Your Donation – Making A Difference

We want to share the stories of how your donation is making a difference in our community.  Here I will post stories of the people we help, updates on activities we currently support, information on new programs and announcements about upcoming events.

You CAN make a difference!

December 4, 2019

A special THANK YOU to some of our recent donors.  Ron and Judi Davis who donated to our programs to help feed children.  Geri and Al Bonavito for the generous donation toward the children’s Christmas Party.  

Together, we are making a difference in our Island community!

November 29, 2019

Helping to Feed Older Islanders

On a recent day I visited a Seniors At Lunch Program here on the Island.  Two older gentlemen were waiting for their ride to go home.  As we chatted, I realized that both were quite thin.  We talked about the food served at the program (both said it was quite good and they were thankful to be able to get lunch there Monday through Friday).  I then asked “what do you do for food on the weekend or when the program is not open on a holiday?”.  Both men became quiet and then said “well, we do the best we can”.

Probing a little more I discovered that they had little food when not at the program.  Maybe a can of sardines, or a sandwich they said.  When I asked about fresh fruit or vegetables or something more filling, both replied they had no access to more food.

It doesn’t matter at this point why these older men don’t have sufficient food.  That answer can come later.  But the fact that they do not have sufficient food for the weekends certainly contributes to the thinness I observed.  The lack of food and lack of fresh food likely also contributes to health problems.  Memory difficulties.  Generally not feeling well.  Not being able to live life to its fullest.

ILMI is going to address this problem for these older Islanders and for others who attend this program.  Beginning in January, we will be providing food to be taken home so no senior here goes hungry on the weekend.  We are exploring ways to help resolve this for this group; it’s just not OK for our seniors (or children) to lack a simple, nutritional meal every day. Hopefully, we will also help resolve some of the issues that contribute to this (inability to shop, lack of access to affordable food, etc.).  We will be asking for your support for this program as we cannot do it on our own.  It is only through your generous support and donations that our work in the community can continue.  Because of you, we are making a difference in our community.  And as always, I am grateful for what you do.

Carolyn

 

SPAGHETTI DINNER A SUCCESS!

Our dinner – sponsored by The MOOSE LODGE – was a great success.  We raised funds to support our Christmas Holiday Project at Woody Simpson and for our Older Islanders Food Program.  

So many volunteers helped.  First, Thank You to Chris Pedone who made 500 meatballs and cooked pasta and garlic bread for hours.  Thank you to Trish Keller who did everything else, including the fresh Flowers on teh tables.  All the other Moose volunteers who sold tickets, helped at the buffet line, sold raffle tickets and then helped clean up. We are so thankful to you all!!!

To those who attended, including the big group from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, THANK YOU!   100% of your tickets went toward the child and senior programs.  We couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you also to Linda, Leslie and Diane for all the home baked desserts.

YUMMY!

 

 

November 8, 2019     Entrepreneur Launch Scholarship

I Love My Island, Inc. is proud to announce our new Entrepreneur Launch Scholarship for 2019-2020.  This scholarship will be given to a Merritt Island high school senior who wants to continue their education through a technical, vocational or certificate program.  Our goal is to support the entrepreneurial spirit that drives the American economy by helping a graduating senior pursue a career.    Watch for more information on this exciting new program through collaboration with the Brevard Schools Foundation.

October 16, 2019            Empowering Children

The 17th marks the United Nations celebration of “Empowering children, their families and communities…” to end poverty.  Most of us think of our Island community as exempt from this kind of poverty.   Unfortunately, incredible poverty can be found in our Island community and the effects on children is evident, especially to teachers and others in our schools.

Did you know teachers in our elementary schools have identified over 100 children attending elementary school who are “food insecure”.  That means that these children (who typically qualify for free lunch at school) do not have food available on the weekend.  Or when on school break.  Or during the summer.

I Love My Island, Inc. is working with local schools to help insure that these children have food available at these times.  We hope to increase this support through your donations; one of our schools has a waiting list of 5 children RIGHT NOW who need food so they do not go hungry on weekends!  Please consider donating $5, $10, $100 or whatever you can today to help us expand this program to cover the waiting list.  For a $300 donation you could feed a child for the entire school year!

You can go to our “Donate” button or mail a donation to us at 245 Crockett Blvd., Merritt Island, Fl. 32953.  Thank you in advance for your donation.

If you would like more information e-mail Carolyn.ilmi@yahoo.com.

 

October 1 – International Day of the Older Person

In 1990, the United National marked October 1st as the International Day of the Older Person.  This day is set aside to note the contributions of older people – in the past and today!

How can you recognize an older person in your life??

  • Have a meal with an older person, especially if that person often eats alone.  40% of persons over 65 live alone, 20% of those 85 and above.  Having a meal with others is an important way to help alleviate the isolation many older people experience.
  • Recognize the contribution of an older person.  A telephone call or note thanking them for their contribution to your life is always welcome.
  • Share in the history of an older person.  Solicit stories about their life, work, hobbies, you will probably learn a lot!

Many of my most important life lessons were learned from a “senior” in my life.  How to make pierogis, why being kind is important, how to grow tomatoes.  My memories are full of words of wisdom from older family members, patients, people I met at work.  Don’t miss an opportunity to enjoy the company of an older member of your family or community today.

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Our fund raising fun run and walk is this Saturday October 5th.

We are raising money for our programs for older Islanders and children.  Please join us!  For information go to www.therunningzone.com or e-mail to carolyn.ilmi@yahoo.com

We hope to see you there!

