Pace Center for Girls reopens school, seeks support for students, staff impacted by Hurricane Ian in Lee County

Pace Center for Girls is seeking donations, gift cards and volunteers to help provide necessary resources to Pace girls and staff directly impacted by Hurricane Ian in Lee County.

In the weeks following the storm, the center collected supplies from local individuals, agencies and businesses and distributed them to students and their families at home while the building was temporarily closed to assess damage. Pace Lee has since been cleared to safely reopen its doors, and students have returned to school, however, the Pace girls’ need for resources continues as their families work toward recovery.

“Thanks to an outpouring of generosity from our supporters, we were able to fill an entire room of essential supplies to meet the immediate needs of all our girls and their families – now we are calling on the community to help us continue meeting those needs in the challenging months ahead,” said Jennifer Cellitti, executive director of Pace Center for Girls, Lee. “Southwest Florida has been incredibly supportive of our organization for 15 years, and we know now more than ever that the community’s continued support will be vital to helping our Pace girls and their families as they begin to recover from this devastating storm.”

Pace Lee is working to serve the long-term needs of its team members, students and their families, many of whom lost their homes, vehicles and personal belongings in some of the most hard-hit areas. The center in Fort Myers is currently collecting donations of grocery and gas gift cards as well as monetary donations through its Hurricane Relief Fund at

Volunteers are also needed to help Pace Lee distribute food and supplies to Pace girls and their families. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit or call 239-425-2366.

About Pace Center for Girls, Lee

Pace Center for Girls, Lee, envisions a world where all girls and young women have power, in a just and equitable society. Founded in 1985, Pace provides free year-round middle and high school academics, case management, counseling, and life skills development in a safe and supportive environment that recognizes and deals with past trauma and builds upon girls’ individual strengths. Dedicated to meeting the social, emotional, and education needs of girls, Pace has a successful and proven program model that has changed the life trajectory of more than 40,000 girls and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for girls in need. For more information on Pace Center for Girls, Lee, call 239-425-2366 or visit
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