3180 Estey Avenue, Naples, FL 34104
The Salvation Army of Collier County
Doing The Most Good in Collier County since 1981
The Salvation Army officially dedicated the Naples Corps on February 1, 1981, and the Naples Family Services Center at the Estey Avenue campus was dedicated on January 24, 1993. We also have an Immokalee Social Services office to help our neighbors in need.
Originally serving the community with a Family Shelter, Emergency Social Services and Disaster Services, the Naples Corps 2004 feasibility study determined a need for additional Child Care options, and the Family Shelter became our Child Development Center. The center offers affordable daycare for children ages 1 through 5. The Fran Cohen Youth Center opened in April 2017, serving elementary through sixth-grade students with after-school and summer day camp programs.
The Salvation Army Naples serves all of Collier County and is actively meeting human needs without discrimination. We invest in our community by investing in individuals, not only meeting short-term basic needs but providing a caring continuum of services to the families and individuals we serve. We offer many unique and comprehensive programs to meet basic needs that are evident across the county.
Ministry to the whole person – body, mind and spirit – are the hallmarks of the services offered by The Salvation Army. We see a need and try to meet that need.
Captains Ben and Annie Bridges, along with their three daughters, Lilly (6), Marlee (4) & Annabel (1) have served the Salvation Army previously as Corps Officers (Pastors) in Clay County, FL for three years and Tampa, FL for three years.
Ben and Annie are both life-long Salvationists with a passion for God and His people. Ben was born in Clearwater, FL, graduated from Tarpon Springs High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Florida. Annie was born to Salvation Army Officer parents and saw many different hometowns over the years. Upon graduation from Georgia State University, Annie began working as a Middle School Teacher in Tampa, FL while Ben found himself working for the Salvation Army’s Divisional Headquarters in both the Music and Missions Departments.
With a deep sense that God had more in store for their lives, the Bridges entered the Salvation Army Training college in 2010. Captains Ben and Annie enjoy many things, but nothing brings them more joy than their three beautiful girls as they together experience life filled with music, laughter and a love for the world.
Lieutenant Noldine Joseph arrives to us with a spirit after God’s own heart and a desire to serve His people and proclaim His love to all. Noldine has been infused with a love for God’s people ever since being born in Haiti. Growing up she attended West Palm Beach, Florida Corps where she undertook leadership through Praise and Worship and a variety of other activities. Her life, however, would not feel complete if she did not answer the call to go into full-time ministry as a Salvation Army Corps Officer.
Lieutenant Joseph is ecstatic to preach His gospel and meet human needs in His name without discrimination and this is seen in her character. One key aspect of Noldine’s life is her love for God’s people. Her excitement and love is contagious as she smiles and lights up the room with the light of God that exudes from her personality and her walk with God. She loves to cook, eat, sleep, read and spend time with family, especially her sisters. She is excited to serve alongside the staff in Naples and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The Salvation Army Naples Corps Advisory Board is made up of business and community leaders who provide wisdom, involvement, and support to the work and programs of the Corps.
Board members assist Officers and Staff in dealing with, identifying, and solving complex community needs, changing funding trends, and work to connect the Army to the larger community in meaningful ways.
2018 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS:
Chris Seebeck, Community Volunteer
Linda Thompson, Community Volunteer
Sharon Belcher, CPA, Rogers Wood Hill Starman & Gustason
Jeannette Batten, Realtor, John R. Wood Properties
Bob Clark, Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
Stephanie Dixon, IBERIABANK Corporation
Paul J. Marinelli, Wealth Advisor, RiverGlades Family Offices, LLC
Jerry Nicely, North Naples United Methodist Church Community Volunteer
Joshua D. Rudnick, Attorney, Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti & Rudnick
Monica Scire, First Florida Integrity Bank
Dan Summers, Director of Emergency Services at Collier County
Rev. Sheila Zellers, Motivated by Love Ministries Naples
Fran Cohen Youth Center LN# C20C07538
Child Development Center LN# C20C07538
Social Services & Food Pantries
Immokalee Service Center
Operation Lasting Hope
Hurricane Irma Disaster Assistance Center
If you would like to support our Collier County missions please contact:
Thank you for your interest in a position at The Salvation Army in Naples. You can access all of our job openings and apply online. See the instructions below.
- Apply online at http://salvationarmysouth.org/careers/
- Select Careers.
