serve. Contact Anne at 657-4434


Harvest Festival was fun with a good time for all and a chance to share community information.  Welcoming Skytruck on Saturday 12 March was also exciting.  Immokalee is in the news! 


April 13 is special.  No other emergency management director in the country has the hurricane experience of Collier County’s Bureau of Emergency Services Director Dan Summers who lists 11 named storms in his professional resume and is the IIAC guest speaker for April.  He was rescheduled due to multiple hurricanes…..


Summers, formerly the director of the New Hanover County Emergency Management Department in Wilmington, N.C., from April 1985 through May 2003, became the director for Collier County’s Bureau of Emergency Services in June 2003.  During his time in Wilmington, he coordinated hurricane response and recovery for New Hanover County to nine major hurricanes: Diane, Gloria, Hugo, Bertha, Fran, Bonnie, Dennis, Floyd, and Irene.  Most recently he coordinated response efforts in Collier for Hurricane Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. Summers received North Carolina’s highest award for emergency management programming in 1990 and the state Musser Award for disaster preparedness programming for senior adults.


A graduate of the FEMA Professional Development Series, Summers is a member of FEMA’s curriculum advisory committee and served on FEMA’s program development committee.  Summers was a member of FEMA’s curriculum development committee for training and development standards for emergency operation centers.


Due to his experience in dealing with 13 declared emergencies – including 10 named hurricanes, one snow storm, one wildfire, and one unnamed storm - Summers gave testimonies and presentations on disaster funding and mitigation to the U.S. Congress. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Management and holds the designation of a Certified Emergency Manager. Dan Summers, Director, Emergency Management, will be sharing information about hurricanes and homeland security.  There is still a little time to send your questions. 


COMMUNITY NOTES:  (Items with an asterisk are repeats still providing valuable information)


*The Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center is pleased to announce that Lilly Lopez has joined their staff as a new social worker focusing on outreach to the Hispanic community.  Ms. Lopez is available to help individuals and families who are in need of assistance and information about caring for a family member or friend with memory loss.  She is available between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fridays.  For assistance, call (239) 437-3007.


*Patricia L. Leonard is the Regional Director of Lutheran Services out of Ft. Myers.  They are planning an outreach for children that have become wards of the state.  They already have a location that they are working on, and her e-mail address is


*Second Tuesdays (early evening) – Taking it to the Streets.  Multiple community agencies taking service information to migrant camps.  This has been a great way to reach farm workers. Contact Earl Wiggins 377-0577.


*English Support Group for victims of domestic violence, call Lucy Ortiz 657-5700.


Bethune Education Center - offers Introduction to the Trades, English for Speakers of Other Languages, General Education Development (GED) and Adult Basic Education (ABE) with space available today.  Through grants and scholarships, there are no fees for these classes.  Introduction to the Trades is a short, 20-hour evening class leading to pre-apprenticeship classes and good jobs.  Contact Bethune Education Center and talk to Nancy Iacovone 239-377-9911.


*April 5, Youth Job Fair. 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m., Immokalee Career & Service Center, 750 South Fifth St., Immokalee.  Ages 17 – 21, employers with jobs and training.  Food, music & prizes.  Contact:  Amanda Campos 239-658-3303. 


April 16, Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology Third Annual Career Education Expo, Saturday, April 16, 2005, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: career paths, training opportunities and present job openings.  Last year about 500 participants signed in for the Expo. Over 60 Business/Education Exhibitors attended.  Let all businesses know LWIT needs support.  Call 239-377-0900 for further information. 


April 19, Job Fair at the One Stop Career and Service Center of Immokalee 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Dress for success and bring resumes for on-site interviews.  Employers have job openings.  Last year about 300 people attended.  Encourage employers to sign up and job seekers to attend!   Now is the chance to make a career match in Immokalee.  Contact Thais Kuoman 239-658-3338.


