Suncoast Credit Union donates funds for Immokalee Foundation student transportation van

Posted 6/10/24

Suncoast Credit Union recently covered 100% of the costs of a new 15-passenger student transport van for The Immokalee Foundation.

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Suncoast Credit Union donates funds for Immokalee Foundation student transportation van


Naples, FL—06/10/24—Suncoast Credit Union recently covered 100% of the costs of a new 15-passenger student transport van for The Immokalee Foundation.

"Though critical to the local economy, Immokalee is located 35 miles from downtown Naples," explained Immokalee Foundation President and CEO Noemi Y. Perez. "Access to adequate transportation is one of many ways the migrant farming community of Immokalee is underserved. As a significant amount of The Immokalee Foundation's afterschool and summer programming involves travel, having the means to transport students is essential to our success. We are so grateful to Suncoast Credit Union for generously addressing this special need."

Foundation students travel to various field trips and career panels during the school year, exposing them to business professionals in different industries throughout our region. Once a year, rising high school seniors travel to visit colleges and universities throughout the state.

This summer, 53 Immokalee Foundation students will participate in paid internships at 19 locations throughout Southwest Florida. Each student intern will require transportation.

In addition, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) will once again assist The Immokalee Foundation in providing a summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp for the Foundation's Middle School Program students. FGCU will also support the Foundation's award-winning Career Pathways program by hosting Healthcare, Education & Human Services, and Business Management & Entrepreneurship camps for high school students. All camps require transportation from Immokalee to the FGCU Campus in Fort Myers.

“Supporting education and children is part of our DNA at Suncoast,” said Kourtney Berry, Executive Director, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation. “We are proud to contribute to The Immokalee Foundation to empower and enhance students on their educational journey. Every student deserves access to resources and opportunities, and this vehicle will help make that possible.”

About The Immokalee Foundation: For more than 32 years, The Immokalee Foundation has been preparing the next generation of leaders through a 100% focus on education, career readiness, and professional development for students in Immokalee—from kindergarten through postsecondary education. The Foundation provides new pathways to success and financial independence through robust programming that prepares students for well-paying, in-demand professional careers in Business Management & Entrepreneurship, Education & Human Services, Engineering & Construction Management and Healthcare. To learn more about The Immokalee Foundation, become a mentor, volunteer as a career panel speaker or host, donate, or include the Foundation in your estate plans, please call 239-430-9122 or visit  

About Suncoast Credit Union: Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the 8th largest in the United States based on membership, and the 10th largest in the United States based on its $18.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 78 full-service branches and serves more than 1.2 million members across Florida. As a community credit union, anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in Suncoast Credit Union’s service area is eligible for membership. In 2021, Suncoast Credit Union’s field of membership was expanded to include public K-12 teachers, college educators, and educational support staff from all of Florida’s 67 counties. Suncoast is passionate about community support. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $44 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education, and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit or follow us on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram.

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