Be Like Mike

Help us celebrate and remember "Mangrove Mike" Forster by giving back to the community he loved.

What is Be Like Mike?


In honor of our cherished friend and former Board Member, “Mangrove Mike” Forster, United Way of Collier and the Keys established October 21, 2022, Mike’s would-be 62nd birthday, as the inaugural “Be Like Mike” Day in the Florida Keys. This tradition has endured, with each passing year witnessing the community’s heartfelt commitment to promoting goodwill and generosity through a week-long array of random acts of kindness, all in tribute to Mike’s enduring spirit.

Feed the Keys


One of Mike’s greatest goals was to help feed our community.

In 2023, a total of 8,099 pounds of food was collected across three sites:


Burton Memorial Church (BMC) in Tavernier
KAIR (Keys Area Interdenominational Resource) in Marathon
Star of the Sea Foundation (SOS) in Key West

Other Ways to Pay it Forward:



-Be kind to Keys kids by volunteering to tutor a child. Sign up to mentor a child in foster care. Donate toys, diapers, baby wipes or formula.


Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition
Grace Jones Community Center
Florida Keys AHEC


Law Enforcement/Veterans:

-Drop off some treats at your local police or fire station. Donate to an organization that supports military veterans. Stop by to thank the security officer at your child’s school.

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office
Veterans Affairs


Four-Legged Friends:

-Sign up to foster a rescue animal. Take a bag of food or cat litter to your local animal shelter. Volunteer to walk or play with animals at any shelter.

Florida Keys SPCA
Upper Keys Humane Society


Beach Clean Up:

– Organize a beach cleanup or contact the Conch Republic Marine Army to join on one of their Saturday clean-up trips in the Lower Keys. Or simply take a walk and pick up trash along your route!


When you give back to the community, make sure to spread the good on social media with #BeLikeMike.

Be Like Mike-Feed the Keys

The most recent Be Like Mike was held October 16-20, 2023, featuring shoreline cleanups and the Feed the Keys food drive.

Wrap up

Be Like Mike

Explore our latest 2023 flyer for program information.

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