Need help but not sure who to call? Dial 2-1-1

Free program offers information, referrals to SWFL agencies The 2-1-1 service is a United Way program that provides free information and referral to human/ social service agencies. United Way 211 is for non-emergency assistance only and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Clients can call and receive information and referrals appropriate

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SWFL Makes Great Strides for Equality

There have been some great strides made for equality over the last year in Southwest Florida. The first Pride was celebrated in Naples last year with more than 5,000 people attending the inaugural event. The event raised more than $20,000 to establish a new LGBTQ Emergency Fund. The fund provides temporary financial support for anyone

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Keep Moving the Same Direction — Forward

We accomplish more working together for our community We have many excellent people working to make our community better. As we continue to improve equality and meet the needs of our community, it’s important that we all work together and keep things moving forward. Over the last several years, I’ve seen some obstacles that we

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Naples Pride planning under way for June 2 PRIDE

Save the date for Naples Pride Naples will celebrate its 2nd Annual Pride on June 2 at Cambier Park. The event will include music, entertainment, food, drinks and vendors. Last year the event attracted about 5,000 and a bigger crowd is anticipated this year. The event raised money to start an LGBT emergency fund. Naples

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First Naples Pride attracts 5,000

About 5,000 people attended the First Naples Pride on June 17 at Cambier Park in Downtown Naples. The theme for the first year, We Are ONE, encourages the entire Southwest Florida community to unite as one and recognize the importance of equal rights for every individual no matter their gender identity, sexual preference, race, ethnicity

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Orlando comes together for one-year mark after Pulse attack

The one-year mark after the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando saw a community rally. Leaders and citizens embraces survivors of the attack and family of victims on Orlando United Day. From a ceremony at the Orange County Administration Center declaring June 12 as Orlando United Day, now an annual event in the city, to

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Naples to celebrate First Pride on June 17

Southwest Florida will celebrate unity and equality at the First Naples Pride on June 17 at Cambier Park in Downtown Naples. The theme for the first year, We Are ONE (#WeAreOne), encourages the entire Southwest Florida community to unite as one and recognize the importance of equal rights for every individual no matter their gender

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New fund helps improve LGBTQ services

The Southwest Florida community has a new resource for helping improve services and opportunities for the LGBTQ community. The LGBT Community Fund of Southwest Florida, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, was established last year. The first LGBT Community Fund grant was awarded to Laboratory Theater’s “Staging Teen Success Through Theater” program, which

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