The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The League of Women Voters of Collier County (LWVCC) is an active, informed organization of local citizens (both women and men!) who care deeply about issues that affect our local community.
Since LWVCC was founded in 1975, some of our local activities have included:
Monthly meetings during “season”
We hold monthly membership meetings (from October through April of each year) that feature speakers on a variety of topics. These meetings are held at lunchtime on the second Monday or each month, at the Naples Hilton. While there is a charge for lunch at these meetings anyone can attend the speaker’s presentation at no cost.
Our issues committees (Environmental Affairs, Social Policy, Justice, Government, and Education) hold their own meetings each month during the October through April season. These committees delve deeply into specific issues, based on the LWVCC program, and the meetings also sometimes feature speakers who specialize in topics specific to the interests of the committee.
During election cycles, LWVCC holds candidate forums, to give voters the opportunity to hear candidate positions on issues. Many of our local candidate forums are televised, and whenever possible, they are available to view online after the forum has taken place.
LWVCC holds forums devoted to issues such as local referenda and amendments to the Florida Constitution. We often partner with other local organizations to host these forums.
Study and Action
Like the state and national Leagues, local Leagues study issues that affect the local community. They sometimes adopt positions on these issues, and work to education their members and the public. Local Leagues advocate for their positions, to influence decision making by government officials. In recent years, LWVCC has take positions on a Collier county Public Schools referendum issue, and has adopted a position on workforce housing in Collier County.
In addition to our more well-known efforts to register people to vote, we also co-sponsor a teen citizenship program called “Know Your County Government,” and we serve as poll-workers.
Our goal is to empower citizen to take an active role in shaping better communities worldwide.
- League Members held consensus discussions in spring 2017 that fed into the State of Florida’s Open Primary Study
- A one million dollar grant from NOAA to conduct a 3 year sea level rise study in Collier County
- A monthly guest LWVCC column in the Naples Daily News
- Gathered petitions in support of Amendment 4 that will be on the November 2018 ballot
Around the Area
In addition to meeting with local government officials and non-profit representatives, League members in the past have attended:
- Collier County Commission Meetings
- Collier County Board of Education Meetings
- League of Women Voters Florida Legislative Summit and State Convention
- Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) Meetings
- Rural Lands Stewardship (RLSA) Meetings
During elections, League members also work at the polls and attend canvas board meetings.
The League of Women Voters of Collier County, which is responsible for study and advocacy efforts, is a 501(c)4 organization.
The League of Women Voters of Collier County Education Fund, which is responsible for voter education, voter registration initiatives, and voter service activities such as candidate and issue forums, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The League of Women Voters of Collier County and the League of Women Voters of Collier County Education Fund were founded in 1975.