Books for Collier Kids (BCK), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a steady stream of new books to children in low-income families throughout Collier County, is pleased to announce that Joseph Charles has joined the charity’s Board of Directors.
As Senior Vice President & Private Wealth Advisor for FineMark National Bank & Trust’s Naples office, Charles brings more than 20 years of diverse finance experience to his role on the Board. Notes BCK Chair Sallie Williams, “We look forward to working with Joseph to ensure all children in Collier County have access to age-appropriate, educational and fun books to read, cherish and support their life-long learning.”
In additional to his extensive professional background, Charles is active in the community serving on the Professional Advisors Committee for the Community Foundation of Collier County, as well as both a member of The Shelter for Abused Women & Children’s Board of Trustees and Chair of their Next Generation Committee. He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, Grace Place in Naples and Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida.
BCK Board Members are responsible for coordinating the selection, purchase and distribution of new, age-appropriate books. Charles joins current Board members, including:
• Chair Sallie Williams, CFRE
• Erika Aron
• Mary Henrikson
• Ray Kalich
• Nora Kolmer
• Jennifer Siegal-Miller, Esq.
• Mary Polizzotto, Ph.D.
• Hina Sanghvi
• Emily Watt
Books for Collier Kids provides new books to children in-need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy: access to books. Launched in 2005 as First Book-Collier County, BCK has distributed more than 1.1 million new, high-quality, age-appropriate and personalized books to pre-K, kindergarten, first- and second-grade students in Collier County.
Annually, the charity distributes 100,000 books to more than 8,000 boys and girls, a number which is slated to grow as BCK expands to provide at least three titles annually to three-year-old children at Grace Place, Guadalupe Center, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy and through Collier County Public Schools’ pre-K registration sites.
The volunteer-run charity partners with more than 20 local organizations, including the Collier County Public Schools, Friends of Foster Children Forever, Fun Time Early Childhood Academy, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, Grace Place for Children and Families, Guadalupe Center and Christ Child Society of Naples.
For more information please call Sallie Williams, Board Chair at 239.394.4062. To learn more about Books for Collier Kids, visit www.BooksforCollierKids.org.