(April 20, 2005)  Naples, Florida     District 5 County Commissioner Jim Coletta will be at his Immokalee office at 310 Alachua St. on Wednesday, April 20, 2005 to attend meetings and meet with constituents. 

 “I am looking forward to my day in Immokalee, a wonderful community where family values come first. If you have concerns regarding county government I would like to meet with you,” commented Commissioner Coletta.  

            That morning at 8:30 am Commissioner Coletta will be attending the Immokalee Master Plan and Visioning Committee-staff meeting at the Career and Service Center (One Stop Center) located at 750 South Fifth St.  At noon he will also be attending the Immokalee Rotary Luncheon meeting at Rib City where Commissioner Coletta welcomes all Rotarians and non-Rotarians to join him.

Anyone having questions or concerns, who would like an appointment to meet with Commissioner Jim Coletta at his Immokalee office, please contact his Aide Nancy Rosiak, at (239) 658-9293 to assist in scheduling.  Commissioner Coletta remains available by phone (239) 658-9293, fax at (239) 774-3602 or e-mail at


April 22 thru June 24.   Time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Every Friday,  FastTrac(tm) PLANNING

FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. Fee: $550 per person or team of two. A training program consisting of ten 3-hour sessions, resulting in a complete business plan for your organization.  FastTrac(tm) Planning is a proven, comprehensive program that will help you understand the business management side of your organization including developing a practical, hands-on business plan.  Special emphasis is placed on financial management, fund raising planning, and operating challenges.  This program has been specially designed and is offered for nonprofit organizations only, requiring a minimum of twelve organizations to proceed. Facilitator: Beth Hagan, Ph.D., FastTrac Master Facilitator. Location: International College, 2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples


April 23.  Rotary Club of Immokalee is sponsoring its first annual Golf Tournament!  All proceeds will be used to benefit the citizens of Immokalee.  Win a Bahamian vacation and other prizes.  Build a team.  Sponsor flags, tees, greens and more and advertise your business. Multiple levels of sponsorship are available.  Enjoy free breakfast and lunch, a great game of golf and support the community too!  Contact Richard Rice 239-657-6626 for further information and be listed in the program as a sponsor!


*May 7, 12 noon to 7:00 p.m., Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the Immokalee Airport.  Contact Ada Campos, 658-7066, for further information.


*April 13, 20, May 4, 11, and 18 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on each date. TRAIN-THE-TEACHER IN MONEY MANAGEMENT COUNSELING.    The University of Florida Extension will offer a special 5-session Training in Money Management Counseling for staff and volunteers of non-profit agencies, groups, churches, and other "help" organizations this spring.  The training will be held at

the County Government Center in Naples (corner of Rte. 41 and Airport Road) in Building B, Human Resources.   The course will provide the skills necessary to teach low-and moderate-income people (either one-on-one or small group) methods to track their expenses, make ends meet, save money, and reduce debt.  The written curriculum is available in English and Spanish.


The course is free of charge but organizations must be represented at all 5 sessions, and participants will be asked to assist at least 5 individuals/families (can be the organization's own clients or group members) and report their outreach to the University of Florida Extension Office (simple reporting system - no client name disclosure required). Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Call Jan

Bennett for a registration form at (239) 353-4244 or email your request to her at


*Youth Haven sponsors a Natural Helper Program. home-based parenting.  Contact:  April Schutz, 239-774-2904 ext. 243 or


*U.S. Citizenship classes at the Immokalee Branch of the Public Library.  Call 657-2882


*Contact Collier County Public Schools Superintendent, Mr. Raymond Baker, at  Go to for the CCPS Board meeting dates and board member email addresses.


*One Stop Career Service Center of Immokalee schedules resume writing, interviewing, Internet job searching and job applications workshops.   Contact Thais Kuoman 239-658-3338


*Money Available for Home Repair to Low- Income Residents!!!!!Home Ownership also!

