Note that the events are separated into two sections – Special Events & Ongoing Events.

Special Events

The Food Bank will be open on Thanksgiving Day at 9:30 am in the Beacon Parking lot. The food will come from 3 Publix stores. Publix is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Pine Island’s only preschool reopens after Hurricane Ian

Pine Island’s only preschool is back open thanks to your donations, the United Way, and one of its partner agencies, Beacon of Hope. It’s just one example of the incredible work being done.

Creative Coast Preschool was damaged during Hurricane Ian. Its fence and playground were destroyed and they couldn’t welcome kids back until those things were fixed. The daycare serves 33 children on the Island and many of their parents are essential workers who depend on childcare to be able to work.

Beacon of Hope came to the rescue. Through funding from United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties’ SWFL Emergency Relief Fund, they purchased new playground equipment, installed a new fence, and helped Creative Coast reopen their doors for the kids.


Transportation to medical appointments and treatments has re-started. Call the Beacon for an appointment -239-283-5123.

The Saturday Food Bank has restarted.  This is every Saturday from   9:30 am until about 11 am.

Veteran’s Support will be open again the first Friday of ech month starting November 4th from 9 am to 12:30 pm. If you are a veteran and need special help at this time please call and make an appointment at 239-283-5123.

Blood pressure screening will be held at the Beacon every Wednesday from 1 to 2 pm and every Saturday from 10 to 11 am starting this Wednesday.

Articles on this Website under Wellness – The past four articles have been on Mental Health issues.. There have been articles on PTSD, social isolation, anxiety, and Positive Mental  Health. The present article is on E-Cigs. Each of these articles, as well as any from the past, are archived on this Website and you can check them out at any time.

The Attic -Every Tuesday is 50% off all clothes, shoes and jewelry. Days of 50% off “almost everything” will be held on Tuesday, November 1st, and on Black Friday November 25th.

The “Jane’s Gift” Endowment Fund has been started. This will help us continue our mission for many years to come. See the details on the President’s page.

The Beacon is now the Sponsor of the Pine Island Boy Scout troop.

There will be Wellness programs coming in the fall under the title “Take Care of Your Health. They will cover sleep, balance, stress and nutrition.  More details to come.

Ongoing Events

Community Programs/Client Services are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. You can make an appointment with a Case Manager at these times. Computers, fax and printer are available for use and the Emergency Pantry is open. Beacon Bites and Transportation to medical appointments and treatments are ongoing. The Saturday Food Bank is at 9:30 am. The Emergency Pantry is open whenever the Beacon is open.

Wellness Committee – second Monday of the month at 10 am. Next meeting – Monday, December 12th  at 10 am.

Fund Raising Committee Meeting – Next meeting  Monday, Novermber 21st at 10am.

Grants Committee Meeting – the 3rd Thursday of the month at 12:30 pm.

Homeless Committee – To be announced.

Veterans Outreach – first Friday of every month from 9am to 12:30pm.

Pine Island Cares – Wednesday, November 16th at 11:30 am..

Alzheimers Caregiver Support class. To register call 239-437-3007. Is held every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 9am at the Methodist Church.

Strange Arrangements – Monday 6 – 7:30 pm. A musical experience. Lessons given.

The Boy Scout troop will meet every Wednesday at 6 pm starting in the fall.

Yoga class – Monday from 4 to 5 pm. Will restart in the fall.

GED classes are every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. Applications for classes may be made on Tuesday and Thursday between 9 am and 2 pm.

ESOL class – Every Monday  night at 7 pm at the Beacon.

Call the Beacon 239-283-5123 or Mary Lou Martin at 239-565-7012 to make an appointment for GED and ESOL classes.

The Attic (Thrift Store) is open from 9 am to 2 pm  Monday to Friday. Donations may be brought at these times. To see what type of donations we are able to take, check out ” What We Do” on this Website and go to “The Attic/Thrift Store”.

Every Tuesday is 50% off clothing, shoes and purses. 50% off “almost everything” will be on one Tuesday a month, Next ones November 1st, and on Black Friday November 25th.

Please wear a mask if you haven’t been vaccinated. If you don’t have one, we do have some available.

Stay safe.

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