ICSL is a community service organization serving the residents of South Ft Myers, Estero, and San Carlos Park. The mission is to feed the hungry, guide the young, and aid the needy because we care. The major service provided is the community food pantry. In 2013 we provided food for 483 households which is 4,173 individuals. ICSL received 505,467 pounds of dry good donations from local merchants, HOA and church food drives as well as individual contributions.
Since its’ founding in 1991, ICSL has grown at a significant rate to meet the increasing needs of the community. ICSL receives grants to assist in the payment of client utility bills and mortgages from the United Way. Other programs include connecting clients with vailable services. The VITA program is a free income tax return preparation service. In 2013, 425 tax returns were prepared, which netted $625,745 in individual refunds. Meals on Wheels delivered 3,403 meals in 2013. We continue to add programs as we are able in order to provide essential services that would otherwise go unmet.
As the United Way partner house of Estero and San Carlos Park, other UW partners are able to utilize our property to its fullest. Each week is busy with activities including teaching English, Money Management by the University of Florida Extension Service to teach budgeting, setting financial goals and becoming fiscally responsible. All of our programs are only possible through the availability of the larger facility purchased in the fall of 2008.
We are thankful for the faithfulness of our supporters, staff, volunteers, and board of directors who demonstrate their compassion in many areas of service. Without them we would not be able to meet the needs of our neighbors in our community. 98% of our cash and in-kind donations received, is used directly for program activities.