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North Fort Myers Neighbor Living special feature: Civic — Who we are, what we do

By Danny Ballard — President NFMCA - | Jun 16, 2021

North Fort Myers Civic Association president Danny Ballard, far left, and the Adopt-a-Road clean-up crew from Liberty Tax Service. COURTESY/DANNY BALLARD

The North Fort Myers Civic Association.

Who are we and what do we do? I’m asked this all the time, so I will try to answer these questions and give out other important information.

The North Fort Myers Civic Association was developed 20 years ago as an advocate to help with problems, instill pride, and be a public forum for the residents of North Fort Myers. The organization is a non-profit, volunteer group of people and is run by 12 members from North Fort Myers and they make up the Board of Directors. These members are a retired firefighter, a forensic technician, a waitress, a businessman, two newspaper employees, a retired builder, a retired school board employee, a tax preparer, the owner of an auto painting & body repair plus auto sales, a business analyst, and other retired people, so you can see The North Fort Myers Civic board is just like you.

As a non-profit, the NFMCA raises money and then gives back to the community through scholarships, a Christmas Angel Tree, Fall Festival, Christmas Santa delivering toys to kids that might not get any toys, road clean-up, Easter egg hunt, Care Bears to emergency services and numerous giveaways to lucky families. The NFMCA also is involved with helping those who are homeless, hazardous waste collection, youth sports and helping people and businesses with county-related issues.

NFMCA Conducts Road Clean-Up on Old 41

The Titan Ball Hawgs were able to defend their 2020 title and win the 2021 tournament and remain Title Champs. COURTESY/DANNY BALLARD

The Florida Department of Transportation’s Adopt-a-Road program saves taxpayers millions of dollars in clean-up costs and allows state government to allocate transportation funds to other projects. The North Fort Myers Civic Association adopted Old 41 from Littleton Road to the Edison Bridge. As part of the program, we pick up the trash along Old 41 by going out with trash bags and grabbers several times a year. This year we have held one clean-up and had 10 volunteers who successfully collected 30 bags full of trash that had accumulated along a stretch of Old 41 from Bayshore Road north to Littleton Road. We will be hosting another road clean-up event later this year. If you would like to volunteer and help us, please email us at nfmcivic@gmail.com . It only takes about four hours and we do this on a Saturday morning.

NFMCA third Ball Bash tournament

As the North Fort Myers Civic Association wraps up its third annual prestigious Ball Bash tournament, we are thankful for Signarama North/All American Printing for being our Title Sponsor three years in a row to benefit and fund the North Fort Myers Civic Association’s non-profit community initiatives and community projects.

Our annual tournament in 2021 hosted 17 teams and was a tremendous success, resulting in the largest fundraising event ever for the North Fort Civic Association to date. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that we had 29 sponsors that made donations from $99 to $1250.

The Titan Ball Hawgs were the 2020 Champs when the event was a sanctioned Wiffle Ball Bash, and they were able to defend the title and win the 2021 tournament and remain Title Champs.

Danny Ballard

To close I would invite everyone to attend our monthly meetings held the second Tuesday each month at 6:30 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Recreation Center, 2000 N Recreation Parkway in North Fort Myers. We are constantly looking for volunteers and new ideas that only you can bring.

Please join the North Fort Myers Civic Association. NFMNL