The Empowerment Alliance of Southwest Florida received a grant from USDA to repair homes in Immokalee.  The program. is for very low-income homeowners (no rental units at this time).  The Empowerment Alliance is partnering with the County's SHIP program. a home repair program. in the area.  For more information, contactCall Wendy Klopf from the County at 659-5701 or Ana Salazar, Empowerment Alliance, 867-5466658-3300 at the One Stop Career Services Center of Immokalee – stay tunedImmokalee.  Ask about home ownership.


*Contact for information about preparation for the Florida Family Development Credential, a partnership that includes Florida Gulf Coast University as the credentialing agency. 


Debbie Thompson is also the IIAC guest speaker for October.


*Visit the Florida Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI) website to register for generally free or inexpensive community leader workshops at St. Petersburg College. 


*Hospice of Naples services, call 239-261-4404 and visit web site  (see March IIAC newsletter).


*Elder Helpline of Southwest Florida for seniors 60 years or older:  1-866-505-4888


*Request The Leadership Center of the Community Foundation training and events calendar for non-profits and businesses from Kay Jasso, Leadership Center of the Community Foundation, Naples, (239) 649-5000, (239) 649-5337 fax.


*Naples Free-Net (NFN) provides, in collaboration with the Immokalee Public Library, free classes on the Internet, which are posted on the community pages and the community calendar. Call the library at 657-2882 to pre-register for classes. NFN will also provide speakers and demonstrations for Immokalee community organizations. NFN services are supported by member’s monetary donations and volunteer labor.  Donations are not required in order to obtain service but donations are always welcome.  Current volunteers with Naples Free-Net at Immokalee include Webmaster Birgit Pauli-Haack, Joy Prichard, and Immokalee resident, Shelley Lieb, with the help of many Naples Free-Net volunteers.  More Immokalee volunteers are needed. – Joy Prichard,


*Seasonal and migrant farmworkers and their dependents should contact Sylvia Mendoza 658-7064 at Farmworker Jobs and Education Program. (FJEP) for assistance with career planning and school expensesOther communityAdditional support for low income Immokalee residents includes:  Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations, Inc. (COFFO) Contact:  Maria Adame 239-657-7272; Immokalee Multicultural Multipurpose Community Action Agency, Inc. (IMMCAA) Contact Sheri Bennett 239-657-2213; and Workforce Council of S.W. Florida Contact Amanda Campos 239-658-3300.


*Immokalee Friendship House provides homeless persons with shower, shelter, laundry, bed, clothing, p.h. products and food at no cost.  Call 239-657-4090.


*Horizon Village: low-cost dormitory rooms ($7/day) for single farmworkers.  Call 239-657-3649.


*The Health Department will hold a 5-week quit smoking class at your agency at your convenient hours such as lunch or after-work hours.   This will help agencies lower health care costs, enhance your agency image by promoting health, and help the community achieve its health objectives.  No charge to agencies!  For more information, call Koko DeLisi at 658-7343.


*IIAC Information Available on Diskette: Contact Sandy at the Immokalee Branch Library office located on North First Street in Immokalee or call 657-6807.





Volunteer Manager

Position #05003

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a 5,800 member not-for-profit conservation organization founded in Naples, Florida, in 1964. The mission of the Conservancy is preserving Southwest Florida's natural and forever.  The purpose of this position is to coordinate the overall volunteer program for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.  This position reports directly to the President and CEO. Compensation:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  A comprehensive benefits package is provided. FOR INFORMATION OR TO REQUEST AN APPLICATION FORM: Call 239/403-4214 or email


TO APPLY:  Send application, letter highlighting relevant experience, resume, salary requirements and history, and references to: Sharon Truluck, PHR; HR Director, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1450 Merrihue Drive, Naples FL 34102. Equal opportunity and drug-free employer.   Fax:  263-0067



Case Manager needed at the Immokalee Friendship House.  Contact Elda Hernadez 239-658-2524.


