By Carolyn Peplow
The holidays are quickly approaching and Lehigh Community Services, is expecting a busy and exciting season.
Lehigh Community Services in partnership with New Life Assembly of God, Christ United Methodist Church, Lehigh Acres Save-A-Lot, Moose Lodge 2266 and Lehigh Regional Medical Center is preparing for our annual Thanksgiving food distribution. Each year we help community members with non-perishable food items to prepare the holiday meal and include either a local grocery gift card or turkey for each family.
Registration for this event is required; register daily Monday – Friday, 1-4 pm until November 13th at Lehigh Community Services, 201 Plaza Dr., Ste. 3. For information please call (239) 369-5818. The community can help in this effort with donations of shelf-stable food items used to prepare a holiday meal, gift cards or turkeys. Each year this group of partners distributes food to 400-500 families in Lehigh Acres. This year will be organized as a drive through distribution at each of the locations.
As the year progresses and with the COVID-19 effecting many residents we are on track to serve more families than ever with a variety of services; food pantry, utility assistance, Literacy classes, income tax preparation, group support programs, care and share senior food boxes and online food stamp applications, just to name a few of the services provided in Lehigh Acres.
Tax season will begin at the end of January, and appointments will be scheduled for individuals to file their taxes for FREE if the household income is less than $66,000 per year. The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program will offer evening and Saturday appointments at Lehigh Community Services and a drop off option for those who can’t set a standard appointment; spread the word to those you know who can use this service, it is estimated that a family can save around $250 in tax preparation fees with this free service provided by IRS certified volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering during tax season there is a need for tax preparers, front desk greeters and translators, contact Mary Meador at (239) 433-7567.
Save the date for the annual Lehigh Community Services fundraiser; Lobster Fest, February 27, 2021
Another awesome community resource is the United Way 211 referral service: helping individuals connect to local community resources throughout Lee County. (239) 433-3900
We would like to thank all our generous donors that support the efforts of Lehigh Community Services throughout the year. Everyone’s donations, time and efforts make a difference for our nonprofit, and for our community.
With warmest wishes for a joy-filled holiday season.
LCS is a 501c3 organization, operating in our 43rd year. We proudly serve as the United Way House for Lehigh Acres.