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

VOLUNTEER for beach cleanup events

VOLUNTEER for Feed the Keys



2022: HELP US


In memory of our dear friend and former Board Member, “Mangrove Mike” Forster, United Way of Collier and the Keys marked October 21, 2022, what would have been Mike’s 62nd birthday, as the first “Be Like Mike” Day in the Florida Keys. The community spent the week leading up to Mike’s birthday promoting goodwill and generosity through random acts of kindness and sharing those on social media with #BeLikeMike. It culminated in a Keys-wide community food drive and celebration in Mike’s memory on Friday, October 21st. 


UWCK wants to honor Mike in ways that will be true to his spirit by feeding the community, helping kids and animals in need and “paying it forward” whenever and wherever possible. We know you also loved Mike and we would like to invite you to join us in this new yearly celebration honoring his legacy by giving back in the community he loved. Here are some suggestions you can use 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. Donate diapers, baby wipes or formula to an organization like Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition.

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!

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.

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.

Drop off non-perishable food at Burton Memorial Church in Tavernier, KAIR in Marathon, or S.O.S Foundation in Key West to continue Mike’s Legacy of feeding the Keys!