STARability Foundation receives $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Collier County

STARability Foundation has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Community Foundation of Collier County to support its social enterprise, the STAR*Made Studio, and vocational services program.

Launched in 2019, the STAR*Made Studio offers vocational training and life skills development like communication and decision-making to individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. The studio, which employs two participants as part-time assistants, also offers individuals enrolled in STARability’s programs an opportunity to learn a craft, express their creativity and build their confidence.

This grant will help STARability hire two more participants as part-time studio assistants, expand the studio’s product line and teach participants product development and job-readiness skills. Participants make hand-poured candles, jewelry, greeting cards, home décor and other products that are sold at STARability’s STAR Store, to businesses and at arts and crafts shows.

About the Community Foundation of Collier County
The Community Foundation of Collier County, now in its 36th year, is a tax-exempt, public, charitable organization established in 1985 to increase and focus on local private philanthropy. Today, the Community Foundation of Collier County manages more than 850 funds, collaborates with hundreds of nonprofits, holds over $284 million in assets and has distributed over $216 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and community programs. The Community Foundation of Collier County is one of Florida’s fastest-growing community foundations. For good. Forever. Learn more at or call 239-649-5000.

The STARability Foundation is a Collier County-based nonprofit with a mission of serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With a professional staff and more than 100 volunteers, STARability delivers a full calendar of engaging, innovative and creative programs to ensure that participants, ages 14 to 70, can live their best lives. The STARability Foundation exists to Support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing life-transforming opportunities that emphasize Teamwork and connection to the community to build Awareness and Respect for their individual abilities.

To help support the work of STARability or learn more information about the nonprofit and its programs, please visit or
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