Panhandlers: Who are they and how much do they make?

first_imgCape Coral adopts anti-panhandling ordinance June 17, 2021 To be clear: I would not lie if confronted or asked what I was doing, and the money actually would help those in need. NBC2 is donating it all to the homeless coalition. LEE COUNTYThe first realization I had was that panhandling is not an enviable task — it’s dangerous in the intersections and the hot sun can make it uncomfortable. But I also quickly realized how generous our community is. Donations started pouring in almost immediately. When I had time, I told people donating what I was doing and asked for their thoughts. “You know, I felt bad,” a man named Adam said. “I got a heart, you know. Saw you standing out here, I figured even just a couple dollars.”PANHANDLER: ‘I’M NOT TRYING TO CON ANYONE’ I also quickly realized I wasn’t alone while panhandling. A man and his fiance were at the same intersection asking for money. The man agreed to talk to NBC2 if we didn’t identify him. He had a cardboard sign that read, ‘Homeless. Out of state. God bless. Please help.’“This is all true?” I asked.“Yeah that’s true, yeah,” he replied. The man said he lost his job when the pandemic hit. He said he has three kids. He said they were staying with grandparents in a 55+ community, but that he and his fiance weren’t allowed to stay there — so they sleep behind restaurants by night and panhandle by day.  “Lot of people are pretty responsive to it. Some people, you know, the ‘F you’s, get a job’ but like I say, (better) than selling dope, kicking doors, robbing, stealing or panhandling. What’s better in the community?’” the man said. “None of it’s good, but I’d rather sit there with my head down holding a sign, please help, God bless, than doing other things.”I asked if people passing by should trust what they’re being told. “I mean, ultimately you wanna believe what someone’s saying or what someone has on a sign,” the man replied. “I’m not trying to con anyone, I’m not trying to go do anyone wrong like that.”SECOND LOCATION: MORE MONEY, MORE SKEPTICISM After one hour at the first location, the NBC2 Investigators set up at a new spot: the intersection of Colonial Boulevard and Fowler Street. Again, the generosity of the community stood out immediately. “We feel very passionate toward people of the less fortunate,” one man who donated told me. “I felt like the Holy Spirit instructed me to do that,” one woman said when asked why she donated. But at certain points, it was a struggle. I received plenty of skepticism and dirty looks, with some people yelling for me to ‘get a job.’ “You’re at the bottom of your ladder. This is the only thing left that you got to do,” Tim Gilligan, a panhandler, described to NBC2. MAN ARRESTED FOR PANHANDLING: ‘NOBODY’S COMING TO HELP ME’  Gilligan said he’s been panhandling long before the pandemic, for about 3 years now. “I’ve been staying over there at AAA. Last week, yeah,” he explained. “Just lay down on the ground, that’s where I sleep.”Panhandling is actually illegal in several cities and situations. Lee County records show Gilligan has been arrested several times in the past few years for doing it. He’s also been arrested multiple times for having drugs.I asked what Gilligan says to people who tell him to get a job. “Why don’t you help me get a job?” he said. “Nobody’s coming to help me, all they give you is a dollar, two dollars. Give you some food here and there, but nobody gives you any leads.”PANHANDLING PROFIT: MORE THAN $80 IN JUST 2 HOURSOf all the people I met while undercover panhandling, the most surprising takeaway was the takeaway itself.I made more than $80 in just two hours. Again, the money is being donated to the homeless coalition. “So $40 an hour, yeah,” Bartos said. “I’ve heard people can make up to $400 in a day.”“What’s the motivation for someone to get a real job if they’re pulling in a few hundred bucks a day doing it?” I asked. “Right. I guess there isn’t,” Bartos replied. ADVOCATE: ‘DON’T KNOW THAT THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO HELP PEOPLE’ Bartos actually discourages people from giving to panhandlers. She worries it’s unsafe for those asking for money, and also worries that not everyone is homeless or in desperate need like they claim. For those who are homeless and in need, she said giving them a couple dollars is not the best way to help them.“We would rather connect them to services and get them into housing. Housing is the only thing that solves homelessness,” Bartos said. “People want to give, people don’t want to see another human being suffering. So they’re trying to help folks. But I don’t know that this is the best way to help.”  Advertisement AdvertisementAs an NBC2 Investigator, I went undercover to find out. UNDERCOVER: NBC2 INVESTIGATORS HIT THE STREETSWearing a hat, mask, shorts and a t-shirt, I went out to panhandle for myself. I wrote ‘ANYTHING HELPS’ in marker on a piece of cardboard and stood in the median at the intersection of Daniels Parkway and U.S. 41 in Fort Myers. 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What’s it like to be on the streets begging for money? And how much are the panhandlers actually making? Estero approves ordinance that would ban panhandlers from medians June 16, 2021last_img read more

