The heart of TEAM is its volunteers who are collaborating with the community,
its citizens, and governments to preserve the historic nature
and visual identity of the community. Choose the right role
for you, depending on the time you have to share and your specific
interests and talents. Become involved in one of TEAM’s
many committees identified below and meet other people with
common interests. You can also become a TEAM participant in
one of many community events through our Volunteer Corps. Catch
the spirit! Contact TEAM at 941-637-8326 or firstname.lastname@example.org to
let us know your interests.
Every organization has this function and TEAM
is no exception. Administration is responsible for finance,
membership, and the office. If you have accounting, finance,
computer, budget, planning, or operations expertise, you can
lend a hand. It’s a well-run, fun group to share your time with!
Contact: Gini Pender
This team of architects and citizens interested in architectural
standards provides collaborative input to the city’s Design
Studio on new projects submitted to the city and to others seeking
TEAM’s expertise. It’s a very valuable and appreciated
service. Members use the Citizens’ Master Plan 2005 as
the basis for the input.
Contact: Bill Gazzola
The Artisans' Atelier is a working artists' studio and gallery located at 117 Herald Court Center, Unit #113. A team of artists, gallery owners, local art organizations and art lovers planned and assessed the needs of artists for studio and gallery space. With the building of the Herald Court Center in downtown Punta Gorda, an affordable and centrally located space was identified. This is a secure, affordable venue where artists can create, exhibit and sell their work. The artists must commit to working 18 of the 36 hours the atelier is open. Current hours are 11am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and until 8 pm on Gallery Walk,the 3rd Thursday of the month. Jerry Presseller is the manager of the Atelier 391-4856.
Contact: Clarisa Parodi
This committee works
collaboratively with the city to identify potential landscaping
projects. It’s an
especially important committee since the City no longer
has a separate beautification budget for such projects.
Volunteer teams are organized to implement them. Funding
is raised through the sale of pavers. Completed work
to date includes Marion Avenue landscaping, the Herald
Court brick walkway, Hector House Plaza across from
the historic Courthouse and the Interactive Fountain at Laishley
Contact: Suzanne McCormick
This committee is responsible for internal and external
communications making sure everyone is aware that TEAM
remains an active and positive influence in our community.
This includes media liaison, website content, the speakers’ bureau,
monthly newspaper columns and op-ed articles, the monthly
e-newsletter TEAMTalk, and other exciting communications
projects. If you like to write or have marketing expertise,
this is a perfect team for you!
Contact: Bill Welsch
The goal of this committee is to establish community gardens in Punta Gorda. We embrace the many benefits from such a project including learning how to grow (nutritious) food, achieving a sense of accomplishment, exercising, enjoying camaraderie, and feeding the hungry. We are currently working on our first garden in the South County Regional Park, a facility of Charlotte County Community Services, and a model for many more gardens to come in our city as well as in Charlotte County. This garden is a collaboration of TEAM Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Master Gardeners and interested citizens.
Contact: Mike Stevens
From working with the city on collaborative projects
to providing input on upcoming commercial development,
this umbrella group is comprised of many committees,
including Artisans' Village,
Higher Education, Maritime, and Spokes and Trails. Many working
professionals and those who have served in related roles provide
significant expertise to help our projects. Representatives also
serve as TEAM’s interface to other organizations including
the Charlotte County Airport Authority, Main Street Punta Gorda,
and the Punta Gorda Historic Mural Society.
Contact: Robin Adair
TEAM Punta Gorda is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
We are 100% dependent on contributions from citizens
and proceeds from fundraising events to help us pursue
our mission. This team works with other committees to
secure sponsorships for the annual golf tournament, the
bicycle tour, and Bikes-and-Brunch events, along with
other projects throughout the year. Contributions support
the initiatives of the committees as well as our office
Contact: Jason Green
The goal of this team is to assist TEAM Punta Gorda and
other organizations in acquiring funding from a variety
of sources for public and private community needs through
the research and writing of grants. Several grants have
been funded as a result of this committee’s assistance.
More are in the works. This committee has also provided facilitation
and planning services to TEAM's committees and other non-profits
in the community.
Contact: Nancy Johnson
Volunteers in this category attend various city and county
board and council meetings to keep team in the know. Committee
members may present TEAM positions to help city and county
committees in their work. Besides the City Council and the
Charlotte County Commission, our volunteers attend meetings
of the Historic Preservation Advisory Council, Revitalization
Committee, Planning & Zoning
Board, and Beautification Committee, to name a few. For each
board assignment, a backup volunteer is appointed to cover
when the primary volunteer is not available. Join in!
Contact: Massey Loughman
Diversifying our Punta Gorda area economy requires a
complex solution, one element of which is the contribution
of higher education to the community. This group of citizens
and government representatives is exploring how Punta
Gorda can attract additional higher education offerings
to the area.
Contact: Bill Hughes
This committee is working on obtaining approval for and
assisting with implementation of the Punta Gorda Waterfront
Master Plan. The waterfront transformation will ensure
that Punta Gorda residents and visitors are able to enjoy
a wide variety of healthy and interesting activities
in the waterfront and downtown business areas. Join this
committee of boaters, architects, and interested citizens
and contribute to a legacy for Punta Gorda.
Contact: Art Armstrong
This committee is responsible for managing TEAM’s office
including the volunteer staff needed to provide a friendly
face to the public. If you have an extra hour to help, you can
lend a hand. The office is in Punta Gorda’s vibrant downtown
in the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce’s suite. The office
has a wonderful view of Marion Avenue and the Sunloft Center
across the street. It’s an energetic place to be!
Contact: Gini Pender
When entering Charlotte County via any of the main South County entranceways, first impressions and curb appeal play a significant role in the growth and progress of tourism as well as in the development of the overall County’s business base. Recognizing the importance of these factors, elected City and County officials in September 2009 agreed to proceed with a study and development of a plan addressing architectural and landscaping features of South County entranceways. TEAM through the South County Gateway Project Committee provides active input and support of City and County planning for entranceway upgrades. This has been a slow process and SCGP has taken a pro-active role in pushing for signage codes on County property which more reflect city standards as well as identifying possible funding sources to support median upgrades on the major entranceways. The success of this mission benefits not only Punta Gorda but the county as a whole.
Contact: Charles Counsil
This committee is working to convert our abandoned and
active railroad right-of-ways to "trails" for the use of walkers
and bicyclists. We’re also advocates for additional multi-use
paths through linear parks, along the waterfront, and linking
Punta Gorda with other communities. Comprised of county and city
staff, local business leaders, and private citizens, this group
is seeking a national designation of “Bicycle-Friendly
Community” for Punta Gorda. This very active group hosts
quarterly Bikes-and-Brunch events along with an annual bicycle
Contact: Court Nederveld
From time to time TEAM holds events that need planning
and organization skills. From the annual meeting that
attracts the entire community to our annual volunteer
appreciation reception for our active volunteers, there
is opportunity to have fun and meet lots of new friends.
If you like to host parties and plan meetings, then this
committee is for you.
Contact: Naomi Gazzola
Volunteers are notified
when various TEAM projects arise, such as beautification initiatives.
We also organize our volunteers to assist other organizations
with their activities, like the Peace River National Art Festival,
and the Fourth of July Blow-out to name a few. It’s lots
of fun and gives volunteers the chance to help our community at
the same time. Collaborating with other organizations is a
valuable role that TEAM plays.
Contact: Mary Mazur