Making a Difference in Challenging Times

Nancy Johnson, CEO

A WORD FROM OUR CEO

Our New Normal

The new normal for TEAM and for most community non-profits these days, is comprised of lots of “virtual meetings.” Despite the challenges posed by a quarantine and shut down, we are moving some new projects forward and new volunteers continue to come on board. This time of year is typically our official “Summer Slowdown” (Memorial Day through Labor Day) when we give our busy volunteers a bit of a break.

 

Angel Helps TEAM Beautify Downtown

 

The new Punta Gorda in Bloom Project we are working on is going to be an exciting addition to our downtown landscape! Have you been to Venice, FL lately? They have made a significant investment in floral planters and new landscaping and the results are spectacular. We have proposed, and the Punta Gorda City Council has accepted, a two-block pilot area on Taylor Street to kick this off. The angel for this project is Alan Schulman who is fully funding the pilot. You may know Alan as the funder and planter of the gardens at the History Park on Shreve Street. Bloom Committee Chair, Richard Polk, and his volunteers are going full steam ahead on this great project. What an amazing gift this is! We hope it will give a lift to all our spirits and especially to the downtown merchants during troubled times. Once these two blocks are completed, we will move along to other areas of the downtown.

I would point out that TEAM has a long history of developing projects which are donated to the community. A partial list of such projects includes the Artisans Atelier, the three community gardens, the Parks That Teach markers, the information Kiosks on the Punta Gorda Pathways, and the interpretive signs along the Harborwalk.

 

TEAM donates Giving Challenge Funds to COAD Fund

Giving Partner checks from the funds raised during the March Giving Challenge have arrived! As promised, ours will be shared with the Charlotte Community Foundation’s COAD fund for Covid-19 assistance. The remainder of these funds will be used to help sustain TEAM Punta Gorda’s operations during these trying times. Many thanks to our loyal supporters for making this campaign a success.

We hope you have checked out the COAD fund site (www.COADfl.org), and perhaps purchased a t-shirt. This is a local fund established to assist those in the community who have lost jobs or otherwise need financial assistance during this crisis. You can help-out by donating to the fund. It is part of an effort by a committee of service providers in our community, called COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disaster). TEAM is part of this committee, which has been developing 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.

Punta Gorda Chooses New City Manager

City Council has chosen Gregory Murray as its next City Manager. He is from Hagerstown, Maryland. He is a retired County Administrator with lots of experience and places a high value on working with volunteers.

I was privileged to be part of the stake holders interview panel for the new City Manager held on June 23rd. The individual selected will replace City Manager, Howard Kunik, who will be retiring in September.

Nancy Johnson, CEO

July 2020