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FGCU Joins Forces with Wells Fargo for National Make a Difference Day
10/22/2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Florida Gulf Coast University and Wells Fargo are teaming up to lend a hand to six area charities on national Make a Difference Day, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 27.

That morning, 125 FGCU students, alumni, faculty and staff will join with 70 Wells Fargo employees to volunteer at organizations in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers.

Volunteers will divide into six groups, fanning out to accomplish the following projects:
•     Help beautify the Bonita Nature Place.
•     Work in the native plant garden and record residents’ stories at Cypress Cove Retirement Community in Fort Myers.
•     Help paint the building of the Gulf Coast Humane Society in Fort Myers and beautify the grounds.
•     Work in Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers warehouse preparing food packages for distribution throughout Southwest Florida.
•     Paint the FGCU Family Resource Center and help improve the grounds.
•     Assist students with their community garden and wormery at Eden Autism Center in Bonita Springs.

FGCU President Wilson G. Bradshaw will serve alongside University faculty, staff and students.

"At FGCU, community service is engrained in our culture," Bradshaw said. "It is something we do throughout the year. Since the University opened in 1997, students have performed more than one million hours of community service. We're excited to team up with Wells Fargo and hope to inspire other groups to join forces to make a difference in our community."

Among the 70 Wells Fargo team members will be Carl Miller, the company's regional president, area president Laura Worzella and Melissa Buchanan, national manager for volunteerism.

"Volunteerism and other forms of community support are key elements of Wells Fargo's Vision & Values," said Miller. "We strive to promote the long-term economic prosperity and quality of life for everyone in our communities so we are proud to partner with FGCU for this special day."

Wells Fargo & Company is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.3 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs and the Internet, and has offices in more than 35 countries to support the bank's customers who conduct business in the global economy.

USA Weekend Magazine created Make a Difference Day in 1992 as a way to illustrate the importance of voluntarism and the impact it can make. On the fourth Saturday in October, millions of people around the country step up to call attention to the vast needs not-for-profit organizations have and the many ways there are to help.

For more information, contact Lillian Pagan, assistant director, Community Relations & Marketing, (239) 590-1086 or lpagan@fgcu.edu.

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