What is the Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation?
Since its inception in April 2002, the Foundation has raised nearly $1,000,000 to help Keys residents whose critical needs are not being met through other means. 100% of the contributions are distributed in the Florida Keys to individuals, families, and non-profit organizations who qualify, and submit a request for funding. No administrative costs to manage the Foundation are charged against donations.
These funds come from the generous hearts of the Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate agents, staff, and business partners, to whom we are most grateful.
The Foundation is administered by agent and staff volunteers, who manage the day-to-day activities, provide oversight and determine which funding requests to honor.
Gifting is based on need and each funding determination is voted on monthly by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
The Charitable Foundation has recently:
- Assisted a young family who lost their 8 year old son with funeral expenses.
- Purchased four truck tires (truck is a 1994) for a 54-year old man who worked as a nurses’ aid until he suffered a hip injury and is now on disability and food stamps. The truck is his only means of transportation.
- Made a car payment for a recently widowed woman. She works for the Monroe County School System and was the caregiver for both her husband and her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's. She had fallen behind in her payments due to the funeral costs for her husband.
- Helped a mother of 4 who was a victim of domestic abuse, and obtained an order of protection against her husband. She works full time, but without any financial support from her husband, she has had to take a second full-time job to make ends meet. She is now able to cover all of the family expenses, but did fall one month behind in her rent in the interim. The Charitable Foundation paid the past due rent allowing the family to stay in the home.
- Covered the past due bills for an applicant who has been employed for some time by a local landscaping company and has always been a reliable worker. When the company ran out of work, he was temporarily laid off, causing him to fall behind in his payments. He is now back to work.
- Stepped in when a husband recently passed away from an aggressive form of cancer. The wife as the caregiver could not work and their savings were depleted. The wife was unable to pay the funeral home and could not retrieve her husband's ashes. A Foundation Board member negotiated with the funeral home to lower the cost and the Foundation paid the bill in full.
- Provided rent relief when a 70 year-old husband suffered two strokes and was unable to keep his job as a cabdriver. The wife, who is 60, was laid off from her job as a bookkeeper for a construction company, but is actively looking for employment. He is on social security and a small pension. They fell one month behind in their rent which prevented them from moving into senior citizen housing in Key West that they could afford. The Foundation paid the past due rent and they have moved into their new home.
- Assisted with past due rent for the family of a teenage boy that was critically injured. The child was airlifted and treated at Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. The family is without health insurance and is coping with the medical bills.
A Note from the Board
The CBSCF is a purpose-driven organization. We were formed to give back to an entire community in thanks for what’s been given to us.
It’s impossible for us to do it all, but we are passionate about trying. We are limited by funds, not by desire.
To help save a life, send handicapped kids to camp, to soften the last days of our neighbors, provide “rent money” to the ill or elderly or simply provide a “helping hand” to Keys residents is our work. Food, shelter and someone who cares are the necessities of life and we are privileged to be there for them. Your contribution, no matter how small, helps us put back the pieces in a life that is breaking. We need you as a partner.
How can I contribute?
The Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation is a 501 c (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation.
If you would like to make a 100 percent tax deductible donation to the Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation, please contact us at any of our five offices from Key Largo to Key West or send us a check payable to Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation, 11050 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050.
If you are associated with CBSREC, you can make contributions by: writing a check, or your contribution can be deducted from your commission checks or pay checks.
We can arrange a payment schedule for the convenience of all donors…
We accept anything of value – land, homes, vehicles, art, jewelry, etc.
Who can contribute?
Everyone is encouraged to contribute as a memorial, to celebrate a birth, or as a gift.
Business owners, homeowners, friends and family. The more participation we have, the bigger the impact we can have on our community… and meet our ambitious goals.
Thank you for your continued support.
OUR 2ND ANNUAL 2014 BICYCLE RIDE & ROLL DICE RUN FOR CHARITY
A HUGE Thank you to all those that participated in the 2nd Annual 2014 CBSCF Bicycle Ride & Roll Dice Run for Charity. We raised over $11,000 for the event thanks to the Sponsors, Riders & Businesses that provided prizes. We also want to extend our thanks to the City of Key Colony Beach, the Key Colony Beach Police Dept and the residents of Key Colony Beach for allowing us to hold the event in your beautiful city.
Our Grand Prize winner of a NEW BICYCLE was Tonya Daniels! Congratulations Tonya! Best Decorated Bike went to Lara Rutskin Martin! For more photos, visit our Facebook page.
All the proceeds of this event will go to help Florida Keys residents in need.
Every Tuesday Night 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Bingo at Boondocks
Every Tuesday night from 7 pm to 9 pm, locals and visitors get together and play Bingo. All proceeds go to the Foundation. Everyone has a great time! We have fabulous callers, 50/50 raffles & giveaways, and now we have “Bad Bingo Ball” T-Shirts. If you haven’t been, now is the time to come and join the fun! Eat, drink, and play BINGO! All proceeds stay in Monroe County to assist those in need. Whether it is to help pay rent, medical bills or just to lend a helping hand, the Foundation is there for all. 100% of the contributions made to the Foundation are distributed in the Florida Keys, with no administrative costs borne by the Foundation.
How To Apply For Assistance
The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month to review requests and determine whether or not to grant funding to those individuals, families, and 501 c 3 nonprofit organizations who qualify and have submitted the required, fully complete application. The application deadline is the 23rd of the month for the next month’s meeting. First time applications take precedence.
Please download and complete the Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation Application and either fax it to CBSCF at 305-872-4220 or mail it to Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation, 29967 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, FL 33043 Attn: Lisa Ferringo.
Charitable Foundation Newsletter
Good Deeds, our Charitable Foundation’s e-newsletter, reports on the activities of the Foundation, its partners, and the ways in which contributions are put to work in the Florida Keys. It’s published twice a year. To subscribe to Good Deeds, please fill in your email address and click “Sign Up For Good Deeds.”
- Jamie Martin, Chairman, Key Largo
- Wanda Brock, Vice Chairman, Middle Keys
- Lisa Reim, Treasurer, Islamorada
- Lizette Miller, Secretary, Islamorada
- Drenda Collins, Middle Keys
- Karen Haack, Lower Keys
- Nira Tocco, Lower Keys
- Brian Trible, Key West
- Josh Mothner, Middle Keys
- Kathy Boyce, Lower Keys
- Ed Anderson, CB Schmitt General Manager
- Brian Schmitt, CB Schmitt President/Broker, Marathon