- Select “Apply Now” for the Southern Territory Headquarters AND the Florida Division.
- Select the position and location you are interested in applying (Naples is “FL The Salvation Army-3180 Estey Ave)
- Select Apply Now beside the position and create your account.
- Complete your application.
OR apply in person Monday through Friday at our main office located at 3180 Estey Avenue, Naples, FL 34104
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Become a Salvation Army Social Ambassador. Help create awareness and generate interest in The Army Mission to feed, to clothe, to comfort, to care without discrimination by talking, commenting and sharing on social media. Connect with us on:
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Annual Online Events
- #GiveWhereYouLiveCollier – online fundraiser hosted by Community Foundation of Collier County in February or March.
- #Rally4Good – hosted by Ultimate Garages benefitting the Fran Cohen Youth Center in the spring.
- #BackToSchool – share information on school supply drives in August.
- #HurricanePreparedness – share tips in September.
- #CCPS – many of our Collier Schools participate in our October Holiday Food Drive, show them some love.
- #GivingTuesday – share your giving traditions the Tuesday after #BlackFriday in November.
- #FightForGood – annual Salvation Army Christmas campaign.
- #RedKettleReason – from November to year-end.
Naples Annual Food Drive Events
- Naples Daily News "Satisfy The Hunger" usually held in March or April.
- US Post Office "Stamp Out Hunger" usually held in May.
- October is The Salvation Army Community Holiday Food Drive month.
Official TSA logos can be downloaded from our Florida site at https://ministrytoolkit.org/, click the "General User" button.
Get creative with our Online Brand Coordinator, call 249-210-4006.
You care and it shows. Thank you.
Memorial and Tribute Gifts
Establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor the memory of someone special or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or holiday. Your memorial or tribute gift will contribute to helping others in Collier County.
In lieu of sending flowers, you may wish to show sympathy by making a charitable gift. You and the honoree’s next-of-kin will receive an acknowledgment card. Please provide our local Development staff with acknowledgment contact information.
If you would like to support our Collier County missions please contact:
Thank you for allowing The Salvation Army to honor your loved one.
Some people’s legacies are written on monuments.
Yours can be written on lives. The Salvation Army has many financial planning options to help you plan your estate. Salvation Army planned giving advisors are professionals with many years of experience in estate and gift planning who care about your goals and plans. They will work with your attorney or accountant to explain the many gift opportunities available to you and the financial advantages of each. Contact The Salvation Army to learn how confidential, personal financial planning can help you achieve your goals while helping to sustain our life-changing mission.
2019 Christmas Toy Shop Location
Naples Christmas Toy Shop: Food and new unwrapped toys for the 2019 holiday season can be dropped off Monday – Friday at 3420 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112 (Old Office Depot building, near Dunkin Donuts, formally our Disaster Assistance Center).
Immokalee Service Center: 2050 Commerce Avenue #8 Immokalee, FL 34142.
The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help distribute the gifts, along with food for holiday meals, to the participating families. Oftentimes, employees and family members of the sponsoring organization help distribute their group’s gifts throughout their community. Community volunteer and service groups, church groups, and retired senior volunteer programs often aid The Salvation Army during the holidays and throughout the year, but more volunteers are always needed.
Note: The Naples Christmas Toy Shop location will vary from year to year. We depend on commercial property owners who have available seasonal space and take corporate social responsibility seriously (#CSR)! Help us thank them for their generous support by supporting the retail shops in their plaza.
If you would like to support our Collier County missions please contact:
When you start a fundraiser, volunteer, or donate to the Red Kettles this Christmas, you’re helping The Salvation Army fight for those most in need.
“Hungry” is no way to spend the holidays
59% of people seeking food assistance choose between paying for food and paying rent or mortgage.
Our holiday food boxes include more than 18 lbs. of shelf-stable pantry items like canned vegetables and meat, boxed stuffing mix, pasta, rice and more.
You can give hope when you participate in a community food drive: Holiday Food Drive Poster pdf file.
#FightForGoodSWFL School Food Drive
Last year Collier County students collected more than 30,000 food items from October 1st – 31st. Their monumental efforts provided 1,950 families and 222 seniors living in Naples and Immokale with items needed to make a holiday meal during Thanksgiving and/or Christmas.
