Naples, FL – St. Matthew’s House was honored on Thursday, November 16th, by a $75,000 gift from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, for Hurricane Irma support. The gift was presented to senior leadership at St. Matthew’s House while the charity began its first public Thanksgiving meal distribution in Naples among low-income families and homeless individuals for the holiday season.
“TD Charitable Foundation is committed to help the less fortunate and to make a difference in their community,” said Vann Ellison, president and CEO of St. Matthew’s House. “It is really remarkable—the bank makes a difference everywhere they’re located with their lending and business practices. This year, they wanted to make a difference in Southwest Florida, a community that’s been devastated by the hurricane by the loss of jobs and damage to homes,” Ellison continues. “St. Matthew’s House has been on the front lines of the social service agencies that meets the needs of the most vulnerable, and the $75,000 gift was given at the just the right time for us. Their support means the world to us—it’s more than just a donation, it’s been an encouragement for those of us who are engaged in this work.”
Since Hurricane Irma, St. Matthew’s House has served tens of thousands of meals in the community. Power company workers from all over the country bunked side by side with folks whose homes were ravaged. Our Immokalee Friendship House and Naples shelters received shipment after shipment of food, water, and relief items which were distributed to hundreds of families who had lost everything. Our Justin’s Place Recovery Program clients loaded into vans and traveled to the hardest hit victims in East Naples and Everglades City, to serve wherever it was needed. Our catering company, Delicious by Design, began feeding first responders and FEMA representatives alongside our clients within the first two hours after the storm, and continuously since.
St. Matthew’s House does not receive government funding. This generous donation from TD Charitable Foundation, all of which will go to community programs and client services, will help St. Matthew’s House continue to serve our neighbors still without homes or food, the important work which continues every day.
About St. Matthew’s House
For over thirty years St. Matthew’s House has provided innovative solutions to fight homelessness, hunger, substance abuse, and poverty in Southwest Florida. We are a 501(c)(3) which does not depend upon government funding, and our 100% donation model allows all operating expenses to be covered by unique social enterprises.
About the TD Charitable Foundation
The TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, one of the 10 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to support, respect and improve the quality of life in the diverse communities where we live and do business. Since its inception in 2002, the Foundation has distributed more than $187.6 million and more than 17,000 grants in charitable donations from Maine to Florida. The TD Charitable Foundation focuses on supporting the following community needs: affordable housing, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, and human services. Recently, more than 90 percent of the grants awarded by the Foundation benefited low-and moderate- income communities and individuals. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation, including an online grant application, is available at www.TDBank.com.
About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD”. To learn more, visit www.td.com.
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