Round Up: Wins for Emo, Kilcruise, Ballyroan and Rosenallis in latest 1B action

first_img Twitter Round Up: Wins for Emo, Kilcruise, Ballyroan and Rosenallis in latest 1B action Community TAGSACFL Division 1B Twitter Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Previous articleAnother win for St Joseph’s as they sweep through O’Dempsey’sNext articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, May 11, 2018 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. WhatsApp Cormac Murphy and Eddie Reilly were on the scoreboard for Crettyard in the first half but Brian Fitzpatrick’s goal, coupled with points from Eoin Dunne, Glen Shaw, Joe Shelly, Ronan Murray and Jack Friel gave them a 1-8 to 0-5 lead at half time.Cormac Muphy kept plugging away for Crettyard but second half goals from Eoin Dunne and Donagh Callaly scored goals to seal a 12 point win.Elsewhere, Emo remained top of the table with a six point win over Arles-Killeen but Kilcruise remain just a point behind them after they were convincing winners over Mountmellick – in a repeat of last year’s senior relegation final.While the remaining game saw Ballyroan-Abbey defeat Killeshin by five points to move third in the table, two points back from Emo at the top and with a game in hand.Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1B Round 6Rosenallis 3-15 Crettyard 0-12Emo 2-10 Arles/Killeen 0-10Ballyroan Abbey 0-15 Killeshin 1-7Arles/Kilcruise 0-15 Mountmellick 1-3SEE ALSO – Well-known Laois man opens up about his incredible weight loss Nicknames We had a full round of fixtures in the ACFL Division 1B this evening.The two teams who started the evening in the relegation places, Rosenallis and Crettyard, went head to head where the former collected their first win of the season.Rosenallis, who were promoted to this Division last year, were winless from their first three games but goals from Eoin Dunne, Brian Fitzpatrick and Donagh Callaly led them to victory.center_img Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Home Sport GAA Round Up: Wins for Emo, Kilcruise, Ballyroan and Rosenallis in latest 1B… SportGAAGaelic Football Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad By Alan Hartnett – 10th May 2018 WhatsApp Community Facebooklast_img read more

Education Ministry Endorses ESSA Awards for Non-Academic Staff

first_imgThe Ministry of Education has endorsed the second staging of the annual Education Support Staff Achievement (ESSA) awards, which seeks to recognise the contributions of non-academic staff at primary schools across the island.An initiative of the Kingston Bookshop (KB), the competition aims to highlight the input of a wide cross section of employees in the school system, including clerks, bursars, librarians, ancillary staff, secretaries, canteen operators, grounds men, nurses and traffic wardens.Speaking at the media launch, held at the Ministry of Education’s Heroes Circle offices on February 1, Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, said the initiative helps to highlight the crucial role that non-academic staff plays in the education system.“One of the assumptions that this gesture by the Kingston Bookshop is questioning, is the traditional hierarchy of roles in the society generally, and the schools particularly, which has a much greater significance than many of us appreciate. Traditionally, it was those who had the titles, and who were in the highest positions, and had the authority, who were considered to be the greatest,” the Minister said.Rev. Thwaites argued that the process of educating the nation’s children will not be as effective, “unless we recognise the crucial role that is played by everybody in the system.”For his part, Custos of Kingston and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KB, Steadman Fuller, said the main objective of the ESSA awards is to bring to national attention the fact that each individual in the education system has a job to do, and if done well, will ensure that the system is kept effective and productive.“Throughout my entire school career – infant to tertiary – non-teaching staff has played a role in my life and the life of the institutions with which I have been associated,” he said.The Custos pointed out that while the competition focussed on secondary schools last year, this year it will consider staff at the primary level.“We thought it was important to extend the programme to include an additional set of support staff in the employ of approximately 250 primary schools throughout Jamaica,” Mr. Fuller informed.He pointed out that prizes valued at over $1 million will be awarded this year. “We will have three county champion schools (Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey), together with three county champion individuals,” he said.Mr. Fuller also informed that while this year there will be no National School or National Individual champion, there will be three runner-up county schools and three runner-up county individuals.Prizes include: books and other support worth up to $200,000 for the libraries of the three champion schools; second place schools will receive books valued at $75,000. The three champion individuals will be awarded an investment certificate for $100, 000 each; certificates signed by the Minister of Education and the KB’s CEO; and mobile phones and phone credit courtesy of Digicel Jamaica.Second place finishers will be awarded investment certificates for $50,000 each; certificates signed by the Minister of Education and the KB’s CEO; and mobile phones and phone credit courtesy of Digicel Jamaica.Criteria for the award include: minimum three years on the job; level of performance in the specific post; any initiative taken/suggested resulting in increased efficiency, cost cutting and overall improvement on the job; involvement in other areas of school life; level of engagement/interaction with the students and teachers; and willingness to go the extra mile.Nominations of no more than 150 words should be directed by mail to: Kingston Bookshop ESSA Awards Competition, 80 King Street, Kingston CSO or by email to: [email protected] or via KB’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/kingstonbookshop or submit to any of the six Ministry of Education’s regional offices.Nominations for this year’s competition will be open on Monday, February 4 and closed on Friday, April 12. Winners will be announced during an awards function on Friday, May 10 during Education Week. RelatedEducation Ministry Endorses ESSA Awards for Non-Academic Staff RelatedEducation Ministry Endorses ESSA Awards for Non-Academic Staff Advertisements RelatedEducation Ministry Endorses ESSA Awards for Non-Academic Staffcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Ministry Endorses ESSA Awards for Non-Academic Staff EducationFebruary 1, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Education has endorsed the second staging of the annual Education Support Staff Achievement (ESSA) awards, which seeks to recognise the contributions of non-academic staff at primary schools across the island.An initiative of the Kingston Bookshop (KB), the competition aims to highlight the input of a wide cross section of employees in the school system, including clerks, bursars, librarians, ancillary staff, secretaries, canteen operators, grounds men, nurses and traffic wardens.Speaking at the media launch, held at the Ministry of Education’s Heroes Circle offices on February 1, Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, said the initiative helps to highlight the crucial role that non-academic staff plays in the education system.  last_img read more