2019 Participating Collier County Schools | Tag for Twitter:
- Avalon Elementary | @AVEDragonStrong
- Calusa Park Elementary | @blackbearsroar
- Community School of Naples | @CSNaples
- Corkscrew Elementary | @CESCorkyBear
- Corkscrew Middle | @CorkscrewMiddle
- Everglades City | @team_evg
- Golden Gate Elementary | @GGEseagulls
- Golden Gate High | @GGHS_Titans
- Golden Gate Middle | @GGM_SOARS
- Gulf Coast Charter Academy South | @GCCAS1
- Lake Park Elementary | @LPEPanthers
- Laurel Oak Elementary | @LaurelOakElem
- Lely Elementary | @LelyLionsRoar
- Lely High | @WeAreLely
- Lorenzo Walker High | @LWTHSMustangs
- Marco Island Academy | @MarcoIslandAcad
- Marco Island Charter Middle | @IslandMiddle
- Naples Park Elementary | @NPESharks
- Oakridge | @oms_bulldogs
- Sabal Palm Elementary | @SPEHAWKSNAPLES
- Seagate Elementary | @SeaGateES
- Vineyards Elementary | @VineyardsVipers
Give the kids shouts of encouragement on Twitter #FightForGoodSWFL.
Thank you to Ray the Mover/North American Van Lines at 3861 Domestic Ave. in Naples, Florida for providing our 2019 school food drive collection boxes. Help us show them appreciation on their Ray the Mover Facebook Page.
Things you will find on this page:
- Host a toy drive collection box, see form below.
- Support materials: Logos, posters, social media materials and more contact Robin Wendell.
- Public events and offers.
- Toy drop-off locations.
- Toy shop volunteer opportunities.
The Salvation Army is charged with managing the Toys for Tots toy collection drive in Collier County. Distribution of the toys is done via our Angel Tree NaplesChristmasCheer.com program. Once a child has been registered as an “Angel,” The Salvation Army makes a promise to provide Christmas for that child.
In order to accomplish this, The Salvation Army depends on our partnership with Toys for Tots and the generosity of individual donors, local corporations and organizations. Last year, hundreds of companies, organizations and individuals helped fulfill the gift requests of more than 6,000 local children who would otherwise have not had gifts at Christmas.
Host a Toys for Tots Drop-Off Location
You can host your own drop-off location by planning an event at your home, workplace or in a community location. Encourage friends to stop by and donate a new unwrapped toy.
You may also want to involve your children in the donation process by contacting Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other community service groups who can organize a drive.
What Types of Toys to Donate
Children ages 0-12: While there are many lists of popular toys for kids of all ages, there is no preapproved donation list for Toys for Tots. You may want to consider donating toys from categories that include sporting equipment/bags/balls, books, board games, radio control cars/trucks, dolls, hand-held electronics, bicycles and skateboards/helmets. Please do not donate toys that look like realistic weapons.
Children ages 13-18: The Salvation Army works with children ages 13-18 on a case by case basis. These children are often referred to us by the District Liaison for the Homeless & Foster Care Education Program run by the Collier County Public Schools, or organizations like Youth Haven, and the Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County.
These children have special needs and would benefit best from receiving a gift card in $10 denominations. Walmart, Target, and even gift cards to the movie theatre allow these children access to things not provided for by food pantries, back-to- school drives, or other items provided by various local social services programs throughout the year.
If you are not sure what to buy or do not have the time to get to a store, you can donate money online using a credit card. Checks should either be made out to Toys for Tots or The Salvation Army of Collier County, not both.
Volunteer Your Time and Resources
Consider volunteering time to help at the Christmas Toy Shop sorting and packing toys, clothing and food.
- November 4 – December 20, 2019
- Mon. – Fri. 9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 3 pm
- 3420 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112
To get an idea of how much work goes into getting ready for Christmas watch our 2017 time-lapse video on our YouTube Channel.
Additional Volunteer Needs
Drivers are needed to help drop-off signage and collection boxes at retail and business locations on Thursday, November 7, 2019. For more information on our #BoxBlast2019 event visit our Facebook event page.
Restaurants and individuals who are able to provide lunch for Toy Shop volunteers.
If you would like to support our Collier County missions please contact:
What is an Angel Tree
The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new clothing and/or toys for children of needy families. Each Angel Tree is decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age, and gender of a child who is in need of a gift. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.
