When it comes to charitable efforts from luxury ground transportation
companies, American Comfort Limousines is a standout.
This summer, for the third year in
a row, the Naples, FL company
donated 80 hourly rides and
transfers, at a value of over $9,000,
to Lighthouse of Collier’s Annual
Summer Children’s Camp.
|Participants and volunteers at Lighthouse of Collier’s Annual Summer Children’s Camp|
Lighthouse of Collier is an organization that helps over 20,000 vision-impaired and blind individuals in Southwest Florida. The foundation was established in 2009, and is the only organization of its kind in its region, with free programs that help blind and vision-impaired people become more independent in their everyday lives—“things that people with normal vision take for granted,” said Jon Ziemba, president of American Comfort Limousines.
The programs focus on life skills to help participants lead more self-sufficient lives, such as cooking, grooming, socializing, navigating, identifying money, using technology (such as computers with voice interfaces that “talk” to the user), and feeling safe in their daily environments.
During Lighthouse of Collier’s Annual Summer Children’s Camp— which ran from July 8 to Aug. 3 and experienced a 50 percent increase in campers over 2012—children enjoyed a range of activities and functions organized and presented by Lighthouse of Collier’s all-volunteer staff. They learned about music from around the world, played drums and tambourines, took lessons on gardening and planted their own cactus gardens. They overcame their fear of water, learned how to paddle board, and were taught about nature, with the opportunity to pet an alligator and a snake.
“One of the neatest things, though, was that they were able to play tennis using what is called a sound tennis ball,” said Ziemba. “The tennis balls are oversized and contain a device that beeps, so that blind and vision impaired children can hear the ball, hit it, and play a game of tennis.”
In addition to the support they give Lighthouse of Collier year-round, American Comfort Limousines provided daily transportation for six campers from their homes to camp, and back home again at the end of the day’s activities. The company also donated rides to over 20 campers and volunteers for five different field trips that took place during the Summer Camp.
American Comfort Limousines is a family-owned and -operated business, which was founded by John Ziemba, his father Ron, and his brother Craig in 2007. The company has grown from two to eleven vehicles since opening. “We all do a little bit of everything to run the business,” says Ziemba, “such as answering phones 24 hours every day, taking reservations and answering emails, doing the accounting, doing some basic vehicle maintenance, detailing the vehicles, and sometimes jumping in a vehicle to be the chauffeur for one of our clients.” American Comfort Limousines operates an all-black fleet of sedans, SUVs, passenger vans, stretch limousines and buses, and is the number-one rated company in the state of Florida on www.TransportationReviews.com, with a perfect score of 100 percent. For more information, visit www.americancomfortlimo.com.
As the only Center for Blindness and Vision Loss in Collier County, Lighthouse of Collier has claimed the responsibility of helping the area’s blind and vision-impaired children and adults become independent. The mission of the Lighthouse of Collier is to promote the development, implementation and ongoing evaluation of programs and services which foster independence and enhance the quality of life for the blind, the visually impaired, and their caregivers. For more information, visit www.lighthouseofcollier.org.