Teen Volunteers Donate Time, Make Friendships at Gulf Coast Village

Forty Southwest Florida teenagers spent a portion of their summer break volunteering at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral, offering valuable helping hands to staff while forming intergenerational friendships with the residents.

Collectively, the students tallied more than 1,000 volunteer hours in Gulf Coast Village’s Life Enrichment activities program, helping lead interactive, enjoyable activities like arts and crafts, bingo and sing-alongs.

“It’s refreshing to see today’s youth take an interest in making a difference in the lives of seniors,” says Diana Nicol, volunteer coordinator. “Many of our student volunteers showed exemplary leadership abilities and were very dependable.”

Adi Castillo, a junior at Cape Coral High School, was among the students who volunteered this summer at Gulf Coast Village.

“I loved the friendly atmosphere,” Adi says. “The residents and staff are so sweet and can cheer you up in no time. They feel like family.”

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Gulf Coast Village, please contact Diana Nicol at dianan@gulfcoastvillage.org or 239.573.3334.

Phase One of Cape Coral Animal Shelter Officially Begins

Koogler Homes is about to break ground on Phase One of the three-phase Cape Coral Animal Shelter. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter will be located at 325 SW Second Ave., a 4.6-acre site next to Sun Splash Family Waterpark. This facility, in partnership with the City of Cape Coral, is the first of its kind for the area and is dedicated to the prevention of animal cruelty and abandonment.

Phase One of the Cape Coral Animal Shelter will be a 6,512-square-foot building for 12 dog kennels and three cat kennels, among other amenities. Expected to be complete within one year, Phase One includes:

  • Adoption center

  • Intake area

  • Reception

  • Small medical area

  • Offices

  • Play yard

  • Small animal grooming area

  • Feeding area

  • Laundry area

  • Retail area for post-adoption products

“Koogler Homes is taking on this massive project because it’s going to be such a profound part of the history that is shaping our headquartered city,” Don Koogler says. “This dream to find the best homes for these precious animals is finally coming to life. The shelter’s mission is to bring residents and animals in need together, a mission we are proud to support.”

All three phases will be funded via labor and material donations from the community. Visit CapeCoralAnimalShelter.com for more details.