If you note grant opportunities or job announcements that may be useful to members, please submit them to the newsletter for publication here.  Note that lead times are critical for grants.  If lead-time is an issue, send the information via the listserv also. The IIAC newsletter will post job announcements. Please send the job title, agency name, contact person and closing date to:


The following is a list of the grant programs of the Community Foundation of Collier County

Please visit website for more detailed information, deadlines, and to download the applications.

Contact:  Kay Jasso (239) 649-5000 ext.202


*Professional Development Grants of up to $2000, are available to support a variety of nonprofit organizational needs, which strengthen the internal capacity of the organization. Needs in areas such as:


*              Conferences/Education for Staff and/or Board

*              Equipment/Technology: Tools, Training and/or Technical assistance

*              A consultant or speaker used for internal purposes


*Community Project Grants of up to $5000, are available to support nonprofit organizations serving Collier County. Grants are awarded to sustain excellent existing projects or launch new and creative approaches to solving community problems.


*Program. Planning & Evaluation Grants of $25,000 are awarded to support new or existing program’s of nonprofit organizations serving Collier County.  This special grant program. is designed to help organizations improve and strengthen their operations. 

*Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida:  The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.


*Volunteer speakers:  Head Start Program. has an opportunity for you!  Speakers are needed for parent meetings and trainings.  Topics:  volunteer training, dental health, first aid, simple cooking, healthy snacks, positive discipline, father involvement, managing money, home ownership, car buying, parenting skills, advocacy, mental health, etc.  Contact Shirley Sloan at email:


* created and managed by The Education Foundation, allows you to

post your student projects in need of funding as well as your needs for volunteers or materials/supplies.   Last year, Connect with a Classroom generated almost $80,000.


*Non-profits may find a useful website.


*NOTE:  The Explore Program. at Bethune Education Center is looking for paid work activity for their students at Bethune to learn work readiness skills.  If your organization has copying, collating, small assembly work and projects, please contact Israel Lopez, 239-377-9900.


*OTHER:  By popular request from the January IIAC potluck, the peach cobbler recipe from Trish Aldridge:  1 cup of self-rising flour, 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of milk, ˝ stick of butter melted and 1 can of peaches/drain some of the syrup but not all. Mix first four ingredients together and pour into a baking dish, spoon peaches into baking dish and bake at 400 for about 30 to 40 minutes.  The top will rise and turn a golden color when done.  You can use any fruit for this recipe. (Copy now – gone next month)


Reminder of upcoming meetings – clip this page and save it for your calendar!!


April 13 – Dan Summers, CEM, Bureau of Emergency Management – rescheduled hurricanes and homeland security – send in your questions so they will be answered!

May 11 – Business Meeting –Plan with us for an exciting new year 7/1/2005 – 6/30/2006!

June 8 – Telemundo – Spanish Television from Bonita Springs . . . stay tuned!

July 13 – Open for suggestions!

For more information about IIAC events

Come to this April’s IIAC meeting. Wednesday, April 13, 12:00 noon -1:00 P.M.

At the Immokalee One Stop Career and Service Center Building

Located at 750 South Fifth Street, next to the Bethune Education Center in Immokalee. 


The Immokalee Inter-Agency Council is an entirely volunteer organization with no membership dues or fees and no paid staff.  Its sole mission is to serve its members by providing a forum for non-profit agencies to share ideas and resources that benefit Immokalee residents.

ALL IIAC meetings are open to any and all interested parties and individuals. To become a member requires nothing more than attending meetings and sharing with others who you are and any announcements that could benefit Immokalee residents.

If you have a need or interest and wish to contact someone from the Immokalee Inter-Agency Council, you can call

Diane Christianson, President, at 658-7064 ;

 or Koko DeLisi, Vice President, at 658-7343     Thank You.

Watch the web site: Join the listserv for current news and information.  Send your community events to Bring your business card, program. brochures and flyers to share at meetings. Leave a copy for the IIAC book.