Neapolitan nonprofits rallied to respond to the crush of needs created by COVID-19 and continue to be both creative and caring as the community moves forward. The League Club, for example, gave $16,500 to the Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides riding lessons and equine-facilitated group services for children and adults with physical, social, and mental needs. The grant will provide scholarships as well as overall support for the center, which lost revenue after programming was suspended.
Although the gift originally was earmarked for riding lessons, The League Club, which has awarded virus-related grants totaling more than $400,000 to 44 area nonprofits, made an exception. “Nearly all of our region’s nonprofits are experiencing disruptions to their programs and projects caused by the pandemic,” says League Club President Gigi Stewart. “Making these funds unrestricted in use is the best way we can help the organizations that our members voted to support, and we’re proud to be flexible enough to address this need.”