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Community Health Association opens fund for Lehigh Community Services

Community Health Association opens fund for Lehigh Community Services

Community Health Association opens fund for Lehigh Community Services
$1.5 million to support community services in Lehigh

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Mar. 16, 2015) – The Community Health Association (CHA), Inc. established a $1.5 million fund at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to support Lehigh Community Services.

Community Health Association is a private nonprofit foundation based in Lehigh Acres that has been promoting health education and improving the quality of care in Southwest Florida for 45 years. This new endowed fund establishes a legacy at the Community Foundation to ensure continued support of the citizens of Lehigh Acres.

Lehigh Community Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization started in 1977 for charitable purposes to assist in furthering the welfare and well being of those residents residing in Lehigh Acres. The agency provides emergency services to residents of the community while promoting self-sufficiency.

“Our cup overflows thanks to the Community Healthy Association for its faith in our agency and generous support, which allows us to continue its amazing legacy in our community,” said Rae Nicely, executive director of Lehigh Community Services. “This funding is a Godsend, and we’re humbled and sincerely grateful for this incredible opportunity to expand services in Lehigh.”

Lehigh Community Services recently received its first annual check for $62,645.04

“It was the intent of our board to help the Leigh community as much as we could, and we are pleased with our legacy and what this will do for Lehigh,” said Jon Olliff, CHA’s Board Treasurer. “Rae has done such a tremendous job, and we hope this funding allows her to expand her phenomenal services. We were able to find the perfect vehicle to oversee the endowed funding through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.”

As leaders, conveners, grant makers and concierges of philanthropy, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation is a foundation built on community leadership with an inspired history of fostering regional change for the common good in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Community Foundation, founded in 1976, connects donors and their philanthropic aspirations with evolving community needs. With assets of more than $80 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $60 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves. Last year, the Foundation granted more than $2.8 million to nonprofit organizations supporting education, animal welfare, arts, healthcare and human services. The Foundation granted $782,000 in nonprofit grants including more than $400,000 in regional community impact grants and additional $450,000 in scholarship grants.

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