The Foundation itself was established to assist the officers and their families that serve the island residents. They have provided financial assistance for injured personnel, established a scholarship fund, and have helped with other unplanned expenses for those that work for the agency.They also assist the department with crowd and traffic control at special events and provided educational programs for residents.
This year, due to the impact of Hurricane Irma the directors of the Marco Island Police Foundation have also seen fit to make two donations to local organizations that have been assisting victims of the storm.
The organizations that each received a monetary grant in the amount of $1,500 from the Foundation were the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, which is managed from the Family Church of Marco Island, as part of a collaborative effort with other churches on the island.
“Both these organizations do so much good for those that need a helping hand,” said Board President Dick Adams, who was joined by former Board President Joe Granda and Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino, as they presented checks in support of the work both groups do.
“We sometimes lose sight of the fact that there are families and individuals in great need within our area and we have a responsibility to assist where we can,” said Granda.
Our Daily Bread Food Pantry also receives donations at the Bargain Basket and the YMCA, in addition to nine other churches on the island, in a collaborative effort to feed those in need. For more information on their needs and ways you can help, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society also runs a food pantry operation, in addition to a Meals on Wheels Program and two thrift stores to meet the demands of the needy. They will also do individual casework with those they help and provide assistance to. You can learn more about their operations by visiting www.svdpnamples.org or calling 239-775-1667.
If you are interested in joining the Marco Police Foundation, visit www.marcopolicefoundation.org to learn more about the work they do and for an application.