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Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, Inc.
2001 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
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Beyond Ourselves is the community service organization of the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association (PGICA).

In March, 2012 a group of caring residents of the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association decided to form an organization with their goal: 
to serve others in the community. They felt a need for a structured organization to continue their efforts. This marked the beginning of Beyond Ourselves.

Beyond Ourselves focuses on three different missions:

Mission 1:
  Helping the children of Charlotte County. Beyond Ourselves’ major fund raiser to benefit these children is the Share the Love for the Kids Home Tour.

Mission 2:
 The Homeless of Charlotte County. Beyond Ourselves has been active with the Homeless Coalition by organizing various types of donations, including fund raising.

Mission 3:
The Peace River Wildlife Center which supports the wildlife in the beautiful environment of Charlotte Harbor. Beyond Ourselves contributes volunteers, food for the rescued birds as well as monetary donations.

We meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am at the PGICA center
.  Visitors are always welcome to attend the meetings.

Upcoming Events
Beyond Ourselves - Upcoming Events


 Special Announcements:

We are now accepting donations for the many charities that the Home Tour supports. Even though the physical home tour won't happen this year, we'd still welcome and appreciate your donation!

Beyond Ourselves Home Tour Donation
Home Tour Page

   Share the Love with the Kids Charities: How do they use the funds?

Distribution and Use of Funds Raised in the 2020 Share the Love for the Kids Home Tour

Our 2020 Share the Love for the Kids Home Tour netted $64,000 to distribute to charities working with children in Charlotte County. The funds went to 9 organizations listed below and were used as follows:

  • Crossroads Hope Academy used their donation to purchase two additional lunch tables. Also their donation is used for a new paid position and transporting boys for medical purposes-checkups, dental, and emergencies.


  • The Back Pack Kids used their donation to purchase the food provided to the 800 to 1,000 children they serve in pre-school, 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, the Baker Center (a special needs school) and a food pantry for high school students at a cost of $6 per week for each child they serve. Cost to serve one child every weekend of the school year is $160.


  • Guardian Ad Litem donation provided camp experiences, supplemental clothing, happier birthday celebrations, participation in sports activities, tutoring, car seats and cribs or twin beds for 237 vulnerable children in Charlotte County.


  • Homeless Students' GAP Fund of Charlotte County, Inc. donation allowed them to purchase technology for their students for the current school year helping them have the tools they need for success.


  • Homeless Education Project donation was used to pay for brief hotel stays when there was no room at the shelter to keep families with young children from having to sleep outside or in cars. They also purchased school supplies and uniforms for students entering Charlotte Technical Center, paid for students to participate in field trips and school activities, and assisted with college application fees.


  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul donation bought 30 single beds with mattresses for children in families they serve in Charlotte County who did not previously have a bed. This also includes linens.


  • Drug Free Punta Gorda used their donation to purchase D-FY(Drug Free Youth) program. It is an incentive based program for grades 6-12 that will reach 4,000 teens in the Punta Gorda Area. The student participants commit to being substance free and agree to have random drug testing.


  • Healthy Start plans to use their allocation on safety items for infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) such as car seats, baby gates, bassinets and pack and plays.


  • Gulfshore Opera plans to use their funds for the Cooper Street Children's Summer Choir for transportation, music, teachers, and shirts.

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