TEAM Punta Gorda: Coming Together by Staying Apart!

Nancy Johnson, CEO

A WORD FROM OUR CEO

We hope you are doing well while staying home to protect our community and Florida from the spread of COVID-19. Although our office is closed and several events canceled or postponed, many of our volunteers are working remotely on TEAM initiatives. Our “meetings” continue using video conferencing. All of us are focused above all on keeping our families and our community safe. Please heed official direction and stay home!

The Sarasota Community Foundation’s 2020 Giving Challenge is coming up on April 28 and 29. TEAM is fundraising and we need your help. Many of you know from previous years that this is an online, 24-hour, matching fund drive for local charities. All donations up to $100 will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to the Patterson Foundation.

This year TEAM will be sharing its proceeds with the Charlotte County COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster). TEAM is part of this committee, which has been holding regular conference calls to develop strategies to help those who are feeling this pinch the most. The sponsoring organizations are The Charlotte Community Foundation, The United Way, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and the Charlotte County Office of Human Services. Congratulations to them for getting this local relief fund up and running fast. Their website is www.coadfl.org.

You can learn more about the 2020 Giving Challenge on our website and Facebook pages. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

TEAM has been working on several other projects, including:

1% Sales Tax Infrastructure Projects: TEAM is participating on the City’s sales tax committee to determine projects to be funded should the 1% Sales Tax Infrastructure Fund be extended by the public in November.  This extra 1% has been in effect for a long time. It has helped fund many important infrastructure projects such as Punta Gorda’s Harborwalk.

Water Quality: TEAM has been exploring with community leaders the idea of launching a Charlotte Harbor water quality initiative. Our role would be public education and perhaps a sustainable landscaping demonstration.

TEAM Builds: Volunteers completed most of the construction phase of the 2020 build prior to social distancing directives. The balance of this phase will be completed by Habitat contractors. As soon as feasible, small groups of 4-5 volunteers will work to paint and complete the interior.

Stay safe & be well…

Nancy Johnson, CEO

Nancy Johnson is the CEO of TEAM Punta Gorda. TEAM Punta Gorda is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Ideas or questions can be addressed to team@teampuntagorda.org or visit our website, www.teampuntagorda.org.