Purpose of Angel Tree
- To provide toys/gifts for individuals in need;
- To eliminate the cost of toys/gifts that would normally be part of The Salvation Army’s holiday expenses, thus making more funding available for emergency needs such as food, clothing, shelter, rental assistance, fuel assistance, etc.;
- To offer the opportunity for supporters to assist someone in need by selecting an “angel” and purchasing a special gift for that “angel;”
- To offer supporters the opportunity to provide items needed by The Salvation Army for the holiday season, as well as throughout the year.
Each year, sponsors, ranging from neighborhood associations to private companies, volunteer to place Angel Trees in secure, high-pedestrian traffic areas within their community, organization or office. Many sponsors provide a tree as an added donation, along with promotional materials to inform their community, members or staff of the program, along with confidential information about the children who will benefit from their generosity. The sponsoring organization also serves as a collection place for the gifts and provides secure storage until a volunteer from The Salvation Army can collect the gifts for distribution, along with food and meals to help needy families enjoy the holiday season.
How It Works
- Companies, businesses, schools, and other groups agree to have an Angel Tree to benefit The Salvation Army;
- Each group provides a contact person, who organizes and supervises the project;
- Each location (business, school, etc.) provides a Christmas tree in which to hang the Angel Tree tags.
- The tags provide information as to gender, wish, and age (Note: Trees are optional and may be decorated with lights and simple decorations at the discretion of the sponsoring organization);
- The group determines how many “angels” they feel they can sponsor and informs The Salvation Army Corps Officer, who will supply the requested numbers of tags;
- Tags are taken and gifts are donated unwrapped with each Angel Tag attached to the gift (Please also collect unused and unselected Angel Tags for return to The Salvation Army);
A suggested value is $15-$30 for each gift.
Thank you for all you do for our community.
The Salvation Army Silver Bells program is a need-based Christmas assistance program for seniors age 62+ who live in Collier County. These elderly citizens are stretching every penny struggling to stay afloat. With the help of numerous corporate partners and generous members of our community like you, The Salvation Army of Collier County provides gifts to hundreds of seniors each Christmas.
Note: Many of our Silver Bells will provide us with a list of needed and wanted items, you are not obligated to provide every item on the list. Here are some gift ideas: Socks, personal care items, sheets, blankets, night light, wireless key/wallet finder, backup battery phone charger, reach tool, back scratcher, coffee maker, alarm clock, message pillow, motion sensor toilet night light, magnifying glass with light, folding step stool, adjustable safety vehicle support handle nylon car assist device, jar opener, adult coloring kits, theater gift cards.
Thank you for remembering a Silver Bell Senior at Christmas time.
Programs and services for adults living in Collier County.
- Church Ministries
- Naples & Immokalee Silver Bells Fellowship
- Disaster Services
- Operation Lasting Hope – Hurricane Irma
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Naples & Immokalee Food Pantry
- Human Trafficking
Naples Social Services Phone: 239-210-4009 Fax: 239-210-4010Immokalee Social Services Rosa Hernandez, Immokalee Service Center Social Worker Phone: 239-657-2199 Email: Rosa.Hernandez@uss.salvationarmy.org
If you would like to support our Collier County mission please contact:Development Staff Martin de St. Pierre, Director of Development Phone: 239-210-4013 Email: Martin.deStPierre@uss.salvationarmy.org Robin Wendell, Donor Services/Cultivation Manager Phone: 239-210-4006 Email: Robin.Wendell@uss.salvationarmy.org Mailing Address PO Box 8209 Naples, FL 34101
Child Development Center
At the Salvation Army Naples Child Care Center, we allow every child to show their uniqueness with love and guidance based on the Word of God through Scripture and praise.
The child care center offers developmentally appropriate programs and specialized curriculum. Our loving and qualified staff is ready to prepare each child for a bright future.
Your child will build social skills and make friends. We will encourage your child through exploration and learning. With love, acceptance, and a sense of belonging, we nurture your child's self-esteem positively.
The Family Services Center is located at 3180 Estey Avenue in East Naples. We provide a wonderful facility for 80 children from ages 1 to 5 with a small child-to-teacher ratio. We accept new students as availability allows.
Tuition is based on the family's income. Fees range from:
- 1 year old classroom: - $110 / $130 a week
- 2 year old classroom - $ 105 / $125 a week
- 3 year old classroom - $ 100 / $120 a week
- 4-5 year old classroom - $ 95 / $115 a week
There is a one time registration fee of $50.
