The Gargiulo Education Center incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit a little less than two years ago after having been in operation for roughly 15 years. Working with local nonprofits as fiscal sponsors, beginning with The Learning Connection and ending with Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Gargiulo Education began in a small trailer donated by Gargiulo Farms, the Naples-based tomato grower and packer for which the majority of the students’ parents work. The organization served 10-15 students and was completely volunteer-based, with an annual budget of only a few thousand dollars.

The program grew in popularity over the years, both as families expanded and word spread. Two paid hourly positions with administrative and teaching responsibilities were added, and in 2011 the Center moved to its current store front facility on Rail Head Boulevard.

The autonomous 501(c)3 nonprofit organization now employs one administrative staff member and eight hourly teachers, supplemented by a corps of over 40 volunteers throughout the year, as well as a devoted and generous board of directors.

In the 2014-2015 academic year, we educated 62 students and supported an annual budget of roughly $100,000