RCMA Receives $40,000 Grant, Offering Nearly 1,000 Vulnerable Children a Safe and Enriching Environment
IMMOKALEE (Oct. 4, 2019) – United Way of Collier County earlier this year awarded Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) a $40,000 grant in support of the non-profit organization’s early childhood education programs and its charter school’s afterschool program in Immokalee, FL. This funding helps ensure that nearly 1,000 children as young as 6 weeks old and students up to 6th grade learn and develop in a safe and enriching environment.
“I am grateful for United Way of Collier County and the collective sectors it represents,” Isabel Garcia, executive director of RCMA, said. “They have been a valuable partner with RCMA for more than 15 years. Their consistent partnership translates into life changing support for thousands of our children.”
RCMA provides holistic care to the children of migrant, agricultural working families and other low income families. The United Way funding specifically supports school readiness, academic success and health programs offered year round. These include academic skill-building support in reading and math as well as enrichment and social emotional learning activities.
Established in 1965 as Redlands Christian Migrant Association, RCMA provides quality child care, education and family-support services to people in rural areas living in poverty, including many migrant families. RCMA operates 66 child development centers and three charter schools, and partners with 25 family child care homes and several afterschool care programs in 21 Florida counties. The non-profit organization with an $82 million budget has 1,600 employees and serves more than 6,500 children annually. Learn more at rcma.org.
ABOUT UNITED WAY
United Way brings together individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and government entities to work for a strong, vibrant, and healthy community. Each year, through their giving campaign, United Way raises funds to support organizations like RCMA. RCMA depends on the generosity of United Way throughout the entire state.