More than 70 students and staff from Quest for Success, a non-profit college preparatory organization, volunteered at Collier Harvest earlier this month to pitch in with postal workers and corporate sponsors from around the region deliver non-perishable food items to local relief agencies.

This year marked the 25th anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and the 11th year Quest scholars have participated in this annual event. Since 1992, more than 17 millions pounds of food has been collected to aid hunger relief according to Collier Harvest website.

Despite of temperatures in the 90’s, Quest students worked side by side with other volunteers from the community to gather, unpack, sort and repack more than 250,000 lbs of food, collected at mailboxes throughout Collier County, for distribution to more than 60 charitable organizations across Collier and southern Lee counties including Grace’s Place, St. Matthew’s House and the Shelter for Abused Women and Children.

“This is such a great cause because it allows our Quest students to see how their hard work can directly assist in feeding the hungry in Collier County,” explains Sue Zumstein, Executive Director at Quest for Success. “Collier Harvest’s annual event is posted on our Quest calendar at the beginning of each school year — already approved for high school student volunteer hours,” Ms. Zumstein adds. “I am so proud of our Quest students, many of who have been dedicated to this event for the past four years and contributed more than 20,000 hours of high school student volunteer hours in service to those in our community.”

For questions on Quest for Success enrollment, contact Denise Giardina at 239-403-7174 ext. 104 or via email at denise@questforsuccess.com or visit www.questforsuccess.com

About Quest

Quest is a community-based organization providing highly personalized and effective methods for students to access and pay for most college. Quest began with 10 students in 1993, and currently serves over 381 students from Collier County public and private schools. Quest’s mission is to foster economic freedom through education by empowering high school students to reach their highest career potentials through lifelong learning. A tax-deductible gift to Quest for Success is an investment in Quest Scholars – empowering them to succeed in college and beyond. Community support allows Quest to bridge the gap between exceptional, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education.

 


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