Several years ago the Federation Board and the Jewish Community Relations Council established a “Fund for Human Needs” to recognize organizations for their generous spirit and service to the entire community. It was another way for Jews in Collier County, as represented by their Federation, to practice tikkun olam, “bettering the world.” 


This award allows the JCRC and the JFGN to acknowledge the positive contributions of several select non-profit organizations in our community.  Annually, monetary awards are given to two small non-profit agencies. The objective is to identify agencies who serve a severely means-limited, disadvantaged population.   We seek agencies who have limited ability or success with their own fundraising.  Last year’s recipients were Bikes for Tykes and Collier Resource Center.

Grants have been made to the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Collier Council on Aging, NAACP Collier Branch, Collier County Education Foundation, Redlands Christian Association Literacy Program, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Baby Basics, Bedtime Bundles, Shelter for Abused Women and Children, the Senior Friendship Health Center, Lighthouse of Collier County,​ Naples Equestrian Challenge, Project HELP, Grace Place, Bedz for Kidz, Laces of Love, BookBuddiesOnLine and Naples Pride.


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2021 Recipients

BookBuddiesOnline is a summer program aimed at giving the top academic-achieving high school students from economically challenged minority ethnic populations a head start in preparing for college. Its mission is to keep elementary school children reading at or above grade level and instilling a love of reading in the process. Each grade school child is paired with a high school buddy who, while tutoring, will earn community service hours needed for graduation.

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Naples Pride was the other group selected. It is headed by Cori Craciun. A volunteer-based grassroots nonprofit, Naples Pride aims to unite and empower southwest Florida’s LGBTQ community, to educate, and to foster social change and equality for all. Naples Pride helps meet the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community of SWFL from its community center, where it offers support groups for a wide range of individuals in need of support.   Click here for more information.

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2020 Recipients

Bikes for Tykes


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Collier Resource Center


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2019 Recipients

Bedz for Kidz

Bedz for Kidz Cynthia Shafer, Founder

A volunteer advocate may request a warm cozy bed and bedding for a child in need of one’s own. For 20 years, Cynthia Shafer has served as a GAL volunteer advocate. In the course of her advocacy work, she recognized that caring people are sometimes willing to take in a vulnerable child, but they lack the resources to provide a bed. So, in 2001, Cynthia founded the Bedz for Kidz Program on behalf of the Guardian ad Litem Program. She and her husband have driven close to 120,000 miles throughout our five-county region while delivering and assembling over 2300 beds.

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Laces of Love

LACES OF LOVE Co-Founders Jeanne Nealon & Susy Warren

The Laces of Love Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides new shoes to low-income and disadvantaged children. It helps create awareness in our community about the needs of these children. Since its incorporation in 2005, Laces of Love has provided over 150,000 pairs of new shoes to needy kids in Southwest Florida.

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