November 16, 2017
Fort Myers, FL–The Quality Life Center, known to many in the Dunbar community simply as “The Q”, is making advances in its $1.5 million campaign to fund its building expansion, staffing, and other expenses.
The center’s existing building, at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Ford in the heart of Dunbar, was once a rundown nightclub and drug den. Today, it is the hub for The Q’s diverse youth programs. Founded in 1990 when it served only eight children, The Q now provides 300 children with early learning, after school, teen leadership and summer camp programs.
“The physical transformation of our facilities has been the catalyst for community renewal,” said Quality Life Center Founder and Executive Director Abdul’Haq Muhammed. “This new fundraising campaign will take our mission and impact even further.”
The current $1.5 million capital campaign will fund the expansion of The Q’s 17,000 square foot center. The raised funds will increase the number of at-risk youth who can be served and introduce new nutrition and job training programs.
The Elizabeth K. Galeana Foundation jump-started the campaign by making an initial $500,000 donation. In addition, the foundation has also issued a challenge grant to the greater Southwest Florida community. It will match new gifts dollar for dollar up to a second $500,000 commitment. If the challenge is met, the campaign will be fully funded.
“When we heard about the good work being done at The Q, and the extraordinary support being offered by the Galeana Foundation, we knew our bank needed to get involved,” said Edison National Bank President Robbie Roepstorff. “We are humbled to make a $10,000 matching gift, and hope others in our community will step up to match the Galeana challenge.”
To make a matching donation or learn more about the project, please visit www.qualitylifecenter.org or call 239-333-2100.
Edison National Bank is Lee County’s oldest locally owned and managed community bank. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its founding, the bank serves individuals and business owners with two offices in Fort Myers, as well as the Bank of the Islands offices on Sanibel and Captiva. Founded in 1997, Edison National Bank is strongly rooted in the community and actively supports civic and charitable causes through both donations and volunteerism. For more information, call (239) 466-1800 or visit www.edisonnationalbank.com.