Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Team Punta Gorda Inc

  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • www.teampuntagorda.org

Mission Statement

The mission of TEAM Punta Gorda is to help make greater Punta Gorda a better place to live, work, and play.

Main Programs

  1. Community Gardens
  2. Punta Gorda Landscape Revitalization
  3. Bicycle-Friendly Initiatives
  4. Punta Gorda Waterfront Development
  5. Paint Your Heart Out, Punta Gorda

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Service Areas

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Florida

Greater Punta Gorda area

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

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No Executive Director

Keywords

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TPG, community development, community, revitalization, economic development, collaboration, recovery, bicycle friendly, veteran's fountain, beautification.

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EIN

20-2375899

 Number

0052328839

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Top 5 Accomplishments:1.Our Bicycle Friendly Communities program launched ""Share the Lane"", a bicycle safety education program with multiple components including educational events, website, community outreach. 2.Completed a unique community garden behind the police & fire-station which partnered public safety officials with citizens to grow vegetables. Provided training seminars to support gardeners. Seven school gardens were either started or maintained. 3.Successful Paint Your Heart Out Punta Gorda project painted 10 needy houses with 200 volunteers in one day. 4.Pedal & Play bicycle ride increased to 637 riders this year. The 5 rides for all levels earned cash for the Leukemia Lymphona Foundation and TEAM PG's Bicycle Friendly Communities Projects 5.Celebrated the 10th anniversary of TEAM Punta Gorda, an organization born out of the need for post-hurricane recovery which now utilized 500 volunteers in 2014 for community development projects. Top five goals: 1.Build a community garden in the Punta Gorda history Park 2.Develop a master plan for a Bicycle Friendly Community as part of a health and wellness initiative 3.Develop a harbor conservation project in partnership with the conservation organizations in town in town 4. Automate our popular and growing free loaner bicycle loaner program which served 5,000 riders in 2014. 5. Develop a collaborative arts initiative with the arts non-profits in the community.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Community Gardens

The Community Gardens Project takes unused public spaces and turns them into community resources. Each Community Garden is a collaboration between TEAM Punta Gorda and key partners in the public and private sectors. Among the criteria for site selection is accessibility to low income, minority and elderly populations who can benefit the most. The pilot Community Garden is located in the South County Regional Park in Punta Gorda. Built by 80 volunteers, it covers 5440 sq. ft., and has 21 irrigated raised beds, including an area that is handicapped accessible. For a minimal annual fee, gardeners can use their plot space to plant the crops of their choice. Gardeners are offered free education classes provided by the Master Gardeners and ongoing on-site guidance from expert volunteers. This first garden was the pilot project and we are currently working with local officials to select the next site.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 2

Punta Gorda Landscape Revitalization

After Hurricane Charley dealt a blow to the Punta Gorda landscape, TEAM Punta Gorda's (TPG) Beautification Committee has been bringing back the landscape by funding projects and providing volunteer labor. The economy forced the City to cut landscaping budgets. The City is dependent on TPG's efforts for landscape revitalization other than grant-funding. TPG uses Florida-friendly concepts that conserve resources and set an example of a beautiful, sustainable landscape. A current project is the revitalization of Veteran's Park, adding a centerpiece 22-foot high Eternal Light fountain (EL) erected in an existing retention pond. The EL will serve as a unique and stunning tribute to veterans. The EL's construction will be a significant undertaking with concrete pilings supporting an underground concrete pad to support LED lights. The EL will be a column of white LED light surrounded by alternating streams of red and blue LED lights ""spraying out"" from the base of the white column of light.

Category

Environment, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$20,000.00

Program 3

Bicycle-Friendly Initiatives

TEAM Punta Gorda's Spokes and Trails Committee is responsible for an array of collaborative projects that support Punta Gorda's development into a bicycle friendly community. The most visible and successful is the Bicycle Loaner Program.This 3 year old initiative established a free Bicycle Loaner Program in Punta Gorda. This program is unique to the West Coast of Florida, and affords citizens and visitors a free, alternative mode of transportation and access to local businesses. Modeled after successful Yellow Bike Programs in other communities, this project represents a public-private partnership between TEAM Punta Gorda, local businesses, and city government. Donated Yellow Bikes are distributed to host site sponsors who pay a fee to host the bikes, providing ongoing funds to sustain the program. Merchants and sponsors receive acknowledgement through signage, advertising decals, and a brochure.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$15,000.00

Program 4

Punta Gorda Waterfront Development

Punta Gorda has been rapidly transforming itself since the devastation from Hurricane Charley in 2004, including the careful development of its waterfront assets. As we have moved from disaster recovery to economic recovery, TEAM Punta Gorda (TPG) has served as a convener and facilitator for community efforts to develop public spaces. TPG's Maritime Committee believes that protecting our waterfront through responsible development is part of an overall strategy to revitalize the area and keep year round residents and jobs in Punta Gorda.In 2008, TPG provided leadership by creating a Waterfront Master Plan. Written by volunteer architects and adopted by the City, the plan transforms the waterfront and links it with the downtown retail district. The backbone of this plan is the Harborwalk, a multi-use pathway.TPG provides advocacy and leadership for this effort. Projects focus on enhancing Punta Gorda as a land and sea destination, encouraging tourism, and stewardship of the harbor.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 5

Paint Your Heart Out, Punta Gorda

On April 26, 2014, more than two hundred volunteers joined together with Comcast and Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity to paint - for free - the homes of people who could use a hand. This program has been used successfully in cities large and small for many years. With encouragement from the Punta Gorda Chamber, local builders, banks, service clubs and tradesmen provided professional expertise and support. Not only did they donate funding, but many provided on site supervision and painting. We believe that this project does more than paint homes. It sends a message of pride and builds a sense of community spirit and unity that lasts long after this day of service is over. Paint Your Heart Out, Punta Gorda 2015 is scheduled for April 11, 2015.

Category

Public, Society Benefit, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$4,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Florida

Greater Punta Gorda area

Funding Needs

For TEAM Punta Gorda to continue its tradition of stewardship, the following are essential components:Develop volunteer resources at all levels: Board, Leadership Team, Committee Chairs, Committee members, and general volunteers. Approximately $1,000 is needed annually to support volunteer development.Develop a succession plan to continue the transition to a sustainable community development non-profit.Generate over $100,000 in funding to complete community gardens, landscape revitalization, waterfront, and bicycle-friendly community programs that support our mission.Generate over $3,000 in annual funding to support advocacy and community development activities.Generate over $12,000 in annual funding to support TEAM Punta Gorda's organizational infrastructure needs.Fulfillment of these needs will significantly assist TEAM Punta Gorda in preserving the historic tradition of providing public spaces for our community and retaining the unique character of the community.

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BIO


STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Ten years after the devastation of Punta Gorda, TEAM is still here, working harder than ever to fulfill its mission of helping make the greater Punta Gorda area a better place to live, work and play. The focus has shifted from disaster recovery to community development, but the TEAM Punta Gorda tradition of community involvement and collaboration is still fundamental to our approach. In addition to great projects our work behind the scenes has become part of the fiber of the community. We also know that successful community projects promote community building. These efforts capture the imagination of our citizens and demonstrate the incredible good they can do when they set their minds to it. We believe that 2014 has been a wonderfully successful year for TEAM. This success is entirely due to volunteers who have generously contributed their talent and time to work on our projects. We are most grateful to our volunteers who do the heavy lifting and to our sponsors who provide the means to further our projects. Thank you! Nancy Johnson, CEO "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Sheldon Harris

Retired

Term: Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

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