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