 

 

October 8, 2019

Our “Run Through Paradise” was held Saturday and the response was wonderful!  We had 174 registered runners.  The St. Luke’s Episcopal Church was a wonderful venue and the church members did an incredible job as hosts.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Callenberger Orthopedic Specialists – who also entered the team competition!

Merritt Island Now Magazine

Breathe Bodyworks – who gave free massages!

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church – what a wonderful venue!

Island Barber Parlour

Thank you also to the Boy Scouts at St. Luke’s who presented the colors and helped as course monitor and clean-up crew!

Many thanks to the men and women of the Moose Lodge who

helped hand out race bags AND worked the water station.

Brevard County Sheriff’s office for helping keep us safe.

Thank you also to all the neighbors on North Merritt Island who

cheered on the runners!

Thank you to Anne, John, Erin, Mark, Don and all the staff of The Running Zone for helping manage this event.

Thank you to all the runners and walkers and those who came to cheer them on!  We appreciate your support!

 

September 9, 2019

Met with some clients on Friday who are working through our Care Management Program (services are provided at no cost).   It’s amazing what can happen when an older Islander has some help in setting goals and following-through!  These successes often impact multiple facets of daily living – better functioning and adherence to treatment plans are positively impacted.  It is so gratifying to work with people 1:1 and get to see the successes!

This work is supported through your donations and through our fundraising.  Our walk/run on October 5th is our 1st big fundraiser.  Please consider contributing what you can.  Even a $20.00 donation can make a difference in continuing to provide this program.  To register as a walker or runner, go to www.securetherunningzone.com or call 321-501.3999.

To donate you can go to the “donate” button on this site, visit our store and make a cash donation or send a check to I Love My Island, Inc., 245 Crockett Blvd., Merritt Island, Fl. 32953.

EVERY CONTRIBUTION IS MEANINGFUL AND APPRECIATED!  Our work in the community continues because of YOU. Thank you.

** We are still in need of business sponsors for this event.  Please call 321.501.3999.

Carolyn

 

September 5, 2019

We were so lucky!  Praying for all those in the Bahamas who were hit so hard.  A reminder of just how unpredictable hurricanes are.

We are working on our Run/Walk scheduled for October 5th. Our newest sponsor is Island Barber Parlour at 525 N Courtenay Parkway.  Dana and the crew there are the best and we appreciate their donation.  THANK YOU!

We are also accepting individual sponsorships or donations.  If you can help with this – our only fundraiser this year – please go to the donate page on this site or call me at 321.501.3999.

Thank you to Linda, Polly, Mary and Christine for you individual donations!

We are still seeking sponsors from businesses small and large.  These include some terrific advertising opportunities.  For information call 321.501.3999.

These are our medals.  If you haven’t signed up go to the Running Zone and register.

 

 

 

Thursday August 29, 2019

The forecasters are saying we are going to be in the path of Hurricane Dorian with a possible landfall on Sunday.

Please stay calm and prepare.  You know what to do – get water, bring anything that can become a projectile inside, make sure you have needed medications and food that does not require cooking or refrigeration.  Charge your phones.  You might need flashlights and make sure you have batteries.  Make sure you have 1/2 tank of gas in your car.  If you plan on using a generator if we lose electricity – outside only!  Never place a generator inside a garage.

Monitor local news and weather reports for information, warnings and emergency instructions if any are issued by the county.

If you want to evacuate find out where emergency shelters are located.  If you need help, visit the Brevard County Emergency Management Facebook page for up-to-date information or call the BCEM office at 321.637.6670.

If you have special needs (such as requiring oxygen or other medical equipment that requires electricity) plan now.  As a safety measure, collect and safeguard any critical paperwork in a waterproof container.  Assemble a first aid kit.  

There is no need to panic – preparation can make a huge difference in safety.  Prepare and stay aware of local news.  Remember – safety first!

Carolyn

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Monday August 26, 2019

Helen* was brought to my office a week ago by her brother.  She has lived in a nursing home for many years after a tragic auto accident left her with brain damage.  Her family has been supportive and visits her regularly but they are not in a position to help her monetarily.  Helen has been wearing clothes handed down from other residents of her home, she has not chosen an outfit for herself for some time.

Helen and I spent about an hour finding pants and blouses she liked.  She was very picky (as I am!) about the color and fit. We found several new outfits and Helen had a huge smile on her face as she left!  Seems like such a little thing – new pants and blouses – but such an important gift from the community.

You helped put that smile on her face through your donations to our non-profit.  There are many older Islanders like Helen that need your help. Although I have changed her name to protect her privacy there are many “Helens” on our Island.  Your donations are returned to the community through our non-profit organization and YOU make a difference.  Thank you for caring and contributing!

Carolyn

September 5, 2019

We were so lucky!  Praying for all those in the Bahamas who were hit so hard.  A reminder of just how unpredictable hurricane are.

We are working on our Run/Walk scheduled for October 5th. Our newest sponsor is Island Barber Parlour at 525 N Courtenay Parkway.  Dana and the crew there are the best and we appreciate their donation.  THANK YOU!

We are also accepting individual sponsorships or donations.  If you can help with this – our only fundraiser this year – please go to the donate page on this site or call me at 321.501.3999.

Thank you to Linda, Polly, Mary and Christine for you individual donations!

We are still seeking sponsors from businesses small and large.  These include some terrific advertising opportunities.  For information call 321.501.3999.