Included is a delicious morning and afternoon snack. A nutritious hot lunch is served and prepared by our full time kitchen staff.
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM. Drop off time is between 7:30 - 9:30 AM. Closed on major holidays.
Enrollment is based on availability, please call (239) 417-2315 to schedule a tour. We serve children from 1 year through five years old without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.
- After-School: Runs from end of the school day until 6:30 PM
- No-School Days: Open on most no-school days (see schedule below) from 7:30AM-6:30PM
- Early Release Days: Open on days when the children get out early from school
- Summer Camp: Open for most of the summer; M-F 7:30AM-6:00 PM
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM DETAILS
- Transportation is provided from Poinciana Elementary, Lake Park Elementary, Shadowlawn Elementary, Calusa Park Elementary, Avalon Elementary, Gulf Coast Charter Academy, Mason Classical Academy, and East Naples Middle.
- A healthy snack, included in program fee, is provided for all children.
- In addition to designated homework time and outdoor play, the Fran Cohen Youth Center program consists of various additional components highlighted below.
After-School Program Details
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead is an enrichment program in the arts and sciences that has donated the program license to the Fran Cohen Youth Center as a curriculum resource. This program offers high-quality lessons to children in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and music. Children at the Fran Cohen Youth Center benefit from this program by participating in STEM and arts activities such as 3D Printing and Design, Robotics and Coding, Engineering, Smart Art, and Challenge Class. The Youth Center has adopted the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead culture of perseverance, fearless problem-solving, idea generation, and self-guided learning which will help them develop essential thinking skills to prepare them to conquer the world.
Club 316: Club 316 is a Salvation Army-based character building program similar to Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts where kids earn badges by learning about a specific item and accomplishing various tasks.
School of Performing Arts: All Fran Cohen Youth Center After-School Program students participate weekly in either band (older children) or chorus (younger children).
Latchkey League: The Latchkey League is non-profit organization that raised funds to construct the Fran Cohen Youth Center and continues to provide generous support to provide educational, cultural, and recreational services to children in the greater Naples area who are in need of after-school supervision and activities and to promote educational development for their future. our children with a safe, effective, and fun learning environment. Many Latchkey League members volunteer at the Youth Center, offering assistance with homework, as well as providing culinary, art, and pottery classes for the children.
- After-School: We are currently full. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our waitlist.
- No-School Days: If you enrolled in a FCYC program in Fall 2018, please enroll for no-school day events in the parent portal. If you haven't been with us since Summer 2018, please click on the event in the calendar to enroll and create an account.
- Early Release Days: We are open on days when a participating school has early release.
- Summer Camp: Online enrollment coming soon.
Fees and Discounts
FEES AND DISCOUNTS
- After-School Program weekly cost is $30. Payments are due every Monday and weekly payment is required to hold spot. Multi-student discount is $5 per child.
- Early Release Days are an additional $5, added onto the after-school program cost for that week.
- No-School Days cost $15 per day and include breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.
Need-based scholarships are available based on income level indicated in enrollment packet. New families with enrolled children are invited to create a login profile via our JackRabbit Class portal.
Summer Day Camp
SUMMER DAY CAMP
The Salvation Army’s Fran Cohen Youth Center provides a fun and enriching summer day camp option for the community. Children receive character education, stem classes, mixed media classes, athletics, performing arts, vacation bible school, and more. Each week has a fun theme, a fruit of the Holy Spirit to lead the way, and a character trait to explore. We go on field trips, play, learn, and make memories.
- Campers ages 6-12 are eligible to register.
- Children must complete Kindergarten to attend.
- Daily lunch and snack provided. Note: On field trip days, children must bring a sack lunch.
- Enrollment is limited, visit Youth Center in person to pick up an enrollment packet.
- Wear loose fitting clothing.
- Bring a hat and sungleasses.
- Bring a towel, swimsuit, and change of clothes for water days.
- Wear/bring sunscreen.
- Pack additional snacks and water bottle.
- Label all belongings with child's name.
Summer day camp operates Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 6:00 pm. Drop off time is between 7:30 am and 9:00 am. Late children will not be accepted without prior approval. Pick up time is before 6 pm. Parent or guardian must come in and sign your child in and out of day camp each day.
2019 summer day camp begins Monday, June 3, 2019, and runs through Friday, August 2, 2019.