What Do They Do?

The vision of the Guadalupe Center is a safe and sound community where students can read and achieve, parents are engaged in the education of their children, and people can advance themselves economically.

The mission of the Guadalupe Center is to break the cycle of poverty by providing educational, social, and other support programs and resources.

Programs United Way Supports at Guadalupe Center

The Guadalupe Center’s Early Childhood Education program serves 275 students from 6 weeks of age through pre-kindergarten. These students come from low-income households in Immokalee and families often struggle to access high-quality early childhood education. Without a strong early educational foundation these students will begin elementary school unprepared and academically behind their peers.

The Guadalupe After-school Program offers 650 elementary students from kindergarten through 2nd grade the support they need to improve their academic performance, with focus on critical reading, vocabulary and math skills. These students are identified by Collier County Public Schools as at-risk of failure, and without support will continue to struggle and fall behind academically.

The Tutor Corps program serves 170 high school and college students with a college preparatory and work study program. Students earn a wage working as tutors in the Guadalupe After-school Program, accrue scholarship support, and are mentored, guided and prepared to graduate high school and pursue a college education. Support continues through college to ensure that students graduate and the cycle of poverty is broken.

What Their Volunteers Do

The Guadalupe Center uses volunteers in a number of roles including the various support programs: Back to School Shoes, Holiday Gift Shop, and Thanksgiving in the Park, as well as the Resale Shop. All committee members serve in a volunteer capacity. Volunteers are also used in a limited capacity in our Early Childhood Education and Guadalupe After-school Program. In addition, every Tutor Corps student is paired with an adult mentor from the community that builds a relationship, offering students advice, encouragement and support. This is one of our most rewarding volunteer experiences.

100% of parents in the Early Childhood Education Program participate in Parent and Child Together sessions eight times each year, and are encouraged to volunteer. There are also opportunities for parents of children in the after-school program and Tutor Corps to volunteer and parents are given first priority. The librarian in the Early Childhood Center, as well as some of the adult tutors in our after-school programs are voluntary positions. Strict volunteer oversight ensures the safety and security of students.

What Dollars Do

  • $25  Supplies books for students to instill a love of reading
  • $50 Purchases necessary school supplies
  • $100 Sends a care package to a Tutor Corps college student
  • $250 Supports education for students from low-income households in Immoklaee
  • $500 Provides a high school Tutor Corps student with ACT / SAT preparatory classes
  • $1,000 Sponsors an at-risk elementary student in the Guadalupe After-school Program
  • $2,500  Invests in a student working to break the cycle of poverty in the Tutor Corps program
  • $5,000  Offers ACT and SAT preparatory courses for Tutor Corps high school students
  • $10,000 Provides 1 year of high-quality Early Childhood Education for a preschool student
  • $25,000  Empowers 25 at-risk elementary students in the Guadalupe After-school Program
  • $50,000 Educates a pre-school class with a high-quality certified teaching staff

Contact Information

8100 Trail Blvd, Naples, FL 34108
(239) 594-2696