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Nancy Morris, Editor                                                                        March, 2018
TEAM Punta Gorda is an all-volunteer organization committed to making the greater Punta Gorda area a great place to live, work and play. Originally created after the devastation caused by Hurricane Charley in 2004, TEAM volunteers focus on wide variety of projects to enhance our friendly, quaint, historic waterside community. For more of the history of TEAM click here

History Park Garden Expansion - A truly Unbelievable Feat!

Eleven additional beds for the History Park Community Garden were built on the morning of Saturday, February 17th, thanks to the hard work of a group of dedicated volunteers under the leadership of Heleen Schouten.
They Painted Their Hearts Out in Punta Gorda
Pictures are worth a thousand words. TEAM Punta Gorda and Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity celebrated five years of service to homeowners in need, providing a much needed facelift to the exteriors of seven area homes in February .
Sushile Cherin and Friends from Emerald Pointe
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TEAM Outreach Committee
Left to Right: Lisa Colgan, Sandy Pata, Corinne Carlson, Gina Silvidi Carins, Ruth DiBene, Janet Jarr.  Seated: Chair Betsy Spagnolo, Jan Holm
It was a perfect evening and great location; plenty of room for ninety-eight volunteers, contributing members and neighbors to mix and mingle. Outreach Chair Betsy Spagnolo and her committee orchestrated the largest TEAM Mixer to date.
Membership Chair Diane Smolen reported ten new contributing members and eight 2018 renewals, with more expected in the days to follow.
                               Read More and See Pictures
          Next Mixer is scheduled for April 17, 2018 at The Torch


For Volunteer information, please contact 
To learn more about TEAM Punta Gorda, check out our website website
Contact information: 941-637-8326 or

A cycling celebration in Punta Gorda

Time is running out...

       register for THE premier cycling event in SW Florida!

     **Rides of various types and lengths
     **Free breakfast, lunch, beer, wine, ice cream
     **Free massages and yoga
     **Great music

                   Click below to have a great cycling day in Paradise!

March 25th at Isles Yacht Club

TEAM's Maritime Committee is offering a free educational clinic on kayaking with opportunities to demo various types of kayaks. No registration needed, just come.  Four speakers will cover safety and technique.

Help us Raise the Walls.  It's Never Too Late to Volunteer!

We need helping hands at ANY stage of this exciting project. Join the build crew today. We'll provide lunch! Help TEAM and Habitat build a home for a deserving Punta Gorda family.
  • Volunteer any Tuesday or Thursday
  •  No experience or special skills needed
  •  Training, supervision and tools provided
Can't join us with a helping hand?
Donations in any amount are welcome!
Call TEAM at 941-637-8326.
Interested? Contact SandyPata:  


Charlotte State Bank & Trust says it shares many of TEAM Punta Gorda's goals, particularly when it comes to economic development and community involvement. They have supported TEAM programs with financial contributions and volunteer hours, including Paint Your Heart Out, Pedal and Play,  B ike Loaner Program and the Annual Golf Tournament.

Memorial Day Race Needs Volunteers
Monday, May 28th at 7:00 am

Volunteers are needed in many areas to support the runners. Specifically, we are looking for 8-10 happy, cheering people that would be able to cover a water station. Responsibilities for this job included setting up the station (someone from the race committee would help), passing out water to the runners, and cleaning up after all the runners had passed the station. You would get a free volunteer race shirt to wear.

If you are not familiar with this race it is a local race that raises money to help Charlotte County Veterans. It's Our Turn, Inc. is the organization that runs it with support from many local businesses and Deep Creek Community Church. This will be our 5th year of race. The name "It's Our Turn" came from the group realizing that it IS our turn to give back to those who have given so much to their country.
To volunteer, register for the race or make a donation, Click Here.

Or, you can call/text/email M. J. Bellino at 336-404-9358,

A Message from TEAM's CEO
Some messages bear repeating
This is a busy time of year in Punta Gorda. Our town is bursting at the seams. Over 400 citizens turned up at our recent Annual Community Meeting to discuss the future of development in our town. TEAM Punta Gorda is committed to stewardship of this community and its future.
We know we need a healthy, year-round economy in order to survive. We're going to need to build our tax base with more commercial development that will bring new jobs. We'll also need attainable housing for the families that work in these new jobs.But what kind of development is appropriate? What can we do without sacrificing the things that make Punta Gorda special? While TEAM Punta Gorda does not take positions on individual development propositions, we are extremely interested in finding forums where we can engage the community in civil discourse about these issues. 
Read the entire February 24 Charlotte Sun Article Here

She Will Never Be Forgotten
The bricks in memory of our dear friend and TEAM volunteer, Terri Hoagland, have been placed in the paver section of the Interactive Fountain at Laishley Park.
Thanks to all who donated. Check them out if you are in the park.

 Current Volunteer Opportunities:
   Chief Operations Officer
   Communications Team
   Sponsorship Co-chairs
   Bicycle Friendly Co-chairs

It's fun to be a TEAM Punta Gorda Volunteer!!
To check out what we do, see our website at 
Please contact us at: or 941-637-8326

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Starting March 12th through the remainder of March, Amazon will contribute 1.5% of purchases by first-time Smile users to TEAM Punta Gorda.  

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