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FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 27, 2018) – The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has launched an Earth Day campaign to raise awareness and funds for the environment in Southwest Florida.
The “Earth Day the SWFL Way” campaign is meant to engage locals on how they can save our unique environment and help be a part of the change by sharing what efforts they pledge to take in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2018.
By visiting participants can take a poll and choose three things they plan to do in honor of Earth Day. There are giveaways for everyone who engages and the Community Foundation is giving away Pura Vida bracelets to anyone who makes a donation to their Fund for the Environment of Southwest Florida.
Options in the poll for engagement include stopping the use of plastic straws, using your own cup when you buy a cup of coffee or tea, avoiding the use of plastic cutlery and bottles, using re-usable shopping bags and more.
“We are focused on a sustainable Southwest Florida and think the idea of doing the most good for the community right now while protecting it for the future is important,” said Sarah Owen, president and CEO of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation. “Sustainability, especially for our environment, is at the center of everything we do.”
Earth Day is celebrating its 48th year as a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion and motivate people to action. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Today, the Earth Day Network (EDN) works with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, the Foundation invested $5.4 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of $115 million, it has provided more than $71 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan. Currently, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s regional headquarters are located off College Parkway in South Fort Myers, with satellite offices located on Sanibel Island, in LaBelle (Hendry County) and downtown Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit

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